Demand for natural deodorants has risen in recent years, thanks to the growing popularity of holistic and wholesome lifestyles.
Aluminium free deodorants are particularly popular at present because of the absence of chemical components.
Deodorants vs Antiperspirants
Deodorant is a cosmetic product used to mask or neutralise body odour.
Antiperspirant is a “drug” in that it temporarily blocks the sweat glands to reduce and prevent perspiration.
Choosing which is right for your body depends on personal preference and the volume of sweat you produce.
Types of deodorant
Modern deodorants come in many shapes, sizes and scents, including roll on, spray or aerosol, stick, crystal and powder.
According to a 2018 Canstar consumer survey, 48 percent of Australian women buy roll on deodorant while 44 percent purchase spray on products.
Stick deodorant is the preferred option for just six percent of females.
Roll on vs Spray deodorant
Spray deodorants are easily applied and dry almost instantly on the skin.
However, aerosol products often contain harsh chemicals and are not suitable for air travel due to flight regulations.
Roll on deodorants, on the other hand, are much more hydrating thanks to the large volume of water used in manufacturing.
This formula takes longer to dry and can be sticky and difficult to re-apply.
Do natural deodorants actually work?
Yes, all-natural deodorants work to neutralise body odour very effectively and do so without the worry of toxic chemicals being applied daily to skin.
It is important to note that deodorants are applied directly to our auxilliary lymph nodes - part of the lymphatic system - so whatever chemicals are contained in the product will travel directly into our body.
New Idea look at the ten best options on the Australian market.
10. Aesop Herbal Deodorant
This ethical and socially mindful brand offers an aluminium free deodorant, although the formula is not 100 percent natural.
The product comes in a spray-on liquid form and dried quickly with a pleasant, herbal unisex scent suitable for men and women.
It also comes in attractively branded packaging, but at $35 AUD it isn’t for the budget conscious.
Shop the luxe product here.
9. Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant
This cruelty-free, vegan offering has a light powdery scent and glides translucently onto the skin.
The lilac and turquoise container is pretty and perky, and costs a relatively reasonable $21 AUD.
Reviewers from the Huffington Post deemed the formula “quite hydrating” and compared it to a moisturising skin care product, making it an excellent girls deodorant.
Shop the product from Sephora here.
8. Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant
Schmidt’s offer a roll on deodorant infused with charcoal which contains strong absorption properties.
The product costs $19.95 AUD and the directions for use instruct holding the stick against the skin for a few seconds to warm it up before applying fully.
Huffington Post trial participants said this was one of the best smelling and most effective deodorants for keeping body odour at bay all day long.
Buy yours here.
7. Earth’s Purities Clean Life Natural Living Bianca For Her Deodorant
At just $12.95 AUD, this traditional roll on deodorant is one of the better value brands on the market in Australia.
Independent reviews said this product glided on smoothly and dried swiftly, leaving under arms feeling fresh all day.
Shop the natural formula here.
6. Dove Zero Aluminium Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Deodorant
Dove is known for producing some of the best antiperspirants for women on earth.
At just $8 AUD, its Zero Aluminium roll on is a bargain buy and promises to leave you feeling fresh, invigorated and odour free for up to 24 hours.
This product contains 25 percent moisturiser to delicately soothe the under arm and allow it to heal from shaving and fabric irritation.
Canstar Australia voted Dove the 4th best manufacturer of deodorant for women in the country in 2018.
5. MyAura Organics Bergamot Lime and Coconut
This all-natural product is a steal at just $9 AUD and comes without any hidden nasties.
MyAura is vegan and made with essential oils, coconut, aloe vera, Vitamin E and shea butter.
It is aluminium, zinc, paraben and palm oil free making it an excellent organic deodorant which can be found in most supermarkets including Woolworths.
Buy the product here.
4. Seba Med 24 hour Care
This roll-on deodorant prevents body odour without impairing the natural function of the sweat glands.
It is ideal for sensitive skin and is made without aluminium, alcohol and parabens. This is a relatively unscented deodorant.
At $7.99 AUD it’s a bargain buy and can be purchased online through the following link.
Shop the product here.
3. Mum Dry Roll-on Deodorant
Mum has been an Australian household favourite since 1888, and comes in roll-on (50ml) and spray (100g) forms.
The brand’s products are all 2-in-1 antiperspirant deodorants and are alcohol free.
Mum was given a five star rating for smell, value, packing and satisfaction by Canstar Australia in 2018, with reviews saying it is the best deodorant for sweaty women.
Browse the full range of Mum deodorants through this link.
2. Native Deodorant
Native Coconut and Vanilla Deodorant is a hugely popular offering and is both paraben and aluminium free.
Made in the US, this simple, cruelty free product has a luxuriously tropical scent and offers long-lasting odour protection.
It is available online from Target for $16.70 AUD here.
1. Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant
This clean deodorant is aluminium and baking soda free.
It promises to soothe even the most sensitive underarms and effectively produce a no-sweat result all day long.
Kopari is 100 percent plant based and non-toxic, providing constant protection whilst warding off the bacteria that populates are underarms at the same time.
The formula glides on clear and is fast drying.
The best part? It leaves you smelling like coconut milk.
Order yours online from Sephora Australia for $26 AUD here (it comes in the most adorable packaging, too).