5 Awesome Baking Soda-Free Natural Deodorants

March 11, 2015By 27 Comments

Warning: TMI alert.

I’ve been a die-hard fan of all-natural deodorant for years. Heck, I’ve even been making my own for the most part. Everything was all la-dee-da and grovy, until about six months ago when my arm pits freaked the F out on me. I was preggo at the time and thought maybe my hormones were to blame… my pits got majorly rashy, like, bright red and irritated. I googled my symptoms and came to the conclusion that I had fungus growing under there – fungus! Needless to say, I was pretty grodied out. I was shallacking anti-fungal cream on my pits like it was nobody’s business. After days of using that nasty ish, I was baffled as to why I was still rashtacular. I continued to google around and came up with the idea that maybe it was the deodorant I was using. I had been using an all-natural, baking soda based deodorant by a brand I absolutely adore. I decided to go without deodorant for an entire week as an experiment (I’m SO sorry Mr. VBR. Thank you for unconditionally loving your stanky beast of a wife!). Rash disappeared within a couple days. Thank DOG it wasn’t fungus! 😀

Boo, I guess I’ve developed a sensitivity to baking soda… only to years to come to that conclusion. Turns out the baking soda was throwing off my skin’s pH. Has anyone else experienced this?

Anywho, here are some rockstar, all-natural, vegan deodorants that are perfect for sensitive pits like mine!

5 Awesome Baking Soda-Free Natural Deodorants

  • Bare Bones, $8- This is a GIANT tube of deodoro that will last you for quite some time.
    Ingredients: *coconut oil, *lemon essential oil, *tea tree oil, candelilla wax, arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, shea butter (*organic)bare bones deodorant
  • Meow Meow Tweet, $14- This is my fave of the bunch. It has the consistency of cake batter (easy to apply, although some might not like using their fingers for this), it smells incredibly tasty (citrusy yum-yum), and it lasts (f’reals)! I only need to apply this in the morning and I’m good to go for the whole day.
    Ingredients: arrowroot powder, shea butter, magnesium hydroxide, *virgin coconut oil, *jojoba oil, *grapefruit essential oil, *bergamot essential oil, *sweet orange essential oil, *lemon essential oil (*organic)Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 2.35.14 PM
  • Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal, $4-7 – These are old-school, pure and simple. It’s amazing how straight up salt can do wonders at helping keep stank at bay.
    Roll-on ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Natural Mineral Salts (Potassium Alum), Zinc Ricinoleate, Xanthan Gum, Chamomile Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower), Phenoxyethanol.
    Stick ingredients: Natural Mineral Salts (Ammonium Alum), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Extract).
    Spray ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Natural Mineral Salts (Potassium Alum)

naturally fresh crystal deodorant

  • Zion Health Clay Dry Natural Roll-On, $8 – The essential oil blend of Ylang,Witch Hazel and Lavender minimizes and neutralizes odors naturally. You will need to reapply this every 2 to 4 hours for maxium results.
    Ingredients: Montmorillonite Clay, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavender all plant essence, Calendula Extract, Alpine Lichen Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Chamomile Extract, hydrogenate Castor Oil, Allantoin, sacchromyees (from fermented black tea), phenoxyethanol from Rose Essence, Ethyl hexyl glycerin derivative of Coconut Oil, Essential Oil Blend (Lavender, Ylang, Lemon, Lime), cellulose gum, myrrh gum extract, Witch Hazel distillate, Purified Water zio health clay dry deodorant
  • If you’re looking to save money and make your own deodorant from scratch, try this awesome DIY baking soda-free deodorant recipe:
    • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder (antiperspirant)
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil (antibacterial and antifungal)
    • 40 drops of tea tree oil (antibacterial and antifungal)
    • Add additional essential oils to scent as you please

What’s your favorite vegan deodorant? And if you have a baking soda sensitivity like I do, please share your experience with me below. xo

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  1. Dawn Bell says:

    I was using Schmidts Bergamont and Lime, boy I love that stuff. However, after about a month I noticed my armipits were almost black! They also looked kind of fuzzy and they felt different. I had no rash or irritation they just looked like hell! I realized it was the baking soda and stopped using it. After almost two months of switching brands the color of my pits are almost back to normal. I still havent found a brand whose fragrance that I like as much as that Bergamont and Lime.😥

    • Vista says:

      I agree the same thing happened to me; and yes that lime one is to die for. Try Lume

    • Alyssa Kuhner says:

      I started using the exact same deodorant and scent (which I also loved very much) about a year ago now. And just recently my pits have become brownish yellow and have a slight redness to them, I thought the redness was from my bra rubbing as with work that might happen, you know? I have been searching for an all natural deo that smells good, is cheap, and baking soda free and I have a good lineup but it’s just a matter of testing or I guess making my own. But I feel your pain! I LOOOOVED Schmidt’s bergamot and lime.

