Have you been trawling the internet for unscented, natural and low waste or no waste deodorant options? I have!
Supermarket deodorant has not been a staple in my morning routine for a long time now. While body odour can be a cause of embarassment for a lot of people, for others it’s actually the synthetic fragrance that causes more issues.
I have never had a huge issue with excessive sweat so that isn’t my primary concern. That doesn’t mean I don’t experience body odour! People normally use fragrance because they want to smell nice, but it is also used to mask other scents. I would prefer to stop the body odour from forming, rather than stopping natural perspiration.
I’ve been using a roll-on one from Body Crystal. I personally find it works really well at minimizing odour, but I am interested in buying and creating less waste so I’ve been searching for some low or no waste deodorants. Coupled with my preference for more natural ingredients, I have found it can be difficult to find truly unscented deodorants.
Natural Deodorant Wish List
- Unscented formula – no essential oils or artificial fragrance
- My skin tolerates bicarb soda, but I’ll include bicarb free options
- Compostable, refillable or reusable packaging. At the very least I’m not including any plastic packaging
- No aluminium – aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum chloride, aluminum hydroxybromide or aluminum zirconium
Once I had my wishlist established, I found my next challenge. I have been checking each brand’s product page, only to find many of their deodorants are scented. So instead of continuing that, I thought I’d put together a comprehensive list to save you and me some time! Many of these brands do make scented versions, so if fragrance isn’t an issue for you they may have other options for you.
Read through the below list to see if there are any low waste/no waste deodorants that suit your needs. For a quick snapshot, have a peek at the tables below. Otherwise use the links to jump down to each individual brand to find more information.
Bi-Carb Soda Formulas
|Le Petit Lab||$16.95 AUD|
|No Pong||$6.95 AUD/$8.95 USD|
Bi-Carb Soda Free Formulas
|Will of Way||$17.75 CAD|
|Woohoo Body||$16.95 AUD|
|Meow Meow Tweet||$19.00 AUD/$14.00 USD|
|Viva La Body||$20.00 AUD|
|Bjork||$29.95 AUD/$19.85 USD|
Bi-Carb Soda Formulas
Le Petit Lab Fragrance Free Natural Deodorant / $16.95 AUD for 75g
Extra virgin coconut oil*, sodium bicarbonate, arrow-root*, organic beeswax.
*Recyclable glass jar packaging and aluminim lid. Not vegan. Made in Australia
Scents available: Lemongrass Zeste
No Pong / $6.95 AUD – $8.95 USD for 1.23oz – 35g
Coconut Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera/Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera, Shorea Robusta Resin, Glycine Soja (Soybean)
*Aluminium tub packaging. Vegan. Made in Australia
Available scents: Original, Low Fragrance, Spicy Chai and Secret Scenta
Bicarb Soda Free Formulas
Cleo+Coco Deodorant BAR Zero-Waste – Free To Be, Scent Free / $14.00 USD for 2oz – 57g
Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Carnuba Wax, Arrowroot Powder, Bentonite Clay, Activated Coconut Charcoal, Jojoba, Tocopherol, Non Gmo Soybean.
Scent free version packaged with a recyclable, reusable or compostable wax mold. Not vegan. Made in US.
Available scents: Lavender Vanilla, Basil Mint and Blue Tansy
Way of Will Natural Deodorant / $17.75 CAD for 2.65oz – 75g
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Magnesium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Solum Diatomeae (Diatomaceous Earth), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate
Plastic free packaging. Vegan. Made in Canada.
Available scents: Tea Tree & Pumpkin Seed, Lime & Black Spruce, Vanilla & Mint, Grapefruit & Pine (these versions are not in plastic free packaging)
Woohoo Body Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick Mellow / $16.95 AUD for 2.12oz – 60g
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tapioca Starch*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla) Wax, Magnesium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Kaolin, Triethyl Citrate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Activated Charcoal Powder.
*Certified Organic Ingredient
Biodegradable cardboard, but also available in a recyclable tinplate. Vegan. Made in Australia
Available scents: Wild, Urban, Surf, Tux, Tango
Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream / $19.00 AUD – $14.00 USD for 2.4oz – 68g
*manihot esculenta (arrowroot) powder, magnesium hydroxide, *+cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *+butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
*certified organic / +fair trade
Glass jar packaging, aluminium lid. Other versions in cardboard tubes. Vegan. Made in US.
Available scents: Grapefruit, Lavender, Tea Tree
Viva La Body Natural Deodorant Sensitive / $20.00 AUD for 65g
Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Tapioca Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (from Coconut), Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba Oil), Bran Wax (Rice Bran Wax).
*Compostable packaging. Vegan. Made in Australia
Available Scents: Cinnamon Patchouli, Cedarwood Rose, Lemongrass Basil, Patchouli Rose, Lavender Fresh
Bai-li Natural Deodorant / $15.00 USD for 2.5oz
Coconut Oil*, sheabutter*, arrowroot starch*, magnesium hydroxide, candelilla wax, essential oils, jojoba oil* and shelf stable probiotics.
*certified organic, essential oils used for scented versions
*Container made of paperboard. Vegan. Made in US.
Available scents: Lavender+Peppermint, Eucalytus+Rosemary, Lemon+Bergamot and Cederwood+Sweet Orange
Biork Crystal Deodorant / $29.95 AUD – $19.85 USD for 120g
Potassium alum crystal
Cork casing. Vegan. Made in Switzerland
Good + Clean Ternifolia Deodorant Crème / $22.00 AUD for 2.5oz – 70g
Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Hydroxide, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Diatomaceous Earth, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Glycerine (Palm-free), Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax.
Tin case. Vegan. Made in Australia
Available scents: Piperita (Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle & Tea Tree), Santalum (Sandalwood, Buddha wood & Rosewood, Nerolina (Nerolina, Honey Myrtle, Rose & Jasmine)
That’s it for my list of natural, aluminium free and low waste deodorants! I’m also testing a few of these brands (on myself and my willing fiancé), so I’ll be able to let you know if they’re effective .