You need deodorant all year, but summertime stink can be especially stubborn and offensive. Not only that, if you buy traditional deodorants from mass market manufacturers, you're likely to end up with unexciting fragrance options like “powder fresh” and “rain.” Can you scream “BORING?!” I asked our IBN members (who are never ever boring) for some of the their best products to prevent the odoriferous emanations of summertime, and let me tell you: they deliver! If you need to stop the stink, you need to grab up some of this American Made goodness NOW!
Here are some of the best deodorants on the market today — all made by members of the Indie Business Network.
1. Funk Butter, from Oyin Handmade (Maryland)
This all-natural deodorant neutralizes odor by absorbing moisture to keep you stink-free for up to 24 hours. The cream to powder formula contains coconut oil, shea butter, and baking soda, and clay, and you can choose from unscented or Coco Mango and Black Cedar Fig.
2. Selfie Stick, by Not My Mamas (Florida)
A “selfie stick of a different kind,” this deodorant's ingredients include coconut oil, arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide, diatomaceous earth and baking soda. Your selfie stick comes in the limited edition essential oil blend of tea tree, eucalyptus, and mint.
3. Pit Powder, from Muddy H2O (California)
Baking soda, arrowroot powder, clay and fenugreek seed combine to minimize odor, while essential oils of patchouli, ylang ylang, grapefruit and more result in a pleasure fragrance exprience. The powder is not sticky and you can apply with fingertips or with a sprinkle — your choice. There's a version for women and men!
4. Pit Putty, from Bubble and Bee Organic (Utah)
Pit Putty is a certified organic brand formula. As you may know, the USDA organic certification holds a brand to higher standards, including ingredients that are proven and tracked to be grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and processed without chemicals. Pit Putty is formulated for people who are prone to underarm rashes. It comes in sticks, creams, sprays, and a formula for sensitive skin.
5. Stink Stopper, from Just Naturally Simple (Michigan)
Formulated as part of a soothing body butter base with elderberry extract, Stink Stopper is available in two varieties: Tea Tree + Lavender and Grapefruit + Rosemary. The skin soothing butters include kukui nut, mango, and shea.
6. Chalk Creek Herbal Deodorant Powder, from Colorado Aromatics (Colorado)
Chalk Creek Deodorant Powder is designed for underarms and feet, so you get a two-fer. Ingredients like baking soda, cornstarch mix with carefully curated and finely ground, deodorizing herbs and essential oils to decrease odor and moisture. Many of the herbs used in Colorado Aromatics products are cultivated and grown on their farm in Longmont!
Donna Maria, Indie Business Network
7. Vegan Cream Deodorant, from Bubbly Moon Naturals (New York)
Infused with sea clay and shea butter, this vegan cream deodorant is extra concentrated. Choose from fragrance free or any of the following: Woodsy (patchouli, peppermint, tea tree, and blood orange); Herbaceous (rosemary and lavender); or Bright Citrus (lemongrass and blood orange).
8. Mountain Breeze Deodorant Spray, from Hazel Moon Botanicals (New Hampshire)
This woodsy scented deodorant spray is made to be reminiscent of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Scented with essential oils of juniper spruce, tea tree, and patchouli. Just shake and spray, and be on your way!
9. Charcoal Deodorant, from Cleo + Coco (New York)
Available in Basil Mint, Grapefruit Bergamot, or Lavender Vanilla, this charcoal and bentonite clay infused deodorant roll on is meant to smell good and fit your lifestyle — whether at the gym, a night on the town, or lounging at home. Cleo + Coco also has deodorant versions available in zero waste containers.
10. Deodorant for Teens, from Smarty Pits (California)
For sensitive young teen underarm skin, here's the Smarty Pits Teen formulas are baking soda free, and come in a variety of scents including Pineapple + Mango, Watermelon, and Pink Lemonade. Many fragrances are seasonal so be sure to check the website for what's in style now.
Have you tried natural deodorants, ones without things like aluminum, baking soda, and other traditional but often undesirable ingredients? What thoughts do you have? How do you love that deodorants come in so many amazing different varieties today!?