We all know shopping for new deodorant can be a real hassle. You end up spending a ton of money on a bunch of products you might only end up using once each and most likely can’t even repurpose them afterwards. On my ever-long search for the perfect deodorant, I ended up going the natural route as it seemed none of the more traditional options were really working for me in the long run. And then a whole other search began. Should it be aluminium free? What about bicarb? And what about fragrance? Roll-on, stick or spray? What about creams, wouldn’t those get messy? Unlike antiperspirants that block pores, natural deodorants are just that, deodorisers. They mop up sweat using natural ingredients that are healthier for you and the planet.
Some of the trials were total flops (I mean, if you feel like you need to reapply your deodorant about 5 minutes after you’ve left the house, you know it’s definitely a strong no go!) but luckily, between myself and the rest of the team here at Boyfriend, we found some really excellent choices that actually work on delivering day long performance that we can pick from. And now we’ll share them with you! And really, what better time to try a new deodorant then when you’re stuck working from home? No one can smell your B.O. if things go horribly wrong and you won’t have to run to the bathroom for a quick refresh every couple of hours.
Whether you want to go natural due to a lifestyle choice or because the traditional options don’t work for you, from the gentlest unscented formulas for the most sensitive skins, to the extra-strength ones for added performance on heavy days, we’ve got you covered!
Natural Deodorant Co Deodorant Balm
A very firm favourite of mine (it’s my go-to repeat purchase), The Natural Deodorant Co. was born out of the desire to create the perfect natural deodorant. Tired of spending time and money on natural deodorants that needed to be reapplied every couple of hours, they decided to create their own. Following many failed attempts, their (award winning) Clean Deodorant Balm launched in early 2015. Every one of their products is 100% natural, free from preservatives, alcohol, artificial fragrance & palm oil. They are all certified cruelty-free and registered with The Vegan Society.
The Natural Deodorant Co’s natural list of ingredients include Coconut and Shea Butter to hydrate and keep the skin silky soft and nourishing and energising citrus fruit oils such as Tangerine, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime and Lemon. They also blend fresh herbs like Mint, Eucalyptus and Coriander and mood boosting botanicals including Geranium, Bergamot and Lavender. Clay draws out impurities and stops smells building up and it combines with a clever mix of Sodium Bicarb to stop odour-causing bacteria and antibacterial Magnesium Oxide to absorb moisture and provide all day protection.
They offer three creamy balm formulas – CLEAN, GENTLE and ACTIVE and all of them leave you smelling fresh and feeling dry. Also, bonus points for the zero waste packaging and their support of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! this October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Buy a 55g Clean Deodorant Balm in Palmarosa + Mandarin during October from naturaldeoco.com and they will donate 10% of profits to this incredible charity.
Scoop a 10p size amount of the balm with a small spatula onto your fingers and massage in the palm of your hands to warm up a little, then apply to underarms. The soft, creamy texture melts into skin effortlessly providing all-day odour protection. It might be a bit fiddly to get used to in the beginning, especially if you’re used to traditional roll-ons or sprays, but it’s fairly mess free, as all you need to do after is wash your hands, and it’s quite easy to get used to, quite frankly.
RRP £12.50 for a 55g glass jar (they also have smaller sample sizes, perfect for travelling) available from naturaldeoco.com, hollandandbarrett.com, Selfridges, Planet Organic, Wholefood & glasshouseshop.co.uk
Awake Organics Deodorant Cream
Awake Organics offers a few different natural deodorants, including Aura Fit & Fresh, their original zesty, citrus formula which is a cream deodorant that promises a natural solution for odour protection. With up to 24 hour protection, this all natural formula is long lasting and super effective. This was one of my first forays into natural cream deodorants, and it’s still one of my favourites. They’ve since expanded their range with 3 new formulas, the extra-strength, soft scented Moon Goo, the regular strength, probiotic, bicarb free Space Cat, and the gentle, unscented, probiotic, bicarb free Star Cloud for sensitive skins.
Their formulas kill odour-causing bacteria with organic Coconut Oil, Lavender and Lemongrass, absorb wetness with British Kaolin and Arrowroot, allowing the body to sweat odour-free, which is a healthy and effective way to detox and keep cool. It doesn’t leave white marks and also goes on super smooth in no time at all.
Certified cruelty free, 100% Recyclable glass, plastic free packaging for the Aura Fit & Fresh formula, aluminium tins for the other formulas.
Apply a pea-sized amount of the cream to each underarm, and allow 1-2 mins to absorb before getting dressed. The soft texture melts into skin smoothly providing all-day odour protection. Again, it might be a bit fiddly to get used to in the beginning, especially if you’re used to traditional roll-ons or sprays. As with most deodorants, it is preferable to shave the night before if you have sensitive skin. Do not apply on broken or irritated skin. If you have never used this type of product before, a small patch test is recommended.
RRP £12.00 for a 60g aluminium tin (they also have smaller sample sizes, perfect for travelling) available from awakeorganics.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, and selected retailers
Green People Deodorant Roll-on
Green People deodorants are ultra-gentle and made with natural actives that really work. You won’t find any pore-clogging ingredients in them, instead they use safe, earth minerals and plant extracts that work together in a 3-way action to offer the best natural protection in a convenient roll-on action.
