Sweat Without The Smell: 15 Best Environmentally Friendly Deodorants
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For as long as I can remember it was all about the “anti-perspirant“. Stop the sweat at all costs. Block those pores. Dry and fresh for 720 hours straight etc.
Turns out that was bad idea. We’re meant to sweat. We’re mammals. It’s our way of controlling temperature and eliminating toxins. We have to work with our body and not against it.
So finding natural and environmentally friendly deodorant for men and women, one that really works and is actually natural is pretty important.
Have a peak below the brand list for more information on how we chose these brands, how effective they are, and why you should absolutely opt for aluminum-free deodorant. To zip right on down, click here.
While we found so many great brands for you to choose from, we can’t help but have a few favorite environmentally friendly deodorants for men, women and others – these are great gender neutral options:
Ethique is the deodorant we’re currently testing and loving. We’re finding this zero waste all natural deodorant bar a great option for sensitive skin especially.
1. ETHIQUE SOLID DEODORANT BARS
About Ethique Solid Environmentall Friendly Deodorant Bars
As Ethique’s products always do, these solid deodorant bars tick every one of our sustainable beauty criteria. They’re fully vegan (no beeswax), palm oil-free, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, and baking soda-free.
Ingredients include magnesium hydroxide (which prevents bacterial growth without blocking pores), anti-inflammatory zinc oxide, jojoba oil, almond oil, and essential oils.
The secret ingredient (and one you don’t see in many natural deodorants funnily enough) is bamboo. It not only can absorb 200% its own weight in sweat and oil, but it’s light and won’t block up your sweat glands.
We’ve been using their lavender bar for a little while now and can honestly say they work for all day wear. Truth be told, I don’t actually mind smelling like lavender but if you’d prefer something less floral, they make these deodorant bars in Rustic and Unscented versions as well.
We’ve been impressed with New Zealand’s Ethique ever since we first discovered their zero waste shampoo bars. They have a truly great product lineup for vegan hair care, facial scrubs, soap, you name it. All bar form, all zero waste!
As a certified B-Corp, their supply chains are held to rigid environmental and ethical standards, which we can clearly see by the fact that they’re all vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, and even certified carbon neutral.
Plus, they donate 2% of yearly revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity. Talk about making the world a more beautiful place in more ways than one.
Available: Amazon | Holland & Barrett (UK) | Nourished Life (AU)
2. APOTHECARY MUSE ZERO WASTE DEODORANT STICK
About Apothecary Muse Natural Deodorant for Outdoor Activity
Apothecary Muse’s cardboard push stick deodorants are earth-inspired and designed for any and all who love nature. Of the four scent varieties, the Wise Lemongrass Sage is specially designed for heavy sweating and athletic use.
This formula is the culmination of lots of testing and experimenting. They claim it’s effective for up to 12 hours.
Despite its strength and effectiveness, it’s only made from paraben-free and non-toxic natural ingredients, including coconut oil, candelilla wax, arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, jojoba wax, witch hazel extract, pine and tea tree, lemongrass and sage, rosemary, illipe butter, grape seed extract, and non nano zinc (what’s this? Read here).
About Apothecary Muse
Eryn Hughes founded Apothecary Muse in 2013 because she was tired of not having any natural skincare solutions for athletes and outdoorsmen, where the skin can get especially brutalized.
Her line of “Adventure Skin Care” includes zero waste sunscreen, muscle salves, and cold-process soaps (which come wrapped in plantable wildflower seed paper!)
Every single item is vegan, cruelty-free, palm-oil-free, and zero waste right down to the biodegradable adhesive labels. She ships everything in FSC- certified compostable materials and even delivers local orders herself by bicycle! Pedaling for the planet… we love it!
As for sourcing, Eryn actually forages for an impressive selection of ingredients herself. For those she can’t find, she sourced from local, organic companies that “share the values of fair trade, giving back to the community, and reduced impact.”
