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7 Best Natural Deodorants Proven to Last in Singapore Weather

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Achievement unlocked: we found natural deodorants that can get you through a long, hot sticky day without getting stinky. Best part? They are cruelty-free!

And if you’re interested in natural deodorants but have questions about the best way to buy it, use it, and keep your armpits smelling fresh, check out our deodorant FAQ at the end of this article!

Tom’s of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant

Tom’s of Maine’s extra-strength deodorant stops body odour in three ways: the zinc salts absorb and neutralize odour, natural botanicals kill bacteria that can cause you to stink, and it has a really fresh herbal scent.   

Plus, it’s 100% vegetable-derived and has no artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives that can irritate your skin.

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Katfood Not a Hint deodorant

Katfood’s a Singapore brand that totally gets how hot and sticky our weather can be. So even if its deodorants are 100% natural and organic, it’s guaranteed to fight the smells and sweat. The seret lies in a winning mix of baking soda, arrowroot powder and cornstarch that keeps your ‘pits dry and fresh th whole day. It also contains tea-tree to fight odour-causing bacteria and give that extra clean and minty feeling.  

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Schmidt’s Ylang Ylang + Calendula

Singapore beauty reviewers swear this is one of the best natural deodorants for Singapore weather. The powders soak up the sweat, and the high quality essential oils make you smell like a garden even when you’re personally wilting under the heat. You can get it in a convenient stick form, or apply it with a spatula from a small pot. (The second’s a bit of a hassle, but some women say it’s got a more potent formula.)

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Puressentiel Organic Deodorant Spray  

This bestselling natural deodorant contains tea tree, lemon and lavender that not only smell fresh but kill bacteria. This is perfect if you want a gentle formula that won’t irritate your skin. Lemon is also a natural skin lightener, so it can help whiten dark ampits.

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Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant

If you tend to get really sweaty, this is one of the best natural deodorants for you. “I used to get these really embarrassing stains under my armpits. Worst of all, I’d get rashes around there too.” admits one Singapore beauty reviewer. “This deodorant saved me!”

The secret lies in the kaolin clay that sucks out all the sweat and oil, and shea butter and aloe vera that that heals irritated skin.

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Lush The Greeench Deodorant Powder

“I love this natural deodorant powder because I can use it anywhere I get sweaty – armpits, inner thighs, even under my breasts. Sorry if TMI, but the struggle is real!” one beauty reviewer candidly shared on Amazon.

The thyme, tea tree and sage help fight body odor and the lycopodium powder keeps you fresh and dry.  

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Aesop Spray Deodorant

If body odour is your biggest issue, then reach for this natural deodorant spray. It has 11 essential oils to keep you fragrant and fresh throughout the day. It’s also quick and easy to reapply – just spritz as you need it.

For more information about the product, click here.

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Natural Deodorants: Benefits, FAQ and Tips

Trying natural deodorants for the first time? Worried that “going natural” may cause you to have body odour? Read on to find out more to get a better scent — we mean, sense — of what going natural means.

Why should I use natural deodorants? Are natural deodorants “safer” or “healthier?”

They don’t block sweat. Some chemical deodorants (especially aluminum-based deodorants) work by blocking your sweat ducts. However, you’re supposed to sweat — this is the body’s way of cooling down and releasing toxins.

They don’t change your natural body scent. Furthermore, blocking sweat can actually worsen body odour. Research shows that anti-perspirants actually increase the levels of bacteria in the armpit. You may be sweating less, but you stink more. In fact, researchers concluded that “long-term use of antiperspirants can lead towards altered odor production of the armpit.” 

They don’t irritate the skin or darken armpits. Chemical deodorants are also more likely to cause skin reactions like redness, swelling, and itching Over time, the irritation can cause armpit skin to become thicker and darker. (Read about the laser treatment that whitens dark armpits!)

