11 Best Natural Deodorants to Tackle Sweat and Odor [2021 Edition]

It's the million-dollar question: are there any natural deodorants that actually work well against odor and sweat? Natural deodorants are better for your skin and the environment, but many products just aren't strong or effective enough for heavy sweaters. 

In our quest to find the best natural deodorant for sweating, we put 11 high-rated products to the test. Check out our picks below! 

Best Natural Deodorants For Sweat in 2021

  1. Kopari
  2. Dove 0% Aluminum
  3. Pretty Frank 
  4. Schmidt’s
  5. Arm & Hammer
  6. Type: A
  7. Truly’s
  8. Native
  9. Secret Aluminum-Free
  10. Ursa Major
  11. Real Purity

Here’s the criteria we use to determine the top natural deodorants for heavy sweating:

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

Let’s see how these 11 natural deodorant brands stack up!

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

kopari natural deodorant

Pros:

  • No aluminum, parabens, sulfates, silicones, GMOs or baking soda
  • Made with coconut oil, which is naturally antimicrobial and anti-bacterial
  • Glides on smooth
  • Doesn’t leave white, sticky residue

Cons:

  • Contains synthetic fragrance and alcohol
  • Takes 2-4 weeks to become effective
  • Makes you sweat and smell more than usual during the first few weeks of usage

Kopari’s Coconut Deo is their best selling scent. Other scents like Driftwood, Beach and Gardenia are also available, along with a fragrance-free version.

Fair warning: If you switch from an aluminum-based antiperspirant to a coconut oil-based product, your pits will go through a detox phase. You may sweat and smell worse than usual for a few weeks while your armpits purge themselves of the aluminum that’s built up in your pores.

Once you get through the detoxification process you’ll experience noticeably drier and fresher smelling pits. To speed up the detox phase, Kopari recommends exfoliating your underarms to slough off dead skin and aluminum residue, applying a clay mask to your pits once in a while and drinking plenty of water.

2. Dove 0% Aluminum

dove 0% aluminum natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Aluminum-free 
  • Available in popular scents with 24-hour odor protection
  • Contains 1/4 moisturizers and 0% alcohol formula ideal for sensitive skin 

Cons:

  • Contains propylene glycol

We love that traditional deodorant and antiperspirant brands are now stepping into the natural deodorant game.  Dove's 0% Aluminum deodorant is great choice for those who are making the transition to all-natural deodorants but need something at a more affordable price point and don't want to undergo the weird transition to all-natural deodorants. Even sweaty reviewers rave about the scent, which lasts all day. 

3. Pretty Frank

pretty frank natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Has a stronger scent for combating body odor

Cons:

  • The coconut oil base melts at 76 degrees
  • The deodorizing effects last approximately 4 hours
  • Caused yellow stains with heavy application
  • Left a residue after showering
  • Difficult to apply

Pretty Frank, formerly known as Primal Pit Paste, actually offers both deodorant stick and deodorant paste options. Deodorant stick options include Thyme & Lemongrass, Lavender and Coconut Lime.

Pretty Frank uses coconut oil as a base, which is popular in natural deodorants. But coconut oil melts easily at 76 degrees, so be sure not to leave this product in your car.

Compared to other natural deodorants, the scent is somewhat strong, but fades quickly. 

Reviews also mention that this product leaves behind residues and yellow stains, just like aluminum-based antiperspirants. 

4. Schmidt's

schmidt's natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients
  • Free of propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrance
  • Has a stronger scent for combating body odor 

Cons:

  • The stick might lose consistency and texture at 100 degrees, which 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.

Schmidt's is very effective at keeping odor at bay throughout the day, but can also contribute to yellow armpit stains on shirts. Additionally, the rough, gritty texture of Schmidt's may not be ideal or preferable for some.

5. Arm & Hammer

arm and hammer natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Paraben free and colorant free, made with natural plant extracts
  • 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:

  • Contains propylene glycol

Arm & Hammer Essentials is free of aluminum, parabens, colorants and animal-derived ingredients. Although this product contains propylene glycol, it's incredibly effective for heavy sweaters.

Arm & Hammer Essentials does work — especially for the low price. If you’re cost-sensitive and the use of propylene glycol in deodorant doesn’t bother you, give Arm & Hammer Essentials a try ASAP.

