5 of the best natural deodorants

by Tracy Stokes on October 10, 2007

in Sustainable Lifestyle

Some people believe that antiperspirants and deodorants containing aluminium can contribute to the risk of cancer, others believe it is all a hoax. Regardless of all this, antiperspirants stop you sweating, something that you are naturally designed to do. So antiperspirants are a no-no for me. Something that I’d like to point out about deodorants is that you can’t expect them to have the same effect as an antiperspirant. Deodorants allow you to sweat, but contain ingredients that stop that sweat starting to smell. If you wish to switch to a more natural product, you’ll need to adjust your expectations, and be prepared to re-apply the product on very hot days, or after exercise.

Here are 5 of my favourite natural deodorants:

Tom’s of Maine unscented deodorant stick
There’s a faint smell of coriander about this product, I love the smell, very clean. It also contains lichen and aloe vera. I’ve found it to be effective, not too messy to use, and I can buy it in Waitrose or health food shops. Available online from Natural Collection.

Avalon Organics peppermint roll-on deodorant
This is my favourite for hot, sticky days. The peppermint has a lovely cooling effect on the armpits, just what you want. Available from health food shops, and online from Think Natural.

PitRok natural crystal deodorant
This interesting deodorant is a natural crystal that stops bacteria from multiplying in the areas that it is applied, and so stops smells. The push-up crystal is completely fragrance free and it seems to last forever. Available from Sainsburys and health food shops, or online direct from PitRok.

PitRok citrus fragranced spray deodorant
This non-aerosol spray deodorant smells a little on the manly side for me, but very effective and a firm favourite of my son who seems to spend most of his time getting sweaty by playing sport, riding his bicycle and generally rushing around. Made of the same natural crystals as the push-up solid version. Available from Sainsburys, health food shops and online direct from PitRok.

Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
This is amazing stuff. Not only can you use it in cooking, and around the house for cleaning, it’s also a very effective, cheap and natural deodorant. All you need is a large powder or blusher brush to apply it to your pits, and Bob’s your uncle, you’ll be odour free.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

K October 10, 2007 at 11:38 pm

The quality of your posts blows me away! Always something unique!




Mel Rimmer October 11, 2007 at 10:31 am

I use the solid Pit Rok. I am fussy about deodourant and have tried various “natural” ones that don’t work well, but this one really does. And you’re certainly right about it lasting forever. I’d like to know a bit more about it though – do you know what it’s made of? Is it really “natural”, or lower impact than regular alternatives? My favourite thing about it is that not only is it fragrance free (they haven’t added any smells to it) but it actually doesn’t smell of anything (unlike many “fragrance free” deodourants that still smell strongly soapy to me)


Millie x November 6, 2007 at 6:39 pm

Hey.. can deodrants actually stop you sweating. they can mask the smell but can they actually stop you sweating even during really hot humid days? x


Pauline March 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I use a deodorant from Alvin Connor Natural Balance. Its a shame that not many people have heard of this product. I didnt quite believe it would work at first but now I love it. I still sweat, but I sweat less and never smell. Alvin Connor has a spray and a rock deodorant, both extremely effective. The spray is really unique as it has a hard natural rock substance at the bottom of the bottle, you simply fill the bottle with water and refill until the rock has finished. I have been using mine for a few months now and it has barely dissloved the top. It will probly last me over a year! Great value for money and great for our environment!!!


Scott July 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I’m using a natural deodorant from Terra Naturals which I’d like you to review next time. It lasts as well as any commercial deodorant (I bike to work and a single application in the morning lasts all day), and they have an extra strength “sport” version which is even stronger. It comes in stick, spray and roll-on and is completely natural. No petroleum, no aluminum, never tested on animals, non-GMO, etc., etc. A lot of deodorants claim to be natural but still contain alum, aluminum, and/or petroleum. This is the only one I know of that has none of these ingredients and truly lasts all day.


Lynette July 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Does anyone else find it suspect that TerraNaturals is owned in part by DuPont, the chemical/science conglomerate, the inventor of CFCs (cholorflourocarbons) and Teflon? I threw out my deodorant when I read about their invention, Zemea, a glycol that is not propylene-based. I simply don’t trust DuPont to process this glycol in a way that is completely harmless.



Jasmine Cole February 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I use a vegan, eco-friendly natural deodorant by mama nature called proskin athlete. It is not an ant-iperspirant so it doesn’t stop me from sweating but when I do there is no body odour. I run a lot and go to the gym yet this still stops the BO. Great natural solution.


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