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The BEST All Natural Deodorants: 18 Brands that Actually Work

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Last Updated on April 14, 2023

Looking for an eco friendly and sustainable all natural deodorant? It can be difficult to find one that actually works. I’ve tried a bunch to hopefully make that decision a little easier!

Zero waste deodorant is a healthy, effective swap for wasteful plastic packaging and unhealthy ingredients. These 18 brands each offer an eco friendly deodorant that still smells amazing while keeping the environment safe. Plus, every plastic free deodorant listed here is effective and safe for your body! These 18 brands are vetted by me for a zero waste deodorant you know you can trust.

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healthy, plastic free deodorant

Deodorant is one of the first things I switched when moving to a more natural lifestyle, because it can be full of questionable ingredients like aluminum and parabens that I’d personally rather avoid.

Beyond that, a lot of deodorants are packaged in single-use plastic pushup containers that you can’t recycle curbside. Don’t forget — the smaller the container, the more likely it is to get lost in recycling facilities. Check out my recycling series for more tips on how to recycle the right way!

A few brands are partnered with Terracycle, which is a step in the right direction, and more innovative packaging is hitting the market every day.

But, no matter how good the packaging or how clean the ingredient list on the eco friendly deodorant — it still has to, ya know, work.

I’ve tried each all natural deodorant from the first 7 brands on this list and will be giving you my honest review.

zero waste deodorant and sweat

Just so we have a base line — when I was going through puberty, I was an over-active sweater. I used prescription strength deodorant that was so strong it stopped ALL sweating under my arms. My pores were blocked with so much aluminum, it was undoubtedly a contributor to my hormone imbalance.

I detoxed my armpits almost 10 years ago and switched to natural deodorant. Now, I think a combination of detoxing, ditching toxins, choosing natural fibers, and getting older all resulted in me sweating less.

Plastic fibers like polyester are not breathable, so they make you sweat, and more often than not — stink! Read more in my post about plastic fabrics and microplastics.

I work out almost daily. I do a broadway workout class twice a week, Jazz dance class once a week, hit the gym for weight lifting and HIIT 2-3x a week, and walk Nala an average of three miles a day.

I’m pretty active, so these all natural deodorants have to keep up. I’ve tried seven of them on the list and will continue to update this blog post as I try more.

Also, feel free to let me know in the comments which sustainable deodorant you’d like for me to try next!

why you’ll love eco friendly deodorant

  • These brands offer plastic free deodorant that doesn’t contribute to landfills and is recyclable.
  • These brands offer natural solutions to body odor without any of the common questionable ingredients of traditional deodorant.
  • They work! These brands will keep you feeling fresh and odor free all day, even if you’re active.

how to choose an all natural deodorant:

Before we get into the sustainable deodorants I’ve tried (or would like to try), let’s talk about what I look for. There is A LOT of natural deodorant on the market, and they’re not all created equal.

naturally derived ingredients:

I always like to check my ingredient labels and look for things like certified organic, ethical and/or local sourcing, and naturally derived ingredients sourced from plants like trees, fruits, flowers, clays, etc.

I avoid parabens — you can spot them pretty easily, because that’s what they end in. For example, a few common ones in beauty products are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.

I also avoid aluminum, sulfates, and phthalates. Everything I’ve included on this list meets that criteria.

thoughtful packaging:

Packaging is important to me, but it’s not the only thing that’s important to me.

There are a lot of factors to consider when making a purchase. Sourcing, ethically made, workers being paid a fair wage, ingredients, etc.

Packaging, of course, is one of them. But, something that is packaged in plastic isn’t an automatic no for me if it’s excelling in every other area.

That being said, most of the products listed in this post are low waste, if not completely plastic free. There’s a mix of all natural deodorants in glass jars, metal tins, cardboard push up containers, and even refillable options!

a quick note on skin sensitivity:

Lots of natural deodorants have baking soda, which can irritate sensitive skin, so I’ve made sure to note if a brand has a baking soda free option available!

And if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try making your own deodorants, try out a few of these DIYs:

and a note on scent:

Coconut formulas don’t work super well with my body chemistry. I try to avoid that scent, and that’s worked really well for me! So, if you’ve only tried a natural deodorant that didn’t work well for you in that scent, I’d recommend another one.

the best all natural deodorant that actually works!

wild 

  • Reusable and refillable aluminum case
  • Compostable refills that come in paper
  • Subscription service available
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gives back to charities
  • Scorecard: 5 / 5

/ SHOP WILD

plastic free deodorant

meow meow tweet:

  • Plastic-free
  • Glass jars
  • Compostable cardboard tubes
  • Baking soda free options
  • Vegan
  • Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Palm oil free
  • Scoreboard: 4.5 / 5

/ SHOP MEOW MEOW TWEET /

meow meow tweet zero waste deodorant

schmidt’s 

  • Glass jars available
  • Earn a free deodorant by recycling their glass jars
  • Vegan
  • Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Ecocert Certified Natural
  • Scoreboard:  4 / 5

