The Ultimate Non-Toxic Deodorant Guide

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You may or may not know that Academy Award Winning Actress Jennifer Lawrence took her best friend, non-famous, non-actress Laura Simpson to last year’s Oscars. The part I love about the story is that Laura Simpson met Brad Pitt backstage, and thought he smelled so good that she asked him what cologne he was wearing. He denied wearing any cologne, and explained that he just naturally smelled good, he guessed.

This article is not for Brad Pitt. Rather, it is for those men (and women too) like my husband who use deodorant.

When I first suggested that he change his deodorant to something much less toxic, my husband warned me that he was still probably going to need to rely on his old standby for particularly hot days, or for long days in the courtroom. But at this point, he has fully switched over, and is using a combination of various brands he has tried, and which work differently under different conditions.

The way we worked it was as follows. I did some research and bought the brands I liked. He tested them. There are many so-called “green” brands that I researched that did not make the list because I did not feel that they were truly non-toxic. One or two that did meet my requirements were so ineffective that they will not receive mention here.

Without further ado, here is our joint non-toxic deodorant report.

THE ULTIMATE NON-TOXIC DEODORANT GUIDE

MY HUSBAND’S FAVORITES

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick, Unscented and Thyme & Lemongrass, $10.95 for 2 oz

Other choices: Lavender, Orange Creamsicle, Unscented, Royal & Rogue, and Jacked-Up Jasmine

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Beeswax, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, and Essential Oils.

What I Think About Ingredients: while this non-toxic deodorant is not certified organic, every ingredient except for baking soda is organic.

What My Husband Thought About it: I have no idea who is naming these products. Why do the formulators who make non-toxic deodorants insist on using the word “pit” in the names of their products? I would have passed this over because of the name if I had run across this at the grocery store. That said, I love the product. It works great, and we are currently in the midst of a hot spell. It lasts throughout the day and even survives some pretty intense workouts. This and the following are my new “go-to” products. Thanks, Dr. Myrto Ashe, Arlene, Emi, and Cindy, for the recommendation!

My joke when I apply the Thyme and Lemongrass version is that I smell like a fish dish (without the fishy smell) because thyme and lemon both go with fish. But, that said, it does smell pretty good. I’m looking forward to seeing what else the company offers.

Update: It took almost 12 months to use up the Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick, Thyme & Lemongrass. This means that this product, in addition to working great, also is a great value — less then $1 a month, or 3 cents per day.  Compare that with your deodorant.  I was willing to pay more for a non-toxic deodorant, but this is yet another example of why it pays to reduce your exposure to toxins — literally!

Where to Buy: on the company’s website or Amazon

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Pure Pitz Purely Natural Deodorant, $15 for 0.6 oz (very concentrated)

Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Aluminim-Free Baking Soda, Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Proprietary Blend of Organic Essential Oils, Organic Corn Starch, and Vitamin E

What I Think About Ingredients: this non-toxic deodorant is certified organic by DPI, Clemson University, which is great

What My Husband Thought About it: Again, who is naming these products? Argh! Well, somebody must know more about marketing than I do.

This product really works well. I am not sure if we got a small travel size as a sample, or if the product is (as it says on the label) “super-concentrated” and you simply don’t need much. Either way, this is going to be great for traveling. I really like this product, and it is one of my two “go-to” products. Thanks, Cathy, for your recommendation!

Where it is Made: USA

Where to Buy: Amazon

 

OTHER DEODORANTS MY HUSBAND TRIED

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Nourish Organic Deodorant Lavender Mint, $9.99 for 2.2 oz

Other choices: wild berries, almond vanilla, fresh fig, and unscented

Ingredients: Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Fragrance*

What I Think About Ingredients: this non-toxic deodorant is certified organic and every ingredient is organic; the organic fragrance is a blend of organic essential oils, mixed to get desired scent.

What My Husband Thought About it: when the cashier saw me buying it, she oohed and ahhed over it because of the way it smelled, and asked me to report back as to how well it worked. Unfortunately, I do not have great news to report. It doesn’t last long – a couple of hours at best. I use it for an evening out, for example, when I know it will not be too hot, or for a morning with the boy when I know I will be showering following a mid-day workout. It smells pretty good, but is no workhorse.

