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$18 BILLION DEODORANT INDUSTRY IS FACING A SHIFT TOWARDS NATURAL FORMULATIONS


Consumers are becoming more aware of harmful chemicals used in mainstream antiperspirants and deodorants. The demand for healthier Aluminum-free alternatives is met with over 200 natural deodorants that exist on the market today. However, many of these deodorant brands use misleading marketing - removing Aluminum and few other toxic ingredients doesn’t really make deodorant natural.


There are around 30 brands worldwide that specialize in natural deodorants that actually work. These companies don’t use harmful chemicals in their formulations, and instead create effective deodorants from natural and organic ingredients. More than that, they don't use plastic packaging, therefore reducing environmental impact and the overwhelming plastic waste caused by the deodorant industry. Whereas, mass-market deodorants contribute to 120 billion units of non-recyclable personal-care waste each year.


Below is a simple break down of plastic-free natural and organic deodorant brands by origin, covering their formulations, scents, prices, packaging, etc.



NORTH AMERICA


LITTLE SEED FARM


Established: 2012 Tennessee, USA

Brand Range: Body-care (20+ items) Deodorant: Cream, Baking Soda Free Scents: 7 (Activated Charcoal, Cucumber, Grapefruit Lemon, Jasmine Green Tea, Lavender, Rosemary Patchouli, Unscented) Price: US$ 11.99 (2.4oz/68g) Shipping: US free on orders above US$ 75 Claims: cruelty-free no: aluminum, gluten, synthetics, fragrances, GMO, toxins, parabens. Leaping Bunny Certified Packaging: glass jars, metal lids Manufacturing: made in Tennessee, USA from natural and organic ingredients. Solar powered farm Giving back: donates to Breast Cancer Research Foundation



ORGANIC ESSENCE


Established: 2006 California, USA

Brand Range: USDA Certified Organic body-care (8+ products)

Deodorant: stick soda-based

Scents: 4 (Lavender, Wood Spice, Lemon Tea Tree Mint, Natural)

Price: US$ 14.50 (2.2oz / 62g)

Shipping: Free shipping to US on orders above US$ 75

Claims: cruelty-free, USDA Certified Organic. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, phthalate, gluten, hexane, fragrances or undisclosed ingredients.

Packaging: 100% FSC Certified Post Consumer Waste (PCW) paper, without petrochemical adhesives. The packaging is fully recyclable with household paper and garden compostable.

Awards: Green Ribbon Award. Sustainability Beauty Award. Green Packy Award. Du Pont Packaging Award. NEXTY Editor Choice Award

Manufacturing: made in USA from USDA certified organic ingredients

Giving back: supporting “Breaking Free From Plastic” participated in coastal cleanup. Sponsored the Homeward Bound 2019 Team USA Antarctica expedition of 100 women in STEM for research on global warming. Sponsored Alguita ship research expedition to Pacific Garbage Patch.



MEOW MEOW TWEET


Established: 2010, USA

Brand Range: body/hair-care (20+ items)

Deodorant: stick, solid with/without soda

Scents: 6 (Grapefruit, Rose Geranium, Cedar Spruce, Lavender, Lavender Bergamot, Eucalyptus Lemon)

Price: Stick: US$ 14 (1.8oz/50g), Jar: US$ 14 (2.4oz/68g), US$ 45 (9.4oz/265g)

Shipping: US $5, free on orders above $45, Canada $15

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, parabens,synthetics,gluten,GMO, palm oil

Packaging: glass jar, recycled paper tube

Manufacturing: made in the USA, from natural and organic ingredients

Giving back: supporting 20+ organizations (Earthjustice, The Ocean Cleanup, etc)



FAT AND THE MOON


Established: 2013 California, USA

Brand Range: cosmetics and body-care (30+ products)

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 1 (Neutral)

Price: US$ 12 (56g/2oz), US$ 32 (170g/6oz), US$ 5 (14g/1/2oz)

Shipping: free to US on orders $75

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: glass jar & metal lid, metal tin

Manufacturing: made in USA, from organic and natural ingredients

Giving back: Supporting variety of causes, including donating a percentage of sales to Amazon Front Lines


NO PONG


Established: 2018, Canada

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 2 (Original, Bicarb Free)

