Natural deodorants you’ll actually wear
Say hello to the next-gen goodies even skeptics will love
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 13 2023
When natural deodorants first came about, let’s just say they weren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. They were a little hard to use (not ideal for the morning rush), some were irritating, and most didn’t really keep you smelling fresh the whole day.
But thanks to new technologies and innovations, cosmetic chemists have since created natural formulas that are just as good as your go-to aluminium deodorants. While natural deodorants don’t block your sweat glands like antiperspirants, the new wave of natural deodorants allow your ‘good’ bacteria to flourish and do its thang and are designed to keep you smelling great and feeling fresh throughout the day.
Whether you’re interested in a greener approach to personal care (organic ingredients, recyclable packaging), you have sensitive/irritated underarms and are looking to detox your pits, or are just curious, we’ve rounded up a crop of next-gen natural and aluminium-free deodorants that – gasp! – actually work.
Mario Badescu Deodorant
If you’re a natural deodorant stan or your poor pits just can’t handle the usual cocktail of skin-irritating ingredients found in your average anti-odour offering (aluminum and baking soda we’re looking at you), then this vegan-friendly pick from Mario Badescu is one to add to your daily survival kit. Featuring a blend of odour-neutralising botanicals like cleansing sage, cucumber, and ginger root oils, this no-mess stick deodorant is your new best friend for targeting BO without irritating your skin.
$21 at MECCA
Megababe Rosypits Daily Deodorant
With its cult following and highly-Instagrammable packaging, Megababe has officially changed the game when it comes to natural deodorant. People LOVE the stuff. At one point there was even a 13,000 person wait list for Megababe Rosypits Daily Deodorant. So, you know the stuff is legit. Infused with ingredients like sage, green tea, and corn starch, the rose-scented deodorant keeps B.O. at bay by preventing the formation of bacteria. It’s also free from irritants so it’s perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
$14 at Megababe
Natio Spirit Tea Tree + Lime Deodorant
With a fresh, invigorating scent, Natio Spirit Tea Tree + Lime Deodorant is a serious winner. The natural, aluminium-free formula uses a combination of native Australian tea tree to neutralise odour (it’s a great antibacterial ingredient) and the energising scent of lime to keep your underarms smelling fresh and clean throughout the day.
$12.95 at David Jones
Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-On
This little roll-on number from Aesop is just as luxe as you’d expect. It smells good, feels good and it actually works. Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-On is an alcohol-free scent that’s driven by patchouli, but also has hints of lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus, tea tree oil and more. Gender-neutral, it has a smooth, creamy texture (application is a breeze) and a dark, musky smell that masks stanky pits with total ease.
$35 at Aesop
A’kin Skin Geranium & Cedarwood Natural Deodorant
Featuring a blend of geranium, cedarwood and patchouli oil, A’kin Skin Geranium & Cedarwood Natural Deodorant is a spray deodorant (yep – not ALL natural deodorants come in tubs, people!), making it perfect for on-the-go. The best part? It won’t leave you with those annoying white marks. Plus, the woody, herbal scent will keep you feeling comfortable and fresh all day.
$9.95 at A'kin
Sukin Natural Deodorant
Boasting a blend of aloe vera, burdock and nettle extract, Sukin Natural Deodorant helps to cool and soothe your skin immediately after shaving (read: no irritation or red bumps). The addition of zinc works to get rid of odour-causing bacteria, while a combination of citrus and aromatic oils (including tangerine, mandarin, lavender and vanillin) gives off a fresh, clean aroma.
$6.99 at Priceline
If you’re already familiar with Kai’s line of beauty products, you’ll be pleased to know that its gorgeous signature fragrance is the star of the show in Kai Deodorant stick. The translucent formula combines vitamin E, chamomile and plant extracts with natural skin conditioning sugars to control moisture and keep you feeling dry and Kai-scented throughout the day. Plus, it’s a winner for sensitive skin.
$36 at MECCA
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Deodorant
Containing 100 per cent pure Australian tea tree oil, Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Deodorant is an aluminium-free deodorant that works to neutralise odour and absorb moisture, all without being gross and sticky.
$4.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste
Don’t let the ‘paste’ bit put you off. Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste is an award-winning toxin-free deodorant cream that contains only organic or natural ingredients (it’s loaded with essential oils). It seriously ticks all the boxes. You only need to rub a pea-sized amount into your armpits (it’s totally transparent BTW – so no white marks) and it’ll have your back the whole day. It smells incredible to boot, too.
$18.50 at Adore Beauty
Weleda Pomegranate 24h Roll-On Deodorant
Who said all-natural deodorants have to smell the same? Weleda Pomegranate 24h Roll-On Deodorant features a fresh and fruity scent of orange and davana, mixed with velvety notes of vanilla. Not only is it aluminium-free, but it’s also baking soda-free, free of synthetic fragrances and doesn’t contain parabens or any other nasties (it’s certified vegan and cruelty-free). Yep, it’s a goodie on all fronts.
$16.95 at Weleda
Mitchum Natural Power Deodorant in ‘Coconut’
Mitchum Natural Powder Deodorant is an aluminium-free deodorant that delivers on keeping your pits not only free from unwanted pungent aromas but also keeps sweat at bay. 24 hour ‘dryness’ is all but promised with this bamboo powder formulation. And of course you need a pleasant tropical coconut scent (provided by natural botanical oils) oozing from your underarms.
$6.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.