Where It is Made: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Where To Buy: on the company’s website (free shipping on order over $69) or Amazon.

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Miessence Ancient Spice Roll-on Deodorant, $10.30 for 2.2 oz

Other choices: Tahitian Breeze and Aroma-free

Ingredients: certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, certified organic citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, certified organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, certified organic boswellia carter (frankincense) essential oil, certified organic cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf essential oil, certified organic syzygium aromatica (clove) bud essential oil, certified organic vanilla planifolia CO2 extract

What I Think About Ingredients: the only ingredient in this non-toxic deodorant that is not organic is baking soda in this non-toxic deodorant. I checked with the company to make sure that the baking soda is aluminum-free and they confirmed that it is.

What My Husband Thought About it: this is no frills, but it works great. It is a roll-on, which is not what I usually use, but I find myself going back to it for use on a daily basis when I can’t find anything else in reach. It doesn’t smell great, or bad, but at the end of a long day of depositions or travel I still smell pretty good, and the package we bought has lasted forever, making it a great value. I will buy this one again.

Where It is Made: Australia

Where To Buy: on the company’s website

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Poofy Organics MAX DEO Peppymint Tea Deodorant, $10 for 2.65 oz

Other choices: Patchouli Citrus Clove, Pina Colada (for kids), Sweet Lemongrass, Sensitive deodorant (no baking soda, no scent), Almond Clove, Lavender Chamomile, Orange Crème

Ingredients: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Essential Oils of Peppermint & Tea Tree

What I Think About Ingredients: the ingredients in this non-toxic deodorant are pretty straightforward – everything is organic and the whole product is certified organic.

What My Husband Thought About it: I liked this one – it made me smell like peppermint stick ice cream, and who doesn’t like that? Actually, I am looking forward to trying the lemongrass flavor. It was pretty effective, and was able to get me through all but the worst days intact. The only drawback is that they say not to dress until 10 minutes after it is applied, and that makes me worry a bit about “pit stains.” Also, if you are running late, it’s not the most convenient product. Also, it is a bit dry, and does not apply overly easily. All in all, though, I plan to buy this one again.

Where It is Made: Rutherford, NJ

Where to Buy: on the company’s website

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Bubble & Bee’s Spearmint & Tea Tree ‘Pit Putty Organic Deodorant with Baking Soda, $10.85 for 2.5 oz

Other Choices: Lemon Clove, Geranium Lime, JasMint, Orange Vanilla, and others

Special Exchange Policy: Bubble & Bee has unique exchange policy. If the deodorant does not work for you, they will help you to find one that it does. To read more about the policy, click here

Ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, organic spearmint essential oil, organic tea tree essential oil.

What I Think About Ingredients: the only ingredient that is not organic is aluminum-free baking soda in this non-toxic deodorant. This non-toxic deodorant is certified organic.

What My Husband Thought About it: EDIT OF THE INITIAL POST

Since our initial post on this topic, my wife has virtually “met” the owner of this company, who is apparently a very sweet lady. I will therefore tone down my commentary on the name she chose for her company. As I have said, I am not a marketing genius (or much of a genius at all). However, as a male consumer, if I were shopping for a new deodorant in a store, I would still probably pass over this product based only on the name. (If she wants men to pick up the product and go, “hmm” it should be called something like “Hammer of Thor” instead of Bubble & Bee.)

However, to pass over this product would be a mistake, because [and here is where we pick up from the initial post we did a couple years ago: I really, really like this product. It goes on well, smells great, and just works.

When we originally did this post, I did have one problem, however. The product would go on, but it didn’t stay on, so I usually applied it while standing in the shower, and put my t-shirt on while standing in the shower. Otherwise, it flakes onto the surface on which I am sitting or standing. I viewed this as a minor inconvenience, however, because it really did work well, and would have been my hands down favorite but for the flaking issue. I concluded my original remarks by saying, “Please, Bubble & Bee, put your thinking caps back on and iron out [this] problem[] so I can buy your product exclusively.” Well, they apparently listened, because they now make deodorant creams in glass jars, super deodorants in glass jar, spray deodorants, and baking soda-free deodorants in glass jars. Read about them next!

