I Finally Found An All-Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

For the last two years, I have been on a never-ending quest to find an all-natural, eco-friendly deodorant. During that time–and many “pit”falls, I have tried over a dozen different brands and none of them stood the test of my hot, humid Florida climate. Until I discovered LUSH.

I was in yoga class one day, and believe it or not, someone actually smelled good. “Who smells like patchouli?” I asked. My instructor said it was probably her new-found deodorant that was made from all-natural ingredients and yes, some nice hippie scents too. “Smells good, but does it really work?” I wanted to know (never mind the fact that the rest of the class was ready to start downward-dogging–we had pits to discuss!). When she assured me it did, I decided to try it.

Turns out, LUSH is a company based in Canada that makes all sorts of all-natural beauty products.

Their deodorant that I tried is called Aromaco. It’s basically a small square bar that comes by itself–no packaging, so you just rub some on your pits each morning. It is made from the astringent witch hazel, sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda), to absorb sweat, chamomile vinegar to tighten the pores and act as an antibacterial agent, and yummy-smelling patchouli oil.

The bar costs only $6.95 and lasts at least two months. That’s a deal, as far as I’m concerned.

Now I will say it’s not 100% sweat and B.O.-proof. It doesn’t completely stop either–but then again, neither did any of the non-natural brands I had tried in the past. When it’s 90 degrees with 90% humidity, you’re going to sweat, no matter what. And when you’re working out, you’re going to sweat. That just goes with the territory. But LUSH does minimize this for me so I’m not the offensive one at a party or in yoga class.

I have been wary about the chemicals and possible health risks associated with antiperspirants and deodorants for a while now. The idea of putting aluminum chlorohdrate or aluminum zirconium into my body just to keep the stink away didn’t seem worth it. Even though the health consequences are still widely unknown, these chemicals can cause irritation and allergies, not to mention the biggest concern of mine–breast cancer.

So yes, LUSH may not ward off all the sweating, but it smells great and keeps me smelling great most of the time. And that’s good enough for me.

Let us know if you have tried this or found another all-natural deodorant that works!

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    • Kiersta

      Never tried, but I do love LUSH products! I’ve used their dusting powders in the summer… trust me they are amazing!

    • Jewel

      I use the rock that you moisten and apply. After trying a bunch of natural deodorants that had failed by the end of the day, this is the one that has consistently worked well. And I live in hot, humid South Florida as well.

      I might try this one though.

    • Meg

      Soapwalla deodorant, it’s the best natural deodorant I’ve tried!!

    • Val

      LaVanila has worked for me, and I think I have tried almost all of them out there. Even some of the natural ones upset the skin under my arms; but the LaVanila brand is extremely gentle for me. The only thing about it is that it is a little pricey at $18 for 1.7 ounces, but my experiencce with it makes it worth it. I would really reccomend it.

    • K

      I use a deordorant stone for scent and a mix of baking soda and corn starch brushed on with a large makeup brush for an antiperspirant. I don’t shave and body hair definitely helps create sweat, but this combo does the trick for me!

    • judy

      Try 4 tbsp baking soda., 4 tbsp cornstarch , 2 tbsp coconut oil. Microwave 10 sec or so, mix well. Will be a smooth thick paste, can pack it into an old stick deodorant container. Works well.

    • Peppercorn

      Earth Science Naturals Tea tree oil/Lavender deodorant is the best I’ve found so far. Doesn’t get sticky or slimy, smells just lovely, and keeps me from stinking. I usually have to reapply every 5 or 6 hours, though, depending on the heat/humidity.

    • http://twitter.com/NaturalBeautyJu Natural Beauty Junky

      Sorry to tell you but Armaco does contain
      Propylene Glycol
      which is a petrochemical. Hence, this product is actually not natural. The Burt’s Bees deo is 100% natural.