natural deodorant sweat test

natural deodorant - antiperspirant
For three weeks I traded in my armor clinical strength antiperspirant for three natural deodorants and conducted a “sweat-off”. I tested each brand for a week at a time, applying it once in the morning and measuring how it performed against my lifestyle. Performance = combating odour and overall freshness. My lifestyle = manning this blog during the day and typically enduring a high-intensity workout. My intention was to debunk the presumption that all natural deodorants “stink” and finally make the switch for good.

natural deodorant sweat test review

natural deodorant
soapwalla deodorant cream
overall sweat test rating: 8/10
price: $12.00
pros: scent, overall performance
cons: application, price

I knew I had a winner when I stopped feeling the need to apologize in advance to everyone around me. After a workday and sweat session I had a few (brave) friends do a sniff test and I got the thumbs up all around. I loved the lavender-peppermint-tea tree scent (sensitive noses beware, it is quite strong). The price is a little steep and it did take me a while to get over the application of the product – you have to apply it like you would a moisturizer (they’re serious when they use the term ‘cream’).  Regardless, this would be my go to recommendation for anyone serious about going natural.

natural deodorant

kiss my face – active life (lavender)
overall sweat test rating: 5/10
price: $5.99
pros: application, price
cons: scent

What I loved most about this deodorant was that the application didn’t require any additional instruction (up against the other brands I tried this really did set it apart). For the most part it held up during the day to day although I do remember leaving one particularly warm meeting room in a bit of a sweat (pun intended). I also found the “lavender” scent to be a little strong and sort of smelt like a glue stick. If you’re willing to reapply for your workout and you’re looking for something easy and affordable then I’d recommend this deodorant as a decent option.

natural deodorant
crystal body deodorant
overall sweat test rating: 3/10
price: $6.99
pros: hypoallergenic, price
cons: application, overall performance

This one felt like I was wearing nothing at all and not in the good way. From application to performance this deodorant was my least favourite. In order to activate the “rock” you have to moisten it with water first (which dripped onto the clothes I was wearing - ugh). I wasn’t very confident that I’d transferred any product to my underarms and by the end of each day I was pretty certain I hadn’t. What it does have going for it is that it’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free making it a good option for those with sensitive skin. If it does work for you, it also lasts up to a year so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Overall if you’re an active person like me than this probably won’t hold up to your liking.

Finding a good deodorant (and making a recommendation for that matter) can be tricky since everyone reacts to formulas differently. While this test did prove to me that there are some great options out there, it made me realize there was a much bigger question I had to ask. Was I ready and willing to switch from an antiperspirant to a deodorant? Smelling fresh and staying dry are important to me and these options (for the most part) undelivered when it came to the latter. Anyone know of a natural stick that combats both these issues?

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Desert Essence is excellent. I’ve tried them all and it gets me through a day of work and workout.

Comment by Ashlee — March 19, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

u need too get a better rain jacket the ones that u have suck……females

Comment by heidi — March 19, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

This is really interesting and I love that you posted it as I have been wondering the same thing! I would love to know if anyone knows of or has tried anything that works really well for antiperspirant as well as deodorant? I am trying to make the switch to all natural toothpaste, shampoo, etc…

Comment by Jessie — March 20, 2012 @ 12:11 am

Is there any free samples of this deodorant creme to try I live in an a remote area. My address is 5 Datsun close Millars Well 6714 Karratha Western Australia
Thanks I would love to try this miracle creme I do Yoga everyday and it is very humid and sticky up here we sweat alot!

Comment by shelley — March 20, 2012 @ 12:30 am

I looked for a natural deodorant for a really long time and I kept finding this “deodomom” popping up in reviews so I thought I would google it. There website is: I ended up buying a jar, they come in roll ons as well and are a small family business based in New York. It’s the best thing I’ve tried. I used to be embarrassed that after working out or running around I would have body odor but no more! I still sweat but that isn’t what bothers me. So I’ve found something all natural and family owned which are two huge pluses for me. The price is a little steep but worth it I think since the jar lasts about 3 months.

Comment by Danielle — March 20, 2012 @ 1:08 am

You have to try lifestinks by the Duggan Sisters. It is the ONLY natural deodorant I will ever use. Absolutely no stinking (the lacendar smell is very fresh and light) and minimal to no sweating (and I am not one of those girls who never sweats). It comes as a powder with optional essential oil if you need more protection. The powder tin lasts about 8 months, so don’t let the initial price fool you. It’s well worth a try…I will never go back to store-bought deodorant.

Comment by Jacy — March 20, 2012 @ 2:11 am

I have a major hands-down winner with Crystal’s roll-on. It does take a few minutes to dry, but it is already liquid so no need to activate. TMI–I have horrible underarm BO. I still sweat with this product, of course, since it never claims to be an antiperspirant. BUT, I have forced others to a smell test right up close—NOTHING!!! EVER!!! Through work, long runs, running errands, whatever. I have tried the rock crystal as well and it was a no-go for me as well. I have also tried other brands of roll-on crysyal formulas with no success. But Crystal’s roll-on is the only pick for me!!!!

Comment by Lisa Shinko — March 20, 2012 @ 2:46 am

Sadly Soapwalla didn’t work for me. I also tried Jason and Lavanilla and those were less effective than Soapwalla.

