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The 16 Best Natural Deodorants for Men in 2023, According to Grooming Experts

Best Overall Natural Deodorant

Hume Supernatural Fragrance Free Deodorant

Fragrance Free Deodorant

Best Overall Natural Deodorant

Hume Supernatural Fragrance Free Deodorant

Pros
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Does not contain baking soda
  • Plant-based ingredients
Cons
  • Won’t completely stop you from sweating

Most natural deodorants, understandably, use a lot of fragrance to help mask odor. Somehow, this fragrance-free version neutralizes stink without the aid of added scent. It could be the probiotics in the formula which help to maintain good (non-stinky) bacteria. Or it could be magic. Either way, it’s so effective that we gave it a Men’s Health Grooming Award.

Testing notes: During our six months of field testing Hume’s stick, our editors found that it helped keep B.O. at bay during even the hottest days outside. While it doesn’t stop sweat like our favorite aluminum-based antiperspirants, our editors found that Hume’s fragrance-free formula did a bang-up job of helping them smell fresh and clean.

Size Size
Scent Unscented
Ingredients Silica, Kaolin Clay, Tapioca Starch, Prebiotics, Probiotics

Best Aluminum-Free Deodorant Spray

Old Spice Aluminum-Free Deep Sea Dry Spray

Aluminum-Free Deep Sea Dry Spray

Best Aluminum-Free Deodorant Spray

Old Spice Aluminum-Free Deep Sea Dry Spray

Pros
  • High concentration of fragrance
  • Easy to apply spray formula
  • Long lasting odor protection
Cons
  • Ingredients are not as natural as others on this list
  • Can’t travel with it

The dry spray formula of this aluminum-free deodorant is by far the easiest to apply on this list and the potent scent makes it great for heavy sweaters or those who need a bit of extra odor protection. It’s as close to a traditional deodorant as you can get without aluminum.

Testing notes: Finding a natural deodorant for heavy sweaters can feel like a fool’s errand, which is why our editors were so surprised at how effective Old Spice’s deep sea spray is on hot, muggy days when we’re covered in sweat. We were surprised at how much we liked Old Spice’s ocean scent, which was pleasant and help cover up B.O. without overwhelming our senses.

Size 4.3 oz
Scent Marine
Ingredients Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Fragrance

Best Baking Soda-Free Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s Here + Now Natural Deodorant

Here + Now Natural Deodorant

Best Baking Soda-Free Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s Here + Now Natural Deodorant

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Pros
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Incredible Smell
  • Over 13,000 5-Star reviews
Cons
  • Won’t completely stop you from sweating

Sure, this scent from Schmidt’s smells incredible (a little like patchouli), but the real innovation is the new sensitive skin formula. It has all the good stuff, like magnesium and activated charcoal, but is baking soda-free which means it doesn’t irritate sensitive pits and it glides on more easily and quickly than previous Schmidt’s formulas.

Testing notes: There’s no aluminum in this natural deodorant, so it won’t block sweat, but arrowroot powder and magnesium work to help absorb moisture and reduce odors. Our testers with incredibly sensitive skin found that Schmidt’s stick didn’t cause any itchiness or irritation, which is a feat in itself.

Size 2.65 oz
Scent Citrus
Ingredients Magnesium Hydroxide, Coconut Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Charcoal Powder

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Easiest To Use

Native Eucalyptus & Mint Natural Deodorant

Eucalyptus & Mint Natural Deodorant

Easiest To Use

Native Eucalyptus & Mint Natural Deodorant

Pros
  • Pleasant smell
  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting

Some natural deodorants ask you to change your routine—they don’t apply as easily as the traditional ones you’re used to. Native, however, goes on smooth and doesn’t need to be warmed up or applied with your fingers. This fresh eucalyptus and mint scent is fresh without smelling fake.

Testing notes: Instead of overdosing on harsh antiperspirants and sprays, use a natural one like this option. Our testers found that it actually helps reduce underarm odor rather than just masking it. That was especially true when one tester used it to play basketball on a hot summer day. He says his pits smelled more fresh than when he used lesser natural deodorants. Though we do note that it has baking soda, which can be irritating for some guys, so it might not be the best for those with sensitive skin.

Size 2.65 oz
Scent Fresh, Minty
Ingredients Tapioca Starch, Baking Soda, Magnesium Hydroxide, Coconut Oil

Most Effective Natural Deodorant

Patricks ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

Most Effective Natural Deodorant

Patricks ND1 High Performance Natural Deodorant

Pros
  • Groundbreaking green technology
  • Natural and long-lasting odor control

This natural deodorant has one ingredient that sets it apart from all the rest: niodor. It naturally inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria for 24 hours. When combined with sustainable Amazonian brown clay, coconut oil, zinc and tapioca starch, this natural deodorant is your best defense against the dreaded stench of body odor.