3. FAT AND THE MOON DEODORANT CREAM
About Fat and the Moon Cream Natural Deodorant
The Cream Deodorant is said to be effective for the “full spectrum of stinky”. Based on many reviews, it would seem this claim is true.
Sans aluminum, it combines coconut oil and a baking soda base to eliminate bacteria growth. Arrowroot then works at absorbing excess moisture and the mix of essential oils with their natural antimicrobial magic ensure it’s not an environment for unwanted organisms. This is a solid natural formula.
As with many of these truly natural deodorants the scent is not overpowering. Black pepper, bergamot and a hint of citrus – it’s a bit left of field but a refreshing change.
About Fat and the Moon
Fat and the Moon make one of the widest assortment of products of the brands on our list. This includes “adornment” products, environmentally friendly deodorant, soothing balms, dry shampoo, anti-fungal creams, and so so much more. They really can be your one-stop shop.
The plastic free and cruelty free deodorants come packaged in reusable tins and are shipped as minimally and unsuperfluously as possible.
Handmade to order (because “body products, like food, are not meant to last forever!”) Fat and the Moon really strives for the quality and care once achieved by naturalist healers. They stay grounded in those inspired roots by calling many of their recipes “potions”.
These all natural healing potions, while not 100% organic, use “plants that are abundant, ethically harvested and organically cultivated and combine them in formulations that are radically non-toxic”. They explicitly mention which ingredients are and aren’t organic. All Fat and the Moon products are palm oil free.
Please note that, while cruelty free, not quite everything is strictly vegan friendly as some products contain ethically sourced beeswax.
Fat and the Moon also support various charities and causes in their community.
Available: EcoRoots | Earth Hero
4. DIRTY HIPPIE ACTIVE DEODORANT BAR
About Dirty Hippie Environmentally Friendly Deodorant
Dirty Hippie is one of our favorite brands because they’re super sustainable and make some of the most truly natural products around (certified organic).
They offer a “Natural Probiotic Deodorant” paste that you rub into your pits. The product comes in either compostable packaging or aluminum tins (depending on which size you get).
There are 4 different scents of this environmentally friendly deodorant. I highly recommend the Active which has a Virginian Cedar, Lime and Eucalyptus scent. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and it works even on humid Aussie days.
The deodorant’s main ingredients are bicarbonate soda, arrowroot and a kaolin clay base which soak up excess moisture. While the tea tree and coconut oil’s anti-bacterial properties keep the odor at bay.
There’s also the Fresh (Rose Geranium, Mandarin and Cypress); Earthy (Patchouli, Lavender and Vanilla).
For those with sensitive skin the Sensitive Skin Spray On Deodorant is a great natural alternative. And probably the best eco friendly men’s deodorant for sensitive skin. It’s magnesium based (aluminum free) which come in the same scents as the other natural deodorants and are packaged in a 100ml recycled brown glass bottle.
All Dirty Hippie’s products (including their natural deodorants) are cruelty-free, vegan, certified organic and palm oil free. They also accept empties and provide refills.
These natural deodorants are some of the best environmentally friendly deodorants.
About Dirty Hippie
Hailing from Bywong, Australia, Dirty Hippie Cosmetics are one of the most sustainable brands we’ve had the pleasure of covering. They create handmade, organic and clearly top quality products (based on hundreds of super reviews).
They’re a 100% cruelty-free and vegan friendly brand. Historically, they have been palm oil free but their supplier of Cetearyl olivate and Sorbitan olivate (palm oil derivatives) can no longer be guaranteed to be palm free so Dirty Hippie is in the process of looking for another supplier. Note that their tooth powder is palm oil free.
When it comes to sourcing they’ve covered all bases, either purchasing through fair trade channels, buying local or growing their own raw ingredients!
As for packaging, they haven’t skipped a beat, their lip balms, sunscreens, deodorants and small and large eco tubs are made using recycled paper (which can be composted!), otherwise they use tins and glass bottles which can be recycled or reused of course!