I found spraying or applying perfume directly on my underarms actually works best for me, even during intense cardio dance classes. I put the cheap perfumes I got during Christmas to good work! The Mariah Carey Butterfly & Britney Spears perfumes work as deodorant sprays! I also used the Pacifica perfume rollerball on my underarms one time during a night of dancing at a club and I was shocked when I got home…no nasty odor!

Comment by Brown Eyed Girl — March 20, 2012 @ 3:46 am

I recently was in Thailand and they have deodorant rocks. I believe they are chuncks of salt they use as a deodorant. You are suppose to dip them in hot water before using to smooth out the sharp edges. I purchased one but have not tried it yet. Have you seen or tried any of these as a natural deodorant.

Comment by Nikki — March 20, 2012 @ 4:04 am

Great write up! How long would you say the container of Soapwalla would last?

Comment by Erika — March 20, 2012 @ 4:08 am

I’ve tried several brands of, “natural”, deodorant and hadn’t been happy until I tried La Vanilla. Absolutely fantastic deodorant. My fav is the Vanilla Coconut, but they have a different scent for everyone. I note most of your selections include Lavender Vanilla, and La Vanilla has a Lavender option, as well as Grapefruit Vanilla and Passionfruit Vanilla. No special application, just swipe and go. I’m not a Yoga gal, but I am a Zumba enthusiast. No worries after a workout and my Zumba instructor uses it too!

Comment by Paddy — March 20, 2012 @ 4:10 am

As I too have been on the quest for such a product, I’ve found NutriBiotic Long Lasting Deodorant. I peter the Mango Melon. This one is made with grapefruit seed, witch hazel & aloe vera.
A winner!

Comment by Linda Epstein — March 20, 2012 @ 4:33 am

The Body Shop makes a great natural deodorant! Also try Tom’s of Maine – both are sticks and come in a variety of scents.

Comment by E — March 20, 2012 @ 4:42 am

Did you try Tom’s of Maine? It is aluminum-free. Just started the switch over and so far it has been successful.

Comment by Debbie — March 20, 2012 @ 4:52 am

I use a cream called lavallin and I put it on every few days..and it works pretty well! Yu need to take a few days off from anti per spirants before you out it on, but it works better than any other I’ve tried. There Is one more I’ve used, that’s by miessence, which is harder to get because it’s an MLM brand and you need to know someone selling it. IMO their deo is the only great product in the line. My fave scent is ancient spice…not too strong and not lemony smelling, or floral…
I run a spa, do esthetics, massage, teach yoga and workout. I NEED to be smell free for my clients (and friends!) and the cream really does work, I just need to remember to put it on every five days and then done! A jar is around $20? But it lasts a long time.

Comment by Tarafirma — March 20, 2012 @ 4:54 am

Where can I buy the soapwalla. I have seen the other 2, but never this one

Comment by Linda Clarke — March 20, 2012 @ 5:00 am

I also recommend Bubble & Bee Organic Pit Putty (geranium lime is my favorite scent). Works great! I am also a fan of Soapwalla… have it in my natural deodorant arsenal.

Comment by Kathy — March 20, 2012 @ 5:07 am

I’ve been trying all kinds of natural deoderants for the past few years and it takes effort to find one that works with your body! I like Tom’s, but find that the Soothing Calendula is the only one that neutralizes odor for me through a rigorous workout. I also like Clay Dry by Zion Health. The clay really controls wetness! I get them at my local naturals store for around $7 each, which I’m ok spending for the peace of mind that I’m not polluting my body or the planet with harmful toxins. Also, I find my sweat smells less when I eat healthy whole foods and hydrate properly! Sweat rids your bid of toxins, so the less crap we ingestion, the less smelly stuff we have to sweat out!

Comment by andrea (@frseed2stomach) — March 20, 2012 @ 5:13 am

In my experience, it’s hard to stay dry with a natural deodorant, since there’s nothing there to stop the sweat like with an anti-perspirant. However, I find that the longer I use a natural deodorant, the less wetness issues I have. The switch to a natural deodorant can be a tough transition as the body adjusts, but it’s well worth it.

My winner? Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s liquid crystal deodorant. No issues applying, and the scent isn’t overwhelming. The most important thing? No stink! I’ve made it through a full day of work with a hot yoga class and still come out smelling fresh! Only $7.99 …. Definitely check it out! I’ll never use anything else! Plus, it’s nice to support a great, all-natural, Canadian business!

Comment by Karmen — March 20, 2012 @ 5:18 am

My husband and I have used the “crystal” deodorant for years and both have great success. Overall the performance is as good or better than the “heavy duty”antiperspirants but the best thing is reassuring yourself that you are using the best product that is NOT going to set off any cancers from it’s use! That is really what changing is all about! Awareness is your best tool in life….

Comment by Jeanette Senecal — March 20, 2012 @ 5:24 am

I completely agree with this blog, I have been in search of an effective Natural deodorant forever! I met the woman behind soapwalla at a craft market in Brooklyn NY last summer, and fell in love with her products-I have been a faithful user or her deodorant ever since. She is a truly inspirational woman and her products are amazing on sensitive skin!

Comment by Erin — March 20, 2012 @ 5:49 am

Myessence makes an amazing natural deodorant you should try and follow up to this blog. The person who introduced me to Lululemon, introduced me to myesssnce as well. She knows her stuff

Comment by Ryan — March 20, 2012 @ 6:15 am

Have you tried Tom’s of Maine deodorant. I have used it for many years and I think it holds up really well. It comes in inscented and two other mild scents, it is natural and price is reasonable. You should give it a try!

