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On Our Radar 16 October 2020

5 Favourite Natural Deodorants That Will See You Through Summer

The cleaner way to beat the sweat

Antiperspirant is fast becoming a thing of the past with a new wave of natural deodorants flooding the market offering us an aluminium-free alternative to combat B.O.


Words By Eliza Sears

Megababe Daily Deodorant

The brainchild of body positive advocate and entrepreneur, Katie Sturino, Megababe was born out of Sturino’s frustration and desire to solve ‘taboo’ and uncomfortable problems we all face but that are often overlooked – boob sweat, thigh chafing (chub rub) and B.O.

Megababe’s chic, considered, non-toxic solutions are crafted to address these issues and make you feel fresh, comfortable and confident in your skin while working their magic.

Megababe’s Daily Deodorant, which comes in two fresh scents Rosy Pits and Sunny has a cult following of fresh-scented underarms (customers) singing the praises of the aluminium and baking soda free product.

And it’s no wonder why; the deodorant tackles the issue of body odour while nourishing the sensitive underarm area.

The stick deodorant includes a good dose of vitamin E, making it extra gentle on the skin as vitamin E is a natural anti-inflammatory helping to reduce razor burn and irritation caused by our day to day movements.

While sandalwood, horsetail plant and sage are used to prevent odour-causing bacteria from forming in the area.

Sturino’s brand has successfully expanded in recent years to include products that address all those little problems that make the day a little less enjoyable, here’s looking at you chub rub. Still, Megababe Daily Deodorant remains the hero product of the collection.

Megababe Daily Deodorant, US$14, Anthropologie

Kosas Chemistry Deodorant - Serene Clean

For the skincare lovers among us, Kosas Chemistry Deodorant – Serene Clean takes a scientific approach to keep your pits fresh with a cocktail of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) meaning you can show your pits the same love as your face.

AHAs are proven to lower the pH of your armpits, making them merely inhospitable to odour, causing bacteria. And like when used in your regular skincare routine, AHAs will brighten, hydrate and exfoliate your pits keeping ingrown hairs at bay.

The chemistry deodorants ingredients list is full of skincare goodness.

Antimicrobial Shikimic Acid helps stop odour, Mandelic Acid combats dullness and brightens the skin, Lactic Acid exfoliates and seals in moisture and fan favourite hyaluronic acid hydrates, softens and smoothes the skin.

The rollerball serum is lightweight, doesn’t leave any marks or residue and dries quickly, meaning you can get up and get on with your day no need to fan your pits before getting dressed.

Kosas Chemistry: AHA Serum Deodorant, $15, Free People

Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant

Skincare brand, Ursa Major takes a uniquely natural approach to their range with a focus on sustainable, conscious and all-inclusive products.

Taking it’s name from the largest visible constellation (the great bear) in the northern hemisphere which used by adventurers to find True North, the brand’s name and ethos are a constant reminder to step outside your comfort zone and find your true north.

As a Certified B Corp, Ursa Major is committed to making a positive impact on both people and the planet. This commitment keeps the company accountable through the entire production process from idea conception to end of life practices via full transparency and continued measurable improvements in their sustainable practices.

The team at Ursa Major believe skin is skin, and have created simple solutions, using plant-based active ingredients so you can spend less time on your skincare routine and more time exploring the great outdoors.

Hoppin’ Fresh deodorant uses hops to neutralise odour, aloe to soothe the skin, and a cooling blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary to keep you cool in even the stickiest of situations.

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant, $31, The Detox Market

Aesop Herbal Deodorant

Since it’s the establishment of Aesop in 1987, the Australian skin, body and hair care brand have offered customers effective, plant-based and laboratory-made products.

When it comes to personal care products, Aesop has kept things simple.

Their herbal deodorant is designed to perform two roles, prevent and mask underarm odour.

To do this, the team at Aesop use Zinc Ricinoleate as a critical ingredient. Zinc ricinoleate is an effective odour absorbing agent, derived from fatty acid in castor oil plant seeds it acts to trap odour molecules released when we sweat.

With equally calming and stimulating ingredients of lavender, rosemary, sage, eucalyptus and orange, combing to produce a neutral Herbaceous aroma, Aesop’s herbal deodorant is suitable for all.

It is important to note that the herbal deodorant is not an antiperspirant and will not inhibit your sweat production but rather ensure you smell fresh throughout the day.

Aesop Herbal Deodorant, $35, Adore Beauty

Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste

Keen to keep their products as nasty free as possible, Black Chicken Remedies avoided using hardeners, softeners and fillers in their Axilla Natural Deodorant by producing a paste rather than a roll-on.

The Axilla Natural Deodorant includes only the most natural ingredients; pure essential oils and botanical extracts, designed to neutralise odour without inhibiting your sweat production or ability to expel toxins through sweating.

Designed to last all day, there is no need to reapply the paste when things heat up, simply apply, dry and go.

The deodorant includes moisturising shea butter to keep your underarms in good nick, sodium bicarbonate to neutralise odours, tapioca starch and kaolin clay which act as moisture absorbents and coconut oil as an antibacterial agent and odour neutraliser.

Please note: some people may experience a reaction to sodium bicarbonate, so it is best to do a spot check before beginning use on the armpits and disconitine use if a reaction does occur.

Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste, $18.50, Oz Hair & Beauty