The Best Natural Deodorant

Struggling to find a natural deodorant that actually works? We tested top-rated products to discover the best natural deodorant. Learn how to navigate the deodorant aisle like a pro.

Your Guide to Natural Deodorant

Scanning an entire aisle dedicated to underarm sweat is time-consuming. And if you’re looking for an effective natural deodorant, you could spend hours and hundreds of dollars researching and trialing different brands.

At Thompson Tee, we believe underarm sweat solutions shouldn't compromise your health.

How Do Antiperspirant and Deodorant Differ?

You see them on the shelves and online, but what separates deodorant and antiperspirant? And which is more natural?

Deodorants prevent body odor by stopping the breakdown of odor-causing bacteria in the armpits.

Like deodorant, antiperspirants conceal the smell of sweat. But they also contain the active ingredient aluminum, which plugs your sweat ducts to block sweat. Because deodorants don’t contain aluminum, regular and natural deodorants are not considered antiperspirants.

Discover the truth about 5 controversial toxins in antiperspirant.

Studies have loosely linked aluminum to certain diseases, but the connection has not been proven. Still, you might prefer to avoid potentially harmful ingredients and stick with a natural deodorant.

Why Choose Natural Deodorants?

Natural deodorants don't stop sweat like antiperspirants. But there are a few reasons you might go with deodorant instead:

You prefer not to use chemicals
Beyond aluminum, most antiperspirants also contain other chemicals including propylene glycol, parabens phthalates. Truly natural and organic deodorants block odor without the use of potentially harmful chemicals

You have sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, ingredients like alcohol, aluminum (and even baking soda) could irritate your skin. Deodorants derived from gentle, natural ingredients offer a safer, gentler alternative.

You have axillary hyperhidrosis
If you suffer from spontaneous sweating, antiperspirants and deodorants don’t work well.

You want to avoid yellow stains
When mixed with sweat, aluminum found in antiperspirants is known to cause yellow stains. Swapping antiperspirant for a natural deodorant could eliminate this issue and save more of your shirts.

Determine Your Natural Threshold

There are different tiers of natural deodorants. Those that are primarily chemical free, those that are 100% chemical-free and homemade deodorant remedies like coconut oil or lemon juice.

Learn more natural ways to stop sweating.

Putting Natural Deodorants to the Test

Few natural deodorant brands follow through on their promise to be truly chemical-free. The following 8 natural deodorant brands have completely natural and organic recipes:



  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Has a stronger scent


  • The coconut oil base melts at 76 degrees
  • The deodorizing effects only lasted 4 hours
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • Left a residue after showering
  • Has an awkward circular shape compared to traditional oval-shaped deodorants
  • Difficult to apply


Primal Pit Paste offers both a deodorant stick and deodorant paste options. Because it’s made with beeswax, the solution could leave a residue and is more difficult to apply.



  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Has a stronger scent


  • Melting point: Schmidt's suggested keeping it under 100 degrees to maintain the deodorant's original consistency and texture, but that isn't ideal during the summer.
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • The rough and sticky texture is not easy to apply


Schmidt’s natural deodorant contains essential oils, arrowroot powder, shea butter, candelilla wax and coconut oil.

With just one or two applications, Schmidt’s can keep you odor-free for most of the day. With more applications, the brand has been shown to cause yellowing on white tees. The rough, gritty texture also pulled out some armpit hairs during application.

Of all the brands tested, Schmidt’s is one of the best natural deodorants for combatting odor.



  • Effective at stopping odor with one to two applications
  • Has a stronger scent
  • Low cost
  • Does not cause yellowing
  • Easy to apply
  • Won't melt in the car


  • Does not contain 100% natural ingredients


Arm & Hammer Essentials is free of aluminum, parabens, colorants and animal-derived ingredients. However, it contains one suspect ingredient, propylene glycol. However, Arm & Hammer Essentials works well — especially for the price. If you’re price-sensitive and the use of propylene glycol in deodorant doesn’t bother you, Arm & Hammer Essentials is an effective natural deodorant.



  • Contains 100% natural ingredients


  • Poor scent
  • The deodorant wore off quickly
  • You have to apply by hand


Truly’s Natural Deodorant is a cream deodorant that you apply by hand. The cream used an unusual ingredient — powdered sugar, which actually kills bacteria in large amounts.



