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Five Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

5 Natural Deodorants That Work

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Switching to natural deodorant can be a bit daunting. When switching you may have a few concerns, such as how your skin will react, how long the product lasts, and how well the odor will stay at bay. You may have also heard horror stories about people sweating excessively or their body “detoxing” after switching from aluminum-based products to aluminum-free.

While these are all valid (and common) concerns, there are some pretty great natural deodorants out there that do work well. Switching to a cleaner deodorant may not be as scary or frustrating as you might think.

Here are the five natural deodorants that work well, in no particular order. They are all aluminum-free & cruelty-free (no animal testing)!

Last Updated 11/28/22

Tarte Clean Queen Deodorant

Photo Courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics

1. Tarte Clean Queen Deodorant

Tarte is a cosmetic brand that specializes in color makeup but also has a small selection of skin and body care products. Their entire line is vegan and cruelty-free (and has the most adorable packaging ever). The Tarte Clean Queen stick deodorant comes in solid form with a twist up tube. It has a slight powder/vanilla smell to it, which I found to be very pleasant, but overall it contains very little fragrance. The deodorant lasted all day for me without the need to reapply (even in sweaty conditions). Should you feel the need to re-apply Clean Queen throughout the day Tarte also carries a travel size stick that’s small enough to fit in your purse or gym bag.

  • Price: $14.00 USD
  • Where to Find It: or Sephora
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Best For: Everyday Use / Light Activity
  • Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propanediol, Sodium Stearate, Corn Starch, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance.

Lavanila Natural Deodorant

Photo Courtesy of Lavanila

2. Lavanila Healthy Deodorant

Lavanila is a cruelty-free beauty brand that specializes in natural deodorant and fragrance. Their deodorant is popular among the cruelty-free crowd, hence how I first heard about it. The product comes in a twist up tube and is available in multiple scents (I chose vanilla blackberry, and it smells amazing!).  I’ve worn Lavanila during runs outside in hot, humid weather and didn’t notice any odor. I did notice that by the end of the day (12+ hours), the fragrance wears off, however, there was no evident odor. Lavanila also carries a sports stick made specifically for extreme activity.

  • Price: $14.00 USD
  • Where to Find It:
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Best For: Everyday Use / Active
  • Ingredients: Aloe Juice, Water, Propanediol (Corn derived), Corn Starch, Sodium Stearate, Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate, Lemon Peel Oil, Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Honeysuckle extract, Lichen Extract, Valerian, Goldenseal Extract, Tea Tree Extract, Goji Berry, Vanilla Oil, Botanical Fragrance Blend. *For Vanilla Blackberry Scent

Native Natural Deodorant

Photo Courtesy of Native Cosmetics

3. Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant is taking the natural deodorant game by storm and have one of the highest rated products on the market. Their deodorant comes in tons of scents, such as coconut & vanilla, lavender & rose, cucumber & mint, plus seasonal scents. Native is one of the strongest-smelling natural deodorants I’ve come across, in a good way. If you like a lot of scents and want to ensure you stay smelling great all day, this is the one for you! It’s also a good product for anyone who is very active or an excessive sweater. While the product does contain Baking Soda, a known irritant for sensitive skin, they also carry two scents that are baking soda free.

Because it contains beeswax Native Deodorant is not vegan.

  • Price: $12.00 USD
  • Where to Find It:
  • Vegan: No
  • Best For: Everyday Use / Active
  • Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride  fractionated coconut oil), Arrowroot Powder, Stearyl Alcohol, Baking Soda, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax (Cera Bellina Wax), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), L. acidophilus, Maltodextrin, Glyceryl Caprylate, and Glyceryl Undecylenate, Parfum (oils). *This is the base formula, different scents will have additional ingredients.

Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant

Photo Courtesy of Zion Health/Adama Minerals

4. Zion Health Clay Dry

Zion Health (also known as Adama Minerals) creates some of the best natural deodorant on the market! This is great option for those who want to control sweat as well as odor. This is one of our absolute favorites, and is used religiously by Clean & Cruelty-Free Founder, Stephanie! The line includes bold, dare, silk, roll on, and gentle (baking soda free) formulas.

  • Price: $9.00 USD
  • Where to Find It: /
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Best For: Sweat Control / Heavy Duty / Budget-Friendly
  • Ingredients (for Black Cherry Bold): Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Magnesium Hydroxide, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Zinc Ricinoleate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Black Cherry Fragrance, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ionic Clay Minerals, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower (Chamomile) Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract.

Kopari Natural Coconut Deodorant

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5. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

Kopari is a cruelty-free brand with an emphasis on coconut oil. Not only does this deodorant smell great but it seems to soothe the skin as well (since it’s full of skin-loving ingredients). Because of the coconut oil, it doesn’t fully dry down and is probably not the best choice if you sweat profusely or need to keep your pits completely dry.

  • Price: $14.00 USD
  • Where to Find It: or Sephora
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Best For: Everyday Use / Light Activity
  • Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Propanediol, Water, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Saccharomyces Ferment, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Coconut Water, Sage Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Juice, Sodium Anisate, Glyceryl Laurate, Coconut Oil, Citric Acid.

New to natural deodorant? Not sure which type is best for you? Check out our Tips For Switching to Natural Deodorant guide!

Disclaimer: May contain affiliate links. All opinions are our own. This post is not sponsored. Nothing stated above should be used in lieu of professional medical advice. Please consult a doctor or dermatologist with questions.

Stephanie Thorn
Founder of Clean & Cruelty-Free. A Midwest girl with a passion for green beauty, makeup artistry, animals rights, and comfy leggings. Since being diagnosed with PCOS she's made it her mission to adopt a less-toxic lifestyle.