What the Funk is Up With Natural Deodorants

I love natural products. I’m attracted to anything with “organic” or “all-natural” stamped on it and if a beauty product is listed as “vegan,” I’m all about it. The problem with natural products is that they don’t always work in the same way as their not so natural counterparts. This is particularly true with deodorants. For the last three years I have been on the hunt for a natural deodorant as my everyday smell prevention. Unfortunately, this has resulted in quite a few smelly days. Below are my findings so you can protect your body from the potential dangers of aluminum without being the smelly person at work.  

The first deodorant I tried was a crystal ordered on Amazon. With crystal deodorants you dampen them with water then rub them in your underarms. The one I bought doesn’t have a scent which seemed like a pro originally but alas, my scentless savior did nothing for my smell. By the end of an eight hour work day I smelled horrible. I give crystals a 1 out of 5.

For my second attempt I went with a household name, Arm and Hammer. This deodorant went on like a normal stick deodorant. The scent was a musky gender neutral but still fresh scent. I bought their natural, aluminum free formula but be sure to read the ingredients; their deodorant with aluminum has very similar packaging. I wore this through a regular workday and reapplied at lunch. I made it through the day smell free but had I not reapplied I wouldn’t have smelled so sweet at the end of the day. I give this a 3 out of 5.

My third deodorant was another household name in all things natural, Tom’s. This deodorant also went on like a regular stick deodorant and did not leave much residue on my clothes. The scent I picked up was Lavender but they had a couple others to choose from. The scent was lovely, but unfortunately only lasted for about an hour. By lunch time I smelled like I hadn’t bathed in the last week. This did nothing to prevent me from being the gross sweaty person in the office. I give Tom’s a 1 out of 5.

After my failed attempts at drugstore deodorants I went back to the internet. A friend turned me onto the company Meow Meow Tweet and I ordered their grapefruit scented deodorant without baking soda and the lavender scented  deodorant with baking soda. The formula for this deodorant is a little bit unconventional. It must be scooped from the jar and applied with your fingers. At first this seemed like a con and a great way for me to get deodorant on all of my clothes but in practice it works really well. Both deodorants worked pretty well throughout the workday. I prefer the formula without baking soda it doesn’t dry out the skin in my armpits. Works at the same level as the arm & hammer with a better scent. I give this a 4 out of 5.  

While I was, and still am, impressed with Meow Meow Tweet I wasn’t thrilled about carrying a jar around in my purse with me on days I knew I would want to reapply. Recently, I discovered that my favorite makeup brand, Tarte, makes an all natural, aluminum free, vegan, stick deodorant. Tarte Vegan Natural Deodorant is a godsend. I got the trial size and immediately fell in love with its adorable packaging and baby powder scent. This deodorant is packaged like a normal stick deodorant, the only exception being that it is in a round container. It is adorable, fits in my tiny purse and it WORKS. It works the best out of all the ones I tried. It doesn’t 100% hold up in a workout but it makes it through a stressful day. Tarte killed it on this one! Rating 5 out of 5.

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In conclusion, Tarte takes home the gold, with Meow Meow Tweet at silver and Arm and Hammer with bronze.

Have you tried any natural deodorants/beauty products? What are some of your favorites?

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