Deodorant Guide

By Ellie Child, Content Editor

With our deodorants guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is the safest deodorant and what’s the difference between natural deodorants and regular antiperspirants. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our deodorant page.

Top Deodorant Brands

  • The Natural Deodorant Co
  • Ethique
  • Clinique
  • Rituals
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Malin + Goetz

Deodorant FAQs

Woman applying roll on deodorant

What is the safest deodorant?

For quite some time, the beauty industry has dubbed aluminium-free deodorants as the safest type of formula to use. However, a lot of current findings and medical opinions show that the role aluminium plays within deodorants and how it negatively impacts the body is very minimal may not be as bad as the beauty industry has made it seem. Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and cofounder of The Beauty Brains told Teen Vogue that “The bottom line, despite all the fearmongering you hear about aluminium in cosmetics products, [is that] the best evidence to date shows that there are no significant health concerns,”. If, however, you're looking to play things on the safe side, opt for a natural and/or aluminium-free deodorant to put your mind and body at rest. After all, Mother Nature is almost always going to be a safe option when it comes to our bodies!

Natural deodorant on yellow background with plants surrounding it

What’s the difference between natural deodorants and regular antiperspirants?

First of all, it's worth noting that antiperspirants actively plug your pores and sweat ducts, whereas deodorants – natural or not – work by neutralising the odour and eliminating the bacteria that causes body odour. This is the first difference between deodorants and antiperspirants.

Natural deodorants tend to use ingredients that are lot softer on the skin and come from a natural source or origin. Natural deodorants allow the sweat to reach the skin's surface before using a mixture of plant and mineral ingredients to neutralise any undesirable scents. One of their main selling points is that they do not contain aluminium, which is a hot topic at the moment. Regular antiperspirants usually contain aluminium salts that block the sweat from exiting the body, thus preventing any body odours. They are considered an OTC (over the counter) drug and are controlled by FDA standards.

Woman wearing a towel applying spray deodorant

Is a deodorant stick better than spray deodorant?

Deodorant sticks and roll-on deodorants tend to be better in terms of their compact size and easy application. Spray deodorants produce a cloudy, vapour spray that can overwhelm individuals when sprayed within a small space. In some cases, sprays can often lead to minor coughing and/or sneezing fits as the spray is more likely to be inhaled.

At the end of the day, it is all down to personal preference! If you're after a compact, travel-friendly option then your best bet is a deodorant stick or roll-on. If you're not fussed and prefer a less sticky, lightweight option, you'll get on well with a spray deodorant.

Woman applying roll on deodorant in towel

What is deodorant used for?

Most deodorants are used to eradicate the smell of body odours that arise from sweating around the armpits. They allow the skin to sweat and for the sweat to reach the skin's surface before then masking the odour. It is important to note that deodorants primary function is to target the odour itself rather than the perspiration.

Antiperspirants, on the other hand, temporarily block the sweat pores to actively stop the sweat from being released. By blocking the sweat glands and pores, the amount of perspiration that reaches your skin is reduced. They usually contain aluminium-based compounds and are controlled by FDA standards.

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.