Natural deodorants have been around for years, and there are a number of brands and formulations that promise perfect pits au naturel.
While it isn’t scientifically proven that natural deodorants are better for your body, they are a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away (just this morning People magazine revealed Justin Bieber is lending his name to one). But, which are worth the cash?
First, let’s get back to basics with the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant.
“Antiperspirants contain active ingredients which block the sweat glands, temporarily preventing sweat [from] being produced,” explains Archana Pujary, A’kin’s senior formulation chemist. “Deodorants, on the other hand, contain antibacterial agents to reduce the number of bacteria that feed on sweat and fragrances to combat the odour that they produce.”
Natural deodorants are free of aluminum salts, says Cathy Galileos, head trainer at Sukin. Instead, they usually include powder or starch (for absorption and odour control) and essential oils (for antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and to add a natural scent).
(There aren’t any natural antiperspirants on the market as there isn’t currently a natural alternative that can match the efficiency of aluminium-based products, according to Ms Galileos.)
With sticks, roll-ons, sprays and pots, there are plenty of natural deodorant options on the market to keep you feeling and smelling fresh. After months of putting my armpits – and family and friends' noses – on the line, these are my recommendations. (Just remember to keep them out of direct sunlight!)
If you’re after a stick…
Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant ($24, sephora.com.au)
Smells like a tropical island and applies oh-so smoothly; not greasy at all. It looks pink-ish in the stick but I haven’t had any stains thus far. I wore this deodorant to the gym on a number of occasions and I left, slightly sweaty, and smelling like creamy coconuts. I’m okay with that.
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant ($34, mecca.com.au)
It’s like washing your face with mint-scented cleanser, but on your underarms. It has a refreshingly cooling effect when it glides onto the skin. The scent doesn’t last all day, but it’s a nice change to all the herbal-smelling natural deodorants out there.
Schmidt Rose + Vanilla Deodorant Stick ($14, asos.com)
These guys have been around for so long and can be found at almost every health food store. So naturally (ha) I gave them a whirl. You should probably only use this if your wardrobe is all-black otherwise it’ll stain all your clothes. It’s also slightly chalkier and crumbles easier than the other options – you'll have to warm this one up well prior to application. But the scent, oh the scent, is heavenly.
If you’re after a roll-on...
Kind.ly 100% Natural Deodorant in Rose & Geranium ($18.95, kind-ly.com.au)
Born and bred in Australia, this roll-on is one of my favourites. Enriched with probiotics and magnesium, it’s super easy to use - no chalkiness, no white marks, and no stains. The smell is quite mild and does disappear as the day goes on, but it doesn't leave you smelling sour.
A’kin Roll On Geranium & Cedarwood Natural Deodorant ($11, priceline.com.au)
This one is slightly wetter than most of the deodorants I’ve tried, but one of the most effective formulas. Even though it’s not an antiperspirant I felt very dry and very protected. It’s also free of bi-carb for those with sensitive skin. At 65mL and with its slim packaging, it’s my new go-to travel companion.
If you’re after a spray…
Sukin Natural Deodorant ($7, priceline.com.au)
Not to be confused with a face mist, I like to use this when it’s a bit warmer out; it has hints of citrus and the spray is quite refreshing. It also dries quickly so is a good option if you’re wearing more delicate fabrics, such as silk.
A’kin Geranium & Cedarwood Natural Deodorant ($10, priceline.com.au)
Very similar to the Sukin but the mist is much finer and the scent errs on the herbal side. The great thing about a mist is you can easily retop the pit protection throughout the day and the spray allows for ample coverage.
If you’re after a pot…
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste ($18.50, blackchicken.com.au)
To be completely honest, I’m very weirded out by this. I don’t like using pot lip balms as I think they’re unhygienic and impractical and this just isn’t my cup of tea. The scent is light and pleasant, but the texture slightly grainy. I’m also an early riser and just don’t have time to warm the paste between my fingers and apply them to my pits at 5am.
And if you’re after something a little extra
KIND-LY The Armpit Detox ($24.95, kind-ly.com.au)
It’s a mask for your armpits. No, I’m not kidding. Made with black charcoal, smear a thin layer on your underarms, let it dry and then wash off in the shower. It’s meant to detox the area and draw out impurities. Or you could just shower.
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