Don’t Sweat It: 5 Best Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic Deodorants To Keep You Fresh & Dry
By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
Let’s face it, none of us want to be the smelly girl in the room, but sometimes our path to finding the best eco-friendly, non-toxic deodorants that will stand up to the demands of our busy, physical lives while not poisoning us or the planet, can put us in that unfortunate position. The good news is that you don’t have to personally go through that because I have done it for you, and rigorously tested multiple, clean deodorants on my quest to find the safest and most effective. Unfortunately I have to admit to being called out by a few well-meaning friends who have expressed concern for me not smelling as fresh and clean as I normally do, and always with a worried roll of the eye. However, I have persevered in my quest to authentically test and find the best natural deodorants on the market, with consideration including ease of application, staying power, and formulation and scent, and these recommendations all stand tall in those categories.
An effective, eco-conscious, clean deodorant is a daily essential and unlike their conventional counterparts, they don'y contain nasty chemicals including aluminum, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances and dyes, which are all ingredients you don’t want in your body. However, they are vegan, cruelty-free and made with organic and ethically-sourced materials, making them kinder to you, our planet and our animal friends. These non-toxic, hard-working and sustainable deodorants will keep you clean, dry and as fresh as a daisy all day, so you really won’t have to ever sweat it.
This is hands-down my favorite, eco-friendly, non-toxic deodorant spray, and with its earthy, citrusy, warm scent and clean, fast-absorbing formula, is a breath of fresh air to apply, keeping armpits sweat and odor-free all day. A mineral salt-based spray formulated without skin irritants such as baking soda or nasty chemicals, artificial dyes, fragrances and aluminum, Peaceful Warrior forms a natural barrier protectant against the creation of bacteria that causes odor, and whether you’re doing an intense workout or going from a busy career day into night, it will keep you feeling fresh and clean.
Not all stick deodorants are created equal, but with the brand’s focus on producing sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free, affordable personal care products in recyclable packaging, and their brilliant line of eco-friendly, non-toxic deodorants that apply effortlessly and protect all day, I’m a fan. Made with coconut oil to moisturize and nourish, antioxidant-rich rosemary that reduces odor-causing bacteria, arrowroot powder to help minimize sweat, and formulated without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, silicones or other harmful chemicals, this gender-neutral, gently-scented Apple Matcha deodorant is an all-day powerhouse that will keep you fresh, and nasty odors away.
An all-time favorite in my eco-friendly, non-toxic deodorant choices, Crystal is the OG, mineral salt deodorant having been invented 35 years ago. A Clean Label Project Purity Award winner and free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and artificial fragrances, Crystal is hypoallergenic and won’t block pores. Allowing the body to function naturally while controlling odors for 24 hours with minerals, this hard-working, vegan, cruelty-free and gently-scented Vanilla Jasmine deodorant dries quickly after application, and is as kind to animals as it is to your underarms.
Created without aluminum, artificial fragrances, preservatives or animal ingredients, Complete Protection Deodorant is the first Tom’s of Maine eco-friendly, non-toxic deodorant to provide 24 hour odor and wetness protection. Delivering on its dryness promises, it’s also easy to apply, gliding on and drying quickly. With its naturally sourced and plant-derived ingredients and gentle, pretty Mandarin and Ylang scent, your armpits will be clean, dry, and smelling as fresh as flowers all day, in spite of your physical activity.
ATTITUDE’s leaves bar Plastic Free Deodorant is made to neutralize unpleasant underarm odors and is EWG verified, cruelty-free, vegan, and clear of aluminum and other nasty chemicals. Harnessing the power of white clay and magnesium hydroxide to absorb moisture and provide soothing, long-lasting protection, and with its biodegradable paper packaging to reduce single-use plastic, this eco-friendly, non-toxic stick deodorant lives up to its mission. With a gentle, refreshing sea salt scent and nourishing castor, jojoba oil formula, it applies easily, dries quickly and keeps underarms feeling and smelling like an ocean breeze all day.