  2. Catherine says:

    Thank you for this post!!! You describe exactly what happened to me. Initially I thought I had razor burn. Then I thought I transferred the fungus from one arm to the next with my deodorant. Finally, I figured out the baking soda connection. I need to find something that works on stink and just ordered Meow Meow Tweet. Poofy Organics (NJ) also sells a baking-soda free deo if anyone needs another recommendation. It goes on very white and eventually absorbs into the skin. I would say it keeps me dry, but it doesn’t last 24 hours (but which one does really). I feel like I’m stinky at the very end of the day, but I still use it.

  3. Erin says:

    I feel like none of those last all day for me even the meow meow tweet! I must be a super stink bomb! I haven’t tried bare bones yet though. I literally keep lavanila in my car for touch ups. It is so frustrating. I don’t mind the wetness, it’s the stench that I can’t handle. I’ve even cut out most processed food and eat clean and organic, so what the heck?!? Help – anyone else in my boat! Wish I could go back to baking soda…

  4. Diana So says:

    I’m so happy to have found this post. I made a diy baking soda deodorant at home a couple of years ago and ended up with a rash due to the baking soda. I’m currently using Naturally Fresh and Crystal (the “rock” one where you need to moisturize it before each use), but I keep having to reapply it (both brands; depends on what I feel like using) and I’m super self conscious as is since switching over to a baking soda free/cruelty free deodorant.

    Will definitely look into Meow Meow Tweet & Bare Bones! I’ve been looking into the paste ones, but majority of them have baking soda. Happy to have found one without it!


  5. Tara says:

    I switched to Pit Putty by Bubble Bee Organic when I started developing bad baking soda rashes from Schmidts. Very happy with the Lemon & Clove scent and rashes cleared up completely in only 3 days of use. I do reapply after work, but it’s so soothing and refreshing that I look forward to it 🙂

  6. April says:

    So glad I found this article. I’ve been using a natural deodorant containing baking soda for a few years until all of a sudden I developed that awful rash. I’m looking forward to trying your suggestions. I’m sad to say goodbye to my other deodorant brand though. I loved it.

  7. michelle says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHH Yes, I made the switch AND found out I am oversensitive to baking soda under my arms!!!! glad i found this out before spending tons of money on getting the same issue!

    Thanks so much for sharing your favorites.

    One you can add to the list is…………

    Natural Deodorant – Organic & Vegan – For Women & Men – Roll On – Reliable All Day Protection – No Baking Soda…
    by Bali Secrets
    I found it on Amazon

  8. Laurie says:

    I had been using the Naturally Fresh roll-on for quite some time, and really liked it. I bought a new bottle recently, and within days had a horrible rash under my arms. I called the company, and the representative told me that the ingredients had recently been changed. She said there have been many complaints with the new formula. Looking for a new brand now. I just tried Tom’s of Maine but it didn’t even last through a 30 minute home workout in the a/c under a ceiling fan.

  9. Danita says:

    Thank you so, so much for this lineup and the delightfully fun read! Excited to try Meow, Meow–just placed an order! I’m new to this mega sweet site and so appreciate this newfound, giggle-inducing gem already!

  10. Jennaya says:

    The naturally fresh also gave me a rash…

  11. Chanelle says:

    Thanks for this! I am looking into natural deodorants that are DIY and more like a commercial stick form. What is the consistency of the recipe you listed? And how much does it make (like how long would it last)? I am a super sweater and am looking for something easy. I tried Schmidts (with baking soda) but i was funky a short 2 hours later and i hadn’t even done anything yet…. :/ And I have Nourish Organic in Vanilla Almond, which isn’t bad… but as I sit here I feel like I smell like a sweaty cookie… Any info you can provide would be awesome!

  12. Lucy says:

    I looked up meow meow tweet and they do use baking soda 🙁 unless there is a specific one that doesn’t?

  13. Alison says:

    The exact same thing happened to me recently! I thought I had a fungal infection, but turns out the baking soda in the all natural deodorant I was using did the same to my armpits as it did to yours. I switched to the Silk (smooth, residue-free solid) ClayDry from Zion Health and I love it!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been making my own deodorant for a long time, it’s the only thing in have found that works for me.
    I rub on coconut oil and then a dusting of equal parts baking soda and corn starch. But your article is really good to know, in case I ever develop sensitivity! I wonder if the corn starch helps with the ph balance?

  15. Christine says:

    Yes! I tried one of your recommended deodorants that had baking soda in it and I broke out in a rash immediately. I have only found two vegan deodorants that work for me.

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