They may be less of a cancer risk. Deodorants are applied on the skin near the breasts, which has led to concerns that the chemicals can be absorbed by breast tissue and affect estrogen levels. (Estrogen has been linked to breast cancer.) However, these claims need to be taken with a grain of salt: we apply so little deodorant a day, and there is no research or valid study that proves deodorants are a significant cancer risk.

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Can natural deodorants control bad body odour? How do you make your armpits not stink?

Natural deodorants can be just as effective as traditional deos! They contain plant extracts that kill the bacteria that cause body odour. Some of these plant extracts also have a naturally pleasant fragrance. So you smell fresh all day!

That being said, natural deodorant shouldn’t be your only defense against body odour. Our article on 10 natural ways to fight body odour can give you a full list of how to smell fresh all day (even in Singapore’s hot weather!). But some of its tips include:

  • Avoid or limit food with strong-smelling spices. If you love spicy food, be sure to drink lots of water to help your body detox!
  • If you tend to sweat a lot, bring a change of clothes. Wear shirts made of cotton or special fabrics that soak up sweat. Avoid synthetic materials like polyester or rayon that trap sweat and contribute to body odour.
  • Keep armpits dry with baking soda and cornstarch.
  • Take supplements like wheatgrass or chlorophyll, which help balance your skin’s PH and prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria.
  • Use a body wash that fights body odour, and a gentle body scrub that can exfoliate any dead cells that block your sweat glands and pores.
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What’s the best way to “switch” to natural deodorants? Are there side effects or transition periods I should worry about?

When you stop using antiperspirants, you may go through a few days when your body “detoxes.” You may be sweating more, or have stronger body odour. As your body pushes out the trapped chemicals, your armpits may also become red or irritated. Since it’s especially sensitive, you may experience some stinging from the baking soda in your natural deodorant. If you have very inflamed skin, try a natural deodorant made of diatomaceous earth, which is less irritating than baking soda.

This doesn’t mean your natural deodorant isn’t working! Give yourself 7 to 10 days to adjust. To prevent irritation, wear loose clothes and keep your armpits dry. Bring an extra shirt you can change into, in case you sweat a lot.

You can speed up your body detox by drinking lots of water. (You may also want to add a detox supplement to continue your new, clean lifestyle.)

How do I pick the best natural deodorant?

The best natural deodorants generally have an equal balance of baking soda and high-quality essential oils. You may also want to avoid parabens and propylene glycol, especially if you have sensitive or irritated skin.

It’s also important to consider that people have unique body chemistry. Your body odour may also be caused by different kinds of bacteria, or you may be sensitive to a particular essential oil. That’s why it may take a while to find the best natural deodorant for you!

It’s also important to reapply deodorant, especially on extra-sweaty conditions. You may also want to “layer” your protection: use a roll-on deodorant, control mid-day sweat with powder or cornstarch, and freshen up with a natural deodorant spray. You can also use a body wash made with ingredients that fight body odour!

What’s the best way to apply natural deodorant?

If the product has a very firm or waxy formula, rub it with your fingers or against your skin so it softens and glides on better.

Since many natural deodorants don’t have preservatives, they expire faster especially in moist conditions (like a gym bag, bathroom or locker). If you can’t avoid storing them there, get a smaller bottle you can use up quickly.

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What can I use instead of natural deodorant?

If you don’t want to buy natural deodorant, you can try making one yourself. Here’s a simple recipe for DIY deodorant:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for sensitive skin)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/8 -1/4 teaspoon essential oil (try lavender, lemongrass, tea tree oil, and mint — all popular ingredients in natural deodorants!

Instructions

If you are using solid coconut oil, measure what you need and then melt in the microwave. Use 10 second intervals until you get the consistency you want.

Add the essential oils and stir until well-blended. Then, add the baking soda and cornstarch. Lastly, pour into an empty deodorant bottle or a small tin. You can also buy ready-to-use deodorant containers on Amazon.