We’ve found 7 natural deodorants that *actually* work
If you want to go aluminium-free, we recommend these
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / November 29 2023
You don’t need to be a natural beauty convert to see the appeal of a natural deodorant. While the research is not conclusive, there have been some concerns raised over the use of aluminium in antiperspirant deodorants (find out why aluminium antiperspirants have such a bad rap - and what the experts have to say about them).
Or maybe you’re just not into the idea of antiperspirants blocking your body from doing something it’s naturally designed to do - i.e. sweat to regulate your body’s temperature. While natural deodorants work slightly differently - they absorb moisture and mask body odour rather than actually preventing your body from sweating like antiperspirants do - they are free from aluminium and, of course, there’s the fact that their formulas are all-natural and free from nasties.
The problem is, in the past natural deodorants have failed to impress. Their effectiveness was very hit or miss, and their smells often unpleasant and overpowering. But, if you’ve tried them before and vowed to never again, you may want to reconsider. Because natural deodorants have come a long way, and there are ones out there that work an absolute treat.
We happen to have found seven of them for you. These are the ones we consider to be some of the best natural deodorant options available here in Australia.
GOOD TO KNOW: It’s important to note that when you start using a natural deodorant, you need to give it a chance. For some people, their bodies go through an initial detox period to remove the toxin build-up caused by your antiperspirant, which can make your natural deodorant seem like it’s not working. After the detox period is over (up to two weeks), you’ll be able to reap the full rewards of your natural formula.
Woohoo Body Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick Wild Extra Strength
This zesty citrus stick is Woohoo's best-selling deodorant thanks to its incredible extra strength body-odour busting powers that work all day long, and then some. It's vouched for by men and women all over the world, even super sweaty tradies, athletes and tropics-dwellers.
$13.56 (down from $16.95) at healthylife
Real Purity, Roll-On Deodorant
From nature to you (with just a few steps in between). Real Purity has a focus on using wild botanicals, along with gentle nurturing ingredients to give you odour-busting protection for all- day freshness. Simply roll on and enjoy essential oil infused fragrance.
$29.66 at iHerb
Mukti Organics Botanique Deodorant
A certified organic deodorant, Mukti is another Australian skin care brand that takes our skin health very seriously, leaving nasties out of its formulas, including no aluminium in this deodorant. Instead, you’ll find witch hazel, which can help reduce unwanted bacteria growth, and a herbaceous blend of pure essential oils for a refreshing scent that lasts all day. We particularly like this one for women and men.
$29.95 at Adore Beauty
A’kin Geranium and Cedarwood Natural Deodorant
This Australian skin care brand has created spray and roll-on natural deodorants. Both are scented with an invigorating blend of geranium, cedarwood and patchouli oils that provide odour-neutralising protection, and don’t contain any bi-carb soda, zinc, triclosan or aluminium.
Starting from $8.99 at Oz Hair & Beauty
Mitchum Natural Powder Deodorant
Mitchum already had a stellar reputation for keeping our pits as far from wet as possible, before launching this innovative bamboo powder formula. Not only will it keep you dry, but the formula also utilises botanical oil extracts to neutralise odour naturally. Your hardest decision will be choosing between the Eucalyptus or Coconut fragrance blend.
$8 at Priceline
Available in multiple scents (all of which hero vanilla in some way), this clinically-tested and dermatologist-recommended deodorant is fast-drying and doesn’t leave behind any white residue. It’s also free from parabens, aluminium and bi-carb. The ingredients - which include soothing aloe and antibacterial tea tree oil - are vegan, cruelty-free and ethically and sustainably harvested, plus the packaging is recyclable.
$19.45 (down from $25) at Oz Hair & Beauty
KIND-LY Natural Deodorant
An all-natural Australian brand, KIND-LY tackles body odour by fighting the bad bacteria in your underarms with good bacteria. Probiotics and magnesium in its formula work to create a happy microbiome to keep any bad smells at bay. KIND-LY’s roll-on natural deodorants contain pure essential oils in different scent variants to leave you smelling fresh throughout the day. If you’re looking for a natural deodorant for your kids, we reckon they’ll love these as much as you will - both for their clean but colourful packaging and the variety of girl and boy-approved scents.
$15.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Sukin Natural Deodorant
This deodorant spray is formulated with zinc to control bacteria growth; aloe vera, burdock and nettle extract to soothe skin; and a blend of citrus, lavender and vanillin oils for an invigorating scent that will leave your underarms fresh for the rest of the day. It’s suitable for all skin types and we love the fact that it’s Australian made.
$5.00 at Priceline
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.