Yellow pit stains are for the birds. And now that the summer heat is here to stay, it's a struggle to keep our armpits dry and our shirts stain-free.
For several years now deodorants formulated without antiperspirant have been growing in popularity (because no matter the brand, antiperspirant deodorants use aluminum to block sweat ducts from producing sweat). On the other hand, basic deodorants are formulated to eliminate armpit stinch, but not the extra moisture we try to keep at bay. So what's a busy mama to do?
We rounded up a few deodorants that are antiperspirant-free and contain natural ingredients that won't just mask odors, but effectively guard against wetness. And just so you know—don't stress over sweat. Sweat itself doesn't smell; only when it mixes with bacteria on your skin does it create unwanted odor.
Here are our favorite natural deodorants to keep you dry and smelling good:
Created by a mom who wanted a healthier deodorant option for her own daughters, Not My Mama's is made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and natural fragrance made from pure plant essential oils. We love that it's great for teens and mamas, too!
These vegan and cruelty-free body stick deodorants are naturally-based, aluminum-free and made with only clean ingredients. It contains odor-fighting enzymes and arrowroot powder to help absorb moisture and remove odors.
The hype is incredibly real for this baking soda-, alcohol- and paraben-free deodorant. The scent is light and it will keep your pits dry for 24 hours—yay for "rosè all day." It applies wet and clear so you can finally say "goodbye" to those nasty white marks.
Here's what our Brand Editor, Sara Goldstein, said about this spray deo: "Natural deodorant is hit or miss for me, but I think I've finally found one that works. The spray-on formula is great for feeling refreshed even mid-day and the clean, earthy scent is lovely as well. The on-the-go size is perfect for slipping into your work bag."
These sophisticated scents for women (and men!) are great for summer as they deliver notes of warm lavender and sweet rose. Plus, the brand recently switched to plastic free packaging on popular scents to help reduce over 169 tons of waste each year. The deo is also aluminum-free, vegan and never tested on animals.
Here's what our Managing Editor, Kaitlyn Russell, thought about this deo: "Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer so a couple of years ago, I started looking for non-toxic options. I tried a few natural ones but didn't like how they lasted or smelled. Then I found Primally Pure's charcoal deodorant. Not only is it beautifully designed, but it actually works, even after long runs. Bonus points for no irritation or leftover residue on my clothes."
This kiddo-safe and fruity-smelling deodorant is designed to be your daughter's (or son's! The name doesn't make the rules!) first foray into armpit hygiene. It's free of all the yucky things we should honestly never settle for in our deodorant—but especially not when it comes to our kiddos. The clear, roll-on formula goes on smooth and won't stain clothes.
Yes, it's on the pricey side, but this innovative liquid-to-powder formula is pretty unique. Made from over 98.6% natural, plant derived ingredients, just spray under arms (or even on feet!) and it dries to a velvety, powdery finish to prevent odors before they start. It's made for kids but totally great for adults as well.
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