  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • The best odor-fighting effectiveness (perfect for excessive sweaters)
  • Awesome scent (in order of effectiveness: Coconut & Vanilla, Citrus & Herbal Musk, Eucalyptus & Mint


  • Caused yellow stains: A Native representative recommended applying less and waiting for the deodorant to dry to help avoid yellowing.
  • Contains “fragrance” Typically, "fragrance" is code for chemical compounds. Native claims to use natural oils to create the scent. According to the website, Native refers to these oils as “fragrance” per FDA recommendations.
  • Difficult to apply but easier than Primal Pit Paste and Schmidt's
  • Melting point: The deodorant is designed to withstand 90-degree temperatures for up to 8 hours, which isn't ideal during the summer months.


Of all the natural deodorants tested, Native Deodorant was the only that shielded odor until the following day.



  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Easier to apply


  • Junglemint and Junglejuice have very weak scent
  • Deodorant odor effects only lasted 2 hours
  • Melting point unknown


With a simple ingredient list of corn starch, palm oil, baking soda and tea tree oil, Jungleman Naturals is a great option for men and women with sensitive skin. As one of the few natural deodorants that doesn’t use wax or shea butter, the stick also glides on a tad smoother than the rest.



  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Strong scent


  • The coconut oil base could melt at 76 degrees
  • The deodorizing effects only lasted 4 hours
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • Circular shape (more difficult to apply than the traditional long oval shape)


Beach Organics Skincare offers an organic natural deodorant with simple ingredients like organic coconut oil, organic cornstarch, baking soda, organic beeswax, essential oils and vitamin E.

Like other natural deodorants containing beeswax, the deodorant could also leave a residue on your skin after showering.



  • 100% certified organic, vegan ingredients
  • No noticeable yellowing


  • Weaker scent
  • The deodorizing effects don’t last long
  • Melting point unknown


As an organic-certified, vegan and edible natural deodorant, North Coast Organics goes the extra mile to provide a truly healthy deodorant solution. For people who sweat heavily, North Coast Organics is not a powerful deodorizer.

Our Picks: The Best Natural Deodorant for Men

Arm & Hammer Essentials

  • It's effective
  • It contains mostly natural ingredients
  • It won't melt easily
  • It doesn't cause yellow staining

Native Deodorant

  • It contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Native offers the best odor protection
  • It had the best scent of any natural deodorant

Ingredients to Avoid in Natural Deodorants

Like all consumer products, "natural" and "organic" labels don’t mean much. There are plenty of workarounds to claim a product is natural. Here are some suspect ingredients to avoid in deodorants:


The term "fragrance" often signals a trade secret mixture of chemicals in deodorant. Brands can use this phrase to not disclose the chemicals that comprises the scent. If you have hyper-sensitive skin, avoid fragrance in deodorants.

Talcum Powder

Many deodorant brands use talcum powder for moisture and odor control and to reduce friction during application. In its natural form, talc contains the cancer-causing agent asbestos, according to However, the talc used in consumer products today is asbestos-free. Talcum powder has come under scrutiny for its link to ovarian and lung cancers. Studies on both humans and animals have produced mixed results.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is used in antifreeze and other consumer products like deodorant. The FDA and World Health Organization recognize propylene glycol as generally safe for use in foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. And companies like Tom's of Maine use vegetable-based propylene glycol — an environmentally safer alternative.

Still, the Environmental Protection Agency requires the use of gloves when handling the substance and disposal by burying, signaling its potential harm.

Concerns with Natural Deodorant

Before investing in natural deodorants, here are some possible downsides you should prepare for:


The combination of shea butter, baking soda and wax create a gritty, ChapStick-like texture that is often difficult to apply.

To ease application, press the product against your underarms for 30 seconds or so before applying so your body heat softens the solution.


Aluminum found in antiperspirant is known to cause yellow stains on white shirts. But some natural deodorants (that omit aluminum) can also cause yellowing on white shirts.


Some natural deodorants leave a residue on clothes and skin with heavy application that can last even after you shower. Solutions made with candelilla wax — a thin, smooth wax — tend to leave residue less than products made with beeswax — a thicker and stickier solution.


To shield body odor, you need a strong, pleasantly scented deodorant. To maintain purity, some natural deodorants are unscented or contain natural, less noticeable scents.

Melting Point

Coconut oil forms the base of many natural deodorants on the market. With a melting point of 77°F, these natural deodorants melt faster than ones made with artificial ingredients.


Baking soda is a highly effective deodorizer found in many natural deodorants. Too much baking soda can irritate the skin, causing rashes and redness. If you have sensitive skin, be wary of natural deodorants that use baking soda as a primary ingredient.