Sure, you might question spending more than a tenner on the stuff that gets relegated to your underarms but hear us out. While the main goal of any deodorant/antiperspirant is to keep the area from turning into a swampy, stinky mess, that small patch of skin requires a similar amount of TLC as other parts of your body (moisturized and such) so you want to make sure your chosen formula is nourishing and soothing. If you are a sensitive type, natural, aluminum-free options are less likely to have an unattractive, uncomfortable effect on your delicate underarms (no judgment). And as you’ll be catching whiffs of it all day, don’t you want your deo to emit a subtle, inoffensive scent? We rounded up some new options and old favorites to keep you from losing friends and alienating people.
Juniper Ridge Siskiyou Deodorant
Like all of this natural brand’s offerings, this deodorant is made from wild-harvested ingredients including arrowhead powder, which happens to be Mother Earth’s deodorant. The cream-based formula imparts an equally outdoorsy scent of spicy cedar.
Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant
Remember those sensitive pits we mentioned? This new option from our favorite Vermont skincare brand babies them with a 100% natural, toxin-free goodness. A blend of eucalyptus, rosemary, grapefruit, and ginger essential oils keeps everything smelling awesome.
Jack Black Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant
Made for sporty types, this option works extra hard to keep the underarm situation under control with a time-released technology. It employs zinc salt and grapefruit seed extract to naturally defeat smelliness and vegetable glycerin to keep skin moisturized.
This is the old-timer of the group but it’s a cult-fave so deserves to be included. While it’s not an antiperspirant (so super sweaters might want to look elsewhere), eleven essential oils help neutralize offensive odors and the vetiver scent is a pretty classy fragrance option for a deodorant.
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
A one-two punch of eucalyptus, the fragrant leaf that scents spas and nourishes koalas, and Citronellyl Methylcrotonate, a derivative of citronella, eliminates any offensive odors and nastiness happening in the pit area.