Testing notes: Patricks’ top ingredient, niodor, really does live up to the hype. After testing it consistently for a month, a couple of our editors found that the ND1 really did help reduce B.O. for up to a full day, and performed much better in our testing than even some antiperspirants. And while yes, it is more expensive than other picks on this list, we found that ND1’s next-gen formula is worth the higher price point.

Best Customizable Deodorant

By Humankind Refillable Natural Deodorant

Refillable Natural Deodorant

Best Customizable Deodorant

By Humankind Refillable Natural Deodorant

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Pros
  • Choose scents and design based on your preferences
  • Sustainably made
  • Comes in a compostable PLA and straw blend container

Another refillable deodorant, this one allows you to choose the color of your case and your scent. Plus it actually works; it helps control odor as long as some of our favorite traditional deodorants while helping you feel like you’re doing your part for sustainability.

Testing notes: While we wouldn’t eat this, which the brand’s packaging suggests, By Humankind’s formula is pretty natural and gentle. Our wearers found that it didn’t irritate sensitive skin, and we loves that it came in a variety of scents.

Size 1.6 oz
Scent Multiple options
Ingredients Zinc oxide, tapioca starch, magnesium hydroxide, baking soda

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Longest Lasting Deodorant

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Natural Deodorant

Hoppin' Fresh Natural Deodorant

Longest Lasting Deodorant

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Natural Deodorant

Pros
  • Lasts all day
  • Cruelty Free
  • Made with moisture-absorbing kaolin clay and soothing aloe vera

By this point, Ursa Major’s deodorant is a classic and there is a reason for that. It consistently outperforms many of the other brands we’ve tried, both in scent and longevity. If you’re just making the switch to naturals, start with this one—it’s the most like the traditional deodorants you’re used to.

Testing notes: Time after time, our editors have praised Ursa’s classic deodorant. So why mess with a formula that works? Ursa Major has made no changes to the Hoppin’ Fresh Stick, and our testers found that it still helped fight stink through the sweatiest, stickiest summer outings.

Size 2.6 oz
Scent Fresh, Minty
Ingredients Tapioca starch, silica, baking soda, kaolin clay

Best Premium Deodorant

Corpus Third Rose Natural Plant-Based Deodorant

Third Rose Natural Plant-Based Deodorant

Best Premium Deodorant

Corpus Third Rose Natural Plant-Based Deodorant

Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Luxurious smell
Cons
  • Choose another scent if you don’t like floral smells

The packaging and scent of this natural deodorant brand is more like something you’d find in a high-end cologne, ensuring that you won’t be embarrassed to leave it out on your bathroom sink. The natural formula leaves out all the things you would expect, like sulfates and parabens, but doesn’t compromise on efficacy.

Size 2.6 oz
Scent Floral
Ingredients Alcohol denat., diatomaceous earth, silica

Best Luxury Deodorant

Helmm Compass NATURAL Deodorant Starter Kit

NATURAL Deodorant Starter Kit

Best Luxury Deodorant

Helmm Compass NATURAL Deodorant Starter Kit

Pros
  • Sport formula offers superior protection against foul odors
  • Invigorating scent
Cons
  • Recommended for moderate sweaters only

Helmm also provides a refillable container alongside a monthly subscription for refills, so you never have to worry about going to the store again. The stellar deodorant is formulated with natural ingredients and without talc, sulfates, parabens, and other bad stuff.

Size 2.5 oz
Scent Multiple options
Ingredients Glycerin, Stearic acid, sodium hydroxide

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Best Sustainable Natural Deodorant

Myro Refillable Deodorant for Men

Refillable Deodorant for Men

Best Sustainable Natural Deodorant

Myro Refillable Deodorant for Men

Pros
  • Refillable case
  • Refreshing bergamot, lavender, and vetiver scent
Cons
  • Reviewers say it may irritate sensitive skin

What’s the point of going natural if you’re still creating waste from the packaging you have to throw away? Myro’s refillable containers allow you to buy recyclable refills in a variety of scents. As with most natural deodorants, the product is formulated without aluminum, parabens, or phthalates.

Size 2 oz
Scent Multiple options
Ingredients Aloe leaf juice, sodium stearate, silica

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Eucalyptus Deodorant

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Pros
  • Fresh, long-lasting scent
  • Contains naturally derived fragrance
Cons
  • Won’t keep you from sweating

This deodorant is just as much about what it leaves out (aluminum, baking soda, alcohol, and synthetic fragrances) as what it includes in the formula. The bergamot extract paired with probiotic enzymes block odor and the corn starch helps to absorb moisture, keeping your pits fresh without aluminum.