Their labels are printed with refillable veg-ink and their operations (which currently have a 50% carbon offset) will be powered with solar when they move into their new HQ.
They’re based in a zero waste community (read more about it here) .Their lab also makes use of naturally collected rain water!
Finally, they’re involved in a number of charitable initiatives and projects from raising awareness for suicide prevention to animal rescue to support for cancer sufferers.
Available: Etsy | Biome Stores (AU) | Dirty Hippie
5. BOODA ORGANICS CREAM DEODORANT
About Booda Organics’s deodorants
Booda Organics offers a single effective plastic free deodorant made with a short list of USDA certified organic butters & oils (pure baking soda, shea butter, organic tapioca flour, virgin coconut oil & cocoa butter). You don’t get a much more natural deodorant than this – you could practically eat the stuff.
I found this to be the easiest natural deodorant to apply. It’s not the strongest odor eliminating natural product on the market but for a non-active day it’s all you’ll need. It does have an understated coconut scent though.
Booda specifically mentions that only a pea-sized amount of the product is necessary as the baking soda ingredient is quite strong and may irritate sensitive skin. Other reviews also agree this is a very reliable natural deodorant.
As for the environment, the product is 100% cruelty-free, vegan and palm oil free. It also comes in a BPA free container that is 100% recyclable.
About Booda Organics
Booda Organics is a family run business, specializing in handmade skincare products made with only the highest quality, food-grade, organic, non-GMO, sustainable, vegan ingredients.
All their products are 100% cruelty-free, organic / natural, vegan and palm oil free. In fact, they only contain 5 ingredients or less!They source all of their ingredients ethically including their cocoa butter, shea butter which are from fairtrade suppliers.
All their packaging is 100% recyclable and they support over 30 charities every year. These guys are ethical champions who happen to also make effective products!
Available: Booda Organics
6. PIPER WAI NATURAL DEODORANT STICK & CREAM
*Note: Not all options come in sustainable packaging but their jars of cream are glass, making them fully reusable or recyclable.
About Piper Wai Activated Charcoal Deodorant Stick & Cream
Made of a blend of 11 essential oils, “super-absorbent” activated charcoal, organic and unrefined coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and pure vitamin E oil, all versions are 100% non-toxic, vegan, palm oil-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free.
They’re 100% made and sourced in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA. They told us they regularly vet their ingredient suppliers for fair labor practices.
About Piper Wai
PiperWai began in 2014 when childhood friends Sarah Ribner and Jess Edelstein cleaned out their bathrooms and found themselves disgusted by all the chemicals. Determined to make an alternative to at least one of the chemical products, they took to work searching for a natural deodorant.
Over a hundred test batches and a sweaty trekking trip to Central and South America later and Piper Wai was born.
They started handcrafting everything in a community kitchen and sold their products door-to-door before an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2015 really helped their product take off.
Available: Piper Wai
7. NO PONG ALL NATURAL ANTI-ODOURANT
*Note: No Pong’s Original and Bicarb-Free varieties contain beeswax so are not vegan, but the Fragrance Free is vegan.
About No Pong All Natural Anti-Odourant
No Pong makes simple, pure solid deodorants that are aluminum-free, palm oil-free, and Choose Cruelty-Free certified. They do not work with any third parties that test on animals or sell their products into China.
As a company, they are not entirely vegan (they do use beeswax for its sweat-proof quality), but they have a new fragrance free formula that is beeswax-free and vegan.
Other non-toxic ingredients you’ll find are essential oils, coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch. Or, if you have sensitive skin, opt for their Bicarb Free deodorant which substitutes the baking soda for magnesium hydroxide and Diatomaceous Earth (which is a wonderful natural de-toxifying agent).
Since they’re packaged in pocket-sized “tinplate” tins (which are not only handily reusable but fully recyclable), you can take it anywhere just in case you need to reapply.
About No Pong
Melanie McVean and Chris Caley founded No Pong after Chris borrowed Melanie’s deodorant that she had made for herself on a surf trip after he had run out. After using it and being able to wear it for three days without having to change his shirt, they knew they were on to something.
