23 Organic and All-Natural Deodorants That Really Work

23 Best Organic and All-Natural Deodorants of 2020 That Actually Work


PUBLISHED: 1/31/2018 | LAST UPDATED: 01/17/2020

Making the transition from conventional deodorants to all-natural and organic deodorants can be a, well, stinky process of trial and error. We all want to avoid using toxic chemicals on our delicate skin, but no one wants to give up smelling fresh and clean in the process. Luckily, you don’t have to! We’ve researched and tried over 80 different natural and organic deodorants before narrowing down to this list of the very best organic deodorants that actually work.  These deodorant products are made with natural bacteria and odor fighting ingredients and contain no nasty chemicals. All of the organic deodorants below are free from Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan, Talc, Propylene Glycol, Steareths, and TEA/DEA (triethanolamine/diethanolamne).

Choosing the right organic deodorant product for you requires a little understanding of how these natural products work. For starters, natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. Common antiperspirant ingredients (like aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium) literally block your sweat glands from producing sweat. While this may sound like a good outcome, these ingredients have been linked to a few undesirable illnesses (1). Instead of blocking sweat, natural deodorants work by killing bacteria and neutralizing odor so that your sweat doesn’t smell bad. Additionally, natural powders (such as arrowroot, baking soda, kaolin clay, and corn starch) help to absorb excess wetness from sweating. Check out our guide on The Best Organic Deodorant Ingredients at the bottom of this list for more information on natural deodorant ingredients and how they work.

Additionally, some natural ingredients work better for some people than others. While baking soda is an amazing deodorizer, some people with sensitive skin find it a bit too harsh for their delicate underarm skin and may want a baking-soda free variety. Those who sweat heavily may prefer an organic deodorant that contains more heavy duty sweat-absorbing powders like kaolin clay and/or cornstarch. The bottom line is this: there is a natural deodorant product that will work for you! You may just need to try different formula’s until you find the right blend for your skin.

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Made Simple – Chamomile Lime USDA Organic Deodorant Paste ($12)

Got sensitive pits? Then check out these super gentle, baking soda free, certified organic deodorant pastes made with just 5 ingredients: coconut oil (moisturizing), arrowroot powder (sweat absorbing), and a blend of odor fighting essential oils like chamomile, lime, and grapefruit. No fillers and no harsh preservatives. This deodorant is also available in two other scents. Does a surprisingly great job of absorbing sweat and fighting odor!

Soapwalla – Original Organic Deodorant Cream

Unsure if organic deodorants really work? Start with this heavy-duty deodorant cream! It is filled with every odor and bacteria eliminating natural ingredient available. Top organic + natural ingredients include corn starch, baking soda, kaolin clay, shea butter, rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil, and a blend of potent essential oils like tea tree, lavender, and citrus. Great for men, women, and kids!

Osmia Organics – Organic Deodorant Cream ($12)

A yummy vegan, aluminum free, and all natural deodorant cream is made from 92% certified organic ingredients. This paste combines tapioca starch, baking soda, and fuller's Earth clay for max sweat absorption. Essential oils of mint, lavender, and clary sage work to kill bacteria. The creamy texture comes from a blend of soothing oils. A lovely unisex scent that is recommended for men and women.

Meow Meow Tweet – Organic Tea Tree Deodorant

The baking soda version of the brand's popular organic deodorant paste made with organic arrowroot powder, baking soda, organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, kaolin clay (for maximum sweat absorption), organic jojoba oil, and organic essential oils for scent like lavender and tea tree oil. The tea tree oil version may be better for men (masculine scent) or those needing extra odor control.

LILFOX – Green Vetiver All Natural Deodorant Balm

This creamy vegan and all natural deodorant balm has an intoxicating earthy scent that's perfect for men. A little of this deodorant goes a long way to keep you feeling fresh. Key ingredients include baking soda + arrowroot powder to absorb wetness, rosemary oil for antibacterial power, babassu seed butter for smooth application, as well as green mandarin and vetiver essential oils for scent.


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Captain Blankenship – Organic Lime & Vetiver Deodorant

Packed with organic and wildcrafted ingredients designed to kill bacteria and absorb sweat. Organic hops work to kill odor-causing bacteria while aluminum free baking soda and arrowroot powder absorb sweat and neutralize odor. Other ingredients include organic coconut oil, beeswax, non-gmo vitamin E, organic shea butter, and organic lime and vetiver essential oils. Great for men and women.

Primal Pit Paste – Organic Deodorant Paste

Everyone's favorite organic deodorant! Made in Austin, TX with simple organic and natural ingredients like shea butter, arrowroot powder, non-aluminum baking soda, coconut oil, candelilla wax, and vitamin E. This BPA-free pit paste comes in a variety of scents (unscented, lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, and jasmine) and three strengths which make it an ideal deodorant for both men and women.

