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Hong Kong summers are renowned for being hot, humid and seriously sweaty—and if you’re looking to ditch traditional antiperspirants (which use aluminium salts to block your sweat glands), there are plenty of options for products that beat the heat without using harmful chemicals and synthetics. Here’s our pick of seven of the best all-natural, aluminium-free deodorants available in Hong Kong

1. Coconut Matter

Local label Coconut Matter’s plastic-free, push-up MOOD deodorants feature elderberry extract and zinc ricinoleate—two plant-based active ingredients that help combat the odour caused by bacteria.

Free from parabens, phthalates, triclosan and artificial fragrance, they’re available in four varieties (including a scent-free version) and are handcrafted in small batches right here in Hong Kong—with all their contents and packaging fully biodegradable too.

Available at Live Zero 

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2. Agent Nateur

Agent Nateur founder Jena Covello spent hundreds of hours mixing ingredients in her West Hollywood kitchen to find the perfect formula for her line of chic all-natural deodorants.

Crafted from only the finest food-grade, non-GMO ingredients, these deodorants glide on like a charm and should suit even the most sensitive skins—with gorgeous rose and sandalwood, and jasmine and bergamot blends adding to its fashionista favourite status.

Available at Beautysaur Organics

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3. Meow Meow Tweet

Vegan, organic, certified cruelty-free and with ultra-cute packaging to boot—quirky New York brand Meow Meow Tweet definitely ticks all our green beauty boxes.

Available in a range of fabulously fresh scents like eucalyptus lemon and lavender, their deodorants come in two formats; their biodegradable push-up deodorant sticks use a dream team of plant and mineral powders with essential oils to keep you smelling fragrant, whilst their deodorant creams feature arrowroot and clay to keep you dry, alongside shea butter to moisturise and soothe sensitive skin.

Available at Plastic-Free HK

4. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

British brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s award-winning cream-to-powder deodorant features a multitude of ethically-sourced, natural ingredients designed to keep you feeling fresh throughout the day—including arrowroot and kaolin to absorb sweat and inhibit bacteria, hydrating shea butter, and antiseptic and antibacterial tea tree and peppermint essential oils.

Certified cruelty-free, it’s all free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates, silicones, and synthetic colours and fragrances too.

Available at Net-A-Porter

5. The Herb Farm

Featuring botanical ingredients harvested from their own farm in New Zealand, The Herb Farm’s vegan, cruelty-free deodorants are about as natural as you can get.

An effective combination of Himalayan salt crystal sole, echinacea and calendula tinctures, which boast potent antibacterial and soothing properties, help to control odour without interfering with your body’s natural cooling system.

Available at Slowood

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6. Kopari

Deodorant that smells like piña coladas? We’re in! Kopari’s non-sticky, glide-on formula is built around pure, organic, sustainably sourced coconut oil, which nourishes and hydrates the skin—and delivers a divinely fresh coconut milk fragrance.

Meanwhile, its 100% plant-based active ingredients provide odour protection whilst preventing the bacteria that causes BO in the first place, without using any parabens, silicones or phthalates either.

Available at Sephora

7. Zero Yet 100

Homegrown Hong Kong brand Zero Yet 100 have developed an extensive range of tried-and-tested natural deodorants, each designed to suit different lifestyles.

Their spray version is great for on-the-go spritzes that keep sweat and smells at bay, whilst their push-up and twist-up sticks and cream deodorant offer stronger protection—neutralising odour and soaking up moisture the natural way, thanks to ingredients like patchouli essential oil and sage extract.

Available at Zero Yet 100

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This article was originally published on 4 July, 2019 and was updated on 27 May, 2020.

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