3 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

Personally, I am a natural deodorant type of girl. Toxic chemicals are everywhere--and I don’t like to use too many beauty products for that reason.

I am all for things that are aluminum-, phthalate-, and paraben-free, and I've set a limit for myself as to how many chemicals I will allow inside my body. One day I’ll eat some processed food, but for the next three days I'll load up on spinach and smoothies. When it comes to beauty products, I prefer food-grade lipstick and a natural deodorant.

But despite their benefits, natural deodorants have fallen into the niche of products that “don’t really work” (or so people say). I don’t mind the fact that they don’t stop you from sweating--because it's natural to sweat out toxins--as long as they prevent B.O.

After testing a few natural deodorants, here are three that I definitely recommend.

Burt's Bees Deodorant With Oil of Sage

I have been using this for the last couple of weeks and can already tell it will become my go-to natural deodorant for the following reasons:

1. It comes in a spray bottle, which means it takes three seconds to apply.2. The bottle itself is aluminum, so you can recycle it after you run out.3. The smell is amazing. This deodorant is an oil blend with sage, lemon, and lavender. I don’t wear perfume, but I wouldn’t mind a couple of extra sprays on other parts of my body.4. The oil blend doesn’t stain your clothes so spray away.

One warning: don’t spray it on a freshly shaved armpit. It will sting a little.

Queen Helene Deodorant

The packaging is frill-free and slightly clinical, but I’ve been purchasing this product for three years now. The pharmacies are always sold out of my preferred scent, mint julep, but the aloe vera is a great alternative. It has a fresh smell that lasts all day.

It doesn’t leave a sticky residue like other deodorants and it definitely delivers on its promise: “CLINICAL RESULTS, All Day Odor Protection.” I’ve recommended this product to all of my girlfriends, who have bought it themselves and raved about it.

Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Deodorant Cream

If you’re a supporter of local, vegan products, order yourself some cream deodorant from the team at Meow Meow Tweet. They make hand-make this cream deodorant in Brooklyn with organic ingredients like virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, kaolin clay and tea tree oil.

It comes in a small, reusable glass container with a screw-top lid that looks adorable next to all the products on your vanity. Just take a small amount and rub it into your armpits. The deodorant slowly melts with your body heat.

The act of rubbing my armpits took a little getting used to, but the extra step made me feel like I was actually taking time to take care of myself. A tip for girls with long nails using this product: break out the cosmetic spoon.

What natural deodorants have you guys used and liked? Important public service request: Which ones have totally failed you?