START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

5 Natural Deodorants + 2 Recipes to Make Your Own

  • 1 of 3
5 Natural Deodorants + 2 Recipes to Make Your Own

A few years ago, an awesome story appeared on Care2 titled “The Great Deodorant Debate.” Referencing an (at that time) recent New York Times article, the story pulled together the most recent facts and figures facing the deodorant industry. Some things were (and still are) more apparent, such as the fact that “antiperspirants and deodorants, while often used interchangeably, are not the same thing. Deodorants neutralize our natural odors, whereas antiperspirants close off the pores with astringent, preventing them from excreting sweat.” While no specific studies have come forward and shown an exact link between cancer or Alzheimer’s, we still know the possible dangers and question the presence of parabens. Whether or not you use deodorant at all and how often you use it is, of course, up to each of us personally but it seems the safest best (as it is in nearly all areas of life) is to try and stick with natural options.

One of our readers, Shannon M., commented that she makes her own deodorant from coconut oil, cornstarch, and baking soda. Another reader, Maria O., says that she loves the products from a company called PrimaJolie. Whichever direction you lean – making your own or buying naturally – most people seem to get there from a trial and error period while they figure out the best thing for their budget and body. Looking for some natural options to check out? Kiwi Magazine did a story a few years back outlining top picks and we still agree with their options:

Dr. Hauschka’s
Try this roll-on in the Fresh scent, which combines witch hazel and sage extract. ($20,

Terra Naturals
This line of teen-friendly deodorants boasts bright colors and small sizes. Plus, the Green Apple smells just like fresh fruit. ($6,

Burt’s Bees
The perfect scent for men, this spritz-on deodorant features sage, a natural antioxidant. Plus, the metal packaging is recyclable. ($8,

Nature’s Gate
These stick deodorants are available in eight scents, so you’re sure to find one you like (we love the calming Chamomile and Lemon Verbena). ($6,

Tom’s of Maine
This line of deodorants features hops, an antimicrobial, to inhibit bacteria growth. Try the Sensitive Care Bay Lime for baby-soft skin. ($5.50,

The Crystal
Made of mineral salts, which slow the growth of odor-causing bacteria, these deodorants come in fragrance-free rocks, sprays and roll-ons. ($2.50-$7,

A few more?

Erbaviva Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant
Essential oils of jasmine, grapefruit, ginger, cedarwood, cypress, sage, and lemon give this spray a subtle, sweet scent. (

Origins Totally Pure Deodorant
Organic white willow bark and lavender-infused alcohol control odor. The spice-scented blend is USDA certified organic. (
Bubble and Bee Organic Pit Putty
Arrowroot powder absorbs moisture while organic lemon and clove oils work to leave the skin smelling fresh. (

Terressentials Lavender Fresh Deodorant
The lavender formula helps neutralize odors—even the sulfur compounds that can result from eating garlic. (

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-On Deodorant
This liquefied crystal deodorant rolls on easily and neutralizes body odors without covering them up with other scents. (

6 Alternatives to Toxic Deodorants gives us three safe alternatives when were checking out the ingredients behind deodorants. Natural Solutions magazine reminds us that “when you swap any conventional cosmetic for a more natural one, you need to give your body time to readjust.”

Mineral salts
Ammonium or potassium alum, the ingredients in solid crystal deodorants, work by constricting the protein in sweat so that malodorous bacteria have less to feed on.

Clay and powders
Clay minerals such as kaolin and bentonite and natural powders like cornstarch or arrowroot help absorb moisture.

Witch hazel, sage, alcohol, and other astringents work by evaporating the moisture on the skin and constricting the pores. They are usually used in conjunction with essential oils that have antibacterial properties.

Next page: Get two of our favorite DIY recipes for natural deodorant…
  • 1 of 3

Read more: Beauty, Conscious Consumer, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


+ add your own
9:42AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Fortunately I´ve got no problems with deodorants, I only have to use one without aluminium salts, but the ones from dm, a drugstore, are without them!!!

5:12AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

thank-u for this post

6:56AM PDT on May 28, 2014


6:00AM PDT on May 25, 2014

thank you.

11:57AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

these are so easy! I've made the one on the bottom, but will make the other one next time. I am sensitive to the Baking Soda, it turns out. These are great. I urge everyone to try it. My husband is afraid more of things being homemade, but I've found him a nice deodorant, and I like to make and use my own. One less thing to be dependent upon anyone else for. Yay! I know, it is still just a little thing, but for me, it is huge!

5:38AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

thank you

8:09AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

thanks for lovely recipes, am gonna give them a go over the weekend!

1:43AM PST on Feb 7, 2014


6:38PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for the ideas.

10:46AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Dabbing witch hazel directly on your underarms works well.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I volunteer at my local CSA. We pay $10 a week for about 10 pounds (5 kilos) of organic produce grow…

Mind altering? More like mind aligning.

Super adorable! Thanks for sharing, definitely put a smile on my face :)


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!