The Best (and Worst!) Natural Deodorants Compared (Pros + Cons)

May 3, 2024 (updated June 13, 2024) — Written by

Welcome to our clean beauty deodorant master list where we try and review every deodorant on the planet so you don’t have to. Don’t see the deodorant you are looking for? Leave us a comment and we will add it in!

A woman holds up a bottle of Mukti Botanique Deodorant.

By: Lisa Fennessy

Sometimes I love talking about deodorants but sometimes I hate it. Why? Because my efforts seem futile when everyone’s body chemistry and activity levels are different. What works for some people doesn’t work for others and when all is said and done we’re just all back where we started lol.  

But just because efficacy is not a one size fits all metric, it doesn’t mean we are all left up sh*ts creek without a paddle. There are some broad guidelines or tools we can use to help narrow down the best natural deodorant for us. Here’s what some of those look like:

1. Deodorants that are third party verified. Third party verification requires brands to go through a process to ensure their claims are legitimate or that their formulas/ingredients meet a predefined set of guidelines. Certifications like NSF International, COSMOS-ORGANIC or COSMOS-NATURAL have some of the strictest standards and ensure unbiased ingredient due-diligence. 

2. Not all brands (especially indie brands) choose to peruse third party verification so if you don’t see this marked on the deodorant you are considering, head to the full ingredient list to ensure the brand is formulating with healthy ingredients, or at the very minimum avoids using any of these red flag ingredients. (And no, it’s not just about finding the best aluminum free deodorant).

3. Ask yourself, is this brand being transparent with me? Transparency at its core represents a sense of pride. Pride in the work, the creative process and the brand. Pride will have a brand pulling back the curtain and answering consumers’ questions before they are even asked. Some things you can look for here are: Is this brand sharing full ingredient lists? Is their marketing misleading? Do you have to dig for information? Are their claims empty are are they backed up by clinical trials? Do they use greenwashing language?

Like always, all of these and more are considered when we review a product. We like doing the work so you don’t have to but more than that, we like giving you to tools so you can find the best clean deodorant for yourself on the fly too.

But, for conversation sake, and if you’ve liked my past deo faves (and current faves i.e. this, this and this) then, hopefully you find this master deodorant list even more helpful.

It’s a small list right now but every time we try a deodorant, we will review it and add it to this list. Our hope is that this becomes a massive resource where you can find our thoughts on every and any clean beauty deodorant you want. (We’ve done this for shampoo + conditioner too!).

Curious about a deodorant you don’t see here? Leave us a comment so we can add it in!


Natural deodorants I’ve tried







Don’t see the deodorant you are looking for? Leave us a comment and we will add it in! What’s your go-to deodorant?

xo, lisa in cursive

P.S. Also be sure to check out The Best Skincare Routine for Your Skin Type (With a Printable Guide!)


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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

17 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nicolle

    I feel the same about the Kinfield one! I’m using it right now and I love it… but then I’m like, does it actually work? LOL.

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      I’m glad it’s not just me!

  2. Reply

    Megan

    After your Mutki recommendation, I gave it a try, and I am COMPLETELY in love! It works SO well, smells so good, and doesn’t leave residue on my clothes (which was my biggest bummer with previous deodorants–the shirts they stained!).

    As a testament to its effectiveness, I am super active and it keeps me smelling fresh thru workouts (& then I reapply). The smell is delicious and so light that I doubt others can smell it. In LOVE!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      THANK YOU! SEE????!!!!! ; )

  3. Reply

    Erica

    Any thoughts about the Kosas deodorant? Clean ingredients and does it really work? Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Noted! I will try and get my hands on some!

  4. Reply

    Barbara

    What about Lavanila deodorant?? Actually works for both my husband and I!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Barbara! I took a look and the only question I would ask them is what is the composition of their botanical fragrance blend. That’s is unclear from their product page.

  5. Reply

    Kisha

    Love this post and literature every post you do! Have you tried MagSol? I purchase on Amazon or their site. The rose is my go to for years. Please let me know your thoughts about ingredients etc. I’m VERY scent sensitive too and the rose scent doesn’t bother me like I thought it would.

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Kisha! They need to have a full ingredient list posted on their product pages. They don’t have that so it’s hard to tell as a consumer, what is exactly in this deodorant. I did see they wrote, “MAGSOL natural deodorant is made with sweet almond oil, beeswax, magnesium oxide and natural oils” under one of their descriptions but again, I don’t know if that is the full list or not. If those 4 ingredients are the full list then it looks good.

  6. Reply

    Kisha

    *literally

  7. Reply

    Nicole

    My favorite deodorant was Taos Aer. I’m so upset that it’s no longer available. Do you have a close dupe for it? Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      So sad to see them go! Good question. If you like that sort of softer consistency you could try Type A. That has a similar delivery system.

  8. Reply

    Maggie

    I love the Mukti deodorant, but I do find that I have to reapply or it doesn’t last for me. I’ve been using hibar and really like it. It holds up all day and no irritation!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Cool! Love that it’s plastic free!

  9. Reply

    Kisha

    Thank you for the quick response. Yes that’s the full list for MagSol. I have the Rose scent and it has the phrase “4 ingredients” it’s sweet almond oil, beeswax, mag oxide and rose oil. The first
    3 ingredients remain consistent and the 4th changes up depending on the scent you choose. You are the best!

  10. Reply

    Tracey

    Recently loving Vico deodorant! Another good one to try.

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