I’ve gone through aluminum-free deodorant phases in the past (you still sweat, but they help mask the B.O.), but admittedly I’m a big sweater, so antiperspirant is typically my go-to. However, staying at home over the past couple months has been the perfect time to detox my underarms and switch things up. These five formulas have impressed me so much, I might make natural deo a regular thing!
Vegan, gluten-free, EWG-verified, and only six ingredients, this deo stick is as clean as they come (the packaging is sustainable, too) and comes in 10 scents made entirely from essential oils—my faves are Rose & Vanilla and Citrus & Vetiver. You can also subscribe to get the deodorant every month (or every 2, 3, 4) and the price drops to $12.75 per stick. And if you’re not sure which scent to try, the brand also offers a Discovery Set ($20–$30) of four or eight mini deos, which are so cute!
A new supercharged version of the brand’s original formula—which I also love, especially The Achiever’s Ocean Mint scent—The Innovator contains the odor-fighting duo of activated charcoal and spirulina that activate as you work up a sweat. Plus, the Fresh Rain and Bergamot scent is so good, it could be a perfume, and the plastic applicator is easy to keep clean.
If you’re reactive to essential oils or baking soda, both of which can be harsh on some skin types, this almond-scented deo (it’s such a yummy smell, and a common thread in all of the brand’s new body products) is a good one to try. Mandelic acid shields against odor while arrowroot powder helps sop up sweat, and nourishing plant oils and butters give it its creamy texture that goes on so smooth.
Part of the brand’s seasonal collection—all three scents are so good, and you can actually get them in one set—this Cotton & Cedarwood Deodorant stick keeps me smelling fresh from morning to night. It’s also loaded with gentle, good-for-your-skin ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and probiotics that keep your underarms healthy and moisturized. A monthly subscription service is available, too, and comes with cost savings, as each stick is only $10. Travel-size options and multi-scent packs are also good buys.
Zero aluminum, zero alcohol and a hefty dose of Dove’s signature moisturizers make this sensitive skin–friendly formula a triple threat. It glides on like a charm without irritating my skin, even if I’ve just shaved. However, it does contain fragrance—I like the fresh, not-overpowering scent—so if that is the cause of your sensitivity, you probably want to go with a fragrance-free option.
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