An essential grooming product, most of us reach for deodorant or antiperspirant every day without giving it a second thought. But have you ever questioned what’s in your underarm odour neutraliser?
Many deodorants contain a number of ingredients, including aluminium, which temporarily blocks the sweat glands and is easily absorbed by the skin. Certain studies have pointed out the possible health risks of stopping moisture flow to the skin, as sweating is one of nature’s vital ways to remove toxins from our bodies.
With this in mind, swapping your conventional deodorant for an all-natural option has become a popular choice – but finding a better alternative can be a bit of a minefield if you don’t know where to start.
To help you find the right blend for your skin, we’ve selected some of the best natural deodorants on the market.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant
Packed with organic essential oils and cleansing ingredients, this refreshing deodorant is specially designed for sensitive skin types and comes in a standard 100ml-sized bottle. An extract of alpine moss works to kill odour-causing bacteria while essential oils of lavender, tea tree and ylang ylang are paired with aloe vera to neutralize your scent and soothe the skin. We especially like its calming but uplifting smell. A great choice for both men and women.
£8.50 | Neal’s Yard | Buy it now
Lush The Greeench Deodorant Powder
This vegan-friendly powder formula is not only easy to apply to underarms, but can be used to keep feet or even trainers fresh. It‘s formulated with a blend of powerful natural ingredients such as tea tree, water-repellent lycopodium and sage and rosemary powders that effectively fight off odour and reduce sweat. It has a very neutral herby smell that works for men and women.
£7.95 | Lush | Buy it now
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant
A luxurious cream-to-powder formula designed to absorb perspiration without altering or blocking the sweat glands. Gentle powders like arrowroot and kaolin clay control odour and perspiration, while distilled lavender and bergamot deliver a light fragrance. Other ingredients include moisturising shea butter to prevent dryness and essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus to knock out bacteria. Unlike some other deodorants, this one leaves your skin feeling silky and is fairly long-lating.
£18 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now
Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream
Need a heavy-duty deodorant for a hectic day? This popular all-natural blend contains every odour and bacteria eliminating ingredient you can think of, making it highly-effective and super long-lasting. Its ingredients list features baking soda, kaolin clay, shea butter, jojoba oil and a blend of potent essential oils like tea tree and lavender. It also absorbs fast which is ideal for the morning rush.
£14 | Naturisimo | Buy it now
Megababe Rosy Pits
Tackling “hush- hush” female hygiene issues head-on, Megababe’s Rosy Pits deodorant has proven a sell-out success among millennials, with a 5,000-strong waiting list.
£14 | Megababe | Join waiting list
Modern Botany Deodorant
With its fresh gender-neutral scent and minimalist design, Modern Botany’s pit spritz is the ultimate chic “shelfie” choice.
£25 | Content Beauty & Wellbeing | Buy it now
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
As well as being alcohol- and aluminium-free, Malin + Goetz’s Eucalyptus roll-on doesn’t leave stains or residue. It has a spa like scent thanks to the eucalyptus which is especially pleaseing.
£12 | Space NK | Buy it now
Cowshed Cow Pit Deodorant spray
The organic aloe vera and shea butter in Cowshed’s Cow Pit spray soothes underarms, while mint and lemongrass oil leaves them fresh as a daisy.
£12 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Easy to apply and great-smelling, the Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant by Neal’s Yard Remedies is definitely our favourite from this list. It’s created especially for sensitive skin types but can certainly work for others.
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