Hey Pretty road tests all-natural deodorants... aluminium salt free!

Welcome back to Hey Pretty! Today, I’m letting my fabulous intern Sandra take center stage, because she EARNED IT. We’ve been working together (okay, drinking coffee and playing with make-up and then, sometimes writing stuff) for a couple of months now and I love how, while we both truly love the products we get to review, we also have our own personal favorites. And for Sandra, it’s definitely organic beauty.

So when Sandra asked me if she could review a couple of the all-natural deodorants she’s been testing for the past few months, I was all for it. Especially after sniffing her in secret, hee hee. So here comes the expert… with her lovely-smelling armpits!


When you start taking a closer look at what’s really inside your daily care products, you will surely come across the subject of aluminium salts in deodorants. Aluminium chloride is the scientific and slightly complicated term. Aluminium salts help reduce odour and wetness due to their astringent effect. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about the controversy around these ingredients:

On one hand, they block the body’s natural decontamination process, as it can’t sweat properly. On the other hand, certain studies have been linking aluminium salts to breast cancer and Alzheimers. The main problem seems to be that they are placed closely to the lymph nodes under the shoulders. I don’t want to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of aluminium salts here, but rather introduce you to some natural alternatives… and find out (for all of us!) if they really work.

Before we start, you need to know that natural deodorants will never be as «dry» as regular ones containing aluminium chloride, because of its astringent effect. It’s more about fighting the odour than fighting natural perspiration.

So let’s get started, shall we? Here are the four deodorants I tested:

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (75 g), US$ 8.99

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Lavender & Sage (Image by Hey Pretty)

Not being able to find an effective natural deodorant, then-pregnant Jamie Schmidt headed to her kitchen and tried recipes until she was satisfied with the product. In the meantime, her business grew big and is trying to „change the way you think about natural”. True pioneering spirit!

Schmidt’s deodorants are available in cream and stick form and come in nine different fragrances. Lavender & Sage smells like holidays in France, is easy to apply and works! It’s a bit thicker in consistency than you would think, but that’s only a small drawback of an overall great product.

Even my brother and my boyfriend swear by this one!

Schmidt's Natural Creme Deodorants (Review and test by Hey Pretty)

The cream deodorants by Schmidt’s (58 ml, US$ 8.99 each) are a bit pasty upon application, but can easily be worked into your skin. Both Ylang-Ylang & Calendula and Fragrance-Free are effective and lasted all day long. I really like the fact that there’s a fragrance free option – not everyone likes an herby smell coming from their armpits.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream (57 g), US$ 14.00

Hey Pretty Test: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream (Image by Hey Pretty)

Soapwalla Kitchen’s Deodorant Cream is one of the best known natural alternatives. This story also started in the kitchen: Rachel Winard’s search for a good natural deodorant began with a small batch and became a successful business. The product line is continually being expanded with all kinds of products for face and body, but is still being produced in Brooklyn NY.

The Deodorant Cream is available in the original version and with citrus scent. They both contain a combination of plant powders and essential oils and they both work really well! This was the first deodorant that really convinced me, when I started looking for natural alternatives to classic anti-persperants.

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant (77 ml), US$ 18.00


Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant (Image by Hey Pretty)

I became aware of Ursa Major through the truly wonderful Blog The Hermes Hippie. This blog is fab for all women who love green beauty, but love their Chanel handbag just as much.

The Vermont based brand only uses the finest natural ingredients and formulates  their deodorant with… hops! Isn’t that interesting! This deodorant stick us super easy to use and has a cooling effect. It’s not as powerful as Schmidt’s but it’s a nice one for not-so-busy days.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant (50 g), £18.00

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant (All natural deodorants, reviewed)

Last but not least: one from the UK! Aurelia Probiotic Skincare see themselves as a combination of science and natural cosmetics with a soft spot for animals and the environment. Their line carries products for face and body and is manufactured in the UK.

The Botanical Cream Deodorant, which my lovely boss brought home from London, is the creamiest one of all the above. It contains arrowroot and kaolin and works so well that it’s become my go-to for really busy days.


Well, what can I say? It’s not hard to tell I’m a real fan of natural deodorants and really think they don’t lack in efficiency… that is, if you’re okay with your body doing it’s natural thing and… sweating!


Thanks so much, Sandra… for quite literally breaking a sweat on this one! I hope you, dear reader, might be motivated to give one of these products a try.

Having said that, I’m not quite ready to throw away my «classic» deodorant yet, as I’m still quite American at heart (even though I’ve been living in Switzerland for nearly 30 years!) and can’t stand the feeling of perspiration in my armpits… but I might give one of these babies a whirl soon!

How about you? Have you tried a natural deodorant yet? Do you have a favourite brand that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

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