Where It is Made: Bountiful, Utah

Where to Buy: on the company’s website

 

PLASTIC-FREE NON-TOXIC DEODORANT IN GLASS JAR

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Bubble & Bee’s Almond Coconut ‘Pit Putty Organic Deodorant Cream, $10.85 for 2 oz jar

Other Choices: Lemon Clove, Geranium Lime, JasMint, Orange Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla and others

Special Exchange Policy: Bubble & Bee has unique exchange policy. If the deodorant does not work for you, they will help you to find one that it does. To read more about the policy, click here

Ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic almond extract, organic coconut extract, baking soda (no aluminum), organic sunflower oil, organic cinnamon leaf essential oil.

What I Think About Ingredients: the only ingredient that is not organic is aluminum-free baking soda in this non-toxic deodorant. This non-toxic deodorant is certified organic. I like that it is in a glass jar as glass so very minimum plastic is used. Almond Coconut deodorant with baking soda is the only one that changes color. It works great and provides a solid coverage throughout the day.

Where It is Made: Bountiful, Utah

Where to Buy: on the company’s website

 

BAKING SODA-FREE NON-TOXIC DEODORANT OPTIONS

Some of you emailed me and let me know that you do not like baking soda in your deodorant. Here are two non-toxic deodorants that I like based on ingredients. My husband has not tried them because we are fine with baking soda.

 

Non-Toxic Deodorant: Bubble & Bee’s Almond Coconut Sensitive Skin Organic Deodorant, $8.85 (current special)

Other Choices: Lemon Clove, Geranium Lime, JasMint, Orange Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla and others

Special Exchange Policy: Bubble & Bee has unique exchange policy. If the deodorant does not work for you, they will help you to find one that it does. To read more about the policy, click here

Ingredients: organic arrowroot powder, organic shea butter, organic sunflower oil, zinc oxide (non-nano), organic almond scent extract, organic coconut scent extract, organic cinnamon essential oil.

What I Think About Ingredients: the only ingredient that is not organic is zinc oxide in this non-toxic deodorant. Zinc Oxide is widely used in the sunscreens and diaper rash creams and is suitable for sensitive skin. It is important to use nan-nano zinc oxide as nanotechnology (nano meaning extremely small) is new and there is a growing concern that nanoparticles may interact directly with macromolecules such as DNA increasing risk of damaging DNA.

Where It is Made: Bountiful, Utah

Where to Buy: on the company’s website

 

Grapefruit Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet, $16 for 2.4 oz

Other Scents: Lavender

Ingredients: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, magnesium hydroxide, *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, citrus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *citrus limon (lemon) essential oil *Certified organic

What I Think About the Ingredients: Magnesium is one of important nutrients and is generally safe for oral or topical applications. There are two essential oils, citrus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil and citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, that are not certified organic but the owners are working on finding a reputable source for these oils. The lavender formulation’s essential oils are all certified organic.

Where to Buy: Meow Meow Tweet website or Amazon

My husband’s comments: “Meow Meow Tweet?”

non-toxic deodorant guide

 

Conclusion About Non-Toxic Deodorant Recommendation by My Husband

All in all, we are impressed with all of the foregoing products and the fact that safe deodorants work as well as their aluminum counterparts. I am now convinced that there is a non-toxic alternative for nearly every person out there.

I was afraid initially when I started experimenting that I would not find something that worked as well as the old product I had been using for longer than I care to admit. I was happily surprised to find non-toxic alternatives that actually work really well.

True, I’ll never be “that guy” who comes into a room having obviously bathed in power-cologne, but then again, who wants to be that guy, really? Sadly, I’ll never be Brad Pitt, either, so I will continue using this stuff my wife found for me. Enjoy!

 

Irina’s Final Comment About Non-Toxic Deodorant List

If you just switched to a non-toxic deodorant, give it some time. Apparently, there is a detoxifying period during which non-toxic deodorant may not work at its full capacity.  Read more about detoxifying on the non-toxic deodorant companies’ websites.  This list is shaping up to be the ultimate non-toxic deodorant list of deodorants made with organic ingredients.

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112 Responses

  1. Try For Pit’s Sake.

    • Thank you, Laura, for your input!