Since founding in 2015, No Pong is working its way up the natural deodorant ranks. That’s their specialty and so far the only product offered, because they know they do it really well.
Except for a few products like coconut oil that must be sourced overseas, they source most ingredients locally from Australia, where they also make the product. However, they also have a smaller branch in Canada (where Melanie is originally from) that manufactures and ships products specifically for their Canadian customers to keep cost down and support local economies.
No Pong also donates their product to the Big Hug Box, a company that allows people to purchase care boxes for those going through cancer.
Available: Nourished Life (AU) | No Pong
8. EACH & EVERY WORRY-FREE DEODORANT
*Note: We have attempted to confirm these policies with this brand with no response to date
About Each & Every Worry-Free Deodorant
Each & Every Worry-Free vegan deodorant tubes are not only safe to use (being free from aluminum, parabens, synthetic fragrances, baking soda, and gluten) but they come in a huge variety of scents. To name but a few, their muskier and more natural scents include Black Spruce & Fir, Cedar & Vanilla, Juniper & Mint, Unscented, and Cannabis & Green Tea.
They consist of only five basic ingredients (coconut oil, tapioca starch, earth wax, Dead Sea salt, and antioxidant salt) plus whatever essential oils make up the chosen scent. All these ingredients are rated as low health/hazard risk by the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database, though we’re not sure about their sourcing policies (we’ll be reaching out to check).
While the plastic tubes are not the most sustainable of materials, their Worry-Free Recycling Program ensures they’ll get properly reused.
About Each & Every
Lauren and Mikah founded this cruelty-free company in 2017 with the mission of enabling “each and every person to feel good about the products they use on their body. Without compromise.” Both ladies came from backgrounds in the beauty industry and were frustrating in all the lack of natural deodorant options (being either hard to apply or irritating).
After lots of testing and research through the EWG, they perfected this formula. In addition to natural deodorant, they also sell cruelty-free and vegan perfumes (gentleman: maybe a great gift idea for your special someone!)
These deodorants are made in Minneapolis, MN, and are sourced through ethical channels. While there wasn’t much on their website regarding sourcing, we reached out and they provided us with a link to their handy YouTube channel that actually tells the story of their various ingredients. Pretty neat!
9. DEMES NATURAL BEAUTY GET THE FUNK OUT DEODORANT SPRAY
About DEMES Natural Beauty ‘Get the Funk Out’ Deodorant Spray
DEMES’ Get the Funk Out is designed to be your go-to deodorizing spray for whatever gets stinky in your life, whether it’s you, your yoga mat, your running shoes, your couch, or your workout room. One spritz fits all.
Absent any synthetics, toxic ingredients, and animal byproducts these sprays not only deodorize but disinfect. The ingredients boil down to only distilled water, witch hazel, non-palm oil derived vegetable glycerin, essential oils, and alcohol. The alcohol means it may not be suitable for extra dry or sensitive skin, but works well if you get really sweaty.
For packaging, these come in glass bottles with a plastic spray top that we encourage you to reuse. You can then purchase refills in fully recyclable aluminum cans and keep using the original container indefinitely.
About Demes Natural Beauty
DEMES (which stands for initials of the family founders and owners: Daniel, Evan, Michelle, Erik, Skippy) was founded in 2011 in Canada. They make a variety of all vegan products for the face, body, and bath.
As a company, they’re palm-oil free, Leaping Bunny certified, part of the Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree Canada, and have registered all products with Health Canada and the U.S. FDA
10. THE NATURAL DEODORANT CO. NATURAL DEODORANT BALM
*Note: We have attempted to confirm policies directly with this brand with no response to date
About Natural Deodorant Co Deodorant
I’ve now tested two Clean Natural Deodorant Balms, both of which effectively deodorized the smells even on warm days with moderate exercise. Note this is different to an antiperspirant which is supposed to prevent sweating by blocking your pores with synthetic aluminum.
