8 Natural Deodorants That Really Work

Our editors pit-tested natural deodorants to find which ones kept our underarms smelling fresh and feeling dry. Check out our favorites!

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If you’re looking to cut down on the chemicals in your beauty regimen, you might want to start with your pits. (No? Stick with us!) Going the natural route might seem like a challenge—and there are definitely some things to keep in mind when making the switch to a natural deodorant. For starters, you are probably going to feel a bit sweaty (because we're talking about deodorants here, not antiperspirants), which may in turn mean you'll want to apply more frequently. You'll also want to test out different brands to see what works for your body chemistry. What works for your BFF may not be right for you. But if you're ready to make the switch, see what our staffers had to say about these natural products:

The Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet ($14)

"I have found my perfect product. I’ve been using it for two weeks straight and it works, smells good and somehow keeps me dry (something I had previously found only the natural deodorants with baking soda could do). The lavender scent is light and floral—something I much prefer to the fake chemical scent to more mainstream antiperspirants. I’m in love again—this time for real. My next question is: Can I buy it in bulk?" — Julia Dennison, Digital Director

PiperWai Natural Deodorant ($12)

"PiperWai is really the first natural deodorant that I’ve liked enough to keep using. I had to be willing to get hands-on (literally), as it comes in solid form in a pot—imagine rubbing Play-doh onto your pits!—but it’s not greasy or messy. (It is available in a stick now, too). And I liked the unimposing, gender-neutral, not-overpowering scent—the website describes it as “spa-like”—which is sort of minty and citrusy at the same time." — Erika Janes, Executive Editor

Fat and the Moon’s Sensitive Pit Cream ($12)

"If you’re sensitive to baking soda, then I recommend Fat and the Moon’s Sensitive Pit Cream. Nothing that says ‘sensitive’ will work as well, but if the jars with baking soda are leaving you with a red rash, this is the next best thing." —Julia Dennison

Crystal Deodorant Essence ($4.75)

"I’ve used Crystal Roll On deodorant ever since I met my husband, who made me think twice about the chemical-laden product I was using previously. I also love that it is unscented, which is increasingly hard to find these days! This brand works for my body chemistry." — Laura Fenton, Parents Lifestyle Director

Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant ($3.50)

"I use Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant in the Fresh scent and love it." — Kaitlin Ahern

Schmidt’s Deodorant Jar ($9)

"It’s very rare for a natural deodorant to stop the sweat, but Schmidt’s Deodorant Jar really, really does. All the scents are nice, but my favorites are Lavender + Sage and Ylang-Ylang + Calendula. The only problem is I discovered I have a sensitivity to baking soda, so this one made me break out." — Julia Dennison

Soapwalla ($14)

"I am allergic to a lot of scents, so I was pleasantly surprised that I could tolerate the product, which has a nice lemon-y scent. I wasn’t crazy about the pot format, but I got used to it after a little while. I’d recommend it!" — Laura Fenton

Lavanila The Healthy Sport Luxe Deodorant ($16)

"I normally shy away from potent fragrance, but I actually really love this fresh, sporty scent. And the application is nice and clean—it's a rounded, solid stick that goes on clear and feels smooth and cool. This one is definitely going in my regular rotation." — Erika Janes

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