Their certified organic Quinoa & Prebiotics Deodorant provides natural protection against odour with a really light, fresh, slightly citrusy fragrance. Formulated without aluminium chlorohydrate, this roll-on deodorant contains prebiotics to promote the skin’s own healthy natural bacterial flora, thereby restricting the odour-forming bacteria offering 24hr protection. With Zinc Ricinoleate, a salt from Ricinoleic Acid that works like a sponge by absorbing odour molecules before they can enter the air, Potassium Alum (a mineral salt from volcanic rock) that has powerful antibacterial action without blocking pores and Rosemary, Aloe Vera and Shea Butter to soften, soothe and calm the underarm to prevent irritation, whilst regulating the skin’s acid balance.
Other formulas include Aloe Vera & Prebiotics, Rosemary & Prebiotics, Thyme & Prebiotics and Mint & Prebiotics. For those suffering from particularly sensitive skin, look to the Green People Scent Free Deodorant,which is effectively formulated with Prebiotics, Aloe Vera, Ammonium Alum, a naturally occurring mineral salt that packs a punch against germs and Zinc Ricinoleate. In fact even the young ones can make the transition to natural deodorant with the Organic Young! Deodorant (£10.00 for 75ml), an organic alternative specifically designed for young skin. Formulated with Ammonium Alum, Prebiotics and a gentle scent of Orange and Vanilla.
Apply as per usual with any roll-on deodorant, on clean, dry skin and allow to dry before slipping into your clothes. Avoid applying directly after-shaving.
RRP from £10.50 (75ml) available at www.greenpeople.co.uk, independent health stores, Ocado and selected Waitrose, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Revital
Wild Deodorant Refillable Stick
Wild offers a unique solution with their sustainable, stylish, refillable packaging. They came up with a refillable deodorant system with a fresh range of improved scents (the original range came out as sticks and roll-ons, but evolved into the current refill system sticks), that are both vegan-friendly and free from aluminium salts, parabens and phthalates.
Posted straight to your door in 100% recyclable packaging, Wild deodorant refills are available as a one-off purchase or part of a subscription service, whereby customers receive a case in their selected colourway along with their chosen scent, with a new set of three refillable fragrances sent automatically every three months.
The cases that were designed to last a lifetime with an aluminium alloy are available in 4 gorgeous metallic shades, Aqua, Coral, Purple and Silver, whilst their unique scents make for a welcomed departure from traditional deodorant fragrances, with Orange Zest (personal favourite), Coconut Dreams, Rose Blush, Mint Fresh and Bergamot Rituals (close second) and a new limited edition Toffee Apple fragrance and further additions in the works. The refill is made from bamboo pulp and is 100% biodegradable.
Created from essential oils, the deodorant uses a range of natural ingredients including, Tocopherol, a natural form of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that preserves the deodorant by preventing the degradation of the natural ingredients, Tapioca Starch, an absorptive powder extracted from the roots of the cassava plant that absorbs moisture and keeps armpits dry, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, which is used as an emollient that helps the stick glide smoothly across underarms, Sodium Bicarbonate, a very effective ingredient for controlling odour which is added in minimal quantities to reduce the risk of skin irritation, Sunflower Seed Wax, rich in Vitamin E to keep skin moisturised and high quality Shea Butter, for its superb moisturising qualities.
Freddy Ward, Co-founder of Wild says:
“Whilst a typical plastic deodorant pack has a lifespan of more than 400 years, a Wild refill will fully compost within 6 months and biodegrade within 12, leaving no trace whatsoever of what it once was. As well as being the world’s first 100% compostable and biodegradable refill deodorant, our case is made from sleek aluminium and therefore designed to last for years, as opposed to weeks.”
The subscription starter pack, consisting of one case (that lasts a lifetime) and one refill, is available for just £12.00, whilst the non-subscription trial pack – in which customers get to try three of the available scents – is £25.00. The subscription service is then delivered in a pack of 3 at £5.00 per refill, where customers pay just £15.00 every three months.
For every deodorant Wild sells, it contributes towards a global tree planting initiative through charity On A Mission. Wild has worked with the charity to plant 20,000 trees across the world so far, which are all tracked via satellite data technology. Through the charity, Wild hopes to slow the increasing degradation of climate change, enable the rehabilitation of wildlife and raise awareness for important eco-issues on a global scale. Wild is also committed to being a carbon positive company, offsetting all its omissions.
RRP from £12.00, available at www.wearewild.com
Evolve Cotton Fresh Deodorant Cream
Quickly becoming a favourite, this natural and vegan deodorant cream is a blend of nourishing Organic Shea Butter and Coconut Oil with Kaolin, Bicarbonate of Soda and natural essential oils to deliver highly effective and long lasting freshness and also Sage Oil which is known for its anti-microbial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, making this deodorant a perfectly safe post-shaving skin treat. Please remember to allow for at least 30 mins rest after-shaving before applying. Lightly fragranced with a 100% natural fragrance, it smells exactly like you’d expect fresh linens to smell, fresh and delicate and it delivers all day freshness and odour protection.