This environmentally friendly deodorant is available in the UK and the formulation consists of a bunch of natural ingredients that are healthy and effective like coconut oil, sheet butter, magnesium oxide and sodium bicarbonate.
Out of all the natural deodorant balms I’ve tried this is the easiest to apply (next to Booda) thanks to it’s creamy texture. From a scent perspective, I would say the Grapefruit + Mint edges out the Lemon + Geranium by a hair.
Natural Co’s deodorant balms are also cruelty-free, natural / organic, vegan and palm oil free. The tubs are made of glass and can either be reused or recycled. A plastic free deodorant indeed! Unfortunately for those in the USA, this sustainable deodorant has not made the leap across the Atlantic, yet…
About The Natural Deodorant Co
The Natural Deodorant Co is a natural deodorant specialist based in the UK with great deodorant options for men. It’s run by Laurie who started the business when she realized how limited the options were for natural, organic deodorants.
Low production runs and high quality ingredients mean these tubs are a little more than your typical deodorants. Having said that, I found they lasted a fair bit longer as you don’t need much product to do the job. Worth the price for a healthy product.
Available: Ethical Superstore
11. ALPINE PROVISIONS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL PROBIOTIC DEODORANT
About Alpine Provisions Natural Deodorant Sticks
Alpine Provisions detoxifying activated charcoal natural unisex deodorants are “designed to elicit your own, joyful connection to nature, even if the jungle you’re navigating that day happens to be made of concrete.”
With lovely scents like Fir & Sage, Cedar & Sandalwood, Lavender & Juniper, Lavender & Juniper (the only Charcoal-free option), they definitely sound like they’d help you feel more connected to nature, even if you’re just sweating in your local gym.
The complete list of ethically sourced ingredients includes corn starch, coconut oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, candelilla wax, sodium bicarbonate, shea butter, probiotic bacillus ferment, charcoal powder, and sustainably sourced pure essential oils.
You may have noticed they include caprylic/capric triglyceride (which can either be derived from coconut oil or palm kernel) but they confirmed theirs is derived from coconut oil.
They not only deodorize by keeping bad bacteria at bay, but cultivate a healthy body biome by encouraging the growth of good bacteria. Of course, they’re also vegan, cruelty-free, organic, gluten-free, and petroleum-free.
They currently come packaged in traditional plastic tubes but stay tuned for their new zero waste packaging which we hope will drop soon.
About Alpine Provisions
Based in Boulder, CO, Alpine Provisions creates many different body and personal care products ranging from Castille soaps, to lip balms. Everything is made from sustainably sourced ingredients like mountain-born saps and oils, and the final products contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients
They’re also entirely vegan (except for their lip balms), Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, gluten-free, and petroleum-free. Currently all products are palm oil free as well, though they will soon be launching some zero waste bar soaps that will contain RSPO-certified palm.
Mountain farmer Joshua Scott Onysko is the creator of this company, and he writes:
“Ostensibly, I started Alpine Provisions because I desire to offer the world access to affordable, sustainable, organic products — but that’s just a front. The real reason I started this company is to give the next generation an opportunity to know and love nature by providing them with true wilderness experiences.
[…] I believe that if we want to improve the future of this planet, we have to show our youth there is more to the world than the constructed reality of social media and the constant demands that ping and buzz and direct our attention toward our little screens. We must inspire kids to value leadership over power, and stewardship over ownership. Yet, how can we expect future generations to be stewards of this planet if they don’t have the opportunity to explore it? “
To encourage youth to get outside and inspire them to protect the planet, he donates 5% of all sales to Colorado’s Outward Bound program. This provides underprivileged youth with three-week immersive experiences in outdoor leadership.
To further reduce their environmental impact, all Alpine Provisions team members not involved in the actual making work remotely from home to reduce their carbon footprint and utilizes technology.