      • John Stephens

        I used to sweat like crazy, and antiperspirant actually made it worse. I even got a prescription for some really strong Rx stuff. It kinda worked, but it was so painful to use .. probably because of all the nasty aluminum it was jamming into my pours. Then, I found this stuff and it’s changed my life: https://www.korinanaturals.com/product/natural-deodorant-cedar-tea-tree
        I know that sounds like an overstatement, but going from wearing black literally every day to being able to wear light blue shirts in public. If your deodorant is not working for you, you gotta try this natural stuff!

  2. Thanks Irina, I have three boys, one of which is a teenager and the second close behind, so this is timely and important information for us. I see that Primal Pit Paste did not make your list. It has been working well for us, but I am not sure whether all the ingredients are optimal.

  3. Cassandra

    Try Ava Anderson! It’s amazing best deodorant I’ve ever used regardless of non toxic but that sure is an amazing bonus!!!!

  4. Try Ava Anderson deodorant. You won’t be disappointed.

  5. I use the Nourish fig deodorant and love the smell, but it’s grainy so not comfortable to apply. This wasn’t mentioned in the blog post above – just wondering if your husband experienced that too or if I just got a bad batch! Thanks!

    • Hi Clare! My husband did not feel any grainy texture. But he might not have as delicate skin as yours and he used other than fig scent. Do not know… You might want ask Nourish about that.

  6. Pit paste by mountain rose herbs and luminance deodorant. They both work pretty well.

    • Bill tried Luminance but I think the concept of liquid deodorant did not sit well with him. How do you apply it? And by “pit paste by mountain rose” do you mean Primal Pit Paste, which is the same as the one Dr. Myrto Ashe had mentioned earlier? Please clarify. Thank you, Arlene! It is always nice to hear from you!

      • I use the luminance deodorant right out of the shower by spritzing some on my hands then applying to the pits. I was thinking of buying a roller bottle to put it in instead, but I’m not sure if that would introduce bacteria and make a mess of things. It works pretty well on a not too hot day for about 6 hrs I’d say, sometimes all day. When it fails (sometimes it fails pretty quick on really hot sweaty days), I use the bar version (with beeswax) of Primal Pit Paste (I don’t think it’s actually from Moutain Rose). It works amazingly. The only downside is that it can be a bit grainy, but if you let it sit in the pit for a few seconds, it softens. Once it’s on, it works basically the whole day. I like not wearing deodorant in general, which is why I use Pit Paste as a breakthrough only.

        • Hi Arlene, it is great to hear from you. You are right – Primal Pit Paste is not made by Mountain Rose. I got it for my husband and he will be providing his feedback on it soon. You are not the first person who likes the Luminance deodorant – it is good to know. Thank you!

  7. I use Pit Putty and LOVE it!!!! I’ve tried MANY different organic deodorants and they are not effective.

    • Hi Sandy, it is great to know that you love Bubble & Bee Pit Putty. It sounds like you did not have flaking issue my husband experienced. Is it true?

      • When I get towards the end of the container…(and I can be a bit rough)…it will break away from the the inside and fall out all together. But we live in a VERY warm place and mine is usually on the soft side. Maybe that’s why I don’t notice it flaking?

  8. Great post! I love Pure Pitz and Funk Butter, too! Both are great for men and women.

  9. Try Lavanilla! The only natural deodorant that’s ever worked for me…. And I’ve tried SSSOOOO MANY.

  10. I tried quite a few non-toxic deodorants but stopped looking when I discovered Primal Pit Paste. Don’t love the name, but love the product! By the way, I live in Phoenix and the high is supposed to be 108 today.

  11. i have been using this and it’s great: http://primalpitpaste.com/

  12. I use Ava Anderson Nontoxic deodorant. It works so good even after a long, hot, humid day working in the garden and around the yard. I come in drenched with sweat but surprisingly my pits don’t reek!!! Ava Anderson is committed to completely non-toxic products that REALLY work! No aluminum, no parabens, and no harmful chemicals in this deodorant. $13.95 for one 2.65 oz stick.

  13. Is there such a thing as non-toxic anti-perspirant? I know I should be avoiding anti-perspirant, but it’s one thing I haven’t been able to switch out of… 🙁
    Will find a way to try some of these, though they don’t all ship to Canada!
    Thanks

    • Hi Tiffany,
      there is no such thing as non-toxic antiperspirant because what makes it antiperspirant is a toxic aluminum. If my husband was able to switch (he sweats a lot!), it will be easy for you.:) Do you have Amazon in Canada?

