With innumerable studies showing that chemicals in our daily beauty prods lead to cancer, the natural beauty movement has been galvanised into urgent action. Research suggests that the build up of parabens and aluminium-based compounds in non-natural deodorants can lead to a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, which is seriously scary stuff.
“Deodorants and anti-perspirants are one of the most penetrable substances applied to the body,” states the founder of Mukti Organics in her book, The Truth in Beauty. “When these products are applied directly to your armpit where there are numerous hair follicles and sweat glands, it gives substances a free pass straight into your blood and lymph system.”
“Not only are they filled with fragrances to offset malodorous and smells, a lot of conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants contain lashings of aluminium, powerful antibacterial agents and questionable preservatives.”
But the thing is, when it comes to natural deodorants, even the greenest gals often struggle to make the switch—citing that natural alternatives simply don’t cut the mustard in comparison to their chemical-laden counterparts.
However, it can be one of the most important swaps you can make when it comes to cleaning up your beauty routine. S0, if you’re on the lookout for sustainable swaps that don’t compromise on quality and supports our health and the environment at the same time, keep on scrolling for the best natural deodorants that y’know, actually work.
1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant
Your pits will adore the pure coconut confidence that comes with Kopari’s natural, aluminium-free, plant-based deo. Pretty much skincare for your underarms, the clear formula glides on smooth without leaving a sticky, white residue, while the unique blend of coconut water, coconut oil and safe oil will soothe even the most sensitive of underarms.
A deodorant that will look as pretty on your bathroom #shelfie as it will feel on your pits, Aesop’s first deodorant uses a superior blend of Zinc Ricinoleate and eleven essential oils to leave you feeling fresh AF. It comes in both a roll-on and a spray, and the blend of oils is antimicrobial and works to inhibit the growth of bacteria which prevents body odour from developing.
A fun alternative to traditional roll-on, the Biome Biork Deodorant is a completely plastic-free and zero waste natural crystal deodorant stick. Unscented and hypoallergenic, this truly eco deodorant is free from aluminum chlorohydrate, alcohol, perfumes, parabens, preservatives and dyes. The anti-bacterial agent of Biork Mineral Deodorant is a potassium crystal, also called alum which has been used as an antibacterial and deodorant since ancient times, especially in Asia.
Synthesised with refreshing natural eucalyptus extract and odour-neutralising citronellyl, the Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus deodorant is appropriate for all skin types, and especially great for those with sensitive pits. Formulated without aluminium, alcohol and parabens, this deodorant blended to absorb without residue, staining, irritation and pore clogging.
Boasting a fresh and woody aroma, botanical ingredients and pure essential oils come together to neutralise body odour and eliminate bacteria. This particular one is a spray, so it’ll make your transition to natural deodorants easier if you’re not game enough for cream just yet.
This luxe natural formula effectively neutralises underarm odour and absorbs wetness, while Shea butter, arrowroot powder, cacao, vitamin E work to keep your pits feeling as fresh as a daisy. This deodorant comes in a range of fragrances; from rose and vanilla, lavender and sage and bergamot and lime to cedarwood and juniper, ylang ylang and calendula and a fragrance-free option.