Available: Amazon | Alpine Provisions
12. SAVONNERIE DES DILIGENCES NATURAL DEODORANT CREAM
*Note: Not all Savonnerie des Diligences deodorants are vegan although there are vegan options
About Savonnerie des Diligences Natural Deodorant Cream
While Savonnerie des Diligences’ balsam fir scented cream deodorant may bear The SkunK as its token animal, it’ll do just the oposite and keeping you smelling fresh and piney through a sweaty workout.
Made of sunflower oil, arrowroot starch, baking soda, shea butter, candelilla wax, balsam fir essential oil, palmarosa essential oil, clary sage essential oil, and vitamin E, this forest fragrance deodorant is vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil free.
In addition to their five glass-jarrred creams, they also sell five plastic tube stick deodorants in scents like clary sage and patchouli. However, these all contain beeswax meaning they are aren’t vegan and also contain vodka alcohol as a drying agent. Not as friendly on sensitive skin but a bit more effective for heavy sweating.
Personally, we prefer the jars due to the both the vegan status on most of them and the zero waste packaging.
About Savonnerie des Diligences
Based on Quebec, Canada, Marie-Eve Lejour’s Savonnerie des Diligences has been making natural and soaps and skincare products since 2005. Their focus is on solids and creams, which eliminated the need to use unnatural stabilizers and plastic bottles required by so many liquid soaps.
While a flood in 2019 totally destroyed their workshop, they’ve been working hard to rebuild and have managed to still keep up with incoming orders.
All products are natural, biodegradable and water safe, palm-oil free, cruelty-free, and vegan. While not actually certified, most are also non-GMO and organic. They’re also 100% cruelty free and mostly vegan, save for their inclusion of beeswax in some products – ethically sourced beeswax from a reputable local supplier.
For other ingredient sourcing, Savonnerie des Diligences works with suppliers who share their values like “rigor, consistency, diligence, transparency, effervescence and pleasure at work”. For instance, they source Shea butter from a fair trade women-run business in Mali.
As for packaging, they aren’t totally zero waste (as seen by the plastic deodorant sticks) but they do largely use paper wrappings for their bars and glass jars for any cream product. Plus, you can return the packaging of any product for reuse and a discount on your next order.
They also refuse to ship by air because of the massive emissions concern there. Just note that if you’re ordering form overseas, it’ll take 4-6 weeks to arrive there by ship.
Available: Etsy | Savonnerie des Diligences
13. RAZOROCK – THE BEST DEODORANT ON EARTH!
*Note: While their deodorants are vegan and palm oil free, not all RazoRock’s products are vegan and one of their soaps contain palm oil
About RazoRock – The Best Deodorant on Earth!
When it comes to product formulation, RazoRock are purists. With only 3 base ingredients (natural soda, non-GMO corn starch and organic vegetable glycerin), there’s no doubting this is truly a natural deodorant and a greate environmentally friendly deodorant option for men.
But that does not mean this product is ineffective, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The general consensus based on a number of reviews is that this stuff is a workhorse and may just live up to its namesake.
When it comes to the scent, there’s two varieties, citrus and tea tree. The tea tree ingredient has natural anti-microbial properties. RazorRock’s deodorant balms are also cruelty-free and vegan friendly.
While the tubs are plastic, they can still either be reused or recycled.
Based in Ontario Canada, what started out as just a hobby for founders, Michael and Joseph, is now a thriving boutique male grooming and body care brand.
Focusing on the lost art of traditional wet shaving, RazoRock has garnered much support not only from their loyal customer base but also from those of us looking for premium and natural deodorant alternatives.
RazoRock has confirmed with us that all of their products are cruelty-free and vegan friendly (except for some of their shaving soaps which contain tallow and lanolin). They’re also just about an entirely palm oil free brand too, with only one of their shaving soaps containing ethically sourced palm oil.
As for their packaging, all of it is recyclable and some of it is made from post-consumer use materials. When it comes to waste management, RazoRock also run a near-paperless office in an effort to reduce their footprint.
They also heavily promote their steel safety razors which are not only completely recyclable but would help eliminate and replace the 2 billion + disposable razors and cartridges that make their way to the landfills every year (this effect cannot be understated)!