  14. Kimberly Gower-Hall

    I second the use of Ava Anderson Nontoxic deodorant. It works on everybody I know and it is completely non-toxic. It gets a 0 on the EWG site. Check it out.

  15. Cassandra

    Did you try Ava Anderson’s?

  16. Turtlehealth

    Aubrey Deodorants The regular aubrey Line and the Mens line . Best prices are on vitacost

  17. I’m curious to know why the ‘crystal’ is not listed here…it’s just natural salt…which is also good for bug bites and other remedies. No scent, unisex, and works really well….

    • I will look into it. Thank you, Alison.

      • just wondering if the ‘crystal’ deodorant ever came onto your radar. It seems innocuous enough, it’s just solid Salt. I use it and it works well.

        • Hi Alison, I’ve looked into crystal spray deodorant, and I do not recommend it. I know it is marketed as an innocuous product made with simple salt. However, crystal spray deodorant contains potassium alum, which is a form of aluminum. More about aluminum is in this post here. Thanks!

          • This was the solid, not the spray. but I”ll check to see if it contains it, if it does, I wonder if it’s just naturally occurring??? thank you.

          • Maybe. Although from my experience, companies do not normally disclose things they did not add intentionally. I did not talk to the company, just looked at the ingredients listed on the website, so I am not in the best position to make any conclusions. I did not feel like spending time as I found certified organic deodorants that even my husband likes. Please let us know what you find out.

          • So I”m looking at the packaging for the ‘crystal body deodarant’ stick, it says NO aluminum chlorohydrate. the only ingredient is potassium Alum (natural mineral salts)-which I guess is some form of aluminum. but doesn’t it just occurr naturally in this product which is just a stick of salt? then there is a pink breast cancer ribbon on it suggesting it’s safe to use. …it’s all so confusing isnt’ it.

          • Thank, Alison! I think whether aluminum is naturally occurring or produced in a lab should be secondary. We know now that naturally occurring substances such as lead, cadmium, aluminum, etc are toxic. The important question here is whether the aluminum used in this deodorant is absorbed through the skin in a quantity to make a negative impact on the body long-term. In general, we know that the skin absorbs substances put on it and the example of that is birth control patches. Also, there are no studies that would prove the safety of this form of aluminum, which means that if you practice precautionary principle, it is better to avoid it. Again, those tiny amounts here and there do add up. And how companies use pink ribbons is a controversial issue…

          • thank you-and I appreciate your time…and yes, ‘pink washing’ ‘green washing’ we agree…

    • Sandy Miller

      I did not know that it is good for bug bites. Thank you very much.

  18. I love http://www.amazon.com/lavera-47522-LAVERA-Sensitiv-Deodorant-Roll-On/dp/B004GWS4BA can you provide some feedback, if you have tried it? are the ingredients good? Based on what I saw I thought it was
    thank you

    • Not as clean as the deodorants I recommend. For instance, Benzyl Benzoate is associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.

      • Is that the only potential harmful ingredient? Such a disappointment since I have great results with it

        • How long have you been using it?

          • I’ve gone through a few bottles of it

          • The reason I am asking is because some chemicals are sensitizers meaning that you may become allergic to them in time. Anyway, I highly recommend organic deodorants I found. I bet you will like them and you do not have to worry. Thanks!

          • its been two years. This one is organic as well. I will give the ones you recommend a try, too. Thank you

  19. Thank GOD for you! I’ve been searching for a good deodorant forever – and I ordered the Primal Pit paste – it does an awesome job. I’m so relieved to have something that is non-toxic and smells good. Thanks for this review!

  20. A lot of people, including myself, develop skin irritation from deodorants that contain baking soda due to the alkalinity. For those that do, try adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water and apply to the underarms. Wait until dry and then apply deodorant.

  21. I was introduced to Lavilin. Spent years tolerating deodorants that caused irritation to my armpits. Lavilin is great for sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic and unscented – the best!

  22. Thank you for the information. Made the switch from anti-antiperspirant to deos a few months back. I am using Crystal Essence Lavender & White tea. It works very well for me. Can you give any feedback as to what you think? Have you tried it? I appreciate your input.

