The 8 Best Natural Deodorants of 2019

These options glide on smooth, keep underarms smelling fresh

First Look

Best Overall: Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant at Walmart

“A construction worker said it keeps up with the demand of his job.”

Best Budget: Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant at Target

“At this price, you can keep one in your bathroom and gym bag.”

Best Smelling: Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant at Walmart

“This is one you'll want to take a nice, long whiff of.”

Best for Sensitive Skin: Crystal Body Deodorant at Amazon

“Scent-free and made with minimal ingredients.”

Best Sweat Preventing: Real Purity Roll-On Deodorant at Amazon

“Apply it once and stay fresh throughout the day.”

Best for Men: Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant at Amazon

“While it’s not an antiperspirant, it'll keep you dry.”

Best for Women: Kopari Deodorant at Amazon

“Leaves out baking soda, which some find they’re sensitive to."

Best for Working Out: LAVANILA Sport Luxe Deodorant at Walmart

“This deodorant does the job better than non-sport deodorants.”

Best Overall: Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Natural Deodorant Stick

Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Natural Deodorant Stick
Courtesy of Walmart.

The vegan, mineral-based formula stops stink without relying on an overwhelming scent. It's loved for its ability to provide extra-strength protection, even on hot summer days. A construction worker reviewer even said the deodorant keeps up with the demand of his job. Others have even found that this stick can keep you free of body odor for an impressive 24 hours.

Best Budget: Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant

Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant
Courtesy of Target.

In a market where deodorant can be expensive, this one is extremely well priced, making it a great entry into natural deodorants. Made without aluminum, parabens, or colors, this deodorant is a great performer. It contains baking soda, which is responsible for its anti-odor benefits.

Many people find that natural versions are irritating to their underarms, but people love how gentle this one is. At this price, you can keep one in your bathroom, in your gym bag, and at the office.

Best Smelling: Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant

Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant
Courtesy of Walmart.

It’s no shock that the just-sweet-enough coconut and vanilla scent is the brand’s most popular, but this is one deodorant you want to take a nice, long whiff of. This deodorant is made of coconut oil, baking soda, and shea butter, and free of aluminum, parabens, and phthalates. Simply smelling good isn’t enough to keep it in the running as one of the best natural options out there—it seriously delivers on its promise to keep you free of stink.

To keep your workout duds smelling fresh too, read our article on the best sport laundry detergents.

Best for Sensitive Skin: Crystal Body Deodorant

Crystal deodorant is made from mineral salts, which prevent odor. In other words, it doesn’t need fragrance to keep you sweet-smelling. Because the deodorant is scent-free and made with minimal ingredients (including those like parabens and phthalates, which can cause irritation), it’s great for those who have sensitive skin. What’s more, you’ll love the way that this glides on, leaving a thin layer that isn’t sticky. Simply put: it feels pretty good in your pits.

Best Sweat Preventing: Real Purity Roll-On Deodorant

A true antiperspirant needs aluminum to plug sweat ducts. So, a chief complaint with natural deodorants is that they don’t do much to keep you dry. The company credits apricot oil for keeping skin dry while lavender oil prevents odor.

Another big plus: if you wear white t-shirts (or, for guys, undershirts) often, you know that deodorant leaves a nice yellow pit stain. Real Purity leaves nothing behind—no residue or stain.

Best for Men: Oars & Alps Natural Deodorant

Made without aluminum, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and talc, reviewers say they love the Fresh Ocean Scent. The formula wins major points for gliding on easily—a problem for many natural deodorants on the market—as well as clear, so it doesn’t stain clothes. Cornstarch helps sop up odors, an effect that men report is just as long lasting as traditional deodorants. And while it’s not an antiperspirant, heavy sweaters say it does a number to reduce wetness.

Need some more ideas? Read our roundup of the best deodorants for men.

Best for Women: Kopari Deodorant

This pick has a light coconut scent and applies smoothly thanks to the coconut oil base. As a natural deodorant, it contains no aluminum, parabens, or phthalates, and it also leaves out baking soda (which some people find they’re sensitive to). Another plus? Kopari doesn’t leave behind residue or build up—no sticky pits here.

Looking for more options? Read our roundup of the best deodorants for women.

Best for Working Out: LAVANILA Sport Luxe Deodorant

LAVANILA Sport Luxe Deodorant
Courtesy of Walmart.

It’s a limited edition, so those interested may have to scoop it up asap. The company credits a botanical blend of rosemary, sage, green tea, as well as baking soda to sop up odors and keep underarms fresh. They also claim that beta glucans from yeast break down sweat so you stay dry.

While some note that it’s effective for 8 to 10 hours, others say that a reapply was a must, but that they were still pleased with the formula’s BO-blocking performance. The gel consistency is also easy to apply and leaves underarms feeling nourished.

If your pits aren't the only things stinking after your workout, check out the best shoe deodorizers.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the best natural deodorants on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 30 natural deodorants overall, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers, read over 300 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 4 of the natural deodorants themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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