The best natural deodorants that really work in the UK

As a user of natural deodorants myself, I thought it was about time I did a more comprehensive assessment of the “natural” deodorant offerings currently available in the UK. Apologies if I’ve missed any important ones, but I have tried to be even-handed by drawing from several online UK digital sources, all honest and unbiased*.

In a nutshell, natural deodorants are a tricky one. In theory there’s nothing that’s not good, especially if you’re looking to move to a more natural daily beauty and skincare routine. In practice though, they can be a bit of a let down, forcing users to sacrifice efficacy, confidence and reliability for their ethical principles.

In the past plenty of people tempted by natural deodorants have thus far avoided making the switch, thanks to the notorious transition period and the ultimate disappointment of a product that doesn’t achieve the high levels of deodorising delivered by high street brands without the “natural” accreditation.

A key difference between natural formulas and standard drugstore antiperspirants is the use of aluminium. The aluminium salts in regular deodorants and antiperspirants help to plug sweat glands and prevent perspiration altogether. This is not a good thing; sweating is a natural bodily function that is essential for flushing out toxins and regulating body temperature, so anything that inhibits these processes is by nature unhealthy.

Another alternative, of course, is to go without any kind of deodorant whatsoever, but the odours that can occur through perspiration can be uncomfortable and embarrassing whatever the motivation.

Since natural deodorants don’t contain aluminium, they won’t make you sweat less. Instead they work by neutralising the smell. Sweat itself doesn’t smell, it’s the bacteria that grows on perspiration that creates body odour.

So here we are, a selection of some of the UK’s best natural deodorants and how they score. I have included a key 1-10 for how effective they are, V for vegan, O for organic and + to +++++ for levels of only natural ingredients.