    • Hi, Zubreha! Crystal Essence deodorant contains fragrance, a blend of undisclosed chemicals. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. So I do not recommend any products with fragrances unless the fragrances are essential oils. You might want to ask what the fragrance used in the deodorant is made of. Second, there is potassium alum in the product. Potassium Alum is a form of aluminum and it is controversial. Some believe that its skin absorption is so small that it is safe. Some believe that it breaks down to penetrate the skin. I prefer to use precautionary principle. Since I found organic deodorants without any controversy that work great, I do not see a reason to use something questionable. Another thing is that it would be good to know what the composition of mineral salts is. Thank you for asking the question! ~ Irina

      • Thank you so much Irina!! I truly appreciate your awesome response. Will search for the organic ones that you referred too. Once again thank you!

      • Sandy Miller

        Irina, I have wondered about the Alum in Crystal deodorant for a long time. Thank you very much for this information.

  23. eliot fiks

    So I have made an amazing personal discovery (Other people knew it long before me). All you need to put under your arms is baking soda mixed with water, or the liquid, gel, or cream,of your choice. It works better than any commercial product I’ve ever used, and is dirt cheap. And by the way, no baking SODA, has aluminum. Its a confusion with baking POWDER, which often does. See crunchybetty.com for reference. And, the best kind to get is Bob’s Red Mill. Did a little research. The kind of baking soda arm and hammer makes, is chemically made. The kind that Bob’s makes, is literally just mined from the ground, nothing else. Its amazing. If I don’t take a shower till the 2nd day, the baking soda STILL works! Can be a little messy, but I think I just need to perfect the details.

    • Thank you for sharing! I have a strong suspicion that with a few versatile things such as baking soda, vinegar, and coconut oil, we can clean our houses and make all kinds of personal care and beauty products. 🙂

  24. Thanks for the tip on Primal Pit Paste, got the Thyme & Lemongrass and like it even better than what I was using (Truly’s). Love the stick and the scent seems to help a lot with odor. True test is always the heat and humidity.

  25. I have to agree! I is my favorite, and the only safe one I found that can withstand the crossFit test!

  26. Do you find that pit paste or Ava deodorants leave residue on your clothes? Most natural paste/bar products I’ve tried stained my clothes and the stickiness of them caused terrible chaffing, while the crystal ones just didn’t work. Dr. haushka deodorant irritated my skin. I’ve tried 8 or 9 brands but gave up and went back to regular antiperspirant.

  27. Anyone have a suggestion for converting my 12 year old son who loves his Old Spice swagger scent. Do any of the above mentioned have some kind of masculine scent or something close?

  28. Has anyone tried the Soothe Greece or any natural deodorant from In Love with Bodycare? The website is http://www.inlovewithbodycare.com. They have some really good reviews.

  29. how about the Ava Anderson nontoxic products.. anyone use them? they seem to be expensive?

  30. Cheap bottle of Walmart brand milk of magnesia works great! Apply with cottonball and let dry a minute before getting dressed.

  31. Hi Irina,

    Thank you so much for this fantastic resource.

    I have found (what I hope is) an excellent natural deodorant called Soapwalla. Have you any comments on it?

    The only thing is that the baking soda it contains can make my under arms red and itchy if I use it every day, so I still use my old deodorant one or two days a week. Do you recommend any that don’t contain baking soda? I noticed a few on your list, however they did not score well.

    Thanks again
    Harriet

  32. Hi Irina,

    Didn’t know that about tea tree oil – interesting! Thanks for the tip.

    Harriet

  33. The best informative thing I’ve ever read. I’ve been wondering if Dr. Organic deodorant is safe/non-toxic?
    Thank yoy sooooo much for your great products review 😄

  34. Charlie

    Have used Meow Meow Tweet Grapefruit and Soapwalla’s deodorants for years. Both fab. Soapwalla has won several awards and is sold in europe now. Home grown in Brooklyn by Rachel Winard who developed it due to lupus. http://www.Soapwalla.com. btw, I have no financial stake in either company just love the products. Best and Non toxic Fresh Pits to All – Charlie in NJ

  35. Great info.
    I’ve used straight baking soda + water everyday for 3 years and it works beautifully.
    While I’ve never tried any of the above products before, I gave up on “natural” deodorants because they never really worked well. May have to try the Primal Pit Paste.

