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Pit Perfect: Natural Deodorants That Work

We’ve rounded up a handful of the perfect pit partners to keep you smellin’ fresh n flowery all the livelong day. (And we’ve tried every single one)

Armpits are underrated, and frankly, under-celebrated. It’s true, they do take a lot to maintain: shaving cream, expensive razors, razor burn treatment, etc. Fighting B.O. and sweat marks is a daily battle we may never escape.

However, as some of the most porous parts of our bodies, armpits shouldn’t be subject to the harmful chemicals that make up most conventional deodorants. I know what you’re thinking: Natural deodorants don’t work! I’ve tried!

Well, think again, because we’ve rounded up a handful of the perfect pit partners to keep you smellin’ fresh n flowery all the livelong day. (And we’ve tried every single one).

Soapwalla has become a staple for many here at BWB. Consider it the the deodorant you can always trust. Superfine vegetable powders and clays combine with lavender, peppermint and tea tree oils to absorb moisture and inhibit bacteria. Made up of the purest, food-grade ingredients, it is compatible even with the most sensitive skin. Because it comes in a paste that you need to apply with your fingers, our beauty tip is to buy a smooth blush brush to help apply it evenly.

Meow Meow Tweet is for the kids at heart. Delivered in fun push-pop style packaging, cute little illustrations dance across the front of the biodegradable casing. The bonus is that this deodorant actually works super well. It features a fresh, subtle scent that does not conflict with natural body odor, but neutralizes the scent and keeps the armpits under wraps even on the busiest days.

Dr. Hauschka offers a very lady-like roll-on ideal for delicate skins. Their Rose Deodorant manages odor without impeding the skin’s natural processes. Free of antiperspirants, this deodorant depends on Lady’s mantle extract and Tapioca starch to balance skin perspiration. Soft to the touch, its Rose essential oil and jojoba oil help moisturize the skin, while Rose water produces a delicate, feminine scent. Use it on a normal workday without heavy workouts.

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is another elegant contestant. This crisp, cooling blend is a real treat to apply in the mornings. After application, the skin awakens to a cool, refreshing sensation similar to how Burt’s Bees chapstick feels on the lips. Rosemary, Chamomile, peppermint, and lemon get credit for its soothing aroma. While Aloe soothes sensitive skin, Hops and Eucalyptus fight odor-causing bacteria, and Kaolin and Baking Soda absorb moisture.

EiR NYC Pitted Deodorant is a Unisex deodorant for him and her, delivered with natural 100% compostable packaging and ingredients. Their motto? Sharing is caring, especially when there’s more to love and less to smell. This travel-friendly push-up apparatus is an easy choice for active outdoor lovers. With a sniff-and-uplift fir needle scent, their combination of Shea butter, beeswax, arrowroot, and Coconut oil lock in moisture and lock out odor no matter the activity.

Lani Allen

Lani Allen is a graduate of Columbia University’s Non-fiction Creative Writing program. After serving as Vice President of her class for two years, she contributed written pieces and illustrations to many on-campus publications. As a writer with a passion for beauty, Lani enjoys capturing the stories of innovative thinkers and risk-takers shaping the industry as we know it.

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