Natural deodorant is becoming more commonplace, and reviews for them abound. However, going 100 percent natural means living with perspiration, which is a natural function of the body. Proponents of natural health say that blocking sweat glands with antiperspirants isn't good for the body, although most experts agree that enough sweat to cool the body is released from other areas so that underarm antiperspirants don't pose much threat. Most natural deodorants don't contain any aluminum-based compounds and, therefore, do not contain antiperspirant abilities. The best, however, contain odor-fighting ingredients to neutralize odors.
We came across the Jason Deodorant Stick (Est. $5) repeatedly among expert reviewers. Their deodorant stick comes in a variety of pleasant scents and the solid formula is reportedly soothing and gentle. Users warn this is not to be used as a replacement for antiperspirants. "It works pretty well to keep away odor just for everyday. However, if it's hot out or I work out, the sweat will totally overpower the deodorant and my armpits definitely still smell," says an owner at TotalBeauty.com. Reviewers note that the deodorant has to be applied frequently, especially after exercise. The health food store favorite Tom's of Maine Fragrance-Free Deodorant Stick (Est. $5) also does well among experts, earning favorable reviews from publications like Real Simple, Real Beauty, iVillage and Esquire. Like Jason Deodorant, Tom's may need frequent reapplication.
We found that users seemed slightly more satisfied with the protection offered by Jason Deodorant, perhaps due to its bacteria-fighting grapefruit seed extract ingredient. Some versions of the product, including Apricot, Aloe Vera, and Lavender, come with the added benefit of vitamin E to soothe and moisturize underarms.
According to a reviewer at EcoSalon, natural deodorant sprays like Jasmine and Grapefruit Organic Deodorant by Erbaviva (Est. $19 for 3.4 oz.) or Wild Rose Deodorant Spray by Weleda (Est. $19 for 3.4 oz.) often come with delicious scents and sometimes work better than solid stick natural deodorants. She chooses Grapefruit and Geranium Deodorant Spray by Avalon Organics as her best natural deodorant, but the product has been discontinued.
Solid sticks are the most popular type of deodorant, and we found that most expert reviews focused on them rather than sprays. As such, we chose the Jason Deodorant Stick as our best natural deodorant, as it offers better odor elimination performance than most other natural products.