4 Natural Deodorants Put to the Test

The Best Natural Deodorants

Here’s a fun fact to start your week: Matthew McConaughey hasn’t worn deodorant in over 20 years. Neither has Cameron Diaz, or Julia Roberts. So, I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to ask… Would you ever ditch deodorant?

Personally, I can’t imagine anything worse than constantly wondering if I smell funky. (This obviously isn’t a concern to A-list celebrities, who are confident in the knowledge they’ll be internationally adored even if they totally stink.)

However, I would love to make a full-time switch to natural deodorants. Although there is still “no conclusive evidence” that deodorants and antiperspirants cause breast cancer, I’ve always felt a bit icky about rubbing aluminium onto my skin. So recently I’ve been testing a handful of aluminium and alcohol-free deodorants, in the hope I can find an effective alternative to Mitchum’s 48hour protection. Here’s an honest look at how I got on…

Natural Deodorant Reviews

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

For a number of years I’ve worn Lavanila’s all-natural deodorants when working from home. But I’ve always been a bit too cautious to use their odour protection outside the house (or, God forbid, at the gym). However, in the interest of this experiment, I bit the bullet and headed to a back-to-back training session in their natural roll-on.

Luckily, I have a good relationship with the trainers at my gym, so I gave them a warning in advance that I might get incredibly sweaty/stinky. But it was totally fine. I didn’t sweat any more than usual, and thankfully I also smelt fine after an hour-and-a-half of exercise. So Lavanila definitely gets a big thumbs up from me! {From £6 at Amazon}

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Botanical Cream Deodorant is a favourite of The Sunday Times columnist India Knight. And I always trust India’s recommendations, so was excited to give this deodorant a go. The unique cream-to-powder formula is applied with fingertips and it has quite a strong minty scent.

Putting all of my trust in India Knight, I ambitiously decided to wear this deodorant for the very first time on a date. Thankfully it held up pretty well. My date kindly confirmed I didn’t smell bad (“I don’t smell anything. Should I?” he asked). But I didn’t feel quite as protected as I did when wearing Lavanila.  {£18 at Cult Beauty}


Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant
ARROW PROTECT Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Malin+Goetz Deordorant

ARROW PROTECT Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Did you know that Birchbox have their own beauty brand named ARROW, which specialises in makeup and skincare for active lifestyles? There’s an aluminum-free deodorant in the collection, and I’ve used it sporadically over the past year.

I love the fresh citrus scent (personally, I think it’s the nicest fragrance on this list), and it does provide decent odour protection. Just not enough to get you though an entire day. However, because it’s handbag-sized it’s perfect for touch-ups during the day, and I always take it on long haul flights. {£7 at Birchbox}

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Malin+Goetz’s unisex aluminium-free deodorant is an international bestseller. It’s formulated with antiseptic eucalyptus to prevent odour and is a good option for sensitive skin. Interestingly they suggest you allow two weeks for your body to fully “adjust from a traditional antiperspirant.” Apparently you can initially overcompensate by “producing more water.”

That’s okay if you work from home, I guess. But it’s far from ideal if you have to sit in a busy office every day…

And, as they predicted, my pits did indeed feel quite wet within the first few hours of wearing this deodorant. But after that things calmed down dramatically, and I was protected against bad odours all day. I would happily use this formula again, and would say it’s a good option if you don’t like Lavanila’s more fragranced roll-ons. {£18 at Space NK}

Do you use a natural deodorant? And if so which formula do you find to be the most effective? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…


  1. Michelle says:

    I tried Toms deodorant over a year and a half and….. It just didn’t work quite well, i didnt smell BUT i had a “muggy” odor on hot days and during gym. I went back to regular deodorant, i’ll give it a try if i find another brand at sephora 🙂

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      That is definitely not ideal. I’d definitely suggest giving Lavanila a go, because they sell travel-sized ones at Sephora so you could try it without spending too much.

  2. cocos_tea_party says:

    Hi Laura, so pleased this post was useful. I hope you find something that works well for you.

  3. Marie-Claude André says:

    Hi! Have you ever try baking soda? Moisten your underarms for example and apply baking soda with a big make-up brush. No “smell” anymore and, icing on the cake, this cost nothing! As baking soda is odorless, it doesn’t impact on your perfume.


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