I will not tolerate stinky armpits, and I am always on the look out for a natural deodorant that can keep my pits odour-free, and give me the confidence to be able to lift my arms up in the air without having to worry about concussing someone.

So far, I have not had much luck with natural deodorants. Sure they keep my pits smells fine for half a day or a full day in the comfort of an air-conditioned office, but if I have a day of running about town, the natural stuff will not prevent me from getting whiffy by the day’s end.

So here are some commonly asked questions about natural deodorants, answered by the experts:

Will Natural Deodorants Stop Me From Sweating? If you want to reduce sweating, you need to go for an antiperspirant, which contains aluminium which plugs up sweat glands to stop or control sweating. But obviously you do not get this ingredient in a natural deodorant.

However, you can look for a product from Schmidt’s or Kaia Naturals, that contain activated charcoal. This ingredient, while it won’t stop sweating, can help absorb some moisture.

Can A Natural Deodorant Help With Odour? Aluminium is a conventional deodorant’s main defence against the stink. It works by keeping the skin dry, which creates an unappealing environment for bacteria, and unfortunately few natural ingredients are as effective at dampness control as aluminium. Instead, some natural products that contain baking soda can help to neutralise odours. 

Are Natural Deodorants Really A Healthier Option? The American Cancer Society has determined that there is no link between aluminium and breast cancer. But at the same time, it’s difficult to work out what these chemicals do when mixed together and when a woman puts them on her body every day, so perhaps, switching to a chemical-free option is a safer bet.

So while natural deodorants cannot prevent you from sweating, and you will need to try many brands to find the one that works best for you (it’s an ongoing thing for me, although I have found one or two options that work well) it’s still far better than being a stinker. If you have any suggestions, please do share it in the comments, as we are always open to trying out new brands, until we find ‘the one’.