Ahh, natural deodorants…
For the men out there that love to rely on nothing but the raw stuff to get the job done, there is no better time to be picking up a natural deodorant.
From established brands like Crystal Rock or Tom’s of Maine to newcomers like Herban Cowboy that develop vegan and organic certified natural deodorants, the options that exist within the marketplace today are ever-growing.
Here are the top brands we reviewed:
The 9 Best Natural Deodorants Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant
Finding a reliable and great-smelling natural deodorant can be tough for some men.
However, it appears that Oars + Alps got everything right with their long-lasting and award-winning natural deodorant for men.
Relying on a plethora of natural ingredients which include the following:
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Corn Starch
- Alpine Caribou Moss Extract
You have a natural deodorant that is designed to eliminate odor and reduce your sweat output in as little as 4 weeks (more on this in a minute).
Unlike so many other ‘natural’ brands that are made in faraway countries, Oars + Alps makes this natural deodorant here in the USA and is free of aluminum, alcohol, glycol, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.
But what really makes this deodorant unique from many others we reviewed is how it works in stages.
When applied daily, you can expect the following:
- Week 1: Odor eliminated
- Week 2: Increased sweat to remove toxins
- Week 3: Increased sweat and body adjustments
- Week 4: Odor and sweat begin to disappear
Beyond the proven abilities of this natural deodorant, the absence of aluminum will ensure that your favorite undershirts won’t get stained. Furthermore, the small 2.6oz size is travel-friendly so you don’t have to worry about the TSA confiscating it when stored in your carry-on.
Lastly, given the gentle nature of these ingredients, this deodorant should have no problem working on any man’s skin type.
- Relies on all-natural ingredients
- Works to reduce sweat and odor in 4 weeks
- Travel friendly
What You Need To Know
While not necessarily “man” specific, this deodorant has about the cleanest ingredient list that you can possibly find on the market. It only contains one ingredient – potassium alum (i.e. natural mineral salts). This deodorant stone/stick just simply requires a few drops of water prior to use but will provide a protective barrier on your skin that will help to ward off the bacteria that causes your pits to smell.
The biggest concern that folks have about this product is that potassium alum does contain aluminum, which they are trying to avoid in the first place. However, even as noted by Tom’s of Maine, potassium alum is not an antiperspirant and is considered safe for application (it’s even found in food products as well and was rated by the FDA as safe for consumption per EWG).
Natural ingredients aside, the biggest selling point for this deodorant is the value. Retailing for $7, this deodorant will last you an entire year! It comes unscented and should be a great deodorant to try if you are looking for the cleanest possible label out there.
Whether you are looking for a shampoo, beard oil, body wash, bar of soap, or any one of the several other grooming products they offer, Every Man Jack is quickly making its mark in serving men who prefer products derived from natural ingredients.
Currently, Every Man Jack offers a natural deodorant coming in six distinct scents (and one that is fragrant-free). Their lineup includes the following:
- Eucalyptus Mint
- Signature Mint
- Fresh Scent
- Fragrance Free
These deodorants largely depend on extracts and juices from several different plants to help bolster their ability to naturally rid you of smelly pits. Whether you are casually wearing this in an office setting or are looking for a solution after you hit the gym, any one of the above deodorants will do a terrific job at keeping your pits fresh.
You can find Every Man Jack at popular drug store chains, supermarkets, supercenters, and of course online.
One of the most popular natural deodorants that you can find online will be this unisex stick by Green Tidings. Generally speaking, this product is about as natural as you can get. From the BPA-free packaging to the development of the product and its claim of being non-toxic, organic, aluminum-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, soy-free, corn-free, and the list goes on with several more!
This natural deodorant is scented with the use of lavender essential oil. Initially, men may feel that this scent seems a bit too feminine, however, rest assured gentleman, it’s completely a gender-neutral scent. Scent aside, a few other notable ingredients within this natural deodorant include both coconut oil and shea butter which should allow for easier spreadability for the stick. With virtually all-natural deodorant products, this one will allow you to perspire, however, the ingredients should do a terrific job at preventing any foul odors from creeping up on you.
Green Tidings does offer their deodorant in two different sizes (1 oz. and 2.7 oz.) giving you the opportunity to try the smaller stick for starters or simply if you are headed out on a business trip.
Available in three distinct scents (Mountain, Dusk, and Forest), this all-natural deodorant by Herban Cowboy contains many of the marquee ingredients found in other brands including Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice along with a few varieties of leaf extracts. Most notably this natural deodorant is free of propylene alcohol, aluminum compounds (although it contains mineral salts which may further contain aluminum), and triclosan.
