Making the switch to a natural deodorant
was tough for a sweaty gal like me. I only wear loose tops
(no tight tees, thanks), I always shower post-workout (even yoga
), and I begrudgingly ration my daily coffee
intake to avoid any excess wetness. It's a whole thing. So, just the idea
of swapping my trusty and time-tested brand name stick for an aluminum-free, natural deodorant alternative made me understandably nervous (and a little sticky TBH). But, since conventional antiperspirants and deodorants often contain some controversial ingredients (like aluminum-based compounds and parabens), I decided to play it safe and make the switch. Taking the natural route meant conducting a comprehensive hunt to find the most effective, natural option that would keep my sweaty self as dry and sweet-smelling for as long as possible.
Deodorant reduces bacteria on the skin's surface, while antiperspirant dissolves moisture and prevents additional sweating. Given the lack of natural antiperspirant alternatives out there, I tested only deodorants for this piece. I let my underarms fully detox
for almost a month (yes, also a thing) before trying out different brands that came highly rated and/or recommended. I wore each product for a full week, giving my body a completely deodorant-less transition day in between. Some worked well enough. Others definitely did not. Fortunately, I found one that I swear by, and I can confidently say that I'm never going back. Scroll on to learn exactly how each deodorant performed, where they rank on the sweatiest editor's sweat-o-meter, and which one effectively beat *all* the heat.