    I want to add that for me, removing aluminum from my daily routine and diet has been the most significant health adjustment I have ever made in my life. More significant then any dietary adjustment, work out routines, etc. Aluminum abstinence has cured multiple conditions that my doctor said I would live with for the rest of my life. It took many years of research and experimenting. Always happy to see information like this free for the public to read!

    Thanks.

  36. Your husband’s commentary is hilarious. It would be great if you could do a review exclusively of fragrance-free deodorants. A lot of people have allergies to scent, and would like to find something that is powerful without a smell.

  37. I use Primal Pit Paste unscented. Been using it for awhile now and it works very well for me. Thrive Market is the least expensive place I have come across to buy it.

  38. Irina, thank you so much for all your research and giving us your time, efforts and advice. I wish I had found you about 2 years ago, with all the research I have done on natural products. I have tried Face Naturals Lavendar deodorant, it’s a bit crumbly, but it goes on without being sticky or wet. Here’s their website http://facenaturals.com/product/lavender-deodorant-stick/. Also, I had a comment on male vs. female deodorant. So, males have hair under their arms which I think makes a big difference in what deodorant works for them, most women shave their underarms, so the deodorant goes on and behaves differently. While I appreciate you testing the deodorants on your hubby and his feedback, I am interested in a natural deodorant that is for a woman and smells nice. I don’t mind sweating as long as I smell nice while I’m doing it, if you know what I mean. Would it be possible to create a list “just for women” of natural deodorants? Thanks for all you do for us.

  39. Thanks you two for doing all this work for us! I have tried a few non-toxic products and they either don’t work for me or I am going through the period of shedding toxins that you mentioned. Can’t wait to try some of these! YEAH!

  40. Curious to see if you’ve heard of Every Man Jack? I’m trying to find a non-toxic deodorant that my husband is willing to switch to… here’s the ingredient list for their unscented deodorant:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Stearate, Witch Hazel Distillate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Calendula Extract*, Myrrh Gum Extract, Alpine Lichen Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Chamomile Extract*, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate. *Certified Organic

    Would appreciate to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks!
    Lil

    • Hi Lil: it is not bad but not as good as the ones I picked. 🙂 Propanediol may irritate the skin. And I am not sure what preservative they use. If it is Grapefruit Seed Extract then there might be contaminants. ~Irina

  41. Irina, I am trying Milk and Honey cream deodorant and it really works for me. I don’t have to refresh it during the day and I don’t smell bad by the end of the day. I live in a very humid state and have been giving it a work out lately and am very impressed. Let me know what you think. https://milkandhoney.com/products/cream-deodorant-blend-no20 Plus, you can get in on Amazon.
    Here are the ingredients: INGREDIENTS: Organic Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Organic Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Fruit Butter, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Organic Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) Root Powder, Organic Beeswax, Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) Oil.

  42. I had to stop using baking soda deodorants because they gave me a rash. After about a month, all non toxic deodorants I’ve tried stop working and I would smell funky after a few hours. I started using lemon juice as a deodorant and it works better than anything I’ve tried. I apply once a day and don’t smell, even in the Florida heat. Hope this helps someone else!

  43. I love Korina deodorant. It’s pretty new on the market and works wonders for not only me but my husband. It’s made with natural ingredients. Handmade in San Francisco. My fave scent is Cedar and Tea Tree. You can purchase online, they have a storefront on their website. https://www.korinanaturals.com

  44. Just use Sodium Bicarbonate (pure baking soda),I’m a man and do sports every day, I’ve used it for 5 years. It’s very cheap and works better than any deodorant I’ve every used. You dont smell all day plus it doesn’t harm your clothes or leave any stains. Just dab a little (very little) after a shower. Or you can put in a spray bottle and mix with water. Saves the plant too becuase you’re not using all those plastic packaging etc.

