I love natural products. From head to toe, I slather myself with anything that touts itself as being all natural. There’s one area where I tend to keep it all chemical everything. That’s the armpit region. I know my body and I know that when it comes to underarm odor, it is best for me to err on the side of caution. It’s fine and dandy to test out these natural deodorants in the comfort of my home, but taking it to the streets? That’s a whole ‘nother level of bravery. BUT in the name of efficacy and real deal product testing, it’s what must be done.



I tested these 5 deodorants in the middle of summertime Chicago, just for you! And I took public transportation, went out for walks, went to concerts, lived my life and finally I can share the natural deodorants I could and would recommend to a friend. Because if you’re my friend that means we’re hanging out and we need to be able to enjoy each other’s company.

Let’s chat about natural deodorants for a quick second, before diving in.

Some people turn to natural deodorants because of their concerns about aluminum. Some believe aluminum to be carcinogenic and many have expressed concerns about breast cancer, although research around the topic isn’t exactly definitive. Some have allergies or an aversion to mainstream deodorants with their laundry list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Others don’t like mainstream deodorants because they can cause stains on clothing (apparently caused by “a chemical reaction between aluminum-based antiperspirants and laundry detergent.” Who knew?). And some are turning to natural deodorants because of a general interest in a natural, healthy lifestyle, inside and out.

Natural deodorants don’t include aluminum. Some natural deodorants rely on baking soda as their active ingredient, but some people have sensitive reactions to baking soda. Others use corn starch or arrowroot powder. They might come in a jar or in a traditional stick, or a blend of the two. I’ll explain that one further as I get into my picks!


Nourish Organic deodorant cream – Like I said, there are natural deodorants that come in a jar, and there are those that come in a stick. Nourish Organic’s deodorant cream is a cream that comes in a stick and oozes through tiny holes. It’s kind of thick and TBH mine has gotten a bit messy with use. You can rub it in so there’s no topical flakes or residue after application. The almond vanilla fragrance I reviewed is super mild, light, and the formula does a decent job of keeping me dry. You may need to reapply mid way through your day if you’re paranoid about body odor like I am, but in general I liked this product and would recommend it to a friend. I also really like Nourish Organic’s rosehip and rosewater body mist, BTW).



Nubian Heritage deodorants – If you’re looking for a natural deodorant stick that glides on easily and moisturizes your skin too, definitely check out Nubian Heritage’s range. The combination of glycerin, corn starch and shea butter makes for a moisturizing underarm experience that takes a bit to absorb and dry, but is never unpleasant. I really like their fragrances – coconut & papaya is my favorite, with honey & black seed coming a close second. Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver is also lovely, and African Black Soap has a fresh, clean fragrance.


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Schmitdt’s Natural Deodorant –  Schmidt’s has become a heavy hitter in the natural deodorant space, because it works well and comes in a variety of grown and sexy fragrance combinations. It comes in a little glass jar with a tiny spatula to apply the perfect amount – and as with many natural deodorants, intimacy with your armpits is encouraged, because you’ll have to massage it in. Schmidt’s does have substantial staying power, thanks to its combination of shea butter and baking soda. Ylang Ylang + Calendula is my favorite fragrance, soft, clean and floral.



Oyin Handmade Funk Butter  – Full disclosure, everything Oyin makes is WIN in my books. The main ingredients of their Funk Butter are the usual natural deodorant suspects, baking soda, shea butter and cornstarch, plus coconut oil and kaolin clay amongst other healthy skin ingredients. It’s texture is soft, spongy and massagable (that’s not a word, but you get it). Coco Mango is my favorite of their three varieties.



Meow Meow Tweet – I recently discovered this small batch vegan beauty and bodycare brand at the fabulous A Night For Green Beauty event here in Chicago. They’ve got whimsy, love cats, and make a variety of great all natural products including deodorant cream in 3 varieties, one of which doesn’t include baking soda, for those who have a reaction to it.

There are a few other brands I’ve got my eye on to try, like Lush and La Vanila, but those are the all natural deodorants I’ve used personally and liked enough to recommend to a friend. Have you tried any? Tell me your favorites!



Yolonda Spinks says:
August 14, 2015, 2:02 am
Thanks for this! I have been eyeing Meow Meow Tweet for a minute. With my daily workouts I need something this is going to hold me down. :)
Jay | Relaxed Thairapy says:
August 14, 2015, 11:13 am
I have been using Schmidt's for over a year now and things are going well. Thanks for sharing this article. I will bookmark it for when I'm ready to purchase other brands. Here's my article. http://relaxedthairapy.com/review-schmidts-natural-deodorant/
Jess says:
August 14, 2015, 1:00 pm
I have used and LOVE Soapwalla cream deodorant for a couple years and it's the only one that works for me!
Deedra says:
August 14, 2015, 2:10 pm
I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt this way. I've tried one of these brands you listed above, but within a couple weeks my skin was so irritated I had to wear a gauze under my arms. I am willing to give your other recommendations a try. Thank you and I know everything does not work for everyone.
Karen J says:
August 18, 2015, 11:30 am
Consonant (Dealkalizing) Deodorant, Dr. Mist Deodorant and DIY deodorant (lots of recipes on the internet). I need not try anymore - I swear by these 100% natural deodorants. When my husband approached me and told me that our teens needed something for their arms I started my search and found these. The only problem with the DIY deodorant is that when its hot it starts getting soft. Both can be ordered online.
Serena says:
August 19, 2015, 12:53 pm
Chile that Oyin Funk Butter had my underarms looking like a baboon's booty. I will have to look into the Nubian Heritage ones. I usually like their body products.
Bridgette says:
August 26, 2015, 7:34 am
I use Arm & Hammer's deodorant. It's easy to find. I've bought it from CVS, Walmart, HEB (in Texas), and Kroger. It doesn't cost much. And, most importantly, it doesn't affect my very sensitive skin.
Andrea says:
September 1, 2015, 4:51 pm
Thank you for sharing! I've been wanting to switch to a natural deodorant but didn't know some good ones.
Denise R. says:
September 1, 2015, 11:53 pm
Thank you! I need this information. I used to DIY, but found baking soda and cornstarch to be so irritating to my very sensitive skin. Now the search continues...
Karen J says:
September 4, 2015, 11:30 am
Denise R replace baking soda with Arrowroot powder.
Orani Cosmetics says:
September 7, 2015, 7:29 am
Great article thank you. I have not had a lot of success with the natural ones on the market near me but I'll certainly give these ones a try.
Tanfya Jones says:
October 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
love it...Can you send this blog in an email?
Angela Angel says:
November 12, 2015, 12:00 pm
I have tried natural deodorants including the Nourish brand largely because of a friend's urging to go all natural. I still found that there was a bit of a "funk" that developed throughout the day. I noticed you said you liked the smell of most the products you listed. Is that before or after smell? As in after a Chicago Summer day did you find that you still had a fresh smell or were you left "au naturel"?
karimah says:
February 3, 2016, 4:36 am
This is why i love afrobella. Sitting at work wondering if I should continue (failing) at making my own deodorants or try to find a deodorant that actually works, when I come across this page. i feel serena on the oyin funk butter. i think i'm sensitive to baking soda thus the breakout rashes. but i'll give a few of these a try. love your site :]


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