The Best Natural Deodorant for Heavy Sweating

 

Armpit sweating sucks, and finding a healthy solution is even more frustrating. I’ve dealt with the condition axillary hyperhidrosis my entire adult life and always struggled with the idea of layering toxin-laden antiperspirants on my armpits. I was determined to find the best natural deodorant that could withstand the wrath of heavy underarm sweat. After years of experimenting, I put 8 high-rated products to the test to answer: What deodorant works best?

Here’s what I found.

Choosing Natural Deodorants to Test

In my previous post explaining natural deodorant labels, I discussed the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. Antiperspirants block your sweat ducts with aluminum compounds so you sweat less while deodorants lack aluminum and only protect against odor.

Many natural deodorant brands have concocted healthier formulas to reduce the effects of underarm sweat without aluminum. But even the strongest over-the-counter deodorant or antiperspirant can't prevent underarm sweat for people who sweat heavily.

After years of wearing sweat proof Thompson Tees (well before we launched the company), I've trained my underarms to sweat less. Now stress sweating isn't an issue for me. As a result, I've been able to switch to natural deodorant. By using natural deodorants, I also eliminate the daily (often twice daily) application of potentially health-compromising chemicals that don't work well.

How to make antiperspirants work harder for you.

My Search for the Best Natural Deodorant

When researching "natural" deodorant options, I found that few followed through on their promise to be completely natural and organic. I narrowed down my search to 8 options because they are some of the healthiest options I could find.

When testing these natural deodorants, I based my feedback on the following criteria:

  • How well they neutralize odor
  • How long they neutralize odor
  • The texture and application
  • Safety
  • Melting point

I purchased all of the deodorants tested, and none of the brands are aware of my review.

As a disclaimer, I suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis, so these results apply to people who sweat excessively. The average person may experience different results.

Here's my feedback on some of the top natural deodorants:

Primal Pit Paste ($10.95)

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Has a stronger scent 

Cons:

  • The coconut oil base could melt at 76 degrees
  • The deodorizing effects only lasted 4 hours
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • Left a residue after showering
  • Circular shape (I prefer the traditional long oval shape)
  • Difficult to apply

Despite the name, Primal Pit Paste offers both a deodorant stick and deodorant paste options.I tried three types of Primal Pit Paste deodorant sticks: Thyme & Lemongrass, Lavender and Coconut Lime.

As a base, Primal Pit Pastes use coconut oil — a popular ingredient in natural deodorants. But with a potential melting point of 76 degrees, I had to be sure not to leave it in my car (for those gym-going days).

Compared to other natural deodorants, the scent was decently strong. However, after 4 hours, I noticed some stink.

These deodorants also left a residue on my skin after showering and yellow stains on my white shirts. I previously thought only antiperspirants caused yellowing (a reaction from sweat and aluminum). But many of the natural deodorants tested also made my white tees yellow. As someone who sweats excessively, though, that could be due to my heavy application.

Because Primal Pit Paste only protected me for a few hours, I ruled out this product in my search for the best natural deodorant after a few uses.

Schmidt's Deodorant Stick Bergamot + Lime ($8.99)

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Has a stronger scent

Cons:

  • 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 

Made in Portland, Oregon, Schmidt’s natural deodorant contains a mixture of natural ingredients including essential oils, arrowroot powder, shea butter, candelilla wax and coconut oil.

To my surprise, Schmidt’s kept me mostly odor free for the whole day (with just one to two applications). As I applied more layers, however, my white tees began to turn yellow in the underarms. The rough, gritty texture also pulled out some armpit hairs during application (and clung to my shirt like papier–mâché when applied heavily).

Of all the natural deodorants tested, Schmidt’s deserves an honorable mention for combating odor.

Arm & Hammer Essentials Solid Deodorant ($3.99)

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Does not contain 100% natural ingredients

Arm & Hammer Essentials is free of aluminum, parabens, colorants and animal-derived ingredients. I debated adding this product to the list because it contains one suspect ingredient, propylene glycol.  However this has been my go-to deodorant for the past few years.

