If you're not sure why your deodorant is irritating the sensitive skin on your underarms, the problem could actually be Bicarb. Found in so many natural deodorants, this deodorising ingredient is unfortunately sometimes very aggravating, so I've put together this guide to the best natural Bicarb-Free deodorants.
If you have really sensitive skin, chances are you might have found it difficult to find a natural deodorant which doesn't irritate your skin. The reason for this often comes down to one ingredient: Bicarb Soda. Although it's an amazing natural deodoriser, Bicarb can unfortunately be really irritating to some skin types, and because it usually works so well it's often found as a base ingredient in many natural deodorants, making it difficult to avoid if your skin just can't cope with it. Thankfully though, there is now a growing range of Bicarb-Free natural deodorants, so whether you prefer a paste, roll-on or solid stick, there's a Bicarb-Free option to provide reliable, day-long protection from the dreaded BO.
Who should use Bicarb-Free deodorant?
Bicarb is found in many natural deodorants, acting as a really effective natural odour-neutraliser, however it can often irritate sensitive skin, cause reactions and flare up itchy rashes. Some people find that their skin, even if they don't suffer from sensitive skin in general, is really sensitive to Bicarb when it's applied to the delicate skin on the underarm area. Those with sensitive skin which is easily prone to irritation are usually best off opting for a Bicarb-Free alternative in order to minimise the chances of irritation or discomfort. Many formulas are also low-to-no fragrance, which can be great for those who are hypersensitive to fragrances. For more information about how to care for easily irritated skin, read my guide to the best sensitive skin care products here!
Best natural Bicarb-Free deodorants
No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant BICARB FREE
Created especially for those with sensitive underarms, the No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant BICARB FREE is designed to be just as effective as the original formula, but is gentle on skin. With naturally antibacterial ingredients including Coconut Oil and Beeswax, this Australian made formula also contains Diatomaceous Earth to help absorb moisture, forming a breathable yet effective barrier of protection for all-day freshness. Designed to last for over 12 hours and even during exercise, humid weather and stressful situations, this Bicarb-free formula has a very light, fresh fragrance that is slightly citrusy with a hint of vanilla. To use, apply a pea-sized amount to each underarm and rub in well, allowing it to absorb before dressing.
Weleda Citrus 24h Roll-On Deodorant
The Weleda Citrus 24h Roll-On Deodorant has the most amazing, fresh citrus scent, and it really lets the skin breathe while protecting it from body odour. This roll-on formula uses naturally derived Citric Acid from citrus fruits, which works to kill the bacteria that causes body odour while helping to condition the skin. A Vegan and Certified Organic formulation, the delicious fresh scent comes from Lemon and Litsea, providing reliable, 24-hour protection. Apply daily to clean, dry underarms.
Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste BARRIER BOOSTER
Formulated to neutralise odour, absorb moisture and nourish skin, the Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste BARRIER BOOSTER provides reliable, day-long protection without blocking sweat glands. With a base of soothing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Camellia Tea Oil and Vitamin E, this nourishing formula also contains Magnesium Hydroxide and Diatomaceous Earth to neutralise odour-causing bacteria and keep underarms dry. This Australian made, Gluten Free, Vegan and Palm Oil Free paste also has a light, non-irritating citrus scent from a low concentration of Mandarin and Pink Grapefruit Essential Oils.
Earths Purities Pure for Her Bi-Carb Free Deodorant
Another great bicarb-free option is the Earths Purities Pure for Her Bi-Carb Free Deodorant, which uses active ingredients Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel, Bentonite Clay, Diatomaceous Earth and Arrowroot Powder keep you dry and fresh all day, while natural antibacterial agent Colloidal Silver keeps bacteria at bay. What I really love about this one is that the packaging is made from recycled glass, and the roller ball is removable so you can recycle the bottle. This Australian made, Gluten-Free and Vegan deodorant also has a light, feminine fragrance from Lavender, Vanilla, Grapefruit, Violet and Black Pepper Essential Oils.
LaVanila Deodorant Pure Vanilla
Allergy tested and made with a non-irritating formula, the LaVanila Deodorant Pure Vanilla is an excellent deodorant that is suitable for everyone. It uses beta-glucan technology to effectively control odour while strengthening, conditioning and soothing the skin to provide lasting freshness. With LaVanila's signature Vanilla, this natural cream deodorant will leave you with a deliciously sweet, vibrant aroma, perfect for all occasions.