Everything You Need to Know About Switching to Natural Deodorant

difference between antiperspirant and deodorant
credit: Billie

All-natural deodorant has had a major PR transformation in the last couple of years.

What used to be considered exclusively for vegan hippies has now become chic with major beauty brands getting in on the trend. But is it worth the hype? Let’s deep-dive.

The Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant

First, an explanation of how typical antiperspirant works (think Secret, Dove, etc.). The antiperspirant you find at the drugstore contains aluminum, which combines with sweat to plug up your sweat glands. While these plugs do eventually dissolve, for most folks who use antiperspirant 24/7, their pores are consistently plugged up.

There’s a big debate as to whether or not blocking your pores is “bad for you.” So let’s clear up a few myths. No, aluminum deodorant can’t cause cancer. Yes, too much aluminum in your system can cause death but you’d have to use a lot of deodorant to make that happen. (Although, the FDA has insisted on putting warnings on standards deodorant labels). There are others who argue that constantly blocking you pores prevents your body from working naturally which is inherently bad but we don’t have much data to support that.

How Natural Deodorant Works

So what’s the deal with natural deodorants? There are a couple of different varieties on the market right now, some made of plant-based materials, some made of crystal. Rather than plugging your ducts, they just work to mask the odor. That means that yes, you will sweat, but you won’t smell like B.O.

How Natural Deodorant Changed My Life

So here’s where my personal two-cents comes in. I’ve made the switch to natural deodorant — twice, actually. The first time was without much research. I happened to get a free sample of Nourish Organic Fresh & Dry Deodorant in Almond Vanilla. It smelled amazing. I loved it. Well, for about a month. Then it felt like my body odor had attached itself to the deodorant stick and that was that.

And then, a couple of months ago, I found myself questioning my antiperspirant yet again. After trying Secret Clinical and Dove Dry Spray (both worked for a short time), I found myself sweatier and smellier than ever. After some research, I made the switch to Crystal Body Deodorant Stick. I don’t want to overhype this, but it literally changed my life. A lot of folks online claimed it took a month or so for their body to adjust (which included a period of extreme smelliness) but I was lucky enough to avoid this. I’ve never smelled better and I even feel like I sweat less (although I recognize this might be in my mind). The packaging is ugly AF but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

So is natural deodorant for you? If you’re willing to test a few out, I believe you can totally find the right one that matches well with your body chemistry. You might have to be willing to go through a transition period, but it will be well worth it.

Shop natural deodorant:


‘The Hills’ Lo Bosworth’s All-Natural Products Will Help Care For Your Vagina

Femestella may make a small commission if you buy something we link to on this page. All of the product picks are made independently of outside influences.

Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.