Size 2.6 oz
Scent Fresh
Ingredients Propylene glycol, sodium stearate, sodium hydroxide

Bravo Sierra White Vetiver & Cedarwood Deodorant

 White Vetiver & Cedarwood Deodorant

Bravo Sierra White Vetiver & Cedarwood Deodorant

Pros
  • Does not contain baking soda
  • Contains probiotics
  • Goes on clear
Cons
  • Might not be suitable for heavy sweaters

Bravo Sierra’s products are field-tested by the active-service military before they’re released, so if this deodorant is good enough for them, you know it’ll be good enough for you. Instead of aluminum, it contains cassava to soak up sweat. The vetiver and cedarwood scent will keep you smelling fresh all day.

Size 3.2 oz
Scent Woody
Ingredients Sodium stearate, tapioca starch, diatomaceous earth, silica

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Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Pros
  • Easy to apply liquid formula
  • Contains skin hydrating ingredients
  • Unique odor-fighting ingredients
Cons
  • Must allow to dry before putting on clothes
  • Might not be suitable for heavy sweaters

Unlike other natural deodorants that can stain your clothes or leave an oily residue, this Men’s Health Grooming Awards winner is a gel that goes on clear and stays that way. The innovative formula uses a blend of alpha hydroxy acids to neutralize odor through your body’s own chemistry. The soothing spa-like scent is fresh but not in your face.

Size 2.4 oz
Scent Multiple options including unscented
Ingredients Aloe juice, sodium hydroxide, AHA complex, hyaluronic acid

Bevel Deodorant

Deodorant

Bevel Deodorant

Pros
  • Contains skin hydrating ingredients
  • Designed for men of color
  • Non-staining
Cons
  • May not be suitable for heavy sweaters

This formula doesn’t have aluminum, but it does have shea butter and coconut oil to moisturize the skin under your arms in addition to blocking odor. It also goes on clear, which means it won’t leave any oil stains on your clothes.

Best Vegan Deodorant

Botanik Natural Deodorant

Natural Deodorant

Best Vegan Deodorant

Botanik Natural Deodorant

Pros
  • Made with organic coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder
  • Doesn’t leave a sticky feeling
Cons
  • Not as strong at fighting odor as other natural deodorants

This vegan and cruelty-free formula is created in small batches right here in the USA. Botanik uses a blend of essential oils to lend its fresh evergreen scent and provide antibacterial properties.

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Nala Care Nala Extra Strength Deodorant

Nala Extra Strength Deodorant

Nala Care Nala Extra Strength Deodorant

Pros
  • A little goes a long way
Cons
  • Might not be as great for sensitive skin

The super-concentrated gel formula doesn’t include water, which means just a little goes a long way. This extra-strength version is specifically designed for people who need a little more sweat protection—with a larger dose of plant actives and mineral powders to help soak up sweat and keep you fresh from morning to night.

What’s The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirant?

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Put simply, a deodorant is used to de-odor your pits and help curb the smelliness that can accompany underarm sweat. Antiperspirants actually block the underarm sweat glands causing them to sweat less. The only FDA-approved ingredient to block sweat glands in antiperspirant is aluminum.

Why Does Armpit Sweat Stink?

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By itself, sweat from under your arms doesn’t have a smell. But when it’s released, it mixes with bacteria that lives in your armpit which feeds off the moisture and releases a smell. This could be why people’s sweat smells different or why some people tend to smell more than others. It’s also why many natural deodorants include pre- or probiotics to help manage the variety of bacteria that live in the area.

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Are Natural Deodorants Better for You?

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The most common argument that natural deodorants are better for you is centered around aluminum. Some experts claim that aluminum is linked with Alzheimer’s disease, but older studies have been discredited and there has been no discernable link found between aluminum and Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s also often claimed that aluminum can increase your risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer in women. Research has been conflicted and the general consensus among experts is that more research is needed to determine a link between the two.

There is also usually conversation around preservative parabens, which some claim are linked to cancer as well, and other “chemical” ingredients that natural deodorants often omit from their formulas. While, again, no studies have proven that these ingredients are directly linked to illnesses like cancer, many people like to err on the side of caution. Apart from all this, traditional deodorants often contain ingredients that can irritate skin, like certain kinds of alcohol. Most natural deodorants seek to solve this problem by using naturally-derived ingredients that may be more gentle on the skin. The bottom line is that there is no evidence that natural deodorants are better for you than traditional deodorants or antiperspirants, but it is a personal choice.

Are There Ingredients in Natural Deodorants That I Should Avoid?

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Many natural deodorants include baking soda which is used to help absorb moisture and curb sweating. However, baking soda can be irritating on the skin for many people, especially if they have sensitive skin. If you’ve noticed a reaction under your arms when using natural deodorant, try a baking soda-free formula. These often use ingredients like tapioca starch, clay and silica to help absorb moisture instead.

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Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming. He’s written for Esquire, New York Magazine, Spotlyte, and Very Good Light and held staff positions at GQ and W. Follow his skincare obsession on Instagram at @garrettmunce.

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