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 freshly 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 finally let your skin breathe naturally again. Luckily, there is: natural deodorants. Even more luckily, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help you choose the right one.
Schmidt’s Naturals Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant, $10
Schmidt’s line of deodorants replace traditional aluminum with natural plant powders to absorb moisture, and each one is completely vegan-certified with no parabens or artificial fragrances. They’ve recently stepped up their 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.
Every Man Jack Deodorant, $6
This 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.
Kent & Bond Organic Deodorant, $15
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 Deodorant, $9
All Good’s hard-working deodorants prove you can be both scientifically innovative and all natural at the same time. Their 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?
Sam’s Natural Deodorants, $10
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% 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 Long Lasting Men’s Deodorant, $4
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% natural and contain botanical hops to deter odor-causing bacteria.
For Pit’s Sake! From G.B. Proudfoots, $9
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.
Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men Deodorant, $8
Citrus, woodsy cyprus 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.