Buyer’s Guide: Natural Deodorants

Natural deodorants have come a long way in the last few years…thankfully you no longer have to sacrifice smelling good for keeping synthetic antimicrobials, chemicals and preservatives off your skin. Pharmaca now carries a variety of options that are free of the aluminum compounds and parabens that can disturb your body’s hormones, or triclosan that’s a skin irritant.

A couple of things to note: These deodorants are simply that, deodorants—not anti-perspirants. When switching from an anti-perspirant to a more natural option, there can be a transition period in which your body detoxes and your natural smell gets worse. But stick with it! Once your body has had a chance to adjust, you’ll be amazed at how well these deodorants do their job. It’s also important to know that some of these formulas may contain essential oils, propanediol or baking soda, which can be irritating to sensitive skin (but are still considered safe), so read ingredients carefully if you have skin sensitivities.

Ingredients/Ingredient combinations Why it works Where to find it
Arrowroot + Tea Tree Oil
Arrowroot + Coconut Oil
Arrowroot is a moisture-wicking antimicrobial that destroys odor-causing bacteria; tea tree and coconut oil both have naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to reduce odor All Good Natural Deodorant in Tea Tree & Basil

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Bergamot & Lime

Pharmaca Everybody Organic Deodorant


Cotton Extract
+ Alpine Lichen Extract
Cotton extract wicks moisture, while antibacterial lichen extract controls body odor-causing microbes Every Man Jack Deodorant in Fresh Scent
Beta glucan A sugar from oats and barley, beta glucan breaks down sweat molecules to prevent odor

LaVanila Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Passion Fruit
Natural mineral salts
+ Lavender
Moisture-wicking mineral salts combine with the naturally antibacterial and calming properties of lavender Kiss My Face Deodorant Liquid Rock in Lavender

Crystal Deodorant Spray Essence in Lavender & White Tea

Wild rose leaf extract This unique ingredient has astringent properties keep skin dry and detoxified Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray
+ Aloe leaf
Hops help prevent odor formation, while aloe calms irritated (shaved) skin Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Unscented Deodorant Stick
Lichen extract + Calendula Moisture-wicking lichen extract combines with the healing and anti-inflammatory powers of calendula Earth Science Liken Plant Unscented Deodorant