Everything You Need To Know About Natural Deodorant

Making the switch too natural deodorants

If you’re thinking about making the switch to natural health, home and beauty products – don’t neglect your underarms and try natural deodorant.

The delicate skin under our arms is one of the most direct paths into our lymphatic system, which is the body’s main defence against infection and one of the ways in which we release toxins. With this in mind, it’s worth keeping harsh chemicals away from the armpits and switching to natural deodorant.

Whether it’s for your skin, your overall health or part of a natural product overhaul now is the time to make the switch to a natural deodorant.

What is Natural Deodorant?

Put simply, natural deodorant is deodorant that is free from harsh chemicals such as aluminium and other potential toxins and is, instead, made from natural ingredients.

Most mainstream deodorants will “block” the pores and sweat glands under the arms to prevent perspiration, while natural deodorants will allow your skin to breathe. Where many mainstream deodorants contain heavy metals, just like aluminium, to block those pores, natural deodorants are free from metal as this can create a buildup on the skin (and in the body!) and cause a bacterial imbalance.

What we love most about natural deodorants is that most of the natural, botanical ingredients you’ll find in them actually contain several benefits for the skin, beyond just masking an odour! The skin beneath our arms is so delicate, so a great natural deodorant formula will allow you to really care for that skin while safely erasing the scent of sweat.

make the switch to natural deodorants

What Are The Benefits of Switching to Natural Deodorant?

The major benefit of switching to a natural deodorant is that they actually work quite differently to mainstream deodorants- the primary function of many mainstream deodorants is to block the sweat glands, which is not the case with a natural deodorant.

Many popular, traditional deodorants function as an antiperspirant, formulated with ingredients like aluminium to physically stop you from sweating. The issue here is that sweating is actually our body’s way of detoxifying itself- so not only are you preventing your body from expelling toxins, you’re loading on more!

A natural deodorant won’t obstruct your body’s natural detoxing process. A natural deodorant will still allow you to sweat and rely on natural antibacterial agents to kill off odour-causing bacteria. The result? Underarms that can function at their healthiest, without any off-putting scents!

How to Switch to Natural Deodorant

The process of switching from mainstream to natural deodorant does require a little bit of an armpit detox – which sounds far scarier than it is. Trust us!

The process begins with an armpit detox, which involves applying a clay mask to your underarms for 10 minutes per day, for one week. This will work to draw impurities out from your armpits, making the transition to a natural deodorant far easier as well as improving the overall health and function of your underarms. The next step is to find a natural deodorant that works for you- and we’re here to help.

You can read more about making the switch here.

Which Natural Deodorants Actually Work?

One of Nourished Life’s consistent best-sellers, across all categories, is the Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste. This paste contains a blend of natural ingredients including Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate and Organic Coconut Oil to absorb moisture and neutralise odour. It’s known to out-perform even the most popular mainstream deodorant brands.

No Pong Natural Deodorant

Also in paste form, the No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant is a beautiful natural alternative to traditional deodorant. The natural ingredients in this formula work to create a water-resistant environment where odour producing bacteria physically cannot survive, leaving you with armpits the smell and feel fresh all day.

Those who prefer a stick deodorant will love the Andalou Botanical Deodorant in Rose Pomegranate, which contains antibacterial Coconut Oil, antioxidant-rich Alpine Rose, Apple and Grape Stem Cells, vegan probiotics, and Bicarbonate of Soda, all of which work to help neutralise odour for day-long freshness.

Andalou Natural Deodorant

If you have sensitive skin, we recommend opting for a bicarb-free deodorant formula as bicarb or baking soda is a common irritant. We love the Ethique Solid Deodorant in Botanica, which contains zinc oxide, magnesium hydroxide and spiny bamboo extract, which can absorb twice its own weight in moisture and oil.

Ethique Natural Deodorant

Find the perfect natural deodorant for you at Nourished Life.

Victoria Nash


Victoria is a guest contributor for Bondi Beauty, who writes about a variety of fitness, beauty and health topics. She is a freelance writer who works for a variety of different publications across Australia, as she loves having the flexibility to write for different brands about different subjects.

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