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Best Natural Deodorant

In my quest to switch to all things natural, I’ve been experimenting with different deodorants to see which one holds up best. An “OK” deodorant is fine when you’re sitting at a desk all day, but when you plan on taking vacation that involves the summer heat and lots of walking, you want something better than that. Especially if you sweat like a man… like me.

It’s been a long and smelly road, but I’ve finally found a few natural deodorants that work.

1. Tom’s Lavender Deodorant Stick.
Oh, Tom’s. I wanted to like you. I really did. This deodorant doesn’t work for me at all. Sure, the lavender scent is nice, but after only an hour, I already smell. It’s not pleasant… plus, I don’t want Brandon to divorce me so in the trash it will go.

2. Earth Science Deodorant.
This is better than Tom’s but not by much. Maybe it’s because I sweat more than other women, but Earth Science is a big “meh” for me.

3. Crystal Body Deodorant.
I have mixed feelings about this deodorant. It keeps me dry all day but it’s scentless, so I sort of feel gross. I don’t know… I like deodorant sticks that smell nice. However, I think this would be the perfect stick for women undergoing surgery because you wouldn’t have to worry about irritation!

4. Queen Helene Vitamin E Deodorant Stick.
My younger sister uses this deodorant and I’m hooked. It is easy to apply and smells great — it just doesn’t last as long as I’d hoped. I have to apply it twice a day instead of once, but hey, I don’t stink.

5. Lush Guv’ner Deodorant.
Apparently this deodorant was made for smelly men but I use it and it’s my favorite. I use my hands to brush the powder under my armpits after I shower (this was difficult to get used to at first because I’d spill it everywhere) and it keeps me dry and lasts all day. Plus, the scent is surprisingly nice and I can still wear perfume without feeling like an overpowering department store. And it’s called the Guv’ner which reminds me of the Walking Dead, so that’s cool.

What are your favorite products while traveling?


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  • A Country Girl’s Daybook

    Tom’s deodorant doesn’t work for me, either, and neither did the Crystal stick… maybe I’m just abnormal.

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    • Postcards from Rachel

      Tom’s just sucks! And maybe it’s because Crystal doesn’t have a scent.. I feel like a nice smell covers up the stench more. ;) At least with me. ha.

  • Beka Johnson

    I’ve never thought about switching to natural deodorants. Those are interesting though! Have you thought about making your own? I’m sure pinterest has a ton of ideas.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I have! I actually want to try and create a copycat Lush deodorant. Especially since it’s so expensive!

  • Patricia B

    Oooh! I’ll have to try out that lush deodorant. I gave up on my natural deodorant search last summer. I’d thought I’d finally found the one, until after sporting it for nearly a month, my husband plucked up the courage to tell me that it just wasn’t working – at all.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      My husband has commented on lots of my natural methods too. :) So funny when they get the courage to tell us that we stink. lollol

  • carly

    I have been wanting to try out natural deodorants for a while now, but they always seem to have such awful reviews! I’m not sure how I would feel about the powder version, but I think I’ll try the Queen Helene! Wonderful post!

  • Britt @Perpetually Daydreaming

    I’ve been wanting to switch to natural deodorants, but didn’t know where to start. Thanks for the reviews! PS I also immediately thought of TWD when I read The Guv’ner!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Hahaha, same with my husband. We love TWD!

  • Marielle Green

    I’ve tried a deodorant cream by Soapwalla. . .worked pretty well, but the oddness of application killed it for me.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      How are you supposed to apply it?

      • Marielle Green

        There’s just something odd about applying cream to your armpit with your fingers. Which you inevitably have to wipe off. I’m sold on the convenience of sticks, but it did work well and had a nice fresh scent.

        • Postcards from Rachel

          Yeah, powder is one thing but I don’t know how I’d feel applying a cream with my fingers every day!

  • Yvonne Rhinehart

    The only Queen Helene product that I cannot live without is their mint julep face mask.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Ooh, I definitely need to try that next.

