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In Search of a Natural Deodorant


I’ve been looking for a natural deodorant for some time now.

Without a doubt, there are lots to choose from. I’ve tried many of them.  I’ve tested each one for days and days at a time.  I’ve given my body several days to get used to each one in the hopes that it would embrace the new deodorant.  Despite my patience, each one left me sporting quite the unpleasant odor.   While I’m sure that they may work for some, they have not worked for me.  😦

Natural deodorants

I won’t go into detail about each of these products, as I don’t want to make this into a product review post.    They are all great products and I’m sure that they work for other people out there.  After all, they were each easy to find on the shelves of my local health food store, so they must be doing something right!  In fact, if you’re looking for a more natural option, I encourage you to try some of these.

It’s Personal

Finding an effective deodorant is a very personal thing.  Everyone’s body is different and of course, it also changes over time.  When you choose to forgo the strength behind the more popular antiperspirants and deodorants, some fine tuning is definitely warranted.

Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant

Antiperspirants are used to keep your underarms dry.  They do this by preventing perspiration in the first place.  Most of them contain aluminum salts to help accomplish this task.  Basically, they work by blocking the pores from releasing the sweat.

Deodorants, on the other hand, mask body odor with a scent.  They do not prevent sweat or perspiration.  Instead, they work to neutralize or cover the odor with something more pleasant.

Complaints About Antiperspirants and Deodorants

Both products contain lots of ingredients that seem unnatural, including parabens and preservatives.  The ingredient that has the worst reputation, is aluminum.  It has been linked to both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Despite the bad reputation that aluminum has, there is quite a bit of conflicting information available concerning how bad or not aluminum is for you.  Some say there is no need for worry and there is no link to these diseases.  Others conclude that the chronic exposure is certainly linked to these illnesses.

I learned a bit on this subject when I read Gillian Deacon’s book, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick.

There's Lead in Your Lipstick

Why Choose a Natural Deodorant?

I’m no scientist or expert when it comes to the ingredients used in these products or their effects.  If you read enough material, you could find an opinion to support any point of view.

In my humble view, I believe that a product with fewer ingredients is usually a better choice.   I also believe that I should be able to understand the ingredient list of the products that I put on my skin.  With those two principles in mind, my only choice is to go with a natural deodorant.  And even some of those have a long ingredient list!

How do you stay fresh and dry?

Until I find a good alternative, or figure out how to make an effective deodorant on my own (hint, hint!), I continue to use my store-bought deodorant.  It works, but I’m not thrilled about using something with such a long list of ingredients.

What do you use to stay dry and sweet-smelling all day?

52 thoughts on “In Search of a Natural Deodorant

  1. Nice post! I am using something I made , but I am still looking for the best recipe! Can’t wait to see your own deodorant!

    • I’m test driving a recipe right now. I’m hoping to post about it, with test results, next week. Maybe we can share recipes!

      • Of course, Alia! The one I am using now and which I am still testing is a liquid one with no vegetal oil( but I have already made 2 different before: a solid one and a liquid one with some oils and wasn’t for 100% content). I hone day to say this is the one… I am still testing 🙂

  2. A Mexican friend once told me that it is not uncommon in Central America to cut a lime in half and rub it in your pits. I’ve never tried it myself, but in areas where the poverty levels are as high as the temperatures, it makes me wonder what innovative and non-commercial solutions the locals come up with.

    Always a fan of your blog and great advice.

    • How interesting! I’ve heard of many simple solutions, but not anything with a lime before! You’re right that people will come up with whatever they can, given their resources, to solve a problem.
      Thanks for your support, Sarah!

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  4. I am considering trying to go natural as well but can’t seen to find any product that has great reviews. Have you tried a crystal deodorant?

  5. I feel like I learn something new every time I visit your blog, Alia. 🙂 I completely agree with your philosophy about fewer ingredients being better in beauty products. I used to just buy whatever was cheapest, but as I have gotten older, I have realized how important it is to consider what chemicals and toxins could be absorbed into my skin from the products I use. I haven’t seen these particular brands before, but then again, you are in a different country. Did you purchase online or in store?

  6. Thanks, Casey! I purchased mine at the local health food store. Do you happen to be near a Whole Foods? They might have some good options to try.

  7. I’ve been making my own cream deodorant for about a year now. It works really well, although sometimes it would be nice to be able to just buy one off the shelf. Like you, I didn’t have much success with the store bought options I tested.

  8. Tried some sort of crystal-ish rock deodorant a few times, can´t remember the name, but it was such an odd concept 😉

  9. Going natural is the way to go with all products these days!

    Chelsey via

  10. I agree.. Soo scared to use anything with a lottaa chemicals.. I’m in search of a Deodrant without chemicals.. but sadly none of them seem good out here.. Body Shop does have a few.. but they are too pricey!!

    xx Chaicy – Style..A Pastiche!

  11. Im always in the search of a good natural deodorant !

  12. YOu just answered my questions! I was too looking for great natural deodorants! Thanks Alia for the post 🙂

  13. LOVE this post! I’ve tried about five different kinds and haven’t found “the one” yet – Thanks for the education & ideas ❤

  14. I went to college with a girl who used a lemon and vinegar mix as deodorant. I’m not sure how effective it is for everyone, but she swore by it and it doesn’t get anymore natural than that. Good luck!


  15. This is one of those things I struggle with! I feel like super-strength deodorant can’t be good for me in the long run, but I don’t know what else to use 😦

    • It’s so tough to find the right product. Sadly, the only way I know how to find the right one is by trial and error. I’m sure there’s something out there for you. Keep at it!

  16. I would love to use natural deodorants, but I haven’t find the right one yet.

  17. I use standard shop bought one but would love having a go at making my own…

  18. That’s such a great post. I am a Nazi when it comes to deos hahaha.. But I have to confess, I have never tried a natural deo (yet!). 😀

  19. Okay do you want to know something grossss? I don’t use deodorant everyday. I only use it when I got to the gym… It’s because I’ve tried many MANY types of deoderant/antiperspirants and they never worked for me. So I kinda gave up on ’em…. eeeew right? 😦 Thanks for the useful post!

  20. I”m always on the search for a good deodorant, I always find that I sweat so easily, no matter how much I apply. Fingers crossed that you are able to make your own.

  21. I use a Rexona antiperspirant, but the name escapes me right now. I do often wonder if there will be any side effects later on, it is incredibly effective and the only one I trust to do the job.

  22. Really great review. Never tried it before

  23. I just use a dove deodorant. It’s the only deodorant I’ve seemed to be able to use continuously without issue, typically I am allergic to really fruity scents.

    • Scented products can cause problems. I’ve definitely heard from many others who also have to avoid scented skin care products. Great that you know what works for you.

  24. i use stuff that i make! 🙂 my husband an i are kind of on a roll with making stuff right now hehehe. good luck on your venture of findin the perfect natural deodorant for you

  25. Omg Ive been looking for a natural deodorant! or should I say anti-persperant… because I would much rather feel dry under there 🙂

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