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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. 

    That’s why I was determined to find the best natural deodorant for heavy sweating. After years of experimenting, I put 11 high-rated products to the test to answer: What’s the best all natural deodorant on the market?

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    The Best Natural Deodorants For Heavy Sweating

    1. Kopari
    2. Smarty Pits
    3. Primal Pit Paste
    4. Schmidt’s
    5. Arm & Hammer
    6. Type: A
    7. Truly’s
    8. Native
    9. Jungleman
    10. Beach Organics
    11. North Coast Organics

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

    Does Natural Deodorant Work For Excessive Sweating?

    Is natural deodorant effective for heavy sweaters?

    First, it’s important to address 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.

    Uncover the truth about controversial toxins in antiperspirants.

    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.

    For excessive sweaters, natural deodorants are most effective when combined with other sweat-reduction tactics. For example, by wearing a sweat proof Thompson Tee, I’ve significantly reduced and prevented stress sweat. As a result, I’ve been able to switch to natural deodorants. By using natural deodorants, I also eliminate over-application of potentially health-compromising chemicals that don’t work well. 

    11 Best Natural Deodorants For Heavy Sweating

    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 10 of the healthiest options I could find.

    Here’s the criteria I used 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

    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.

    1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

    Kopari Coconut 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. Smarty Pits

    Smarty Pits Natural Deodorant

    Pros:

    • Phthalate free, paraben free, propylene glycol free, talc free and cruelty free
    • Baking soda-free option for those with sensitive skin
    • Includes plant-based powders that absorb sweat naturally 

    Cons:

    • Can be difficult to apply because of the rough, dry texture
    • May stain light-colored clothes

    Smarty Pits offers two types of natural deodorants: one with baking soda and one without. Both contain all-natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, beeswax, avocado butter and coconut oil.

    You can choose from a wide variety of scents, but if you have sensitive skin, the baking soda-free version uses magnesium as an optimal substitute.

    Overall, this product works great at keeping odor and sweat at bay all day. However, it can be difficult to apply. Try warming the stick up before applying to make it glide on smoothly.

    Bonus point: A portion of sales from each deodorant goes toward breast cancer research.

    3. Primal Pit Paste

    Primal Pit Paste 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
    • 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.

    Primal Pit Pastes use coconut oil as a base, which is popular in natural deodorants. But it can melt easily at 76 degrees, so be sure not to leave it in your 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.

    4. Schmidt's Deodorant Stick Bergamot + Lime

    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.

    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.

    5. Arm & Hammer Essentials Solid Deodorant

    Arm & Hammer Essentials 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. I debated adding this product to the list because it contains one suspect ingredient, propylene glycol. However, this product proves to be incredibly effective for heavy sweaters.

    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. Plus, I haven't experienced yellowing in my white shirts!

    6. type:A Deodorant Cream

    Type: A Natural Deodorant

    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. Its sweat-activated technology 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 super simple and mess-free. Plus, the cream dries quickly, goes on clear and doesn’t leave any nasty residue behind.

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

    7. Truly's Natural Cream Deodorant

    Truly's 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.

    8. Native Deodorant Coconut & Vanilla

    Native Deodorant Coconut & Vanilla

    Pros:

    • 100% natural ingredients
    • Effective at fighting odor (perfect for excessive sweaters)
    • Awesome scents (in order of effectiveness: Coconut & Vanilla, Citrus & Herbal Musk, Eucalyptus & Mint)

    Cons:

    • Caused yellow stains
    • Contains “fragrance” (the ingredients aren't listed)
    • Difficult to apply but easier than Primal Pit Paste and Schmidt's
    • The deodorant might lose consistency and texture at90 degrees, 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 deodorantwhen wearing dark-colored shirts.

    9. Jungleman Naturals Junglemint All-Natural Deodorant

    Jungleman Naturals Junglemint All-Natural Deodorant

    Pros:

    • 100% natural ingredients, free of parabens, glycerin, colors, fragrances, alcohols or propylene glycol 
    • Easier to apply

    Cons:

    • Very weak scent
    • Deodorant odor effects only lasted 2 hours

    The ingredients list is simple: cornstarch, 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.

    10. Beach Organics Skincare Lemon Lavender Organic Deodorant

    Beach Organics Skincare Lemon Lavender Organic Deodorant

    Pros:

    • Certified organic ingredients, including cornstarch and essential oils
    • 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.

    11. North Coast Organics Deodorant

    North Coast Organics Natural Deodorant

    Pros:

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

    Cons:

    • Unappealing scent
    • The deodorizing effects did not last long through heavy sweating

    North Coast Organics creates vegan, edible (!) natural deodorants, going the extra mile to provide a truly healthy solution.

    I tried the Revolver scent, which did not smell great, but I preferred it over the others. Other scents include Death by Lavender, Coconut and Blood Orange.

    North Coast Organics does a decent job of fighting odor, but isn’t as suitable for excessive sweaters. However, I also didn’t notice any yellowing, which was relieving.

    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

    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 defense against heavy sweating. 

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

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