Price: CA$ 8.95 (35g/1.2oz) with soda. CA$ 9.95 (35g/1.2oz) without soda

Shipping: free shipping in Canada

Claims: cruelty-free. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO. 100% pure essential oils Certified Organic by the ACO

Packaging: tinplate jars

Manufacturing: made in Canada, from food or pharmaceutical grade natural locally sourced ingredients

Giving back: donating to variety of organizations



LAVAMI


Established: 2015 Calgary, Canada

Brand Range: 10+ body/hair care

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 4 (Breeze, Spring, Aspen, Lemongrass)

Price: CA$ 18 (50g / 1.6oz)

Shipping: Can/US $12, Europe $25, rest of the world $25-35

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, endocrine disruptors

Packaging: glass jars metal lids

Manufacturing: made in Calgary, Canada, from locally sourced natural ingredients

Giving back: donating to local charities throughout the year. Setting up a program with a plastic recycling facility



NATURAL VEGAN


Established: 2017 Vancouver, Canada

Brand Range: body care (5+ products)

Deodorant: stick soda-based

Scents: 1 (Neutral)

Price: $ 12 (35g / 1.2oz)

Shipping: worldwide $10

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, endocrine, palm oil, sulfate, silicone, gluten

Packaging: Biodegradable paper tube

Manufacturing: handmade in Michigan, USA from food-grade natural ingredients




EUROPE


NATURLIG DEO


Established: 2015, Sweden

Brand Range: deodorants and foot deo cream. Also has online store of zero waste products and accessories

Deodorant: cream soda-based

Scents: 4 (Grapefruit, Lavender, Coconut, Unscented)

Price: SEK 79 ~ 7€ (15ml /0.5oz), SEK 159 ~ €15 (60ml / 2 oz)

Shipping: Sweden 49 SEK ~ €4.5, 69 SEK ~ €6.5-9 to Europe

Claims: organic, cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, alcohol, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: glass jars, metal lids

Manufacturing: made in Norsjö, Sweden from natural and organic ingredients



ENERGYBALANCE


Established: 2006, Switzerland

Brand Range: Biork deo, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care (20+products)

Deodorant: potassium crystal

Scents: 1 (Neutral)

Price: €13,90 (120g / 4.2oz)

Shipping: €7 Switzerland and Europe

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan, hypo-allergenic no: aluminum chloride, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, fragrances. Contains natural Aluminum (alum), not aluminum chloride.

Packaging: Recyclable cork base & lid

Manufacturing: made in EU, by controlled and certified cultivation. TrueNat Certified, Flustix no-plastic Certified.

Giving back: Cork Oak helps to preserve one of the most biologically diverse habitats in Portugal. Cork Oak bark is removed without harming the tree. A cork oak's bark is harvested regularly and creates more than 3 times as much CO2 as an unused cork oak.



WE LOVE THE PLANET


Established: 2015, Netherlands

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: with/without baking soda

Scents: 6 (Forever Fresh, Lovely Lavender, Sweet Serenity, Original Orange, Mighty Mint, So Sensitive)

Price: €11,95 Tube (65g /2.2oz) or Tin (48g /1.7oz). €12,95 - So Sensitive

Shipping: Germany €4, Europe €10-15

Claims: cruelty-free, Eco Control Certified, Natural Cosmetic Standard (NCS) Certified. no: aluminum, synthetics

Packaging: metal tin or recycled cardboard tube

Manufacturing: made in Netherlands, from natural and organic ingredients



WARRIOR BOTANICALS


Established: 2016 West Cork, Ireland

Brand Offering: body care (20+products)

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 3 Rosemary & Cedarwood, Lavender & Geranium & Eucalyptus, Coconut & Vanilla & Clove 6 scents - 3 with soda, 3 with magnesium (Rose, Cardamom, Vanilla/ Grapefruit, Geranium, Green tea/ Winter Spice)

Price: Soda-based: € 7.50 (30ml / 1) €12.50 (70ml /2.3oz). Magnesium-based €8.50 (30ml / 1), €14 (70ml /2.3oz)

Shipping: free shipping on orders above €50, worldwide €5+

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: recyclable metal jars

Manufacturing: hand-made in West Cork, Ireland from locally sourced organic food-grade ingredients

Giving back: seasonal donations to a variety of organizations



BEN & ANNA


Established: 2016 Berlin, Germany

Brand Range: deodorants, dental care (5+ products)

