The Best Natural Deodorants Are Kind to Your Skin and Your Clothes. Plus, They Actually Work.

You don't need a bunch of harsh chemicals to smell good.

I am well aware of the stereotypes about smelly dudes who blather on about natural deodorants and how your normal drugstore stick is going to give you a billion diseases and end the world. Let me put your mind at ease: I also think those guys are exhausting. But I've gone on a bit of a journey this last year or so with some different deodorants because 1) I was curious, and 2) some of those drugstore sticks were not agreeing with my body chemistry and my T-shirts.

So if you're someone who's seen a pit stain too many—or if you, like me, have obnoxiously sensitive skin—it might be worth giving new one a try. The only problem is, you know...becoming one of those smelly dudes. Well, I've used all three of the options below for months at a time, and I can attest to their efficacy. It takes some time to cycle out of the antiperspirant game as your body transitions, but once you've made that move, these work. And if you came up to me on the street and asked for a recommendation—it could happen!—this is what I'd tell you to buy.

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant 


This one uses eucalyptus extract and citronellyl methylcrotonate to control odor and provide a fresh, sinus-clearing scent. (You've had Halls cough drops before, right? That's the vibe.) The feeling is light and fresh when it goes on, it absorbs quickly, and even my go-to black tees are blessedly free of white stains. And even after a hot-as-hell day, I'm still smelling fine. Malin claims this aluminum- and alcohol-free option has a cult following; now I know why. Those koalas were onto something.


Baxter of California Citrus & Herbal Musk Deodorant 

Tea tree and witch hazel extracts are the star of the show with Baxter's only deodorant option, which is also free of aluminum and alcohol (the first can irritate the skin, while the second dries it). They're both there to help eliminate bacteria, which, unlike sweat, is the real cause of any underarm odor. The scent is like a good cocktail made for a day on some ridiculously picturesque coastline, all bright citrus and earthy herbs. Raise a glass, and rest easy that you won't be unleashing anything on your friends when you do so. 

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Oars & Alps Active Armor Deodorant 

This relatively new startup launched in 2016 and uses alpine caribou moss in its deodorant to pump in some extra antioxidants. It's supposed to guard against signs of aging, and while I cannot attest to the relative visual age of my armpits, I can say that this deodorant smells fantastic—cedarwood, lime, and fresh greens are the notes the brand calls out—dries quickly, and keeps those pits smelling inoffensive. Plus, like the others, the aluminum- and alcohol-free formula means my clothes are free of stains. Win-win.

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