Best Organic Deodorants (That Actually Work)

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Life is good. We’re eating healthier, exercising more and we remember to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store. But do you feel as if something is missing? Do you ever wake in the middle of the night, wondering what final piece of the green puzzle will make your life complete? Well, I do. And the puzzle piece I’m looking for is an organic deodorant…that actually stinkin’ works.

I’m sure many of you are aware of the dangers of regular deodorant – that it contains aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate to stop you from sweating. Of course, no one likes to sweat, but sweating is how our bodies process food, expel toxins and regulate temperature. Blocking this bodily function isn’t a good idea. Plus, aluminum has been established as a neurotoxin and has been shown to adversely affect the blood-brain barrier, cause DNA damage and have adverse gene effects.

But hey, as long as no one sees you sweat!

My point is that you want to keep your deodorant natural and organic. As with all organic deodorants, you might sweat a bit more than you’re used to, but you won’t smell. And one more tip – deodorant sprays work far better than sticks.

Now let’s get down to business – the Good, the Less than Good and the Yes, It Really Does Work of organic deodorants! The following list includes all organic or natural deodorants that I tested over an extended period of time, in hot Los Angeles temperatures and even on a trip to Las Vegas.

The Holy Grail: Grapefruit and Geranium Deodorant Spray by Avalon Organics

(Note: According to Avalon Organics, the direct link is not yet available because this product is new to the market, but it’s coming!). This is the best of the best, and I’m anticipating a long relationship with this spray. It smells fruity and pleasant. I kept reapplying it  just to experience a mini aromatherapy session. And most importantly, it works. I wore one application for a day and night, and didn’t notice any body odor (my boyfriend didn’t, either). It’s certified organic and made with various citrus peel oils. It contains no parabens, aluminum or other synthetic ingredients.

The Close Runner Up: Jasmine and Grapefruit Organic Deodorant by Erbaviva

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When I can’t find my Avalon Organics, I reach for this spray. As above, it contains grapefruit extracts which help eliminate the odor-causing bacteria. It really does smell good, like something you’d find in the middle of a spa. It also works really well, though you may want to keep it on hand for touch ups. It’s made with certified organic ingredients like grapefruit peel oil, cedar wood oil and jasmine oil.

The Perfume Impersonator: Wild Rose Deodorant Spray by Weleda


This spray is most like a perfume, with a fun, floral rose scent. The first application lasted for a few hours, though I found myself sniffing for a second application earlier than the aforementioned products. The floral scent goes on strong, but it mellows with time. If you like an old-style, cool perfume-y scent, you’ll like this spray. This UK product is made with natural essential rose oils and fragrances.

The Old Standard: E Plus High C Natural Roll-On Deodorant by Aubrey Organics


I have used this product for years – pre-spray, it was the closest I got to a working natural deodorant. It has more of a traditional scent, with hints of baby powder. It works, but doesn’t last as long as the sprays. However, Aubrey makes a Calendula Blossom spray that keeps the protection going longer than the roll-on. Both are made with natural and organic ingredients like rose water, coconut cream and organic aloe vera.

The Pioneer: Deodorant Crystal by Naturally Fresh

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Back when natural deodorants were new to the market, deodorants crystals were at the forefront. This company first discovered the crystal while in Thailand, where the process of wetting a crystal and rubbing it under your arm has a long tradition of killing odor-causing bacteria. There’s a spray and a roll-on, and apparently the spray is the number one recommended product by oncologists, allergists and dermatologists.

But does it work? Happily, it does. A friend of mine often uses the crystal in conjunction with other natural deodorants. One word of caution though – you need to wet it before applying, which can prove a little messy.

The Experience: Geranium Lime Pit Putty by Bubble & Bee Organic

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This is a new concept that literally involves putty for your pits.  It has a great lime-y, fresh and clean-smelling scent.  You apply it with your fingers, which is a little odd.  It turns to power, which is cool.  But if you start sweating, you will be running for the sprays.

The Good Stick: Clear Enzyme Deodorant Stick by Alba Botanica

Like I said, sticks in general don’t seem to work as well as the sprays.  But many do offer decent protection. This one from Alba Botanica offers a fresh scent and a decent run of it.  It has antibacterial properties from coriander and lichen and certified organic aloe vera.  It is also 100% vegetarian!

The Fruit on a Stick: Mandarin Orange and Patchouli Deodorant by Nature’s Gate

This is another fruity scent that proves much more pleasant than anything you’ll find at the supermarket. It lasts for a bit, but then you will have to follow up. The ingredients for this product are grown on a family-owned farm in California with a water source derived from the winter rains and snow pack of the Sierra Nevadas. It is paraben-free and naturally contains no aluminum.

The Nice Scent But”¦ Naturally Fresh Deodorant Stick for Men by JASON Pure, Natural and Organic


I wanted to like this product because JASON products are generally outstanding. And upon opening the deodorant, I found it has a light, green tea scent that goes on smooth.  But a mere hour after applying it, I found myself reaching for the sprays.

Yes, I know it’s for men – so I had my boyfriend try it out, and he agrees. It’s certified organic and is enriched with lavender oil, Vitamin E, shea butter and certified organic corn starch.

