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By Erin Lukas
Feb 25, 2021 @ 5:01 pm
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Best Smelling Natural Deodorants
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Let's face it: the journey to finding the right natural deodorant can be smelly. And when making the switch to an aluminum-free formula, there's only one way to find out whether or not it works: you have to try it.

But here's the thing, natural deodorants won't stop you from sweating. However, they are designed to keep your pits smelling fresh.

Here's how natural deodorants work: instead of sweat-blocking aluminum (which is found in antiperspirants), they contain bacteria-absorbing ingredients. Traditionally, baking soda has commonly been used for odor control in natural deodorants, but it can be irritating for sensitive skin types. In recent years, many brands have cut out baking soda for plant-based alternatives.

So, yes, while your armpits might feel a little damp when using a natural deodorant, how they smell is totally up to you, thanks to all of the scent options natural deodorant brands have created.

From floral to citrus scents, the following nine natural deodorants will keep your pits smelling fresh.

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Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant

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When a brand can't keeps its deodorant in stock, you know it's going to keep your B.O. under control. After launching a now cult-favorite anti-chafing stick, Megababe launched its floral-scented Rosy Pit deodorant, a formula infused with green tree oil and sage to prevent odor-causing bacteria accumulating on your pits.

To shop: $14; ulta.com

Dove 0% Aluminum Coconut & Pink Jasmine Refillable Deodorant Starter Kit

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Dove's refillable deodorant is formulated without aluminum and alcohol, which can be drying. Instead, glycerin, the unsung hydrating hero of skincare, soothes and helps retain moisture. While the deodorant offers 48 hour odor protection, the coconut and pink jasmine transports you somewhere warm.

To shop: $15; target.com

Boscia Prebiotic + Probiotic Freshening All-Over Body Deodorant

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With pre- and probiotics, kaolin clay, lemon oil, glycolic acid, and shea butter, Boscia's deodorant gently absorbs excess oil and exfoliates to cut odor, while simultaneously hydrating and strengthening skin. The lemon adds a subtle fresh, citrus scent. Bonus: this formula can be used from head-to-toe, for chafing and chest sweat.

To shop: $25; ulta.com

Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant

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While there are more natural deodorant options than ever at the drugstore, Native stands out for its plethora of available scents. The classic combo of Coconut & Vanilla remains one of the brand's best-sellers, because it's smells like a tropical vacation — and who couldn't use one of those right now. Native prevents B.O. without using aluminum, talc, parabens, or sulfates in its formula.

To shop: $13; target.com

Corpus California Natural Deodorant

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Yes, this sage green tube is 'gram-worthy, but the actual formula is also share-worthy. Instead of baking soda, which can be irritating for some skin types, Corpus uses plant-based extracts and naturally-derived enzymes to minimize underarm odor. The brand's scents all rival expensive perfumes, but California is a standout. The sunny blend includes notes of bergamot, sea salt, white musk, and jasmine.

To shop: $24; credobeauty.com

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Natural Deodorant

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Making the switch to natural deodorant doesn't have to be expensive. Enter Schmidt's, another affordable drugstore option. This plant-based stick's delightful floral scent comes from 100% natural origin ingredient fragrance, made from essential oils. So stop and smell the roses.

To shop: $7; target.com

Nécessaire The Deodorant Sandalwood

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If you were under the impression that deodorants can't be sexy, this black Nécessaire tube is going to blow your mind. On top of the sleek minimalist packaging, the sandalwood scent is like a fresh and musky cologne. The formula uses AHA acids and minerals to combat B.O., and while it doesn't go on clear, it won't stain your clothes.

To shop: $20; sephora.com

Hello Fresh Citrus Deodorant with Shea Butter

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When you're not a fan of overly-floral or musky fragrances, citrus is your solution. This lemon and lime-scented Hello deodorant is made with ingredients like shea butter and tea tree oil to keep your pits calm, smooth, and of course, smelling fresh.

To shop: $7; ulta.com

Kosasport Serene Clean Chemistry Deodorant

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Kosas' deodorant is a serum for your pits. Infused with a blend of odor-killing AHA acids (these exfoliants also help with ingrown hairs and discoloration), hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing aloe vera juice. The fast-absorbing liquid holds up throughout the day, including at-home workouts. Serene Clean is a pleasant, calming scent that isn't overpowering.

To shop: $15; kosas.com

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