Natural Deodorants 101

These days, it’s common knowledge that conventional anti-persperant is straight poison. Ingredients like aluminium that effectively block your sweat are doing so at the expense of your health. Even conventional deodorants (without the sweat-blocking effect) are full of artificial, cancer-causing ingredients and scents. Your pores absorb what you put onto them, and your pits are one of the more porous and sensitive areas of your skin barrier.

It’s important to note that your body odour is an incredible tool to understand what is going on inside. Our sweat is a powerful channel for the body to self-detoxify (hence why blocking your pores with antiperspirant is so damaging), and the more you cleanse your insides, the less unpleasant your sweat will smell (for reals).

Ways to naturally reduce your body odour:

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  • eat organic

  • drink clean water (spring or properly filtered)

  • remove all artificial/ toxic products from your home (especially body care)

  • a seasonal detox

  • daily dry brushing

  • sauna a couple of times per week

  • regular exercise routine

  • chlorella tablets

  • a yearly water fast

Opt for a natural soap like  Living Libations  charcoal to use on your pits, but avoid scrubbing down your whole body every time you shower.

Opt for a natural soap like Living Libations charcoal to use on your pits, but avoid scrubbing down your whole body every time you shower.

When it comes to cleaning your body, avoid using harsh anti-bacterial soaps. Your skin has a micro biome (like your gut!) and these good bacteria are one of the main defences against odour and pathogens. Using harsh soaps (or too much soap in general) wipes out the good and the bad, and leaves your skin more vulnerable to infection and odour.

Natural Deodorants

So we’ve ditched the toxic deodorants, now what? Well, you have a few options. In the past, I used to DIY my own deodorant, and it does totally work- but honestly it’s not the best. You have two basic options when it comes to making your own, and I personally recommend going the shea butter route. Using coconut oil as your base is super easy but the texture kind-of blows and all in all I find the added shea helps make the application more pleasant. I’ve included both recipes below- but #realtalk, I suggest you just invest in a high quality, organic brand of natural deodorants and call it a day.

Many natural deodorants don’t work or smell weird, or leave your pits and clothes with white stains. These two brands below are THE ones. Either or and you’re in good hands. Primally Pure will give you the more conventional “deodorant stick” vibe, but their product is absolutely impeccable and will leave no stains (yes, even the charcoal!); or you can go Living Libations (you probably know how much I love the company but…) who are honestly the most divine skincare brand on the market. I’ll touch on your different options below as well.

primally pure

This company is doing big things in the world of natural body care. Their deodorants give you that regular deodorant feel (roll on stick) but are made with organic ingredients including grass-fed tallow, fair trade coconut oil, arrowroot powder, beeswax and essential oils. The scents are subtle but beautiful, and my favourite is without a doubt the charcoal (smells fresh like eucalyptus and peppermint), which is also a powerful antimicrobial. If you want a more feminine scent, opt for their new blue tansy. They also have geranium, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and unscented.

Living Libations

These less conventional-looking deodorants are indeed much more than a deodorant… they are more of a deodorant-perfume combo. Libations have two options, either their “Poetic Pits” roll-on line, or their “Underarm Charm” cream deodorants. Poetic Pits are made with elixir essential oils and have epic scents ranging from classic (sandalwood, douglas fir, and cardamom) to copal musk, lavender, rose, myrrh, ginger lily, neroli, palo santo, and more. The online reviews for these roll-ons speak for themselves; and nobody does natural scent combinations like Nadine Artemis. This option is much more of a statement, and many people actually use them interchangeably as perfume.

It can be difficult to commit to a scent without smelling it first but with Living Libations, you honestly can’t go wrong. If you want to play it safe, opt for the classic. But my favourites are the Sandalwood, Gingerlily, Copal musk, or Neroli. Your best bet honestly is to invest in a bundle (see middle image below), where Nadine has crafted combinations of four different scents you can use depending on your mood that day.

Although the Poetic Pit product is more expensive, it is very concentrated extracts and you use an incredibly small amount. The bottle will last you 6 months.

The Living Libations Underarm Charm is a creamy version with incredible scent combinations like maverick (sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, cardamon, cape chamomile, and muhuhu bark), rose glow, myrrh, copal musk, and petal. Between the two products it essentially comes down to preference, whether you want to roll on a liquid scent of dab your finger into the cream. The cream also acts like a gentle exfoliator, and the fact the scents are diluted with clay, cacao butter, etc, may also be a better option if you have really sensitive pits. If you use deodorant daily, a $10 pot of underarm charm will last you at least a month.

DIY deodorant

version 1: shea butter


  • 2 tablespoons organic shea butter

  • 1.5 tablespoons organic coconut oil

  • 1.5 tablespoons baking soda (aluminium free)

  • 2 tablespoons organic arrowroot powder

  • 5-10 drops of your preferred essential oil(s) - like tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, lavender, etc.


  1. Melt down the shea butter and coconut oil in a double broil until barely melted (you don’t need it to be completely liquid, just soft enough to mix in the dry ingredients).

  2. Remove from the heat and add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth

  3. Add in essential oils and mix well

  4. Store in an airtight jar, and let cool in the fridge to set the deodorant.

version 2: coconut oil


  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (aluminium free)

  • 2 tablespoons organic arrowroot powder

  • 5-10 drops of your preferred essential oil(s) - like tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, lavender, etc.


  1. If coconut oil is already soft, just mix all ingredients together. Otherwise soften in a double broiler first and then combine.

Note: the coconut oil recipe’s solidity will totally depend on the weather. Store in a jar that seals properly in case its warm and the mixture becomes slightly more liquid.

Lavender fields on Maui, Hawaii

Lavender fields on Maui, Hawaii