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Do Natural Deodorants Work For Everyone?


Natural deodorants have always had a reputation for not quite hitting the mark when it comes to keeping our underarms feeling dry and fresh. While more of us might be up for shifting towards more natural body and skincare formulas, when it comes to deodorant few of us are brave enough to risk a HIIT workout armed with botanical underarm protection. 

But, with most of us spending more time at home and embracing online workouts, now is the perfect time to put a natural formula to the test. Plus, Drunk Elephant has just launched it’s debut natural deodorant and it smells divine…

What makes a deodorant natural?

Well, there isn’t a set definition and the term ‘natural’ is quite vague in the realms of cosmetic and personal hygiene products. “Generally speaking, natural skincare products are free or parabens, added fragrance, phthalates, dyes, and sulfates. When it comes to deodorants, natural products usually refer to those that are aluminum free,” says Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Joshua Zeichner. “Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum salts that form a plug within the sweat gland preventing wetness from reaching the surface of the skin.” While natural, or aluminium-free products might not reduce the wetness, they can help get rid of odour. 

How do natural deodorants limit the odour?

“Sweat itself is odorless, but when normal skin bacteria breakdown that sweat it leads to a foul smell,” says Joshua. “A lot of natural deodorants are packed full of ingredients, such as silver or charcoal to help reduce bacteria levels and therefore, help ease the odour.” 

For example, Aurelia’s bestselling Botanical Cream Deodorant contains kaolin clay, antimicrobial arrowroot, sodium bicarbonate, shea butter and a blend of high quality essential oils. “This combination of ingredients fights odour-causing bacteria, absorbs natural perspiration and helps to condition the skin under the arms,” says Brand Manager & Product Expert, Antonia Knox. 

Why should I switch to a natural formula?

Natural deodorants have come a long way in recent years. The waxy, sticky balms of the past have been replaced with sophisticated balms that dry completely with a scent that lasts for hours. Cue, Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream, which smells like marzipan and has a creamy texture that dries quickly.

However, it comes down to personal preference. “There is no data showing that natural deodorants are any safer or more effective than traditional deodorants,” says Joshua. Some people don’t like the idea of blocking their sweat glands, albeit temporarily, while others feel more comfortable wearing an aluminium-based formula. 

But, if your biggest concern is a natural deodorant failing to disguise the scent of a sweat-breaking workout, we have three formulas that we have tried and tested which passed with flying colours…


Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

Drunk Elephant put a lot of work into creating a formula that offered unrivalled protection and kept arms feeling dry and smelling fresh. And, the brand hasn’t disappointed. We wore this deodorant during a Pilates workout and Joe Wick’s intense HIIT online classes. The twist-up packaging makes daily application quick and easy too.

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant 

Few deodorants feel more refreshing and uplifting than this bestselling formula. As natural deodorants go, this one is practically royalty. It’s the perfect option for those with sensitive skin, who want a non-sticky formula to keep their underarms feeling fresh all day.


Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant

Not everyone is onboard with applying deodorant with their hands, but once you’ve done it once or twice you get used to the amount your need and the application process. Plus with this shea butter rich formula, you’ll notice that your underarm area feels softer and smoother. This deodorant definitely feels like more of a treat to use than a mundane essential.

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