However, one stand-out product within this deodorant is that it contains “Fragrance”., Fragrance is an umbrella term that can actually contain upwards to 3,100 different types of chemicals. Generally speaking, though this deodorant should do the job of keeping your smelly pits at bay.
One of the “cleanest” ingredient lists of any of the natural deodorants is this magnesium-based roll-on by nasanta. This roll-on is free of parabens, baking soda, essential oils, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol, talc, and triclosan ingredients. In addition, if you are an animal-conscious man, this product is animal cruelty-free as well. This product only contains a total of 7 core ingredients.
Most notably you will find water, magnesium hydroxide (which is scored 1 out of 10 on the hazardous ratings provided by EWG), glycerin (a natural humectant), xantham gum, and menthol. This natural deodorant comes unscented which is great if you are either adverse to scents in general or are looking to have scents provided by alternate products, such as an aftershave or beard oil. Lastly, the product is made in Australia which adheres to strict testing of cosmetic and beauty supplies.
This highly rated natural deodorant uses arrowroot powder along with coconut oil to help combat the bacteria that festers up in your pits. Not only that, but this product also contains several carrier oils and essential oils that will deliver a well-balanced cedarwood and juniper scent. Other scents in Schmidt’s lineup include Bergamot + Lime and Lavender + Sage.
Like many of the other deodorants featured, this product is free of propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, and aluminum. Secondly, it also adheres to a socially conscious manufacturing process by being both vegan and cruelty-free.
Not to be confused with the shoe company TOMS, Tom’s of Maine is a manufacturer of several different types of products including oral, body, baby, and more. Specifically, though we are taking a look at their extremely popular natural deodorant for men. Tom’s of Maine deodorant has an incredibly stringent ingredient list that doesn’t leave ambiguity about what is in the stick. In fact, right on the company’s website, they state where each product was sourced (how’s that for transparency?).
Most notably this deodorant contains propanediol (which is derived from corn), glycerin, organic Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (similar to what is found in the Herban Cowboy deodorant), a natural fragrance, along with hops and sunflower seed oil.
What is also great about Tom’s of Maine is that their products are extremely environmental and socially conscious, which of course is great for men out there who seek these types of products. This particular stick of deodorant is cruelty-free and has not been tested on animals nor does it contain animal-derived ingredients.
When it comes to performance, this deodorant should leave you smelling fresh for 24 hours. Also being that it’s completely all-natural, it shouldn’t leave your shirt with yellow stains after prolonged use.
Are The Dangers of Antiperspirants Valid?
There is a lot of movement over the past couple of years for men starting to use all-natural deodorants as opposed to their classic antiperspirants. Much of the popularity of the natural movement was brought on by the perceived dangers of the aluminum compound that was found within antiperspirants.
To be a bit more specific, there was misinformation around the idea that antiperspirants were causing breast cancer – which is a pretty serious accusation. Needless to say, we did a bit of research to find out what we could dig up on this claim.
The results surprised us:
According to cancer.gov, they found that research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we’re unable to conclusively find evidence that linked the use of antiperspirants on your underarm and breast cancer. Now they did go on to further state that they found women in particular who shaved and applied an antiperspirant earlier may have found some correlation that was intriguing between antiperspirants and breast cancer – but it still wasn’t enough to fully substantiate a conclusive link.
Going Beyond Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum compounds aside, another important factor that men are making the switch to natural deodorants is due to the fact that they are made of all-natural ingredients and therefore don’t contain chemicals like parabens, chemical-based fragrances, triclosan, and a few other nasty ingredients.
While the use of parabens is largely on the decline within the men’s personal care realm, they are extremely easy to spot. If you look at the ingredient label, you will simply want to look for anything with the suffix of “paraben” such as…
…to just name a few.
Will A Natural Deodorant Stop Sweat?
The most common point of frustration when it comes to deodorants and antiperspirants are the expectations of performance.
Deodorants and antiperspirants are two completely different things.
Your typical stick of Old Spice, Degree, or any other huge brand is both an antiperspirant AND deodorant. This means that they will both block your sweat glands through the use of the active ingredient (an aluminum compound that we covered earlier) and deliver a great smell throughout the course of a day.
The deodorants that we will be covering below are used to fight the bacteria that makes you smell, but you will still sweat. Therefore if you have a very active lifestyle, these sticks will not block your pits from getting moist. Now there are ingredients within the deodorants that act as an astringent on your pores (i.e. witch hazel), but they simply don’t block your pores altogether like antiperspirants.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.