Comment by Carla Wood — March 20, 2012 @ 6:31 am

After reading your blog, I went on to the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP website where you can find out the toxicity of most personal products to see the toxicity of the Soapwalla product you race about… on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being the least toxic a product can be, this product score a 0! There’s even a person on the site raving about how well the product works! Thanks so much for sharing this! I use a product that’s a “2″ right now, so I’ll definitely be switching. Thanks for posting this! See for yourself…

Comment by Andrea T — March 20, 2012 @ 6:40 am

i’m usually pretty happy with tom’s. their lavender scent is refreshing without being overpowering. that being said, i’m a pretty big sweater (yuck) so i usually sweat a little no matter what deodorant i wear. but going natural has another upside—once your body is rid of all of those potent chemicals from commercial anti-perspirants, your under-arm skin is much smoother and less sensitive post-shaving!

Comment by emellkay — March 20, 2012 @ 6:41 am

I LOVE that you did a natural deodorant test. The cream deodorants consistently seem to work the best from all that I have tried and other “tests” that I have read. I find the baking soda content of Soapwalla to be a bit high though. I know several people who have developed a rash after using the product for a few weeks. I highly recommend Bubble and Bee’s cream deodorants. Not only do they have multiple scents to choose from but they use less baking soda (I know because I talked to the owner of the company) and so are less irritating to sensitive skin. Check them out! :)

Comment by Angela — March 20, 2012 @ 6:41 am

Sous reprised you had such bad luck with the crystal! I will admit it takes some getting used to. The trick is apying it right out of the shower and applying it heavily. I usually do at least 15 strokes per underarm. I love the crystal! I will admit that it doesn’t work on the hottest of days. On those days I put a backup in my purse just in case and a few days out of the year if I know I am going to be working he’d and I’m heat, I will use something stronger. I know some people have had a lot of luck combining the crystal rock and the crystal spray. For me, getting aluminum out of my body and potentially my lymph nodes is completely worth the inconvenience. My hubby and I have been using the crystal now for almost two years… We are only on our second stick after breaking the first! It lasts forever. I am interested in trying out the ones you liked though. Thanks for the article!


Comment by Kathryn — March 20, 2012 @ 6:52 am

*so surprised. Sorry… iPhone.


Comment by Kathryn — March 20, 2012 @ 6:53 am

Your body needs to sweat! It toke me a while to get over the sweaty thing but I’m not in the professional world right now so it’d more manageable. Any product with aluminum in it is not good for your body. Check out the Environmental Working Groups website for more details. They have a huge database rating cosmetic products for safeness including deodorants and antiperspirants.

The better you eat, the less you stink. I’ve noticed in my sweaty yoga classes that I rarely am grossed out by my neighbor’s smell….must mean us yogis are pretty healthy!

Comment by Amy — March 20, 2012 @ 6:54 am

I have been using Burt’s Bees herbal spray deodorant for 3 years. Love it! It’s a spray, and the scent fades right away. No b.o, and my underarms don’t ever have that caked on chemical feel,

Comment by Jels — March 20, 2012 @ 7:04 am

I have to say that I have been trying the sweat test with many deodorants over the years. I did not always check for “natural” ingredients, but I made sure that they did not contain an anti-perspirant since they have been found to cause problems down the road. After years of “research”, here is my conclusion…the study is ongoing.

Regardless of the opinion you have the first 3 weeks of use, eventually the antiperspirant-free deodorants become ineffective and you will eventually..”smell yourself”.

My first love was Origins “No Offense” deodorant, it has a great scent and comes on fairly smooth, but eventually I found that I could smell myself during an intense hot vinyasa yoga class. So much for getting adjustments from the teacher!!

My second love was Nature’s Gate Lavender and Aloe, but purely for the lovely scent of lavender. It comes on a little sticky, and becomes stickier (and stinkier) throughout the day. Not recommended by this yogini.

Tom’s Original deodorants – smelly after awhile.

Jason’s Natural deodorants – same review as Nature’s gate.

The Crystal – same opinion as the blog.

And currently…(drum roll)…The Crystal roll-on in lavender. I am on week 3, and loving it!!!! It doesn’t drip water like the rock crystal and the lavender scent is mild and sweet. I have also felt confident about my yoga instructors providing adjustments during class.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the smell that comes in our sweaty pits is not due to sweat, but is due to bacterial growth. So, as I continue to “research” my deodorant preference I have told myself to never apply unless I am freshly showered. Otherwise, the bacteria will get on the stick and propagate the smelly! So, if you must apply mid-day be sure to wipe the stick after each use to keep it as clean as possible.

Hope this is helpful!

Comment by Nereida — March 20, 2012 @ 7:09 am

I’ve been using the Crystal Deodorant for more than 15 years now and I love it, all but the application of it. That said, it does come in a roll-on and spray version in addition to the rock. When I first began using it, I found that my body took some time to adjust and sometimes found the need for a couple of applications in a day. I also noticed that it wasn’t as active during that cyclical time of the month. But since my body adjusted (only took a few months)I’ve been hooked! After running the rock under water, I apply a drop of my favourite essential oil and rub it on! Thanks so much for your reviews! Sweating is the body’s natural method of expelling toxins so why not assist the process by using a natural deodorant?

