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Everything You Need To Know About The Best Natural Deodorants

Trifonia Asmar
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Woman putting on Kopari beauty beach natural deodorant

Summer is finally here, so you know what that means sun, sea and…sweat. With temperatures rising, finding the best deodorant naturally becomes a priority.  

However, with us being more vigilant than ever about what is going onto (and into) our bodies, finding the right deodorant can be a tricky task. From sticks and sprays to roll-ons and creams, they come in all shapes and sizes. But it’s the formulas that should be most considered. Cue: natural deodorants.  

If the thought of swapping out your trusted antiperspirant for an all-natural formula makes you perspire, don’t sweat it. We’ve enlisted the help of our Cult Concierge expert Sarah to round up the best natural deodorants and answer the most commonly asked questions.  


First things first, it’s important to understand what the difference between a deodorant and antiperspirant is. While they both work in different ways to reduce body odour, they are not the same. In short, antiperspirants work by reducing sweat, whereas deodorants increase the skin’s acidity. 


Unlike antiperspirants, natural deodorants don't block underarm sweating. Instead, they contain a mixture of organic ingredients that absorb moisture, mask odours, and minimize the bacteria that cause those unwanted smells. Made without aluminium, natural deodorants use skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil, cornstarch and other components that neutralise bad-smelling bacteria and help absorb unwanted wetness.  


While it’s great that your traditional go-to deodorants and antiperspirants fight against funky smells, they can quite often contain harmful ingredients such as aluminium. Even though many scientists and dermatologists say there's little evidence to prove that aluminium is linked to diseases, why not avoid the risk when possible? What’s more, antiperspirant formulas also contain other synthetic ingredients that result in irritation – not to mention a change in your pits’ pH balance. So basically, they create a sweat sauna for nasty bacteria… 

On the other hand, natural deodorants contain(you’ve guessed it) natural, antibacterial properties that generates a thicker formula allowing them to create a film over your armpit to avoid sweat. Plus, thanks to an influx of new, sophisticated formulas in the industry, the myth of the best natural deodorants smelling bad has now been rejected. In fact, they’re smelling better than ever, courtesy of their cocktail of essential oils like lavender, bergamot and sandalwood (to name a few).  


Yes, yes and yes. As mentioned above, classic deodorants contain ingredients to stop you from sweating, as well as fragrances to reduce odour. Natural deodorants however, help counteract any unpleasant smells and often include anti-bacterial and soothing ingredients that look after your skin too. 

But it’s worth bearing in mind that it can take a bit of time for your body to adjust and rebalance to natural de


odorants, after using antiperspirants or mainstream deodorants. During the transition phase you might notice a small increase of perspiration before your body stabilises. After this, you will perspire less and absorb moisture without residue, staining or irritation. 


They Allow You To Sweat: Everyone sweats. It’s a natural and necessary function of your body. Why? Because it’s a vital cooling mechanism that regulates your body’s temperature. As your sweat leaves your skin through your pores, it evaporates on the outside of your body which in essence helps you cool down. 

They Contain Skin-Friendly Ingredients: Natural deodorants benefit both your pits and skin. If you’ve ever used hair removal for your underarms, then you know just how sensitive that area can be. Packed with soothing and smoothing ingredients such as shea butter, the best natural deodorants combat irritation by conditioning and moisturising skin. But that’s not all; they’re also free from parabens and other nasties too.  

They’re Kinder To The Planet: Most natural deodorants are plastic free and biodegradable, meaning they limit the levels of toxins and chemicals emitted. Now, you can go about your day knowing that they keep you, the planet and all its other inhabitants happy. 

Megababe natural deodorant and fruit flat lay


Coming in hot at number one is MALIN + GOETZ’s Bergamot Deodorant. A natural formula that’s vegan and cruelty-free, it’s free from aluminium, alcohol, baking soda, parabens and synthetic fragrances or dyes. Odour-controlling (but non-clogging), the stick seamlessly glides over your skin while minimising moisture. Plus, infused with zesty orange blossom notes, it will keep you feeling and smelling fresh when on-the-go.  


A serum for your underarms, KOSAS’ Chemistry Deodorant not only protects against perspiration, but also diminishes dullness and discoloration. Powered by a fusion of antimicrobial shikimic acid, mandemic acid and lactic acid, the roll-on fends against unwanted scents while exfoliating to prevent dreaded ingrown hairs.  


Providing your pits with their five-a-day, Megababe’s Smoothie Deo Fruit Enzyme Daily Deodorant controls unwanted odours courtesy of its fruity formulas. PH-balancing and super soothing, the lactobacillus ferment smoothie signals your skin to regulate good microbes, enhancing overall protection. What’s more, the addition of zinc breaks down and absorbs odour without interfering with your skin's natural flora. What is it they say? Ah, yes: an apple a day… 


Getting you out of sweaty situations, Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream eliminates unwanted bacteria while replenishing dry, dull and irritable skin. Powered by its blend of plant oils (we’re talking marula, baobab and mongongo seed), the serum calms your underarm barrier, leaving you feeling naturally nourished. 


Renowned for its covetable scents, it’s only right that Le Labo explores the world of natural deodorants. Enter: Le Labo’s Deodorant. Keeping your underarms fresh and flourished, the long-lasting roll-on is powered by plant-derived glycerine to minimise risk of redness after hair removal then infused with vitamin E, antioxidants and mineral salts to absorb any odour-causing bacteria. The best bit? The underlining blend of bergamot, lavender, violet and tonka bean lingers all day long.  


Swapping aluminium salts for Zinc Ricinoleate, Aesop’s Deodorant neutralises body odour, keeping you feeling fresh, dry and confident throughout the day. Botanically blended, it features not one, not two…but eleven essential oils including everything from lavender, clove oil, tea tree oil, thyme, vetiver root and more.  


Beating BO, Kopari’s Beauty Beach Deodorant gives you and your pits a fresh sea scent whether you’re basking under the sun’s rays or running errands on a scorching hot day. Entirely plant-based, the natural deodorant is infused with an active blend of coconut water, coconut oil and sage oil, to hydrate and treat sensitive skin with the utmost care.  


Offering 24-hour effectiveness, Caudalie's Vinofresh Natural Stick Deodorant is formed of 98% natural origin ingredients (impressive, we know). Easily applied, the roll-on seamlessly slides over your skin without leaving a trace. Plus, formulated with organic grape water, it’s soothing, refreshing and ultra hydrating. 


Now, all that’s left to do now is to….throw your hands in the air like you just don't care!  



Trifonia Asmar
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Senior SEO Copywriter, Trifonia started out in the industry when bold brows were just becoming a ‘thing’, and shares a passion for all things fashion and beauty. Currently embracing her curly girl journey (after endless years of straightening her strands), she is finally reverting to her natural ways! When Triffy isn’t busy testing out the latest curl-saving solutions, you’ll find her binging the latest reality TV show or on a long walk listening to her ever-evolving country music playlist.