Natural deodorants, like many things, can be very hit and miss, but the good news for consumers who are wanting to try one is that there's more choice out there than ever before.
I've been using natural deodorants for a number of years now, triggered mainly by the fact that many mainstream brands were irritating the hell out of my sensitive underarms. Then came the parabens and breast cancer scares (not to mention the stronger paraben and hormonal disruptor links), and I started to look more into what was actually in my deodorant. Regardless of where you stand on the parabens, or aluminium debate, I think it's just sensible to try to understand what you're applying to yourself on a daily basis.
What I like the most about natural deodorants is that they allow the skin to breathe, and to get on with doing its job of expelling ordinary toxins from your body. Natural deodorants aren't antiperspirants; they won't block up your glands or pores to stop sweat coming through, but they will get rid of the bacteria that causes body odour, which is why I use a deodorant in the first place. So I've been trialling these three natural roll on deodorants over the past few months to give you an idea of what's available if you're looking at making the switch and trying one for yourself.
Best Luxury Deodorant: Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant* (50ml, £12.25, link)
Luxury might not be something that you automatically look for in a deodorant, but if you do want something extra special and pampering (and love rose scents!), this is the one for you. The glass packaging may not be exactly travel-friendly, but for home use, I've really enjoyed using this. The formula is very gentle on my sensitive skin thanks to the blend of Jojoba Oil and Rosewater, whilst Rose Essential Oil offers a delicate floral fragrance, and Alchemilla Essence helps to regulate normal perspiration. Keeps me smelling like a rose garden all day!
Best Unisex All Rounder: Eco by Sonya Coconut Deodorant* (60ml, £15.25, link)
I love anything coconut so of course a Coconut based deodorant instantly appealed to me. This all natural deodorant contains 87% certified organic ingredients, and uses Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Witch Hazel and Lavender, as well as Coconut, to provide long lasting freshness. Again, the formula is very gentle and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and I feel that the light Coconut fragrance can appeal to anyone as it's a nice, clean, fresh scent.
Best For Active / Busy People: Mádara Bio Active Deodorant* (50ml, £10, link)
Whilst the two deodorants above smelt great and kept the BO at bay, I did find that I needed to re-apply both of them if I was having a busy day, or after doing exercise. If you're looking for a stronger, more powerful deodorant, Mádara's Bio Active Deodorant is one of the best performing natural deodorants that I've tried to date. It has more of an antibacterial formula made from plant extracts, to specifically target the bacteria that causes body odour, and eliminates it quickly. It also kept me fresher for much longer than the previous two, and it didn't need to be re-applied as often. The scent is a little sweet and floral as it contains Palm Rose Essential Oil which may not suit everyone's tastes, but overall this is the best one for those hectic days when you're running around everywhere.
All of the above are available from lovelula.com
Do you use a natural deodorant?