Comment by Joey — March 20, 2012 @ 7:17 am

I’ve been using Soapwalla for over a year now and really love the product. The cost is not a con for me since each container usually lasts me at least 3 months.

In regards to you wanting to find a natural deodorant to help keep you completely dry, there is no such thing. All anti perspirants are BAD for your body because they keep it from sweating out toxins. Therefore, the healthy and natural alternatives are only deodorants.

Comment by Michelle — March 20, 2012 @ 7:22 am

Lavanila is what I’ve been using and I absolutely love and highly recommend it!!

Comment by Christina — March 20, 2012 @ 7:44 am

As far as getting something that keeps you dry: Adidas Cotton Tech Pure Lightness DOES NOT have aluminum for antiperspirant, and if you’re simply trying to avoid that, it’s a great option! However, it’s not natural in any other way.

Another great option to try is 100% natural, organic and family owned and operated, deodorants and other body care products from In Love With Body Care. The deodorant part works all day, easy to apply, can’t speak for long-term antiperspirant. Yes, it is as the previous post mentioned; NOT sweating is bad for you.

Comment by Letitia — March 20, 2012 @ 7:47 am

I think natural deodorant for the chemical-conscious is how large-chested women used to think about sports bras: when are they going to make one that actually works?? Hopefully one day we will look back and think, “How did we ever live without this?”

I’ve also been experimenting for a while and I’m happy to add another review to your list:

Earth Science natural deodorant ($5.99)
sweat test rating: 7/10
Pros: price, normal stick application, doesn’t leave marks on clothes, soft scent (my fave is the liken plant scent)
Con: doesn’t pass my “date” test– would I wear it to work knowing I have a date right after? Nope, I’d have to bring it with me to reapply once.

Happy sweating!

Comment by rachel — March 20, 2012 @ 7:54 am

I’m using Secret’s 98% natural deodorant and while I don’t smell I’m not dry either.

Comment by Anna — March 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am

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I’m sorry to hear your disappointment with our selection of rain jackets! What type of rain jacket would you like to see? Do you have any specific features or colours in mind? I’d love to share your ideas with our designers.

~ Siya
GEC Online

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 20, 2012 @ 8:33 am

Just ordered soapwalla! Excited to try. I’ve been using clinical strength and it leaves a horrible while residue all over my arms and half way thru day I am stinky. Thanks for the article!!! Hope it works.

Comment by Cat — March 20, 2012 @ 8:54 am

I recently went through a similar thing, and after having one natural stick peel all the skin off of my underarms (about as much fun as it sounds), and one not do anything at all, the thing that I found worked the BEST, was a homemade mix!

I mixed equal parts coconut oil, baking soda (for odor), and cornstarch (for wetness). It worked AMAZINGLY well. I also found that after “detoxing” from my clinical antiperspirant, I didn’t “need” it as much as I thought I did.

I have since gone back to a non-natural commercial brand, but only because I got lazy about mixing up a new batch when the first one ran out. And I didn’t go back to the “clinical strength” product, just to Dove’s regular unscented stick, which seems to work fine for me now.

Comment by mrs_mouse — March 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am

Good old Ban Original Roll-On (Unscented) is both an antipersperant and a deodorant, and it scores a “1″ on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database. That’s about as good as it gets as far as health/safety is concerned, plus it keeps you just as dry as standard antipersperants!

Comment by Morgan — March 20, 2012 @ 10:38 am

I used natural doe’s for a while, tried few different brands. I liked the Kibio spray from Shoppers, but it was expensive. I noticed since I was still very moist in the underarms all the time (which didn’t bother me) my underarms actually got very irritated and red. a few days back on “non” natural stuff and it went right away. i had to throw in the towel on this one.

Comment by callah — March 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am

I really like the body shop’s version.

Comment by Julie — March 20, 2012 @ 10:43 am

I really like the Kiss my Face: Sport deodorant! also for the person wondering about natural toothpaste i have been using the Kiss my face: Whitening for many many years and its really awesome. I actually use all natural products and it feels so good. Remember: What goes on your skin, goes in your skin.

Comment by Phebi — March 20, 2012 @ 10:44 am

It would also be helpful to see what you rated a non natural anti-perspirant/deodorant so when reading your article, I would have a rating of something to compare it to.

Comment by Pete S — March 20, 2012 @ 10:45 am

Im glad people are catching on. Sweating is important! That is how our bodies detox. If you are using a clinical antip you are loading a very sensitive and absorbent part of you body with harmful metals that go right into your glands and even your blood!
I switched from my clinical anti p and tried many natural deodorants, with two small kids and excersize, I want to smell good.
The top rated for me
Avalon Organics rosemary peppermint- awesome and fresh, but not after a fresh shave
Jason lavender- by far my favorite, fresh and not overpowering, gentle
Crystal is great for 5 hours, so a travel size is a great idea for the purse.

Toms, earth science, and other Avalon organic scents did not pass my test. Toms was by far the worst!

Avoid synthetic perfumes in your underarms because your body absorbs them.
Don’t hold in your toxins, let them go, sweat and smell good & for heavens sake avoid light grey clothing! That’s a disaster, go for the bright colored lulu gear.