14. PRETTY FRANK NATURAL DEODORANT FOR MEN
*Note: Not all Pretty Frank. deodorants are vegan but they do hav vegan options. We have attempted to confirm policies with this brand but never received a reponse
About Pretty Frank. Natural Deodorant
Formerly known as Primal Pit, Pretty Frank. makes deodorants in either solid tubes or pastes. They also come in either unscented or a pretty wide array of scents. The more masculine scents include Seaside Activated Charcoal, Matcha, Palo Santo, and Woodlands.
You also get to chose between four different formulas with ingredients as follows:
- Zinc (VEGAN): organic arrowroot powder, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, magnesium hydroxide, caprylic/capric triglyceride, zinc oxide, candelilla wax, and non-gmo vitamin e derived 100% from sunflowers
- Extra Strength Baking Sods (VEGAN): organic shea butter, non-aluminum baking soda, organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, and non-gmo vitamin e derived 100% from sunflowers
- Activated Charcoal (NOT VEGAN): magnesium hydroxide, organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic beeswax, caprylic/capric triglyceride (sounds scary but it’s a combination of coconut oil and glycerin), and activated charcoal derived from coconuts
- Magnesium Unscented (NOT VEGAN): magnesium hydroxide, organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, and organic beeswax
One thing we like is that they state from which kind of plant each of these ingredients derived. That helps us ensure no palm derivates can slip in under a sneaky name.
In the end, all the formulas are non-GMO, gluten-free, synthetic fragrance-free, aluminum, and paraben-free. They’re so safe, they can apparently be used on your privates: “feel free to use it on your bits, your feet, or under your boobs – wherever you need odor protection”.
The packaging (for both tubes and jars) is 100% #5 plastic. It’s definitely not as close to low-waste as we generally like, but since every component is #5, that means they can be safely recycled without risk of contamination (though DO check if your curbside collection accepts #5- not all do!).
About Pretty Frank.
As mentioned above, Primal Pit recently became Pretty Frank. Founder Amy Perez’ reasoning for this rebranding is as follows:
“With so many copycats out there, it’s time for a brand that cuts through the noise. That stands alone in a sea of corporate complacency and just tells it like it is. No hidden agenda, no secret ingredients, no shareholders to please. In short, it’s time for a brand that’s Pretty Frank.”
In addition to deodorant, they sell oral care products, body products, skincare, and lip balms. Everything is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and made in Austin, Texas.
Available: Pretty Frank
15. BLACK CHICKEN REMEDIES AXILLA DEODORANT PASTE
*Note: While their deodorant is vegan, Black Chicken is not an entirely vegan brand. We attempted to confirm policies directly with this brand but no response has been received.
About Black Chicken Remedies Natural Deodorant
Black Chicken’s Axilla Deodorant paste has an understated clove like scent, which is a little different to your usual overpowering Lynx or Old Spice but in a good non-synthetic kind of way.
As with all deodorant pastes, the application (rubbing the product onto your armpits) takes a little getting used to but it actually becomes a surprisingly therapeutic daily ritual.
As for its environmental impact, this product is cruelty-free, vegan, palm oil free and 100% natural. It also comes in a recyclable container. Though we’d prefer it if the packaging made this more of an environmentally friendly deodorant.
About Black Chicken Remedies
All Black Chicken Remedies products are 100% cruelty-free, palm oil free, organic & natural and are mostly vegan, with the exception of a couple of products (that contain beeswax or silk).
All their packaging is recyclable (although plastic is still used) and every product is designed to “make a difference on a physical, mental and emotional level”.
There is no public information available on their sourcing policies.
Available: All Natural Collection | Nourished Life (AU)
WHAT MAKES A NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DEODORANT?
The term “natural” is one of the most misused marketing terms around. It’s can mean just about anything. It’s been slapped on all types of completely unnatural (and toxic) products. All in an effort to fool the consumer into thinking they’re buying a healthy product.
