These zero-aluminum formulas smell good, slide on easily, and work overtime.
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Natural deodorant has historically gotten a bad rap—the main complaint being that it doesn't work. (And why would you use natural deodorant when you can eliminate sweat entirely with a 24-hour anti-perspirant, anyway?) Well, we now know the answer to this question. It's because aluminum, the main ingredient in conventional deodorants that's used to prevent sweat, has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and more scary health issues.
In direct relation to studies being published about the correlation between aluminum and illnesses, the variety of natural deodorants on the market has dramatically increased. We'd even go so far as to say that natural deodorants are now becoming mainstream. Just within the past three years, we've seen the natural deodorant market become incredibly popular—and with that, their efficacy has greatly improved, too. While no natural deodorant will completely eradicate sweat (and it shouldn't since sweat is an important bodily function) there are several options that keep sweat at bay for hours, while still imparting a fresh scent. But how do natural deodorants work? They're usually composed of three parts—an ingredient to absorb sweat, like baking soda, a few essential oils to mask odor, and antimicrobials, like coconut oil, to prevent bacteria—that work together to do the job of a conventional production. You'll find that they're available in a few different forms, including sticks, creams, and solid bars, so you can choose whichever formula you prefer.
Here, we've rounded up some of the best natural deodorants we've tried and loved. Need proof that they'll get the job done? We tried them on summer days when humidity is high and you get hot just by walking to your car or the subway. If these products work under those circumstances, you know they're going to work year round.
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Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant
This is one of our mainstay deodorants, no matter how many we try. It contains mint and eucalyptus, so it smells super fresh, and works well to keep odor at bay.
Ursa Major "Hoppin' Fresh" Deodorant, $18, amazon.com.
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Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant
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Type A Deodorant
Not many natural deodorants last all day, but this one is truly impressive. It has sweat-activated technology that keeps you dry and fresh, and is a cream that you squeeze onto your underarms and rub in.
Type A Aluminum-Free Deodorant, $10, typeadeodorant.com.
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Ethique Lavender & Vanilla Glow Solid Deodorant
This natural deodorant is beneficial for your body and for the environment. It comes in a solid soap form, so it's plastic free, and contains bamboo, which absorb sweat, along with yeast extract, which eliminates odor-causing bacteria.
Ethique Lavender & Vanilla Glow Solid Deodorant, $17.50, amazon.com.
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Nfuse Citrus Roll On Deodorant
This clear roll-on deodorant has the best citrus smell, which also conveniently eliminates odor. And like the Schmidt's deodorant, it also contains magnesium.
Nfuse Citrus Roll On Deodorant, $12, follain.com.
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Native Deodorant Coconut & Vanilla
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Jason Soothing Fresh Cucumber Dry Spray Deodorant
If you're someone who uses spray deodorant, try switching to this paraben-free, aluminum-free option. It comes in a spray can (sans chemical propellants) and keeps you dry and odor-free for hours.
Jason Soothing Fresh Cucumber Dry Spray Deodorant, $8.49, amazon.com.
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Agent Nateur Holi(Stick) N3
For an effective natural deodorant that's also chic (and who knew deodorants could be chic at all?), this is the one to try. The elegant packaging is indicative of the formula, which contains coconut oil, avocado butter, and eucalyptus to keep you smelling fresh all day long.
Agent Nateur Holi(Stick) N3, $21, agentnateur.com.
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Dove 0% Aluminum
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