Look, let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? Natural deodorant is not the most interesting beauty topic, we know. But it’s one that, over the years, has been high on the health agenda due to the link with breast cancer. Some small studies have linked parabens and aluminium, found in deodorants (among other beauty products) to the condition. And while Cancer Research UK has dispelled both fears on its website, once a seed is planted, it grows, and so with it has the interest in natural deodorants. Natural beauty as a whole is on the rise, with a third of consumers agreeing that they bought more natural and organic personal care products in 2016 than in previous years.
This growth pattern, it would seem, is being spurred on by the wellness industry. Think about it: Why would we pay big bucks for a Barry’s class, spend our spare cash on supplements and then apply a tonne of chemicals to our skin? The trouble is, for a long time, natural beauty products just weren’t up to scratch, or they were a whole lot more expensive. Natural deodorant still has a way to come as a product category, but there are some much-loved products out there that have made it top of the list on Rank & Style and have rave reviews on Amazon. We’ve rounded up the five natural deodorants that come highly recommended, so keep scrolling for the edit.
The pure mineral salts in this stick prevent bacteria multiplying, and you simply swipe onto underarms after showering when the skin is still damp. It’s a popular choice with almost 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.
A natural offering from German brand Dr. Hauschka, this comes in at number three on Rank & Style’s list. Sage is antimicrobial to keep odours at bay and also astringent to help minimise sweat-producing pores. The mint leaves you smelling fresh all day.
This deodorant gets rave reviews on Amazon, with one user claiming theirs has lasted almost a year—now that’s value for money (around one pence per week!) We also love how it looks like pink quartz. The only downside is that if you’re clumsy, this shouldn’t be your first choice, as a few people have dropped theirs and the plastic casing has broken (no surprises there), which renders the deodorant useless. They do a smaller travel version, which is a lot sturdier.
As far as natural deodorants go, this is the closest to what you’re probably used to. It comes in six scents, including this one, soothing calendula and also an unscented version. Like Dr. Hauschka’s, this also contains sage (and for the same reasons), it also boasts aloe vera to soothe skin post-shave.
According to Rank & Style, this is a real “fan favourite.” Natural essential oils neutralise odours. If you do sweat a lot, this won’t necessarily keep you dry, but you will smell good.