Digital Beauty Editor
Deodorant, like fragrance, underwear, bras, and anything else you wear close to the skin, is one of those rather personal choices. A good deodorant should do its one job: prevent your body odor from overtaking your naturally charming aura. But anyone who desires a natural deodorant knows that this is a game of chance — the insult to injury being that sometimes it actually enhances body odor.
It's like any precarious relationship; your partner can mean the best but still bring out the worst in you. Luckily, my standards for deodorant are not as high as my expectations for potential suitors, but they are unwavering. Just smell nice, don't leave marks on my clothes, and don't contain any weird metals that will make me breakout under my arms. (It's a very uncomfortable place to get hives.)
Kopari's Coconut Oil Deodorant has most of those things down right out of the gate. It's aluminum-free, baking-soda free, and goes on clear. It smells like coconut, but in a tropical, fresh laundry kind of way, not in a sugary daiquiri way. I've been told that using straight-up coconut oil works as a deodorant due to its bacteria-inhibiting properties. I've tried this, and, no. As we all know, it's the bacteria on your skin mixed with your perspiration that causes body odor. So no bacteria, no odor, right? (Sort of.) Kopari's deodorant has coconut oil — obviously, it's in the name — plus sage oil to pick up extra bacteria-inhibiting shifts. The subtle fragrance of Kopari's formula is what does it for me, though.
My natural-deodorant test is usually a three-pointer: Does it prevent body odor from happening and from making me smell worse? Does it not leave weird marks on my clothes or stain them? And does it work with every kind of fabric (some of them smell weird with different fabrics)? I've worn Kopari's Coconut Deodorant several times with several outfits throughout a New York City heat wave (think 95 degrees and 83 percent humidity). This natural deodorant passed with flying coconuts through nearly every steamy subway platform, on a hot, sweaty road trip (and plane trip), and it didn't leave a mark on my clothes or irritate my pits at all. Who knew coconuts were so impressive?
I've liked a handful of natural deodorants before, but this one surpasses them all, joining the champion's circle for Allure's Best of Beauty gauntlet (never before have so many editors fallen in love with the same natural deodorant formula in Allure history — people were literally fighting over tubes). It earned extra points for doing the additional work of moisturizing my underarm area and keeping things smelling fresh without interfering with my perfume. You may not think moisturized armpits are important until you find yourself with some nicely hydrated pits, after which you won't know how you lived any other way.
Just one for now!