The Reason No One Thinks Natural Deodorants Work: Unscented Deodorant Stick from Tom’s of Maine

This deodorant from Tom’s of Maine works well – if you sit motionless in a chair and under an air conditioner all day.

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26 thoughts on “Best Organic Deodorants (That Actually Work)

  1. NEVER use Tom’s of Maine. It’s owned (Proctor and Gamble?) a big corporation that you’d never buy their product otherwise. I made the mistake of using their deodorant once and had a MAJOR and VERY NASTY rash for two freaking WEEKS as a result.

    I’ll try those top 2-3 though and see what I think.

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. I just bought the Avalon one about a few weeks ago and im not buying it again. It smells really good, for about 2 hours but as soon as it starts getting hot nope, MUST reapply and reapply over and over again as the day goes on. That bottle is TOO expensive, and after looking at the ingredients I thought that I may as well have just rubbed some grapefruit under arms, would have saved me the money. The only time I found it to work was if I applied it right after I take a shower (it only worked for about 5 hours), but because I rarely take showers in the morning, this product was an epic fail for me.

  3. I just bought the Avalon one about a few weeks ago and im not buying it again. It smells really good, for about 2 hours but as soon as it starts getting hot nope, MUST reapply and reapply over and over again as the day goes on. That bottle is TOO expensive, and after looking at the ingredients I thought that I may as well have just rubbed some grapefruit under arms, would have saved me the money. The only time I found it to work was if I applied it right after I take a shower (it only worked for about 5 hours), but because I rarely take showers in the morning, this product was an epic fail for me.

  4. holy crap! I am so grateful I found this! I was about to resort to using normal deodorant again, because I haven’t been able to find ANYTHING that works for me. I am going to pick up a bottle of the grapefruit geranium (favorite scents anyway) and give that a go.

    I thought I was a lone smelly organic reed. I see now that I am not!

  5. I use Lafe’s deodorant unscented and love it. It is a roll on. My teenage/adult boys did not like Jason’s deodorant and seem happy with Lafe. I reviewed it on my site. (The hemp stick version however, stings for some reason.)

    Crystal deodrants never work for me.

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  7. face naturals organic deodorants are amazing! It’s a deodorant stick you apply and rub in with your fingers. It’s pretty cool when you try it. They smell so pure and don’t have any harmful chemicals or synthetic ingredients. I have tried just about every natural and organic deodorants in the market and face naturals is the best by far.

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  9. I’ve tried the last three companies on the list. First was the Jason Tea Tree Oil stick. Worked for about half the day. After they stopped carrying that at my local supermarket I tried out Tom’s of Maine…which definitely did not work. Now I’ve been using Nature’s Gate Lavender and Aloe. I have to carry it in my bag everyday so I can reapply it 2…3..4..times a day! I’m glad I read this blog before trying out another stick!

  10. Thanks for this article! I’ve been on a quest for an organic/natural deodorant for a long, long time. The Avalon Organics sounds great, but I can’t seem to find it locally. I am also in Los Angeles, so I’m curious where you managed to find it. If it’s not too much trouble, can you please email me and let me know where you found it? Thank you.

  11. Hi! I was on the Avalon Organics website looking at their deoderants and the Grapefruit and Geranium one appealed to me the most, so I looked up reviews for the product on google. And here I am now! I just called my local health food store and they say the product was discontinued by the company…hmm…well, I will try Herbal Magic Jasmine roll-on deoderant. Thanks for the list! :D

  12. I’ve been using Weleda’s Citrus spray deodorant for some time, and I like it quite a bit. I just bought the Avalon Organics Grapefruit and Geranium and like that a lot, too – and it’s easier for me to find around here. Thanks so much for the list. I was so tired of Tom’s not working…

  13. I’ve used lots of them and Tom’s Calendula Long-Lasting Deodorant Roll-On works very well. I live in New Orleans, and works with no touch-ups in summer! I like Wedela’s, but if you wear fragrance, it can clash…

  14. Is the particular scent important for the avalon organics or would any of their sprays work well? I have to admit the rosemary mint sounds better to me than geraniums.

  15. I’ve had good luck with the crystals. And I bike to work! They even make them without any packaging at all. Just a big rock. Now that’s green!

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  18. This is heaven sent (or scent… tee-hee). I have tried so many different natural stick deodorants to no avail. I had no idea the sprays worked so well. I’m all over it! Thanks!

  19. I’ve heard good things about Weleda. It seems like it honestly depends on people’s individual body chemistry (ies) as to what works. I swear by the Avalon Organics but other people like other stuff… any case, just nice not to be putting aluminum in our bodies.

  20. I’ve been using Weleda deodorant for a few years now and I must say it does work!

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  22. Thanks for doing the legwork to find out what really works. I mean, dang! Risking the stink for little old us? Nice. I will definitely try out the Avalon “holy grail.” As long as their package is recylable, of course. But Pit Putty sounds weird to me! Which of course makes me kinda want to try it for the novelty.

  23. Love the picture on the crystal deodorant bottle :)
    Good info here. I’ll try one of your recommendations and if it doesn’t work, I’m coming out to L.A. lookin’ for yew Kathie Butler with a smelly shirt in hand….

  24. You’re right, that does work too! Also, you can literally rub lemon slices on your armpits.

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  26. Thanks for this list. I’ve heard that baking soda mixed with water actually works surprisingly well, too.


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