  45. Hi! How about Green Beaver deodorant? I use the rose one.

    • Hi, Estella: I chose deodorants made with organic ingredients with the exception of baking soda of course. Green Beaver contains propanediol that is a synthetic ingredient linked with skin irritation according to the Skin Deep Database. ~Irina

  46. What about Nature deodorant? Also looked at Arm and Hammer naturals.

  47. I use Penny Lane Organics Natural Deoderant in Pink Grapefruit. The company advises it is safe for breastfeeding, made locally, and “so natural you could eat it”.
    I’m happy with this product, but will check out your list for my hubby.
    Thanks

  48. What about a salt stick? Like Crystal?

    • There is Potassium Alum in it, which a form of aluminum, is supposed to be safe but it is aluminum nevertheless. ~Irina

  49. We went through this, and I highly recommend Piper Wai. It was the one that finally got him hooked. Founded by someone who had a family member struggle with breast cancer.

  50. Rocio Gow

    Thank you Irina, My husband and daughter can not use the baking soda deodorant because it produce rash, my husband is really happy with the THAI CRYSTAL, and my daughter loves the TEA TREE SENSITIVE SKIN DEODORANT STICK ( SCHMIDT’S) ,is not organic but better that the one she liked it , and I’m using the magnesium oil (magnesium flakes dissolved in distilled water), after 2 weeks of using it I don’t smell after I take a shower at night and don’t use nothing 🙂

    • It is hard to say what Thai Crystal is made of. It just says mineral salts. Have you seen baking soda-free option in my list? It is nice to hear from you, Rocio! ~Irina

  51. Rocio Gow

    Meow meow, I like it! But I prefer the magnesium oil, my daughter doesn’t like the smell and it is not stick…I’ll buy for her the vanilla nourish organic , it looks great! , I’m trying my husband use the magnesium oil !!! I don’t like the potassium alum too , is a natural mineral salt that molecules are to large to be absorbed by your skin but you are right … It is aluminum 🙂
    Thank you Irina

  52. Do you specifically recommend the thyme/lemongrass scent? Or is that the one that Bill tried? I would veer toward the lavender scent, and am wondering if you picked the thyme scent specifically for ingredients or efficacy.

  53. Sandy Miller

    Between my daughter and I, we need unscented, coconut and grapefruit free. Even natural smells give me a migraine, even if on someone else. She is allergic to the other two ingredients. I have wondered about the Lafe’s product but I think the first ingredient knocks it off your list. She likes a stick. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Lafe’s
    Ingredients:
    Propanediol, Glycerin, Water, Sodium Stearate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sucrose Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract*, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Extract*, Allantoin

    • Hi, Sandy:
      Actually, propanediol is okay. However, I am not sure about Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract as it may contain hidden ingredients, including even triclosan. (source) As them for MSDS of Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract to see its ingredients. My understanding that pure Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract is not enough to act as a broad spectrum preservative and this is what this product needs. ~Irina

  54. Sandy Miller

    Do you have an opinion on witch hazel?

  55. Thank you so much for this list Irina, it is so helpful. I am trying to switch to natural deodorant for myself, but I am struggling to convince the hubs. We live and work in the Middle East and it gets hot as hell here and the humidity is THROUGH the roof high almost the whole summer long, so he says he needs to keep his BO under control otherwise he will seriously stink so bad…. Will look into these, but I/m afraid that if it doesn’t withstand heat of up to 62 Degrees Celsius with 100 percent Humidity he won’t even consider it… 🙁 Do you use any deodorant and if so, which ones do you like? x

    • I do not use any deodorant but maybe I should. 🙂 ~Irina

      • 🙂 I am really liking Lavanila Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut but I am also going to be trying out Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant to see how it compares. Have you heard of the Agent Nateur Holi(stick) deodorant? Want to try that one out as well. Will keep you posted. xxx

  56. Cynthia

    Have you tried mamasuds deodorant? Ingredients: : organic coconut oil, organic beeswax pastilles, organic corn starch or arrowroot, sodium bicarbonate, essential oils of tea tree and organic sweet orange. Does it look good? Thanks!

  57. Cynthia

    Great! Thanks for the code too!

  58. As much as I love the idea of natural deodorant, none of them actually make a difference for me. Especially during the summer months, my sweat would be out of control. I’ve always had issues with over-sweating throughout my life. A few months ago I read an article about different deodorants and junglejuice was listed. I was hesitant to stray away from the norm but I knew I needed a deodorant with an extra kick to it. I’ll tell you this stuff is amazing. It stays on even after my outdoor workouts in the summer heat! Now I can work all day and then run to happy hour with the girls without feeling self-conscious the entire time. It’s worth a look into for sure.

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