Natural Deodorants: Alterra vs Schmidt’s

Natural Cruelty Free Deodorants

What was your biggest challenge when switching all your beauty products to more natural/organic? For me, it was finding a good natural deodorant that WORKS. If you don’t have this headache, then you can consider yourself lucky. Before even starting this blog, I was able to try quite a few natural and organic deodorants, but it was one disappointment after another. There was only one deodorant that I was satisfied with (kind of) – Aubrey Organics Deodorant for men, but the scent was too overpowering, so I had to ditch this one too. Then I started blogging and soon after I found out about PiperWai Natural Deodorant, which seemed like a miracle to me. It was better than any natural deodorant I’ve tried before. After all this time, I still think it’s great. However, there were no PiperWai retailers near me, so I had to find another good option. And I did. Can you guess, which one is it? Let’s see:

Alterra Natural Deodorant with Lemon Balm (discontinued)
I feel awful throwing another stone in Alterra’s garden because some of its products are absolutely fantastic, but Alterra’s Natural Deodorant is the worst deodorant I’ve tried. Ever. Not only it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, but it seems like the scent itself makes me a bit stinky. It is, though, certified organic, vegan, and formulated without aluminum or any other nasty ingredients. I also love the bottle design, so I’m really bummed that I dislike the product so much.

See the ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol*, Cellulose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Oxide, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Melissa Officinalis (Distillate)*, Salvia Officinalis (Water)*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Distillate)*, Equisetum Arvense (Leaf Extract)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Oil)*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Parfum**, Citral**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Limonene**, Linalool**. Organic. Certified by BDIH. Vegan.

Schmidts Natural Deodorant Bergamot and Lime

Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant (jar discontinued, but you can get it as a stick here)
Schmidt’s deodorants are admired by many green beauty bloggers, and now I get why. This vegan deodorant has proven to be utterly trustworthy in stressful situations and on days when I am very active. I would put myself above the average on a sweat chart (if there would be one), yet this deodorant still manages to last about 7-8 hours. I think it would last longer if I would reapply it.

Schmidt’s deodorants come in five scents: Ylang-ylang + Calendula, Cedarwood + Juniper, Bergamot + Lime, Lavender + Sage, and Unscented. The scent I have is Bergamot and Lime, which feels sour, yet refreshing. I’m actually surprised with myself that I didn’t get the lavender one, maybe next time.

One thing to be aware of is that it contains baking soda, so if you have sensitive skin, it might start irritating your armpits. If you experience something like this, choose deodorant without this ingredient, and you’ll be fine.

See the ingredients:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Humulus Lupulus (Hop) Extract. Vegan.

Have you tried any of these deodorants? What is your must-have natural deodorant?

Inga | Organic Beauty Blogger
Inga | Organic Beauty Blogger

I’m Inga, the creator of this online place called Organic Beauty Blogger. Since 2013, I’ve been on a mission to redefine beauty by sharing my insights into the world of green beauty.

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9 years ago

Talking about Alltera deo my feelings are the same!! Complete waste of money 🙁 And the situation without it is much better than with it!

Mademoiselle Nature
9 years ago

Oh that is a pity that Alterra deo didnt really perform well. I have never used this brand…xx

9 years ago

I love Schmidt’s! I work with small children at an early education site (which often means running around all day) and the ylang-ylang and calendula gets me through the day stink free. I might need to reapply if I’m running an evening session in addition to my full work day…but really, I’d have to do that with the chemical-ly deos too. I found the calendula one and the sage one worked best for me.

9 years ago

Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime deodorant is my favourite scent that they carry too!

9 years ago

I’m still experimenting with different natural deodorants , haven’t found “the one” but would love to try the Schmidt’s (read a lot of good reviews).
Thanks for sharing

9 years ago

The ingredients of the Schmidt deodorant look like u can easily make it urself.

9 years ago

I really like Schmidt’s deodorant too! I recently started using Lavanila deodorant which I would say is equal to Schmidt’s in effectiveness, however, it’s a bit pricier.

9 years ago

I’ve never had much luck with natural products like this but will try the Schmidts where can you get it?

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