Truly’s Natural Deodorant Review

I’ve been making my own deodorant for about a year now with great success, so I was excited to come across Truly’s Natural Deodorant, which is perfect for those of you who’d rather not make your own!

Truly's Natural Deodorant Review

What’s the point of using a natural deodorant? I decided to only use natural when I learned of the harmful effects of aluminum in commercial anti-perspirant deodorants – it’s an endocrine disruptor, and may contribute to thyroid and reproductive cancers and problems. It’s practically the same as my homemade recipe, but they add powdered sugar and beeswax.

So, why do they use powdered sugar? Here is their explaination, from their website:

The sugar in our deodorant combines with your own perspiration to create a hyper osmotic solution that prevents odor causing bacterial growth.  Before antibiotics, sugar and honey were used to prevent infections in open wounds. In an article called “The Sweet Art of Healing”,  Dr. Julian Whitaker explains why they work:

“When sugar or honey is packed on top of and inside of an open wound, it dissolves in the fluid exuding from the wound, creating a hyperosmotic, or highly concentrated, medium. Bacteria cannot live in a hyperosmotic environment any more than a goldfish could survive in the Great Salt Lake. Scientists have tested the viability of many types of bacteria, including Klebsiella, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes, and none of them have been able to survive in a honey or sugar solution.”

Truly's Natural Deodorant Apply with Finger

When the indoor temperature is lower than about 65 degrees F, the deodorant hardens (due to the coconut oil) and you’ll need to use the back of your thumbnail to scrape out enough for good coverage.

My Verdict?

Overall, I found it to be a pretty good deodorant, keeping most of the stink and sweat away. And it is far better to use this product than traditional deodorants, for the reasons I mentioned above, though. I’m very happy to see a true natural deodorant hit the market and hope it makes its way into stores so the general public will be exposed to a much safer product. I’d give it a 7 out of 10, and here’s why!


  • Made from organic coconut oil
  • 100% natural ingredients with no added chemicals – just baking soda, powdered sugar, coconut oil, and beeswax
  • Easy to apply with the weather is warmer (70 degrees indoors or warmer) because the coconut oil starts to soften at this temperature


  • Perspiration – I did not find that it did a good job preventing stickiness, even now in the middle of winter.
  • Skin Irritation – It can NOT be used right after shaving, as it greatly irritated my skin. However, it does say on the packaging to not use on broken skin, so we are pre-warned. There have been several days where I did smell at the end of the day with Truly’s deodorant.
  • Application – if the temperature in your house is colder than about 65 degrees, then you’ll need to use the back of your thumbnail to scrape off enough for good coverage, which I found to be easy enough to do.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Sorry you had an issue with applying after shaving. We do it all the time and don’t have any problems with it…it may be time for a new razor ;). Also just a heads up on the lavender oil, it has been show to have estrogenic effects so I would hesitate to use it daily so close to breast tissue.

    Best wishes to you,

    • Thanks for commenting, Angela. I have recently changed my razor, and still got irritation. I’m pretty sure it’s the baking soda – I have very sensitive skin so this problem may not arise for those who don’t. I have heard that about lavender and tea tree oil, but what I found there was only one study that showed that. I’m crazy about those two oils so I’m so torn on that issue :(.

  2. My only wish is that we could figure out an applicator bottle that works like traditional twist ups … I just don’t like to rub it on myself. Just one of my idiosyncrasies.

    • I totally agree! According to Truly’s, and I’ve experienced this myself, is the coconut softens a lot at room temperature and higher. So, it becomes this nasty, mushy mess if in a twist up container like you’re talking about. So, basically, you’d have to use something other than coconut oil.

  3. You might try substituting arrowroot powder for part of the baking soda if you make your own deoderant. I have also added bentonite which absorbs the dampness and stickiness somewhat, but if you want to use unbleached bentonite, which is organic, it is slightly gray and may leave stains on garments. Stains can be removed. Also, for the person who would like twistup deoderant containers, beeswax can be added to your mixture (melt the beeswax, then coconut oil, then mix with the soda, arrowroot, and bentonite.) Stir in essential oil of choice as you mix in the powders. Since I use a little tea tree oil, I find that grapefruit and sage help mellow the tea tree oil scent, and is not too “girly” scented so my husband can use it too. You can reuse old commercial containers or order them online. It needs to be thick enough in consistency to stay on a spoon, which you use to pack it into the deoderant dispensers.

    • I hadn’t heard of bentonite, thanks for sharing. In my deodorant recipe, I do write that you can substitute cornstarch with arrowroot powder, but it isn’t really a substitute for baking soda. Baking soda does an excellent job of absorbing sweat and preventing odor-causing bacteria, but can be irritating. Adding beeswax is a great idea, and so is adding grapefruit and sage oils. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  4. If you are looking for a good natural deodorant without aluminum, Lush sells natural deodorant bars made of baking soda a tea tree oil. My husband uses it as well and they really work.

  5. Though I’ve experimented making my own deodorant too I’ve settled on purchasing Primal Pit Paste for now, and I love it so far. I may be sampling Truly’s next!

    Thanks for all your natural, down-to earth tips and recipes. I am loving your site! I just shook up a batch of room spray this morning 🙂

  6. If you’re looking for something certified organic, guaranteed to work, AND comes in a twist-up tube, try Bubble & Bee Organic’s Pit Putty! 🙂

  7. I make my own super cheap, super effective deodorant- works better than anything else [natural] that I’ve tried.
    Basically, it’s lemon juice, salt, vitamin e, and essential oil. I put about 5 Tbs lemon juice, 1 T salt, contents of 3 vitamin E caps, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil in a little plastic travel bottle [for shampoo or whatever]. shake it all up, and that’s it. It does have a couple of down sides, it is messy, and it can sting if you just shaved. As far as the messiness, I think it’s a fair trade-off for something so cheap and effective. As far as stinging, I found a solution- shave very carefully in front of the mirror. Use only 2-3 careful, well placed passes with the razor. Unless you haven’t shaved in like 2 months that should be very sufficient. Since I’ve been shaving like that, I’ve had no stinging. Give it a try : )

    Just another thought, too- with anyone trying to avoid aluminum- these ‘natural salt crystal’ deodorants on the market that contain ALUM- beware! That’s a form of aluminum! I noticed that 1 brand said it contains no aluminum chlorohydrate- it does NOT say it didn’t contain aluminum. Let the buyer beware!!

  8. I made homemade deodorant for 1 year, using coconut oil as the main ingredient. It worked so great that when i forgot to use it one day, i was delihhted that i had no smell after a 2 mile walk on a hot day in NC. However, after a year i went back to store bought as all my shirts began to show the oil stain under the arms. I miss the natural deodorant but couldnt justify buying a new wardrobe every year.

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