Ready to find a natural deodorant that doesn’t stink? The best natural deodorants are ones that keep you smelling fresh, are made with quality ingredients and don’t irritate sensitive skin. The problem, though, is that some of them have baking soda, which absorbs sweat but can also cause a rash or irritation for some people.
“Baking soda has an alkaline pH,” explains Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified NYC dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “A rash can be caused when the pH balance is thrown off.”
So if you’re part of the pH-sensitive set, looking for a natural deodorant without baking soda may be the way to go.
Before you go forth on your natural deodorant-buying journey, though, it’s worth mentioning that baking soda isn’t the only ingredient that can cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Some people are allergic or sensitive to fragrance, parabens, alcohol and other things, says Dr. Jaliman, so read labels carefully before you buy.
Whether you’re sensitive to baking soda or just looking to explore your natural deodorant options, you’ll love our list. With skin-softening ingredients, sweat-absorbers (that aren’t baking soda) and lovely botanical scents, these baking soda-free natural deodorants are our all-time faves.