Deodorant: stick with/without soda

Scents: 7 (Pink Grapefruit, Indian Mandarine, Persian Lime, Vanilla Orchid, Provence, Nordic Timber, Pure. 3 Sensitive: Japanese Cherry Blossom, Lemon & Lime, Highland Breeze)

Price: € 8 (60g / 2.1oz). €9 without soda (60g / 2.1oz)

Shipping: local €3.50 or free on orders above €20, worldwide €10

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan, Eco Control Certified. no: aluminum, PEG, paraben, phthalate. Certified natural cosmetics

Packaging: FCS certified paper tube

Manufacturing: made in Germany, from natural quality ingredients

Giving back: supports One Earth – One Ocean e.V. ocean clean-up organization



LAMAZUNA


Established: 2010, FRANCE

Brand Range: body-care & accessories (15+ products)

Deodorants: solid soda-based

Scents: 1 (Neutral)

Price: € 9,90 (30g / 1oz)

Shipping: free locally. EU €8, worldwide €10

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, parabens, toxic chemical COSMOS Certified, Cruelty Free & Vegan PETA certified, Slow Cosmetics award

Packaging: paper box

Manufacturing: hand-made in France, from 100% natural quality ingredients

Giving back: donates 2% of sales to reforestation. Waste collection initiatives



Les Petits Prödiges


Established: 2017, France

Brand Range: deodorants and multi-purpose balms

Deodorant: stick soda-based

Scents: 3 (Cotton Flower, Lemon & Bergamot, Charcoal & Eucalyptus)

Price: € 12,95 (65g / 2.3oz)

Shipping: local is €3, or free on orders above €50 (Metropolitan France), rest of the wold depends on weight €10+

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: biodegradable cardboard tube

Manufacturing: made in Nice, French Riviera, from 100% from natural ingredients



Bélice


Established: 2013, France

Brand Range: body/hair care (5+ products)

Deodorant: solid soda-based

Scents: 3 (Fruit Delight, Marquesas Islands, Summer Morning)

Price: € 5.20 (38g/1.3oz)

Shipping: free to France on above €40, or €6,60. Belgium, UK, Switzerland €11

Claims: cruelty-free, organic. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, preservatives, alcohol, palm oil

Packaging: fully compostable boxes

Manufacturing: hand-made near Bordeaux, France from 100% natural ingredients. COSMOS organic certified, Nature&Progrès certified



United Kingdom


SCENCE


Established: 2018, United Kingdom

Brand Range: body-care (5+ products)

Deodorant: stick

Scents: 7 (Cedar Fresh, Clary Sage, Cool Rose, Earth Spice, Juniper Berry, Summer Citrus, Natural)

Price: £12 (75g / 2.64oz)

Shipping: UK for £2.50, free shipping on orders over £30. Europe and overseas £6+

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, soda

Packaging: compostable paper tubes

Manufacturing: made in Cornwall, UK. handmade from and organic natural ingredients. Factory is solar powered

Giving back: regularly supports eco-friendly and sustainable organizations: student led campaigns and collaborated on plastic free and environmental projects, Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union at Penryn Campus.



YOUR NATURE


Established: 2018, United Kingdom

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: stick soda-based

Scents: 6 (Lemongrass & Tea Tree, Sandalwood & Bergamot, Lavender & Bergamot, Cedarwood & Grapefruit, Lemon & May Chang, Unscented)

Price: £7.95 (70g / 2.46oz)

Shipping: UK free shipping on orders over £30. Shipping only to UK and Europe

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, carcinogens

Packaging: recycled paper tubes

Manufacturing: hand-made in Bristol, UK, from natural ingredients



Australia


The Physic Garden


Established: 2016 Melbourne, Australia

Brand Range: deodorants, balms, bath soaks (10+ products)

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 3 (Lavender & Geranium, Lemon Myrtle, Bi-Carb Free)

Price: AU$ 14.95 (60g/2.1oz)

Shipping: AU only $6-8

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, petroleum, parabens, alcohol, triclosan, propylene glycol, talk

Packaging: tin jars, glass jars & metal lids

Manufacturing: hand-made in Australia, from naturopathically formulated natural ingredients

Giving back: proceeds from the sales go towards creating a real-life Physic Garden in Victoria, Australia. Partnering with "trees for the Future" planting a tree for every order in Sub-Saharan Africa.