/ SHOP SCHMIDT’S /

Schmidt's eco friendly deodorant

coconut matters:

  • Plastic-free
  • Compostable cardboard packaging
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Baking soda free
  • Scoreboard: 4.5 / 5

/ SHOP COCONUT MATTER /

Mood sustainable deodorant

native

  • Plastic-free option
  • Packaging made from cardboard
  • Ships in 100% recycled paper mailer
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Charitable, donates to 1% For The Planet
  • Scorecard: 4.5 / 5

/ SHOP NATIVE /

alum stone

  • Crystal made of mineral salt
  • Package free
  • Doubles as an aftershave
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Can last up to five years
  • Scorecard: 3 / 5

/ SHOP ALUM STONE /

toms of maine

  • Partnered with Terracycle
  • Compostable cardboard tube
  • No artificial fragrances or preservatives
  • Cruelty-free
  • Scoreboard: 2 / 5 (But, my husband swears by this stuff! His rating is 5 / 5 so I’m glad they offer plastic free now!)

/ SHOP TOMS OF MAINE /

by humankind

  • Refillable deodorant
  • Subscription service
  • Plastic offsets available
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Carbon neutral shipping

/ SHOP BY HUMANKIND /

erbaviva:

  • Spray on deodorant in glass bottle
  • Doubles as a hand sanitizer
  • USDA Certified Organic ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Reef safe

/ SHOP ERBAVIVA /

fat and the moon:

  • Plastic-free
  • Glass jar
  • Baking soda free options
  • Organic ingredients
  • Handmade
  • Cruelty-free

/ SHOP FAT AND THE MOON /

tierra and lava

  • Plastic-free
  • Compostable cardboard packaging
  • Ethically and locally sourced ingredients
  • Certified fair trade
  • Handmade in Antigua, Guatemala
  • Zero waste business practices

/ SHOP TIERRA AND LAVA /

myro

  • Refillable deodorant
  • Subscription service
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Clean formula and natural scents
  • Travel friendly and TSA-compliant 

/ SHOP MYRO /

plum brilliance

  • Plastic-free
  • Glass jar
  • Organic ingredients
  • Sustainably sourced ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free

/ SHOP PLUM BRILLIANCE /

modern botany

  • Glass bottle
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • 1% for the planet
  • Cosmos Natural certified for organic and natural cosmetics
  • Baking soda free
  • Chemically and Dermatologically tested

/ SHOP MODERN BOTANY /

captain blankenship

  • Glass jars
  • Certified B Corp
  • Leaping Bunny Certified
  • 1% for the planet
  • Organic ingredients

/ SHOP CAPTAIN BLANKENSHIP /

routine

  • Glass bottle
  • 135 Refill Locations in North America
  • Never tested on animals
  • Vegan options
  • Baking soda free options
  • Giveback to sustainable bee keeping

/ SHOP ROUTINE /

ethique

  • Plastic-free
  • Solid deodorant
  • Compostable packaging
  • Cruelty-free
  • Carbon neutral 
  • Charitable, plants one tree for every purchase

/ SHOP ETHIQUE /

kai naturals

While this isn’t a deodorant, it’s designed to help with the detox process to make your natural deodorant even MORE effective!

  • Plastic Free
  • Baking Soda Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan

/ SHOP KAI NATURALS /

faqs

what makes a sustainable deodorant?

In order for a deodorant to be sustainable, it needs to use natural, sustainable ingredients, be aluminum free, and come in glass, metal, or recyclable packaging for a truly zero waste deodorant.

how long do natural deodorants last?

This obviously varies by brand, but many of these companies go a long way! Many will last up to 3 months (or even longer!)

Have you tried any of these all natural deodorants? Would love to hear your favorites in the comments below!

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  1. I have to give a plug for my favorite deodorant! It does come in a plastic container, but it’s all natural and it does have baking soda in it. I have tried lots of natural deodorants and this is one is absolutely incredibly amazing! I live in a place that gets extremely hot in the summer, almost every day is over 100°, and no matter how hard I work I never smell! This is the only deodorant I’ve ever used that works this well. It’s Honey Dew Naturals. The ingredients, which are 100% organic, are arrowroot powder, coconut oil, baking soda, beeswax, essential oils (lavender, lime sage, and tea tree), and vitamin e.

  2. Great post and I love all the things it considers to rank the deodorants. I’ve tried many, many of these. In the end, Ethique SANS (unscented) is the only one that has worked well for me, oddly it is much better than their scented versions. It vegan, aluminum free and baking soda free, naturally derived with magnesium, sustainable, compostable and zero waste.

  3. Schmidt’s no longer offers to take back and reuse jars.

    I tried to return my Schmidt’s jars a while back only to find out they no longer have the program in place, which was the ENTIRE reason I started using their deo. They told me to recycle via local glass recycling… I’ve now switched to Native. Love the paper packaging, but don’t find it as long lasting as Schmidt’s was for me.