This year I'm on a quest to discover the best natural deodorant. I'm deodorant obsessed! While I've only recently ventured into the realm of all-natural deodorants, I'm well acquainted with the mainstream market. There seems to be no major brand I haven't tried. Dove, Mitchum, Degree, even Vichy. As sweaty, smelly human being, I desperately need the best of the best. The only one that has ever curbed my underarm sweat and kept me BO-free all day long is the Secret Clinical Strength Soft Solid in the Powder Protection scent. However, since I joined the beauty community I noticed that everyone is talking about natural, organic, and "non-toxic" beauty. That includes deodorant. Many touted bold claims that these were just as good as the mainstream ones. Intrigued by the promise of a natural deodorant that would perform just as well as my Secret Clinical Strength, I went out in search of the best. So far I've tried six highly rated brands. Today, I'm ranking them all from best to worst. Strap in folks, this one's lengthy. I have some major thoughts!
Little Seed Farm Deodorant Cream
Hands down the best natural deodorant I've tested is the Little Seed Farm Deodorant Cream (*). It also so happens to be one of the first I tried. This came recommended by one of my fellow beauty blogger friends, Ari (@clumsor), who raved about this nonstop. At first, the idea of deodorant in a jar didn't appeal to me but Little Seed Farm thankfully makes a bamboo applicator so you can scoop and spread the creamy deodorant without using your fingers. I have the Lavender scent which smells exactly like you're strolling through lavender fields in Provence. I also like the Rosemary Patchouli one a lot. This deodorant lasts all day unlike most that fade into nothing within a few hours outside. One time I walked around Boston for nearly 6 hours in over 90-degree weather. All day I worried my underarms smelled to high heaven but to my surprise I didn't smell at all! It's that effective! This is a great option for sensitive skin types since it's baking soda-free. I also love the creamy, smooth texture! It melts right into your skin and is relatively invisible. In fact, out of all of these, this was the most invisible. Just a heads up, you only need the tiniest amount - pea-sized is what Little Seed Farm recommends. Any more than that and the deodorant pills. An issue with the creamy formula is that it tends to melt and separate in warm, humid weather. This doesn't seem to affect the lasting power so I don't mind.
FYI: If you're interested in trying this, you can get two free samples on their website, though you do have to pay a small fee for shipping.
Milk + Honey Deodorant Cream
An unexpected favorite came straight from the aisles of my local Whole Foods. I'd heard a lot of buzz around Milk + Honey on Instagram, especially from fellow blogger Devan (@devsday). Already I knew I wanted to test their Deodorant Cream since it kept receiving five-star reviews. I'm happy to say that this has completely lived up to the hype! On me, it lasts almost all day. I'd say around 8 hours on average. I have the Coconut Vanilla scent which I love! Personally, I prefer mild, powdery scents over strong, masculine ones so this one is perfect. The texture is not as creamy as the Little Seed Farm. It has chunky, gritty bits but, don't worry, upon contact with warm skin those melt. Again, like the Little Seed Farm, using sparingly to avoid pilling. This one does contain baking soda.
If you're not interested in using a cream deodorant, Milk + Honey recently launched stick deodorants. They also have one formulated for sensitive skin!
Schmidt's Sensitive Stick Formula Deodorant
A natural deodorant that's on everyone's must-try list is Schmidt's. It's widely available and comes in a variety of interesting scents. While their regular deodorant contains baking soda, an irritating ingredient for many, Schmidt's also has a line of Sensitive Skin ones that are baking-soda free. I was kindly gifted a few by the awesome PR team. My favorite out of the 3 I received is the summery Coconut Pineapple (*). I've reached for it nonstop all summer long! It's infectious. Sadly, the deodorant doesn't last that long on me. On an active day, I'd say around 4 hours after application my underarm stank comes back out to play. However, I'm a massive fan of the texture. Unlike the regular Schmidt's, the Sensitive ones are all extra creamy. Honestly, even though they aren't as effective, I still use and enjoy these so they weren't a fail in my book. To make them work for me and my sweaty body, I reserve them for lazy days at home when I'm not as physically active.
Nubian Heritage 24-Hour Deodorant
A brand that frequently comes up in "best of" lists is Nubian Heritage. Similar to my experience with the Schmidt's Sensitive deodorants, the Nubian Heritage ones weren't as effective as my Little Seed or Milk + Honey but have enough positive qualities that put them on my MEH list. I was lucky enough to get sent three by the brand: Coconut & Papaya, Raw Shea Butter, and Indian Hemp & Haitian Vevetier. Out of the three, the one I like the best is the Coconut & Papaya (*). Like the Schmidt's Coconut Pineapple, it has a mellow vaguely fruity coconut scent. It reminds me of a mango lassi but instead of mango, it's papaya. The other two are far too bold for my taste. I like the creamy, buttery formula. As you'll see below, some natural deodorants are dry, chunky messes. The Nubian Heritage deodorants do not contain any baking soda. I only wear this on non-active days since it only lasts about 4 hours on me.
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant
When I took these photos I unscrewed the top off my mini Lavanila in Pure Vanilla for a potential texture shot and instantly reconfirmed my hatred of this. As soon as I took the lid off chunks of dry, crumbling deodorant went everywhere! The worst. This deodorant is as dry as a desert which makes application uncomfortable and difficult. It also pills up like crazy after a couple hours. I can't stand the strong cologne-like scent, which, by the way, smells nothing like vanilla. It lasted OK on me but I dislike the formula and scent too much to ever wear it. Well, actually, I can't even wear it anymore even if I wanted to because it dried up completely almost immediately after I bought it. I thought maybe I somehow got an expired one but when I mentioned my problems with this on Instagram several followers said they had the same dryness issue. Overall, this was my least favorite deodorant!
Schmidt's Deodorant Stick
Hate to admit that I didn't enjoy this at all. I know many swear by Schmidt's but their regular formula didn't work out for me. I love the scent I picked up, Cedarwood + Juniper, which smells exactly like you've wandered out of the Sierra Nevada forest. I hope they bring out a Sensitive Skin version! This didn't last on me at all and the formula is gritty and dry. Like the Lavanila, it's painful and scratchy to apply. Disappointed with this, but I don't hate is as much as the Lavanila.
Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant
One of the most popular brands on the market is Tom's of Maine. Unfortunately, I didn't agree with the hype. I don't even have it in my collection anymore! I got rid of it as soon as I could. My biggest issue was this didn't last on me. I think it only took about two hours or so of wear time before my BO crept back in. Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed the Wild Lavender scented one I got. If you can't tell already, I'm a massive lavender fan! Unlike the Schmidt's or Lavanila, I had no issues with the formula drying out on me. Based off of my distant memory, this wasn't chunky or gritty either. Not a terrible experience but the Tom's option just didn't work for me.
Products marked with an (*) were kindly gifted to me by the brand for review purposes. All opinions are my own.