Comment by Mary — March 20, 2012 @ 10:53 am

I really like the arm & hammer essentials natural deodorant, fresh scent. It is aluminum and paraben free. Even though it is deodorant only and not anti-perspirant, I sweat less…..AND (!) I can wear white shirts again!!!!!! It lasts through out tough work outs too. I find that washing my body once a day and wearing this has completely eliminated any body odor issues. I actually found out about this deodorant from my boyfriend, lol.

Comment by Meryl — March 20, 2012 @ 11:06 am

I use a combo of two LUSH products ( Te’o (which smells like lemongrass) and Coconut. Both have a white powder texture, and take some getting used to when it comes to application, and neither works well on its own for preventing the stinky. I apply Te’o first, then rub in some Coconut on top. Teo contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and Coconut contains corn starch, both of which are absorbent – they don’t stop you from sweating, but they do absorb some of the moisture. I would still re-apply before a date, but the smell is amazing.

Comment by Michele — March 20, 2012 @ 11:08 am

I have tried EVERY possible natural deodorant. None have worked the way I need them too. I sweat, which does not bother me, but ruining my favorite clothes with sweat does. I am very health and natural-centric, however this is one point I am yet to be able to make the switch. I use organic, paraben, sulfate and chemical free products on my skin and body. I use natural oils to moisturize. However, I just cannot switch from my clinical strength antiperspirant deoderant. I use the scent free sensitive skin option. I think that everyone’s chemistry is different and what works for one may not work for the other. My husband never uses deoderant and is incredibly active at work and at play. He never stinks. I on the other hand can and do sometimes!

Comment by Dillygirl — March 20, 2012 @ 11:09 am

I’ve been trying natural deodorants for a few years now and I just haven’t found one that I like yet. I might have to try the Soapwalla kind since I hadn’t heard of it yet. In the meantime, I actually have been just going without for the most part and to be honest, it’s not that different. The only time I need it, is when I’m running or really working hard, but then I always shower right after, so it doesn’t really matter that I’m not wearing any.

Comment by Kristin — March 20, 2012 @ 11:16 am

I tried a bunch of natural deodorants and the one I stuck with was the Crystal Body Deodorant. I actually like the feeling of not having anything on, and to avoid getting water on your clothes it’s easiest to apply right out of the shower when your underarms are still damp. Plus I love not worrying about deodorant stains on my clothing. I’m also very active and sweat a fair amount but in the last two years of use I haven’t had any sort of problem with odor. The only downside (that applies to all non-antiperspirants) is using it while wearing silk. Otherwise I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Comment by Paola — March 20, 2012 @ 11:21 am

Thanks for this write up! I have tried Tom’s and it was terrible. The lavender (which seems to be a popular addition to natural deodorant) irritated my underarms something fierce. I will definitely try soapwalla and hope the lavender isn’t as bad to my skin.

Completely unrelated, but I also think the rain jackets are terrible. They don’t actually repel water and are not breathable. It feels like you are wearing a plastic bag at the end of a run.

Comment by Jess — March 20, 2012 @ 11:23 am

Lush also has some great natural deodorants. I use aromaco solid deodorant which smells okay (kind of like a hippie) but then I use their coconut deodorant powder to keep me dry and smelling amazing. I don’t like the aromaco all by itself but they make a great team!

Comment by Meghan — March 20, 2012 @ 11:34 am

The Body shop sells an aluminum oxide free version that uses minerals. Application is easy, smells good,the product is Ok but not fantastic. It was affordable.

I tried one from LUSH, it’s a hard, waxy bar, awkward to apply, smells unusual, and wasn’t stellar in performance either.

Tom’s of Maine sells a stick that works quite well, no scent, so you have some freedom as to what scent you’d like to wear. That’s what I’ve switched to. It was the most expensive of them all too though.

I got my son a Burt’s Bees stick. The usual application, works, smells manly, also about ten bucks. I would like it if I could find a version (scent) for women.

Comment by Bonnie — March 20, 2012 @ 11:37 am

I have switched to an all natural deodorant from Benedetta called The Best Deodorant and I love it! Highly recommend.

Comment by Dawn — March 20, 2012 @ 11:49 am

I found this: it appears that Lululemon’s manifesto is just that a manifestation of someone’s over-priced imagination. If the company can’t even have better product return policy then people really shouldn’t shop there. I guess the people who have the money to waste on buying their products are too stupid to realize how really bad the company is and don’t really care. Lululemon is just another big company working off the backs of decent people who want good service for a product they spend their hard earned money on.

B. Franklin

Comment by Bernie — March 20, 2012 @ 11:59 am

How does Tom’s of Maine compare in the sweat test?

Comment by Nancy Gandrud — March 20, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

What about making your own for a fraction of the cost? I read this and then started looking into Soapwalla – but the shipping to Europe is killer so I thought I could DIY it for less.
So I am excited to try this and thought I would share for those of you who are wanting to try the natural route without spending alot – besides if all else fails I can always buy a natural one. I’m going to try this one ( with some fun essential oils like lavender. Note if you have sensitive skin, decrease the baking soda by half (to 1/8 cup) and increase the corn starch by 2 tbsp (to 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp). Happy stink free sweating!

Comment by Ali — March 20, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

Women! Anti-perspirants should be avoided! Our bodies sweat to cool off and toxins are eliminated this way. If you are blocking your body from eliminating toxins, what do you think happens? There is a link between breast cancer and aluminum containing anti-perspirant. Carry a travel size natural deodorant in your purse/gym bag for a quick touch up. The inconvenience is better than the alternative, don’t you agree?

