The Best Natural Deodorants for Men That Really Work
Natural deodorants have come a long way since their pine-scented days.
The best natural deodorants for men are better than they’ve ever been. Seriously. For the longest time, “natural deodorant” was a euphemism for body odor. As portrayed in a famous Portlandia sketch, they had to be applied in a frosting-thick layer and then only “kind of” worked. Any sensitive man who tried to use an organic deodorant was elbow-deep in onions by midday. But just like everything else in our modern life, aluminum-free, organic deodorant options have advanced to the point of actually working — really — and working pretty damn well. Traditional antiperspirants use aluminum salts to keep pits sweat-free, clogging pores to prevent escape. Aluminum-free deodorants for men achieve similar results through a totally different process.
Rather than using ingredients that could be potentially harmful, natural deodorants for men skip the hyphenated and multisyllabic additives and instead utilize naturally occurring additions like clay, arrowroot, tapioca starch, and baking soda to absorb wetness. Antimicrobial ingredients like organic botanicals and oils swat down the stank. In today’s age of space exploration and effective vaccines, it’s about time the technology of natural deodorants met the needs of the modern man. Here are the best natural deodorants for men.
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Not a deodorant. An anti-odorant. This spray, which is based on a fruit extract, is natural stink-fighter and yet works incredibly well. If you're traveling and are leery of liquids (at four ounces, this is just over the TSA's size limit), the product is also available in individually wrapped moist towelettes.
Every Man Jack has got something with its new natural deodorants, which utilize witch hazel and cotton extract to dry your pits. But we especially like this version, which is unscented. After all, if you wanted to smell like a pine tree, you'd be working in a forest.
There's plenty to like about Papr's performance, and its smell is heavenly, with a spicy hint from Spanish cypress and cedar and a pinch of Italian bergamot. But its distinguishing characteristic is its paper-and-cornstarch tubing, which is biodegradable and recyclable. Of course, it's aluminum-free.
The smooth, gel-like texture of this deodorant makes it pleasant to apply — and it won't stain your shirts. Kaolin clay and baking soda absorb moisture, aloe vera cools the skin, and peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils give Ursa Major crisp, clean scent with long-lasting power that's also a crowd-pleaser.
From the skincare company co-founded by Kobe Bryant, this performance-driven-and-tested natural deodorant relies on matcha (yes, the same stuff you get at your local coffee shop) and arrowroot to keep you dry and fresh. The Art of Sports offers deodorant in a handsome range of scents — this one smells like orange and eucalyptus — and all are made without parabens or aluminum.
Another industry leader in the deodorant space, Native makes products without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc, instead using tapioca starch and baking soda. Unlike some other natural deodorants, which can come on strong at first, this is a lightly scented formula that uses baking soda to remove odors and arrowroot powder to absorb wetness. Native prides itself on including only ingredients that you can pronounce, derived from natural sources you trust.
You won't find any parabens, aluminum, baking soda, talc, or phthalates in this stick. What you will find, however, is skin friendly odor protection with a clean, fresh scent that will make you reconsider how great a natural deodorant can smell. Seriously. Take one whiff and get back to us.
Schmidt's is an industry leader when it comes to natural deodorant. Their products neutralize odor, without using aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, or artificial fragrances. Like other natural deodorants, this Schmidt's goes on strong, but the smell soon mellows out and does a great job of covering up B.O. all day long. Schmidt's has a bunch of great scent profiles, including jasmine and black pepper, as well as different formulations, from magnesium to charcoal.
Natural, affordable, and effective — how often do those terms end up next to each other? But Every Man Jack has done it with its deodorant line, combining cotton extract and witch hazel to dry your pits while incorporating lichen extract — a natural antibacterial agent — to kill stink where it starts. It's then scented with sandalwood essential oil for a manly finish.
If you want to read up on the science of sweat, take a look at the Triumph & Disaster website. They break it down and really know all about it. This roll-on deodorant limits body odor by impairing the bacteria that produces it. Pretty cool stuff. Plus, it smells spicy and warm.
Break out the big guns. Harry's makes a ton of our favorite grooming products, but it's industrial-strength antiperspirant could keep the condensation off a cold Coke on a summer's day. (Yeah, it's that good.) The 24-hour protection smells of yuzu, bergamot, and charcoal.
This deodorant is perfect for sensitive skin, doesn't stain your armpits, keeps you dry, and smells stellar. Plus, it includes matcha and moisture-wicking arrowroot powder. This specific product contains aluminum as the active ingredient to block sweat, but there's also one without it.