Arm & Hammer Essentials does work  — especially for the price. If you’re price-sensitive and the use of propylene glycol in deodorant doesn’t bother you, I would recommend Arm & Hammer Essentials. A major plus is that after a few years of usage, I haven't experienced yellowing in my white shirts!

Truly’s Natural Cream Deodorant ($8.99)

truly natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients 

Cons:

  • 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. I was drawn to the product for its organic ingredients, including powdered sugar —  which actually kills bacteria in large amounts (who would have thought?) Of all the natural deodorants, Truly’s has one of the purest ingredient lists.

Unfortunately, after applying Truly's in the morning, the deodorant wore off by noon. Rubbing cream on my armpits by hand also wasn't an ideal experience.

For excessive sweating, I would not recommend this natural deodorant solution.

Native Deodorant Coconut & Vanilla ($12)

Pros:

  • 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)

Cons:

  • Caused yellow stains
  • Contains “fragrance” (not sure why the ingredients aren't listed)
  • 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 I tested, Native Deodorant was by far the most effective in combating odor —  lasting until the next day! As someone who sweats profusely, this is huge.

Although Native had the best scent of any natural deodorant, my reservation is the ingredient “fragrance.” This catch-all can signal a product contains chemicals. After reaching out to the brand, the rep reassured me Native uses natural oils to create the scent. According to the website, Native refers to these oils as “fragrance” per FDA recommendations.

After a couple uses, I noticed my white shirts began to yellow. I reached out to the brand again, and the rep recommended I apply less and wait for it to dry.

As someone who sweats profusely, I was blown away by how well Native worked in neutralizing odor. Native has become my go-to natural deodorant  when wearing dark-colored shirts.

Jungleman Naturals Junglemint All-Natural Deodorant ($7.99)

Pros:

  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Easier to apply

Cons:

  • 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.

I tried both Junglemint and Junglejuice deodorant sticks and noticed both had a weak scent. They also failed to protect me past 9:30 a.m. (just 2 hours after applying). Again, I sweat heavily, so the results may differ for the average person.

Beach Organics Skincare Lemon Lavender Organic Deodorant ($11.99)

beach organics lemon lavender deodorant

Pros:

  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Strong scent

Cons:

  • The coconut oil base could melt at 76 degrees
  • The deodorizing effects only lasted 4 hours
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • Circular shape (I prefer 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.

I tried the Lemon Lavender scent and found the results (and packaging) to be very similar to Primal Pit Paste. While the natural deodorant scent was fairly strong, I began to smell after a few hours. Like other natural deodorants containing beeswax, the deodorant also left a residue on my skin after showering.

North Coast Organics Deodorant ($9.99)

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Not crazy about the scent
  • The deodorizing effects could be stronger and last longer for excessive sweaters
  • 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. I tried the Revolver scent, which did not smell great to me, but I preferred it over the others. With scents like Death by Lavender, Coconut and Blood Orange, there are plenty of scent options, though.

From an efficacy standpoint, North Coast Organics did a decent job of fighting odor for someone with axillary hyperhidrosis. I also didn’t notice any yellowing, which was relieving.

Read more natural ways to stop sweating. 

The Most Effective Natural Deodorant for Heavy Sweat

I commend the brands listed above for honoring their brand promise and offering truly natural deodorant solutions. Few chemical-ridden deodorants work for people with axillary hyperhidrosis, so searching for an effective natural deodorant was a tall order.

After testing these products, I now wear Native deodorant with dark-colored clothing and stick with Arm & Hammer Essentials when wearing light-colored clothing.

As of today, I would award Arm & Hammer Essentials as the best natural deodorant for people who sweat heavily. Here's why:

  • It's effective enough
  • It's natural enough
  • It won't melt in your car during the peak of summer
  • It doesn't cause yellow staining

What are the best natural deodorants you've tried? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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