NOOSA BASICS


Established: 2014 Noosa, Australia

Brand range: body-care (10+ products)

Deodorant: cream soda-based

Scents: 5 (Coconut, Coconut &Vanilla, Lemon Myrle, Rose & Frankincense, Sandalwood)

Price: AU$ 13,95 (50g / 1.76oz)

Shipping: local AU$7.50 or free on orders above AU$70, $20 worldwide

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, paraben, gluten, fragrances

Packaging: metal tins

Manufacturing: hand-made in Australia, from certified organic ingredients




NO PONG


Established: 2015, Australia

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: cream with/without soda

Scents: 2 (Original, Bicarb Free)

Price: AU$ 5,95 (35g/1.2oz) with soda.

AU$ 6,95 (35g/1.2oz) without soda

Shipping: local AU$3, worldwide $8+

Claims: cruelty-free. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO. 100% pure essential oils Certified Organic by the ACO

Packaging: tinplate jars

Manufacturing: made in Australia, from food or pharmaceutical grade natural locally sourced ingredients

Giving back: donating to variety of organizations



New Zealand


ETHIQUE


Established: 2012 Christchurch, New Zealand

Brand Range: body/hair care (10+ products) Deodorant: solid Scents: 3 (Botanica: Lavender & Vanilla, Rustic: Lime, Cedarwood & Eucalyptus, Sans:Unscented) Price: NZ$20 (70g/2.4oz) NZ$6 (15g/0.5oz) Shipping: free on orders $60 Claims: cruelty-free, vegan no: aluminium, baking soda, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens, palm oil

Cruelty-free and Vegan certified by Peta. Palm oil-free certified by The Orangutan Alliance. Certified compostable packaging, B Corp. Packaging: certified compostable paper packaging Manufacturing: made in New Zealand, from biodegradable, sustainable, naturally-derived, fairly traded ingredients Giving back: donates 20% from profit to charities (animal welfare, environmental groups), including partnerships with HUHA, World Animal Protection, International Animal Rescue, The Orangutan Protect, Australian Zoo Wildlife Warriors.


BEE FRESH


Established: 2017 North Canterbury, New Zealand

Brand Range: deodorant and lip balm

Deodorant: stick soda-based

Scents: 1 (Citrus)

Price: NZ$ 18.50 (60g/2.1oz)

Shipping: NZ$ 4.80. AU$ $9. Varies worldwide

Claims: cruelty-free. no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: compostable cardboard tubes

Manufacturing: made in New Zealand from natural ingredients





Asia


ZERO YET 100


Established: 2017, Hong Kong

Brand Range: body care (11+products)

Deodorant: spray, cream, stick, with/without soda

Scents: 4 (Woods, Spa, Refresh, No Fragrance)

Price: Spray: HK$168~US$21 (100ml/3.3oz), Stick: $148~US$18 (50g/1.7g) Cream: $128~US$16 (60g/2.1oz)

Shipping: Free shipping on orders above HK$200~US$25, or HK$40 ~ US$5 to Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia. Rest of the world free shipping on orders above HK$400~US$50 or HK$100~US$12

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan no: aluminum, synthetics, GMO, toxic chemicals, parabens

Packaging: aluminium pots, aluminium bottles, glass jars, recycled cardboard tube. wooden spatulas for cream deodorants. ALL labels are free of any lamination which makes it 100% paper. Every purchase comes with drawstring cotton bag

Manufacturing: handmade in Hong Kong, from natural ingredients

Giving back: plastic stick deodorants are taken back to get cleaned and filled with melted wax crayons for donation to the Box of Hope charity



COCONUT MATTER


Established: 2015, Hong Kong

Brand Range: body-care & beauty (8+ products)

Deodorant: stick

Scents: 5 (Spring, Hero, Zen, Bliss, Unscented)

Price: HK$ 120~US$18 (1oz/30g)

Shipping: Free worldwide shipping on orders above US$ 50

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aqua, Aluminium, Baking Soda, Paraben, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Toxins, Fragrance, Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Talc

Packaging: paper tubes

Manufacturing: handmade in Hong Kong. COSMOS Standards natural ingredients. Coconuts from Solomon Islands

Giving back: supporting Solomon Island community with fair trade employment



REFILLABLE DEODORANTS


There are few companies that are reducing plastic deodorant waste with their innovative refillable system. Their deodorant packaging is not plastic free, but they aim to reduce single-use plastic deodorant waste by 60%.