6. Type:A

type a natural deodorant cream

Pros:

  • Contains ingredients like arrowroot powder, coconut oil, beeswax, vegetable glycerin and more
  • Easy, mess-free cream application
  • Protection lasts all day and improves as you sweat

Cons:

  • Contains some synthetic ingredients, including heptyl undecylenate, dimethicone and diisopropyl adipate

type:A adds a new twist to your daily hygiene routine. This deodorant cream features sweat-activated technology that works harder as you perspire, so sweat protection lasts all day. 

Using the tube applicator, squeeze out the deodorant and swipe it onto your armpits (rather than apply the cream with your hands). This application is simple and mess-free. Plus, the cream dries quickly, goes on clear and doesn’t leave any residue behind.

If you're looking for a trustworthy cream-based natural deodorant that's safe on clothes and tough on sweat, try type:A.

7. Truly's

truly's natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Contains 100% natural ingredients 

Cons:

  • Poor scent
  • Effects wear off quickly
  • You have to apply by hand

Truly's Natural Deodorant is another cream-based deodorant that you apply by hand. It features organic ingredients such as powdered sugar (which actually kills bacteria in large amounts). Of all the natural deodorants, Truly’s has one of the purest ingredient lists.

However, pure, 100% all-natural ingredients are not known to be effective against heavy sweat. If you have hyperhidrosis, you may want to skip this natural dedorant. 

8. Native

native natural deodorant

Pros:

  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Effective at fighting odor (perfect for excessive sweaters)
  • Variety of scents for men and women

Cons:

  • Can cause yellow stains
  • Contains “fragrance” (the ingredients aren't listed)
  • Firm consistency (but not as gritty as Schmidt's)
  • May lose consistency and texture at 90 degrees, which isn't ideal during the summer months.

Heavy sweaters love  Native Deodorant for its highly effective odor-neutralizing benefits. However, the ingredient "fragrance", which can signal chemical components, is also present in Native deodorant. 

After reaching out to the brand, a Native representative assured us that they use natural oils to create the scent. According to their  website, Native refers to these oils as “fragrance” per FDA recommendations.

Over-application can cause yellow stains, so try starting small and wait for it to dry before putting on your shirt. 

9. Secret Aluminum-Free

secret aluminum free deodorant

Pros:

  • Free of aluminum, parabens, dyes and talc 
  • Applies smoothly
  • Prevents odor for up to 48 hours 
  • Certified cruelty-free by PETA 

Cons:

  • Not 100% all-natural 

Secret has also recently entered the natural deodorant arena. If you enjoy using Secret's top-rated, sweat-stopping antiperspirants, you might also enjoy this aluminum-free version as well. Priced at around $6, this product is worth a try if you're looking to start using natural deodorant and don't want to go through a full armpit detox

10. Ursa Major

ursa major natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Made without aluminum, petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs
  • Choose from great scents like "Hoppin Fresh" or "Forest Fix" with cooling sensations 
  • Designed to eliminate odor and absorb moisture 

Cons:

  • Not ideal for sensitive skin - contains baking soda
  • Small size at a higher price point

Ursa Major natural deodorant is designed with performance in mind. This product features unique cooling properties that help mask odors throughout the day. Other key natural ingredients include aloe and eucalyptus, which also has odor-fighting properties. Overall, Ursa Major is a great choice for natural deodorant lovers, but the price is pretty high for what you're getting. 

11. Real Purity

real purity roll on natural deodorant

Pros:

  • Easy apply, roll-on deodorant 
  • Doesn't leave a residue 
  • Fights odor and sweat fairly well 

Cons:

  • Great application consistency, but can thicken up in the bottle over time
  • Heavy fragrance smell

Real Purity's roll-on deodorant is a solid choice for natural deodorants. However, essential oils are a key ingredient in this product, which can be a hit or miss depending on your preference for fragrance. This deodorant is designed for those with sensitive skin, and its easy application means no hard, gritty feel like other natural deodorants.  

The Most Effective Natural Deodorant for Heavy Sweat

I commend the brands listed above for offering natural deodorant solutions. But to this day, few natural deodorants work well for people who sweat a lot.

After testing these products, I've decided to 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

Remember, natural deodorants work best in conjunction with other non-toxic protection measures, such as a Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirt. Applying deodorant properly and wearing a Thompson Tee is your best (and most natural) defense against heavy sweating. 

What are the best natural deodorants you've tried? Let us know!