In the right circumstances, there’s something inherently satisfying about sweat. A rewarding wipe of the brow after a day of hard work. The feel of a cool after-jog breeze on your perspiring skin. The last little reminder of a long day that makes your first cool drink of the evening that much sweeter.
What’s not satisfying is the smell that comes with it. Somehow, “the rewarding stench of hard work” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, and so we roll on our antiperspirants every morning, plugging our pores in the process. If only there were a solution that could keep you smelling fresh, help you avoid irritating chemicals, and let your skin breathe naturally again. Luckily, there are natural deodorants. We’ve rounded up some of the hardest working and best-smelling options for men to help you choose the right one.
Best Natural Deodorant
Non-staining, containing no aluminum, and easy to apply with a refreshingly cool and crisp feel and scent, Hoppin’ Fresh hit all the high notes for us. Kaolin clay, baking soda, and probiotic enzymes join forces to naturally prevent moisture and odor-causing bacteria and contains no petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones, or PEGs. Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2018.
Best Affordable Naturan Deodorant
There are plenty of great natural deodorant options out there for those who want to look further afield for their grooming products. But for guys who are interested in keeping aluminum and other nasty chemicals away from their bodies while also not spending a fortune, Arm & Hammer Essentials natural deodorant is the protective barrier your sweaty, toxin-filled armpits are crying out for. At just under $15 for a six-pack (a six-pack!), Arm & Hammer t is not only inexpensive, it’s also free of parabens, aluminum, dyes, or animal-derived ingredients, meaning your pits will smell fresh as a daisy throughout even the most sweltering of summer days and you’ll also be protecting your clothing from yellowing and staining.
Best Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
With a list of ingredients like the following, you know your health is in good hands: shea butter, jojoba oil, beeswax, baking soda, vitamin E, coconut oil, probiotics, and other natural botanicals. You’re getting all the goodness of those organic, plant-based ingredients and none of the harmful effects of aluminum, parabens, or phthalates found in so many other commercial deodorants. Native Deodorant scents include Unscented, Eucalyptus & Mint, Citrus & Herbal Musk, and seasonal release Cedar & Sea Salt. Native is great for guys with sensitive skin or folks who are tired of dealing with pit stains.
Other Great Options
Schmidt’s line of deodorants replaces traditional aluminum with natural plant powders to absorb moisture. Each one is completely vegan-certified with no parabens or artificial fragrances. The brand has recently stepped up its green game even more by combining two powerful minerals into a brand new formula. Activated charcoal soaks up moisture as it leaves the body while magnesium soothes and softens the skin. Add in the mild, soothing scent and you’ve got a natural winner.
This natural deodorant uses cotton extract and witch hazel to absorb wetness, lichen extract to eliminate odor-causing bacteria, and essential oils to keep you smelling fresh. Choose from six refreshing scents — including cedarwood, citrus, and eucalyptus mint— or keep it simple with their unscented stick. Every Man Jack also offers their deodorant in a convenient travel size.
We love this organic, aluminum-free deodorant from Kent & Bond. Bentonite clay is the secret ingredient that kills underarm bacteria and absorbs moisture. Tea tree essential oil lends a deep, earthy scent that stops odor in its tracks. Hold the stick against your skin for a few seconds to soften the formula. Swipe your underarms daily and you’ll smell as fresh and powerful as the forest itself.
All Good’s hard-working deodorants prove you can be both scientifically innovative and all natural at the same time. Deodorants come in scents like Tea Tree & Basil and Cedarwood & Spruce and are made with organically grown ingredients. They go on smooth thanks to a non-GMO, sugarcane-based propanediol; include calendula for its antibacterial and soothing properties; contain organic aloe vera leaf to prevent irritation; and use naturally occurring enzymes to break down sweat molecules to fight odor and wetness. How’s that for harnessing the power of nature?
These deodorants are made with a unique combination of essential oils, butters, and natural oils. With a bunch of scents to choose from — like Sage Lime, Sandalwood, Patchouli, and Cedar — this chemical-free formula kills body odor using 100-percent natural ingredients. Each handcrafted stick is prepared in a small batch for fresher product and more quality control. Store it in a cool dry place and yours will last seven to ten months.
Tom’s of Maine has been living green since 1970. You can trust this deodorant will keep you smelling good for a full twenty-four hours. Choose from a variety of natural scents — including such dreamy mixes as Deep Forest and Mountain Spring — that are 100-percent natural and contain botanical hops to deter odor-causing bacteria.
The name isn’t the only clever thing about this deodorant. The formula uses coconut oil and shea butter for a smooth, soothing feel and natural bacteria-blocking zinc oxide to fight odor. Choose one of their all-natural essential oil-based scents for a little extra perk. Speaking of extra perks, if you’ve got a friend who could use a little freshening up, you can side-step an awkward encounter by sending one of these natural sticks as an anonymous “Deodorgram” gift.
Citrus, woodsy cypress, and warm fir combined with odor-fighting botanicals make up this powerful and energizing natural deodorant, but the real hero ingredient may surprise you. Burt’s Bees uses cornstarch in their formula for an extra boost of moisture prevention while still keeping things natural.
If that long list of chemicals on the back of your deodorant has got you down, you don’t need to sacrifice your hygiene to find a natural solution. Stay clean — and conscientious — by giving one of these natural deodorants a try.
Article originally published August 11, 2016. Last updated by Chase McPeak on August 29, 2018.