The refillable system works on subscription basis (that could be cancelled at any time). On the first order the customer would get the deodorant container for free, and just has to pay for the refillable pods.

BY HUMANKIND


Established: 2019, USA

Brand Range: deo, shampoo, mouthwash

Deodorant: stick/refills soda-based

Scents: 2 (Unscented, Eucalyptus)

Price: Refill $14.95 with subscription (42g/1.49oz), deodorant container is free

Shipping: only USA. free shipping

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, paraben, phthalate, gluten, GMO

Packaging: Plastic container with plastic refill pods

Manufacturing: made in the USA, from natural plant/mineral based ingredients

Giving back: $1 of every first container purchase goes towards cleaning our oceans. Donates to The Ocean Cleanup



MYRO


Established: 2018 New York, USA

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: stick/refills

Scents: 6 (Solar Flare, Big Dipper, Chill Wave, Pillow Talk, Cabin #5, Open Air)

Price: Refill $10 with subscription (56g / 2oz), deodorant container is free

Shipping: only USA. free shipping

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: aluminum, paraben, gluten, soy, mineral oil, baking soda, synthetic fragrance

Packaging: Plastic container with plastic refill pods

Manufacturing: made in the USA, from 99% natural and plant based ingredients




HELMM


Established: 2017 New York, USA

Brand Range: only deodorants

Deodorant: stick/refills, antiperspirant or natural formula

Scents: 4 (Trailblazer, Coastline, Hudson, Night Market)

Price: Container: $30-45. Refill $12 with subscription (70g / 2.5oz)

Shipping: only USA. free shipping

Claims: cruelty-free, vegan. no: paraben, phthalate, talc, sulfate, triclosan, gluten, aluminum-free-natural formula

Packaging: Zinc container with leather strap. Refillable polypropylene and polyethylene refill pods

Manufacturing: made in the USA. from 99% natural and plant based ingredients



*Please note that supporting local brands reduces carbon footprint and CO2 emissions of shipping. Choose to shop locally and support zero waste deodorant brands based in your country or continent.


Behind the scenes of deodorant industry


Body odor is caused by the multiplication and decay of bacteria that are found in sweat glands. Most sweat is odorless, but contains fatty acids and proteins that interact with the bacteria on the skin and release odor. Antiperspirants contain Aluminum, which prevents precipitation by artificially clogging sweat glands. Differently from deodorants that neutralize or mask body odor, while keeping sweat glands open. Antiperspirants don’t fully stop precipitation, since body might adapt and find a way to unplug the glands, or produce more sweat in the body’s other glands.

Main harmful ingredients used in mass-market deodorants:

Aluminum: prevents sweating, clogs pores, has been linked to Alzheimers, and breast cancer

Paraben: disrupts the natural balance of the body’s endocrine system

Triclosan: endocrine system and hormone disrupter

Propylene Glycol and Propanediol: toxic bacteria-fighting agent

Synthetic Fragrance: formulated out of numerous unregulated and undisclosed ingredients, could contain toxic and harmful chemicals

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Natural effective ingredients used in natural and organic deodorants:

Coconut Oil: contains lauric acid, which successfully eliminates odor-causing bacteria

Zinc Oxide: neutralizes odor by converting smelly, short fatty acids released by bacteria when they feast on your sweat into odorless zinc salts. In fact, the same study found zinc oxide to be three times more effective at this process than aluminum chlorohydrate

Baking Soda: is very effective for eliminating acidic odor-causing bacteria, due to its ability to neutralize and raise pH level.


Invention and marketing of deodorants

Sweat glands were discovered in the late 18th century, and the link between underarm perspiration and body odor understood. The first ever antiperspirant - Everdry was brought to market in 1903. However, this body-care innovation wasn’t successful due to lack of user experience and effectiveness. Another brand Odorono (Odor? Oh no!) Aluminum-based antiperspirant, also struggled with sales due to consumers not believing that they had sweat problems. In 1919 a marketing campaign changed the perception of deodorants by convincing women of their body odor and that not wearing a deodorant meant risking loosing a man. As a result, Odorono reached $1 million in sales by 1927.

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