Meow Meow Tweet – Organic Baking Soda Free Deodorant

Heavy sweaters rejoice! A heavy-duty baking soda free organic deodorant stick or paste made for sensitive skin types. Instead of baking soda, food-grade magnesium is used to neutralize odor. Includes powerful certified organic ingredients like arrowroot powder, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and a variety of organic essential oils depending on the scent (comes in grapefruit or lavender).

What are the best organic deodorant ingredients?

Aluminum Free Baking Soda _Organic Deodorant Ingredient

Aluminum-Free Baking Soda

Ever put a box of baking soda in your fridge? This is because baking soda is amazing at neutralizing odor and absorbing moisture. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda can sometimes contain aluminum particles so look for an aluminum free baking soda formula. Very high concentrations of baking soda can disrupt your skin’s pH and cause rashes for sensitive skin types, so be wary of high baking-soda deodorants.

Kaolin Clay_Organic Deodorant Ingredient

Kaolin Clay

Mined from the mountains of Koa-ling China, kaolin clay is an extremely absorbent and detoxifying powder. It can easily absorb a lot of oil and moisture, which makes it a fantastic natural deodorant ingredient. Kaolin clay also has potent detoxifying properties. It is great at drawing out impurities from the skin and then neutralizing them with its blend of mineral and phyto-nutrients. Very gentle and great for sensitive skin types.

Organic Arrowroot _Organic Deodorant Ingredient

Organic Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot powder is a very absorbent substance that is very similar to corn starch. It servers as both a medium for absorbing sweat and as a thickening agent for deodorant pastes and sticks. It is often found in natural dry shampoos as well because it is great at absorbing excess oil. By itself this powder isn’t great at killing bacteria, so it is usually mixed with potent anti-bacterial essential or vegetable oils like coconut, lavender, or sage.

Organic Essential Oils_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Essential Oils

Essential oils are essentially the anti-bacterial stars of organic deodorants. Some essential oils are better than others for deodorizing because many essential oils are too harsh for topical use. The best essential oils to look for in a natural deodorant are bergamot, cypress, grapefruit, lavender, tea tree, clary sage, and rosemary. It’s no wonder most organic deodorants come in lavender, citrus, and earthy scents.

Organic Aloe Vera_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Aloe Vera

Because aloe vera gel tends to be very gentle, many people don’t realize that it has potent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. By using aloe to kill the bacteria which causes odor in our underarms, you may sweat but the moisture won’t breed odor-causing bacteria. In fact, some people use aloe vera as a natural deodorant on its own. As an added benefit, aloe vera is also anti-inflammatory so it can be healing for razor bumps and bruises due to shaving.

Organic Corn Starch_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Cornstarch

Like arrowroot powder, baking soda, and kaolin clay, cornstarch is exceptional at absorbing moisture and sweat. Many natural deodorants use either arrowroot powder or cornstarch to absorb sweat and then combine the powder with a potent anti-bacterial to prevent odor. Even without an antibacterial agent, a good absorbent powder like cornstarch hinders the ability for bacteria to break down sweat and create odor.

Organic Coconut Oil_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Coconut and Carrier Oils

Coconut oil and certain other carrier oils are often used in organic deodorant products because of their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. Lauric acid, a key component of coconut oil, is effective at killing a wide range of skin bacteria (including the bacteria that thrive under our armpits). Additionally, because this oil is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds, coconut oil can also be effective at reducing irritation caused by shaving or skin friction.

Organic Alcohol_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Alcohol

Organic ethanol (alcohol) is a very powerful antibacterial agent. Some people can find organic alcohol too harsh for their skin (especially after shaving), but others find that they need the extra antibacterial punch to ensure that no odor builds up throughout the day. Most organic deodorants do not contain alcohol, but a few contain organic ethanol in small quantities so that it is not irritating.

Non Nano Zinc Oxide_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Non-nano zinc oxide is an effective and mild antiperspirant. Unlike aluminum, non-nano zinc oxide is not absorbed by the skin because the particulars are too large (beware of nano zinc partials that can be easily absorbed). Thus, it can effectively block the production of some sweat without posing a health issue. Additionally, Non-nano zinc oxide has some anti-bacterial properties which helps to reduce odor. It is a white powder that can leave streaks on your clothing if not properly rubbed in.

Organic Hops_Organic Deodorant Ingredients

Organic Hops

Yes, the same stuff that’s used to make beer also makes for a fantastic natural deodorant ingredient. Organic hops have two main purposes in organic deodorant: as an anti-bacterial and as a natural preservative alternative to parabens. The anti-bacterial properties help to fight odor-causing bacteria on the skin, while the anti-microbial properties work to keep your deodorant product free from bacterial growth.


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