That said, I find that, for all natural deodorants, the roll on version works better than the stick.

Weleda has a spray version that contains alcohol which does help some to dry the arm pits. They sell a little travel size at whole foods, I keep one with me at all times. The citrus scented one is strong enough for a man or woman.

Comment by Em — March 20, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

I use Tom’s of Maine long lasting 24 hour odour protection natural deoderant in the Beautiful Earth scent and it works wonderfully! I have sensitive skin and a sensitive nose, and am also sweaty/oily pitta type. I’ve tried many natural deoderants and Tom’s long lasting variety does the job. Tom’s used to have and maybe still does have a non-24 hour formula where I tried their Honeysuckle Rose one and it was not good.

I agree that antiperspirants should be avoided because they block your body from releasing toxins. There’s research showing a link between breast cancer and antiperspirant use but too many people follow our culture’s unrealistic ideal of having a body that doesn’t sweat. Natural = healthy

Comment by Kate — March 20, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

LUSH Handmade cosmetics have an excellent solid deoderant that is applied right after the shower while your skin is still damp. The bars usually cost about 10$ and last 8-10 months! Doesn’t eliminate sweating, but the stains on clothes are caused by chemical reactions with the metals in the commercially prepared deoderant products. No stains and your body can breath with no odour! Just reapply after a sweaty workout!

Comment by Sandy — March 20, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

Adidas makes an absorbent-deo deodorant for women, its not natural but there is no aluminum in it. There is a product in it called “cottontech+” that abosrbs the wetness. I love it, it’s just as good antiperspirant.

Comment by Kristen — March 20, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

I have used a crystal deoderant for over 15 years (I am 38). If you put it on as you get out of the shower, it will dry by the time you get dressed. :)

Comment by Jodi — March 20, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

I have found a natural deoderant that is so incredable, It is actually a cooling foot cream by Arbonne, its minty and keeps you feeling cool, it does not clog your pores so can still sweat and everyday after a 90 minute workout I still smell fresh, It is a little arbonne secret but truly a miracle, formulated in switzerland, gluten free, hypoallergenic, Vegan Certified, no parabens, no petroleum or petrolatum, no mineral oil, no amimal products or by products, no paba, I would love to hear back comments after you try it! just google

Comment by Missy — March 20, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

Weleda Citrus Deodorant love this product

Comment by Josephine — March 20, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

Adding another vote for “make your own!” I made the switch at the beginning of the year, and can’t imagine ever going back. I use 3 parts coconut oil, 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch. I put it in an empty deodorant container for ease of application. Depending on how warm it is where you live you might need to store it in the fridge, but otherwise it is just as easy to apply as the commercial products you used to use.

Comment by Alison — March 20, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

Eco-emi introduced me to Salubritas All-Natural Deodorant Balm and Crystal Essence Lavender & White Tea Towelettes , they both seem to work well for me. I also love lavanilla’s deodorant but it is a bit pricy.

Comment by amanda — March 20, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

Crystal stick, straight out of the shower while still dripping wet. Keep it right next to the shower– easy habit. Do not towel your armpits– if you use your towel more than once (as we should– don’t want to waste water by washing towels every day!) you will have bacteria on it and that will contribute to the stink.
For refresher during the day, Weleda spray (citrus scent is wonderful; sage scent is also nice but a bit more masculine). Down side to Weleda is that it evaporates out of the bottle rapidly. But the citrus scent is amazing– I’ve even had compliments on my “perfume” while wearing only it.

Comment by Heidi — March 20, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

Ok, let’s get real: if you block your armpits from sweating, you will just sweat more on your back, chest, and surrounding areas. The sweat diverts itself, it does not just stop in its tracks and start mutating. Stop the whole breast cancer BS and read the Canadian Cancer Society’s webiste…there is NO link!

Ladies, pick your battles….if you want to use a clinical strength aluminum based anti-perspirant, then just eat better or use more natural makeup or something else to add some yang to that yin. We live in a world where we will encounter chemicals and pollutants everywhere. There is no perfect. Exercise, eat well, be kind, laugh a lot, value and be grateful for what you have, strive and work hard for what you want, and enjoy life.

Why obsess over your armpits stinking if nothing else works for you? Would you rather live two extra years and stink,/be self-conscious, or dies two years earlier having lived without that extra stress? Do whatever is right for you. If natural works, great. Maybe something else in your life natural doesn’t work quite so well–no biggie. Moderation, and walking the healthy road in sensible shoes is the key.

Comment by Loulou — March 20, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

I have to admit I was kind of excited to see this post on deodorants….I have been trying all of the above and not so impressed. I had bought some well known “natural” deodorant’s and then they would end up smelling….the deodorant stick itself would smell…so then I would be turned off in using it…which would make me resort to the commercial brand of what I was trying to avoid all together. Sooo….good news….I found one I love!!!! Lush…..coconut deodorant powder is the best so far. I am sure that their other deodorant powders are great too but I have only tried the coconut one and I am hooked! Long story short…..Lush, coconut powder…buy it. <3

Comment by Anjulie — March 20, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

Using crystal deodorant requires trial and error. As for me I think what works best is using it directly in the shower, towards the end of washing. You are already wet, I roll it on quite a lot. And frankly I have used it for years, cycle to work morning and evening. My clothes stay clean no residue or stain, and I don’t feel like have tons of product in my armpit to keep me from unpleasant odor.