As a rule of thumb, if you can’t quickly understand the ingredients in a “natural deodorant” then it’s probably a bad sign. In a nutshell, if there’s aluminum, parabens, synthetics, phthalates, sulphates and any other ingredients containing the likes of “poly”, “-eth-” or “oxy” then it’s not a natural eco friendly deodorant.
Also, the list of ingridients should ideally be short and to the point. We don’t need the additives.
Now we know what to avoid, what actually makes up a natural and environmentally friendly deodorant?
There are a bunch of core ingredients which many of the deodorants below include. Why? Because they’re effective and some of the best nature has to offer in deodorizing odor and sweat. If you see these, it’s a good sign:
- coconut oil
- kaolin clay
- bicarbonate soda
- shea butter
- tea tree oils
- arrowroot powder
- carnauba wax
- vegetable glycerin (coconut derived)
- clove essential oil
- tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)
- heobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter
- citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) peel oil
- citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil
And just an FYI – if this is your first time visiting Sustainable Jungle, our approach to personal care products is to look for brands and products that are:
- palm oil free
- have ethical ingredient sourcing policies and
- use thoughtful, ideally zero-waste packaging (meaning it either has no waste at all, or waste that is compostable or widely reusable). Have a read here for a list of specific zero waste deodorant options.
Note that some of the natural deodorants on the list above are not always (unfortunately) available in every country. We’ll continue to research and add additional natural deodorants for men, women and all to the list.
DO NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DEODORANTS ACTUALLY WORK?
Firstly, have you tried the move from ordinary spray / roll-on deodorants to natural deodorants?
If yes, welcome to the club. If no, well it can be a bit of a lucky dip (and of course a matter of preference) to find one that properly deodorizes. Just remember that these options do not stop you from sweating. They zap (or at the least significantly reduce) the odor causing bacteria.
So how hard do I expect my eco friendly deodorant to work. It’s probably best answered by describing my daily commute. I cycle for about 30 minutes to work everyday. Sweat wise, it’s not enough to warrant a shower but I can smell pretty average if I’m not prepared, especially if it’s a warm or hot day (in which case I should probably shower!)…
And we all know there’s nothing worse than knowing that your own body odor is out of control (thanks to either using an ineffective deodorant or no deodorant at all) or getting stuck sitting, standing, working next to someone that is going al naturale…
I’ve been in both positions but, thankfully, with a bit of trial and error, (and to answer the above heading’s question) YES natural and sustainable deodorants do work and in some cases fantastically well. And, as I mentioned before, they contain healthy ingredients which make healthy products, which is also beneficial for the environment.
WHY AVOID ALUMINIUM IN DEODORANT?
One key ingredient in any anti-perspirant deodorant is aluminum. Aluminium is one to avoid in deodorant because it plugs the ducts on our skin’s surface (they are really small molecules). This prevents a clammy arm pit which the odour causing bacteria thrive in.
On the one hand this sounds ingenious, just stop the sweat man. On the other, it’s completely unnatural. Which is why aluminum has got some bad press.
Recent studies have shown that once this ingredient is absorbed into the skin it induces estrogen-like effects (think moobs) which may be linked as a possible cause or increasing the risk of breast cancer. The jury is still out on whether or not this is conclusive. Though, personally I’m not going to take the risk, especially when there are alternative natural deodorants that work.
But it’s not just aluminum. There are a host of other synthetic, chemical and other noxious compounds (e.g. all the parabens which are known to affect hormone function among other negative effects) found in just about every single off the shelf anti-perspirant / deodorant.
For me, when there are healthy alternatives that are just as effective and less damaging to the environment, this is a no-brainer.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DEODORANTS
The amount of marketing around body care products is exhausting. Deodorants are no exception. We’re led to believe that shiny anti-perspirant deodorant cans are the only deodorants that work. False. They’re not only unhealthy for you but there are truly effective natural alternatives that work!
I hope this list has shed a little light on some of the best natural deodorant options out there.