      • Yvonne Rhinehart

        I swear by it, and I get so many comments on my skin when I use it once a month.

  • Joy Harpy

    It’s one of those odd things, I switched to crystal deodorant because it was unscented and the scent of my old deodorant had really bothered me, but I do find myself missing it. I’m travelling around Morocco next month, I expect that will put it though it’s paces…

    • Postcards from Rachel

      That’s kind of how I felt with Crystal.

      You’ll have to let me know if it holds up in Morocco. Have fun there.. one of my favorite countries!

  • Kimberley Tobin

    Tom’s didn’t work for me either and I just can’t decide how I feel about the crystal! I am definitely going to give Queen Helene and Lush a try though because I really prefer using natural products and I’ve been having such a hard time finding ones that actually work! Thanks so much for your suggestions!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I hope they work out for you!!

  • Jamie | ink + adventure

    I actually started using the original Old Spice [no aluminum] last fall but it couldn’t stand up to the Taiwan heat + humidity. we have Lush stores here but they don’t carry the deo products… will definitely be testing the Guv’ner out when I’m back in the US.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      You will love it! The powder application is hard to get used to at first, but it definitely holds up in the heat.

  • Julie

    I love the Crystal Body Deodorant. It has worked the best for me and I love that it’s unscented. Personal preference I guess. :) HATE Tom’s. UGH HATE IT. What people need to realize is that your body is supposed to sweat. Sweating is healthy. The word “deodorant” means to eliminate odors, not necessarily to eliminate sweat. So most natural deodorants still allow you to sweat, they just take away the smell. Just a little advice for any natural deodorant newbies who might read this. :)

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I love that everyone hates Tom’s with a passion. I was wondering if I was just too smelly for it to work. Hahahaha. And yeah, that’s a good thing to remember re: natural deodorants. I just hate sweating, though!

  • Erin O’Brien

    Out of these, I’ve only used the Lush one. It can be hard to put on. I make a mess of it too. :) My favorite deodorant is Secret but that’s not natural.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Yeah, Secret is my favorite non-natural deodorant too! Sometimes I miss how well it works!

  • Sarah Libros

    this is such a helpful guide! So far I have been too scared to enter the world of natural deodorants, but it’s definitely something I want for myself eventually. Getting as much inside information as possible makes it a little but less scary!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      It’s hard to find something that works as well as Secret, Dove, etc — but hopefully this guide helps you a bit. It took so long for me to find something I like!

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    I tried Earth Science but I feel like it did nothing for me. I actually want to try to make my own!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I’ve been thinking about making my own too! i want to try and create copycat Lush deodorant! :)

  • Brittny McLeod

    I also sweat a crazy amount, but want to find a natural deodorant. I’ve tried several over the years, with varying degrees of results. I haven’t tried the Lush one yet, but it sounds great. I’m not sure if you experienced this in Scotland, but I’m finding in Europe that solid deodorants aren’t really a thing… They typically use a liquid roll on, or an aerosol spray. I’ve been using a mineral based liquid roll on for the last several months, and it has changed my life! It was the cheapest deo I could find in the grocery store (I’d didn’t want to waste tons of money on a total unknown) and at 0.49, I’ll definitely miss it when I’m back in the states.


    • Postcards from Rachel

      I brought my own deodorant from the States so I didn’t get to experience the liquid and spray deodorants — but now I’m really curious! And that mineral stuff sounds awesome! It’s always nice to find something that actually works. I’m sure I’ve spent a ton of money trying to find a stupid natural deodorant I like.

  • Allison

    I hated the Toms deodorant, it did not work at all! I’m on the La Vanilla one now and its pretty great
    Allison from

  • Jesse Blair-French

    Oh man, I’ll have to try that one from Lush. Sounds like a good one!

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  • Lisette

    I think I’m going to join you on your hippie deodorant (ahhhhhh!)