Body Odor Stinks: 3 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

Body Odor Stinks: 3 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

We Americans are very particular about body odor. Unlike other cultures it’s considered uncouth to let your natural body odors shine. And I’m the first to admit that natural deodorants sometimes don’t work. I’ve been through my share, and in fact, the transition to natural deodorants was the last big change after every other toiletry in my cabinet was already natural or organic.

That said–you can find natural deodorants that actually work. They’re out there, you just have to know what you’re looking for at the health foods store. Also, choosing a natural deodorant also means you have to stop trying to block the body’s natural processes. We sweat, that’s what we’re supposed to do and no matter how hard you try and block sweat with overly scented antiperspirants, you can’t. In fact, I think they make you sweat even more.

Read more: Are GMOs Hiding in Your Body Care Products?

If your sweat stinks that’s a indication that you may need to overhaul your diet. Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables and decreasing your intake of processed food and coffee can do a lot to reduce the acidity and stink in your sweat. And then it’s time to choose a natural deodorant. Here are a few:

1. Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-Ons 

This is the deodorant that I most often purchase in the lavender scent though it also comes in patchouli, sport, and cucumber green tea. It does contain potassium alum, a naturally occurring aluminum salt but it’s not the same as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium, which are feared to cause breast cancer. And it’s the least expensive at $6.

2. Weleda Deodorants

This is a unisex spray on deodorant (roll-ons and sprays seems to work much better for me). I’m a fan of wild rose and I think it works better than the other scents: sage and citrus. It contains all biodynamic ingredients like licorice root, which is a natural pH balancer and tea tree oil, which is a natural bacteria killer. It’s also aluminum free. But it’s relatively expensive at $15 per bottle.

3. Erbaviva 

Erbaviva is USDA certified organic and aluminum free. It doesn’t clog pores and it’s also unisex. The product is more expensive than the other three, coming in at $18 but the ingredients are high quality and the product lasts.

When you’re looking for good natural deodorant products consider the following:

  • Avoid aluminum
  • Avoid unregulated “natural” claims
  • Avoid triclosan
  • Avoid parabens
  • Avoid petrochemicals like PEG

Read more: Conventional Feminine Hygiene Products: A Women’s Issue with Toxic Implications

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Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger,, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.