And I do enjoy Tom’s without fluoride toothpaste as well!

Comment by Isabelle — March 21, 2012 @ 7:09 am

I’m really happy with the Moogoo fresh cream deodorant, it’s fabulous, It’s natural, it works and it also smells great.

Comment by Michelle — March 21, 2012 @ 8:22 am

I’m allergic to most deodorants and antiperspirants. I also sweat a lot. I do not wear anything synthetic that holds smells with sleeves when I work out.

What I do —is use perfume. It took a while to find the right scent to work with my body chemistry, but it works and I’m not allergic to perfume. For sweat control, I normally do damage control by going to the restroom and padding both sides of my sleeve with tissue and squeeze my arms down against my sides. Sad, but sweat happens!

Comment by Jojo — March 21, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

I want to put in another vote for Rocky Mountain Soap’s natural deodorant roll-on…I use the unscented one, and I definitely notice a difference compared to days that I forget to apply!

Comment by Carol — March 21, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

I have been using mens Degree. Works really well but I smell very masculine….I am sure I could buy unscented but I having some kind of scent is comforting to me…. I need to know I don’t stink, so smelling something is reassuring.

PS I sweat like a man! So, maybe I do need mens deo for the BO…

Comment by CME — March 21, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

I love Nature’s Gate Herbal Blend, Lavender and Aloe. I’ve been known to sweat, workout almost daily, and used to use industrial strength antiperspirant. This made the transition painless.

Comment by Lisa — March 21, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

The crystal works really well in its roll-on form- no wetting required! And it’s only about $4 for the bottle. I run and do Bikram yoga almost every day and NEVER smell, something that I couldn’t say with ‘traditional’ anti-perspirant/deodorants. Also the fact that it has no fragrance to contend with, is a big, big plus. :)

Comment by Jenn — March 23, 2012 @ 8:59 am

I have made a general switch to using all organic and natural products on my skin, especially…biggest organ we have!!!
I love all the products from Benedetta…Their products are all biodynamic, organic and hand-crafted…their deodorant is called “The Best Deodorant” & it truly is!! I work in a very hot environment with a certain amount of stress and after a full day I usually still feel fresh…
On occasion, I will finish the day experiencing a small amount of odor, or at least I think I stink, yet even on those days, my kids and husband still think I smell great!
Maybe we are a little too judgmental of ourselves!!? If we are working/playing/ loving intensely shouldn’t our bodies be allowed to express it, just a little!

Comment by Mischelle — March 23, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

While I do not use a natural deodorant, I do use one without parabens, aluminum or alcohol. I have been using La Roche-Posay 24hr Physiological Deodorant ( since last summer and love it. Yes, it is expensive ($15 at Shoppers) but it works and is the only “non-commercial” deodorant that I have found that does for me. I will probably look into a couple of the ones mentioned here, but for now, this is my go to. It leaves me smelling fresh, although if I am in a hurry and only put on a very small amount (usually I do about 3-4 swipes per arm) then it might start to let me stink a little by the end of a long day at work, but generally I am fresh and ready for anything, even post workout. It does allow you to still sweat, but I have never become super stinky after, nor does it stain my clothing. I had way worse issues trying to battle with the commercial anti-perspirants, and found I used to sweat more with them than I do with this product.

Comment by Kandace — March 24, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

The Crystal works but for the first few weeks you need to not only put it on your pits but also all the way down to where the top of your bra is and about 1/2 way down the underside of your arm. It kills the bacteria, which is why you smell, and that bacteria is simply not only in your pits. My man is a huge athlete and that is all he uses, never smells even after his 3 hour competitions!

Comment by Sabrina — March 26, 2012 @ 11:14 am

You should let you body get used to not using an antiperspirant before you do this experiment. You need to get all the crap out before you’ll stop smelling like chemicals.

Comment by Michelle — March 26, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

It’s funny to listen to people w/o issues chime in on this. I’m not a huge sweater, but I sweat more then I like. Ok its natural, not so natural to constantly be worried if your deodorant has worn off yet and if others may smell you. To have shirts ruined, because of all the craps in the OTC deodorants that can cause you harm, but give you some sort of protection. Anyway, I came on here and went to several sites after reading reviews. I have found my miracle. Thank you jacy who mentioned the Duggan sisters. Amazing stuff, pricey but so worth it. Look them up ladies, and men too!! I have spent so much money on deodorants. Toms sucks soo bad, Jason didn’t work, as far as natural. OTC deodorants have gotten so much money from me its disgusting. Look Duggan sisters up. 100% natural. I had to share this because someone else did for me and I’m so ever grateful.

Comment by leolady — March 29, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus deodorant is my favorite natural deodorant of all time, and I’m pretty particular about these kind of stuff. Highly recommended!

Comment by AnnaR — March 30, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

These are exactly the kinds of things that I wish I could try before I purchased because everyone’s body is so different! I heard about this health and wellness service, that lets you trial products. Hope they start including things like this!

Comment by Emily — April 2, 2012 @ 10:49 am

Hey Emily!

I totally know what you mean – it can be expensive trying to figure out which one will work for you. I just heard about klutchclub the other day! I think I’m going to sign up for a few months to check it out!

