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What are Natural Deodorants? Benefits and Key Ingredients

For many, the daily use of deodorant is a natural part of our morning routine. But because we are constantly discovering what we are putting into our bodies, the shift towards natural deodorants is gaining momentum. Natural deodorants offer an alternative to conventional antiperspirants that contain harsh chemicals and aluminum. 

This blog delves into the world of natural deodorants, giving you the knowledge to navigate labels, identify key ingredients, and choose the product that works best for you, all while keeping sustainability in mind.

Understanding Natural Deodorants

Unlike antiperspirants, which block sweat glands to prevent moisture loss, natural deodorants keep your body from naturally sweating. This is important because sweat plays an important role in body temperature regulating and detoxifying. Even you can consider natural deodorants for men and women both. They work best for all. 

Natural deodorants work by:  

  • Neutralizing odor-causing bacteria:

    These bacteria thrive in a humid environment and destroy sweat, producing an unpleasant odor. Products like baking soda, arrowroot powder, shea butter and coconut oil have natural deo sticks, which help keep these bacteria at bay and help you feel fresh. 
  • Absorbs moisture:

    Sweat by itself can’t smell, but it’s when it mixes with bacteria on the skin that body odor develops. Generally, ingredients such as cornstarch, clay  and tapioca starch contain natural deodorizing properties, which help absorb excess moisture, creating a less favorable environment for bacteria. 
  • Create a pleasant scent:

    Many natural deo stick cleansers use essential oils such as lavender, rose, lemongrass or tea tree oil to add a natural, refreshing scent.

Reading Deodorant Labels Like a Pro

While the term "natural" may seem straightforward, it can be difficult to navigate deodorant labels. Here are some key points to remember: 

  • "Natural" isn't always black and white:

    There is no universal definition of "natural" in the beauty industry. Look for certifications from organizations like USDA Organic, which have strict guidelines on what can be labeled as such. Be a mindful consumer, and read labels on the back of the product for good skin health. 
  • Beware of "smell":

    This catch-all word can hide a lot of synthetic chemicals. If the ingredients contain a lot of fragrance, it is best to avoid that product. 
  • Know your friend from your enemy:

    Become familiar with common harmful natural products. We will examine these in more detail in the following sections.

Common Ingredients in Natural Deodorants

There are a variety of effective and gentle ingredients available in natural deodorants. Here are some of the key players. 

  • Baking soda:

    Being alkaline in nature, it acts as a natural disinfectant and deodorizing agent. However, some people with sensitive skin can experience irritation. 
  • Arrowroot Powder:

    Soft absorbent starch that does not clog pores. 
  • Coconut oil: 

    A natural moisturizer with some antibacterial properties. It also acts as a base/carrier ingredient for other ingredients to blend into a smooth texture.
  • Shea butter:

    Soothes and hydrates skin. It is used for its moisturizing effect and smooth texture. 
  • Zinc Ricinoleate:

    Derived from castor oil, it is gentler than baking soda by neutralizing the odor. 
  • Essential oils: H3
    These provide a natural fragrance and can have other benefits such as antibacterial tea tree oil, calming lavender oil. But make sure you choose the right essential oils to use on yourself and do a patch test first, especially if you have sensitive skin. You can check the range of natural deodorants for men and women by The Bare Bar. Infused with natural ingredients, they are safe and gentle on the skin.

Avoid Harmful Ingredients

While natural deodorants are a step in the right direction, it’s important to know what ingredients you want to avoid: 

  • Aluminum:

    A common ingredient in antiperspirants that block sweat glands from forming on the surface of the pores. It disrupts the natural process of the body to flush out the toxins. 
  • Parabens:

    Surfactants that can disrupt hormones. Long-term use can affect the reproductive organs due to hormonal imbalances, even it lead to skin irritations. 
  • Propylene glycol:

    A chemical that can irritate the skin. 
  • Phthalates:

    Endocrine disruptors that can interfere with hormone function.

Therefore, it is best to consider going natural and using products that not only come with an amazing aroma but are also beneficial for your body. From best in fragrance to using top-notch ingredients, The Bare Bar has raised the bar in creating chemical-free deodorants. From lavender patchouli to sandalwood ylang-ylang deo sticks, they have everything suitable for everyone's taste and preference. 

Testing and Sensitivity: Find Your Perfect Match

It is important to remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently. Natural ingredients can also irritate some people, especially for sensitive skin. Here are some tips for trying a new deodorant:

  • Patch Test: 

    Apply a small amount of deodorant to your inner arm and wait 24 hours to see if it becomes red or itchy.
  • Start Slow: 

    Start by using a natural deo stick every other day or a few times a week to allow your body to adjust. 
  • Listen to your body:

    If you experience any irritation, stop using it and try other natural deodorants.

Sustainable Packaging

Many natural deodorants are committed to sustainability. Look for packaging in recyclable materials like paper or aluminum instead of plastic. In addition, some odor removers come in compostable paper containers, which are a great way to reduce waste. With all products packaged in eco-friendly packaging, The Bare Bar is one of the first Clean Beauty brands, that is committed to both giving the best quality to consumers to equally considering the environment. They offer a wide variety of natural deodorants for men and women. Choose better, choose safe. 


By following these tips, you can enter the world of natural deodorants with confidence. Remember that choosing a natural deodorant is an investment in your health and the environment. With a little research and exploration, you’ll find the perfect product that will make you feel fresh and confident while embracing a more natural approach to the underarm's care.