It glides easily on, you just need to smooth a fingertip-size amount (each) onto clean underarm skin. Note: in colder weather, this product may solidify a little and will need warming in order to be applied properly. To warm the product you should gently rub two fingers over the deodorant whilst in the pot until it starts to soften and come up onto your fingers.
RRP £10.00 for 30ml, available at EvolveBeauty.co.uk, FeelUnique, BodyKind and selected retailers
Haoma Organic Deodorant Spray
Also frustrated of trying every natural deodorant brand on the market and getting the same disappointing results, the masterminds at Haoma had to put a stop to that and so they created their Organic Deodorant sprays!
These come in 3 unique scents, Fresh – a strikingly revitalising blend of 10 certified organic essential oils including Juniper, Grapefruit, Lavender and Tea Tree, Floral – an entrancing floral blend with 10 certified organic essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Grapefruit and Geranium and Comfort (specifically designed for those going through menopause) – a hand blended spray with 15 certified organic essential oils including Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit.
Both the Fresh and Floral fragrances have a sparkling freshness to them, with Fresh being a slightly more herbal scent and floral having a softer (obviously) floral undertone. We did not try the Comfort scent, but I do believe it will be just as effective at keeping B.O. at bay all day as the other 2 proved to be.
Handmade in small batches in England and beautifully packaged in dark glass spray bottles. Remember to shake well before use and spray generously onto clean underarms. Avoid use directly after shaving and due to the high content of essential oils, keep away from direct sunlight. Due to the nature of the product, and if you’re new to them, we’d suggest doing a patch test before use.
RRP £20.00 for 100ml, available at Haoma.co.uk, Planet Organic and selected retailers
Tisserand Aromatherapy Tea Tree & Aloe Vera Deodorant Roll-on
From much loved aromatherapy brand Tisserand comes this Tea Tree & Aloe Vera deodorant roll-on. The naturally purifying Tea Tree essential oil blends its powerful force with the calming essence of Aloe Vera for brilliant results. The formula is blended with a skin-friendly, easily absorbed natural base for 24-hour protection and confidence. Included in the blend is Grapefruit, Lemon & Ho Wood 100% natural pure essential oils to help soothe, clear & refresh the skin. Ideal for normal to oily & blemish prone skin.
Free from aluminium, parabens, SLS/SLES/ALS/MCIT/Cocamide DEA and animal-derived ingredients, it’s vegan friendly & cruelty free.
RRP £6.20, Available from Boots stores nationwide and www.tisserand.com
The Organic Pharmacy Unisex Deodorant Spray
Another option for those that prefer a spray, this is a vegan friendly, unisex, natural deodorant free from aluminium and parabens with a gorgeously fresh, delicate fragrance to help eliminate odour-causing bacteria. It uses a clever combination of essential oils to combat bacteria and eliminate odour, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender and Bergamot work together to offer lasting protection, refresh and gently deodorise.
Spray daily on clean underarms.
RRP £19.95 for 50ml, available at www.theorganicpharmacy.com
Weleda deodorants allow the natural sweating process to continue its essential job, while inhibiting odour. The new 24-hour Roll-ons are formulated with certified natural ingredients like natural Liquorice Root Extract, known for its soothing, antimicrobial properties, and natural astringent Witch Hazel Distillate, which also helps to calm the skin and are available in three natural scents, both easy to apply, dermatologically tested and free from antiperspirant ingredients, aluminium salts, synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives or parabens. Also available in spray format, the well loved Citrus, Sage and Wild Rose sprays have been redesigned and reformulated with the addition of two new ingredients for an even more effective formulation.
Our favourites are the Pomegranate roll-on with its fruity fresh Orange, Davana and Vanilla scent, the Citrus with its unique blend of Lemon and Litsea Cubeba and the Sage Spray with its sparkling herbal blend of Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
RRP from £7.95, available from www.weleda.co.uk
Dr.Hauschka Roll-on Deodorant
Their vegan friendly, cruelty-free deodorant formulations work to help prevent the formation of odours without clogging pores or staining clothes and are entirely without aluminium salts.
Sage Mint Deodorant is a natural herbal scent that subtly lingers throughout the day with a blend of Sage and Witch Hazel essences, which are both naturally antimicrobial and astringent. The deodorising combination of the invigorating Mint with the natural herbal bouquet of Sage ensures long lasting freshness.
The creamy Rose Deodorant provides reliable protection while respecting the skin’s natural flora. Ideal for sensitive skins, the low-alcohol formulation of this roll-on deodorant works to help prevent the formation of odours. The scent is fresh, floral and delicate. Formulated with a combination of gentle, deodorising and nourishing ingredients like Rose Water which lends an elegant, delicate fragrance, Alchemilla Essence to help to gently regulate perspiration together with Essential Rose Oil blended with high-quality Jojoba Oil, to provide exceptional care to delicate underarms.
RRP £13.00, available at www.drhauschka.co.uk