Comment by Allessia — April 2, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

Wow! I’m really impressed with DeodoMom cream (thank you Danielle for your comment here which led me to it). Having struggled with both copious and odorous sweat during most of my adult life, and having tried almost anything out there from prescription stuff to “natural” commercial brands and home-made remedies I’m amazed at how effective this cream is. And I love the fact that is completely safe (actually the only water-based deodorant that I know of) and that one application in the morning lasts all day and thru my evening exercises too! Without doubt, the best deodorant I’ve ever used.

Comment by Kathryn Cordell — May 15, 2012 @ 9:07 am

After reading alot of the commemts I am happy that more and more people are looking for alternatives to natural deodorants. I have been doing research lately and there are some of the deodorants mentioned that are not chemical free.I don’t want to name them but it is important to read the ingredients before you purchase it.
one example is propylene glycol.
I use a cream deodorant by purelygreat that i like and works for me.

Comment by Debbie — May 23, 2012 @ 10:32 am

Thank you so much for this post! I have used the Crystal for years now and it works okay. I live in Florida so it’s really hot and humid for much of the year. I tried the soap walla and it’s amazing! really! I can put this stuff on run around town in the heat all day and still smell good at night. <3 you so much for this blog! :)

Comment by kelly — May 31, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

Add me to the Lushaholic list. I use the Aromaco and top it with the Coconut powder. It’s the bomb.

Comment by Kj — June 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

Check out Truly’s Natural Deodorant….made of all edible ingredients….works all day without having to reapply.

Comment by Angela — July 19, 2012 @ 8:50 am

To be honest, most of the natural deodorants I’ve tried have left a lot to be desired when it comes to combatting odor. What can I say – I’m an active and smelly guy!

I read on that it’s easy to make homemade deodorant with corn starch and baking soda.

Has anyone tried this? I’m tempted to go raid my Mom’s kitchen drawers!

Comment by Jacob — August 10, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

I’m hunting for a deodorant called POUR FEMME. The only info on the roll-on is Sharons distributing Inc. It’s natural and has been working better than a crystal or awful Tom’s. That being said, rather than srpay smelly PERFUME on your pits to control odor, just use rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle. It kills the bacteria and instantly refreshes you after a long day. This was a tip given to me by a masseuse and it is a great one. For those who spray prefume in their pits to refresh, it’s the alcohol in the perfume that tames the stink so just use rubbing alcohol. The smell dissapates right away.I’ve also heard of prople spraying vodka upder their arms to rerefresh but I wouldn’t waste vodka on my armpits!

Comment by Rochelle Forester — September 11, 2012 @ 7:45 am

Have been using crystals for some time now as regular deo was making my pits sore and lumpy .. Now I have had horrendously itchy pits and I stopped using crystal for a few days .. And it stopped. I have no idea what to try next …:(

Comment by Liz — November 24, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

The best deodorant I have used is Bubble and Bee Organic “Pit Putty Cream Deodorant”. They have other forms, but the cream is the easiest and most convenient to use. This deodorant is amazing! I use the one called “Jasmint”. I have worn it on some days for 14 hours or more and found I still do not smell, after all that time.

This lasts through my speeding around the city on my lunch breaks, hour long intense spin classes, and other work-outs, hot summer days…

It is so simple, too. Just a few ingredients, but so effective!

Plus the owner of the company guarantees that if your deodorant didn’t work for you, that they can help you find the scent which may compliment your bodies chemistry the best, by asking a few questions about your diet and in what situations you sweat the most (is it stress, for instance).

Comment by Megan — December 22, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

I can’t believe Essensia Naturals deodorant wasn’t on the list. It’s the only one that works for me. It has a very light scent so it’s not too girly for me. It’s a cream style that comes in a twist up and I like that. It’s organic which is important to me and the first ingredient is cold pressed coconut oil, not glycol which is also important to me. It actually works, I can go all day and my wife doesn’t smell anything at all by bed time. I love it. I buy it from Amaranth, a local health food store but it is available online. The website is

Comment by Richard — January 28, 2013 @ 8:33 am

Another option to consider is: I use it along with my NIVEA antiperspirant and it’s a wonderful combination for odor control and sweat.

Comment by Pat Markinson — March 19, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

I’ve honestly tried SO MANY Natural deodorants and the ONLY one thats worked for me is Nourish Organic. They’re 100% organic, cruelty free, gluten free and all around amazing. Definitely recommend checking out their products.

Comment by Daniella — July 19, 2013 @ 11:13 am

I’ve tried all kinds of natural deodorants and home recipes – I think Lavilin is the best by a mile. I normally use their cream (both the underarm and foot versions), but they recently came out with a 72 hour roll-on. Although it doesn’t last as long as the cream, the roll-on is easier to use so I think I’ll make the permanent switch to that.

Comment by Lucy — August 12, 2013 @ 4:52 am

I have tried many natural deodorants and my complaints all seem to be related to the scent or the hold. I finally tried Janay’s Deodorant System and the deodorant works great. I am a woman concerned about the harmful products in antipersperpants and I can’t see myself using them again. Janay’s smells good, it works to hold me throughout the day, and it actually softens and soothes my underarm skin. The all natural soap works all over the body too! Try it, it is well worth it.

Comment by JBD — August 27, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

I know this is way late, but I got the Soapwalla deodorant after reading this review and its the best thing I have found in years. Its AMAZING good, and I am a stinky girl! I have tried many many different options over the last two years and I am so happy to have found this. Highly recommended!!!!

Comment by marielle — December 16, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

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