I could go on and on about why it’s a good idea to switch to a natural deodorant, but I’m sure almost anyone who is on this page is already aware of the dangers of using aluminium-based deodorants. However, if this is the first time you’re hearing about this, please click here for more information on this topic.
Personally, despite the risk, I’ve always used regular deodorants just because I couldn’t find anything that really worked. My rationale was that it was better to live a shorter, happier life than a long one where people didn’t want to come close to you. But after discovering natural deodorants that are just as effective as those loaded with aluminum, I’m starting to realise it is possible to have the cake and eat it, too.
Below, I’ll compare two natural deodorants that worked exceptionally well for me. The aim of this comparison is not to conclude which of the two is better, but just to compare the features so you can [hopefully] find one that will suit your needs.
Agent Nateur Holi(stick) No. 3 Deodorant:
This cult-favourite has the most idiosyncratic faux-French-chic packaging, but it’s not just a pretty face (or stick). It is the most effective and hardworking deodorant on the market, and it works really well thanks to the addition of hydrogen peroxide. It has a pleasant, refreshing scent and doesn’t leave any sort of residue. The only negative I can think of is that the stick can be a get a bit dry, which can make it hard to apply if you don’t have super-silky armpits (most men, myself included, don’t, unfortunately). For this reason, I feel that it would be great if, like the product below, it also came in a jar version.
Schmidt’s Cedarwood + Juniper Deodorant:
As mentioned above, this deodorant comes in jar and stick formats, which gives you more options (if the stick doesn’t work for you, the jar may, and vice versa). The product looks very dry in the jar, but it melts instantly between your fingers, making it surprisingly easy to apply. I don’t find it as effective as Agent Nateur in terms of odour control, but it does a very good job. It comes in an array of scents (I highly recommend the cedarwood and juniper), so there is something for everyone.
PS: Other natural deodorants that I’ve tried with varying levels of success include: Living Libations Poetic Pits (lovely scent, but not effective as a conventional deodorant), Lush Aromaco (messy and irritated my skin), Dr. Hauschka Deodorant (great texture/packaging but didn’t offer day-long protection), Fresca (effective and easy to use, this would be my third pick), Weleda Citrus Deodorant (lovely scent, but not an effective deodorant), Lavilin 72h Deodorant (amazing, but almost impossible to find in Australia) and Biologika (great for the price point).