Summer Is Coming: I'm A Fitness Editor & These Are The Natural Deodorants That Pass My Test

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Taking the natural deodorant plunge is scary enough when you're simply going to work and coming home on a sunny day. But what happens when you throw sweaty workouts into the mix?

With summer right around the corner, I'm getting ready to amp up my fitness routine—so that's a question I've been asking myself a lot lately. On a particularly ambitious workout day I like to run to my yoga classes, but I don't want to ruin the practice of my fellow yogis by stinking the entire room up, so having an effective deodorant is crucial. But does a charcoal-based, baking soda-free cream deodorant really hold up?

I put a handful of popular natural deodorants to the test so you don't have to. Yup, you're welcome. Here were my three my favorites.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick

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Meow Meow Tweet's natural stick deodorant gently conditions the skin with organic plant oils, butters, and magnesium. The stick does use a touch of baking soda, which can irritate some people's skin, but if you opt for the cream kind, it's baking soda-free. The Meow Meow Tweet deodorant stick is available in lavender bergamot, lemon eucalyptus, and will soon be available in grapefruit.

Where I wore it: On a 4-mile run.

How it held up: Oh, the joy of using a deodorant stick. Other than to warn you to be gentle as you apply this deodorant—I got a little overzealous and smeared it on without remembering it was a natural deodorant and it got everywhere—I was impressed by how well this deodorant held up on my 4-mile run, which I took in at noon on a 75-degree day. It even included a few hills. I couldn't smell a thing but the deodorant scent afterward, so I asked my boyfriend to take a sniff. He said I smelled "great." I'll take it.

Buy it: Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick, $22

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PiperWai Natural Deodorant

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PiperWai is an activated charcoal deodorant that uses 11 essential oils including mandarin, clary sage, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and more.

Where I wore it: To a Y7 hot yoga class.

How it held up: Ah, hot yoga: The ultimate sweat test! The PiperWai deodorant I tried was in cream form, although the makers just launched a stick. I think this was my favorite of them all, not only because I didn't smell after hot yoga but because I didn't smell like anything at all. While the other deodorants left my sweat swelling a lot like the deodorant, this one seemed to have a neutralizing effect.

Buy it: PiperWai Natural Deodorant, $15.98

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

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Soapwalla cream deodorants are aluminum-free and absorb moisture by using vegetable powders, clays, and sweet-smelling essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and tea tree.

Where I wore it: To a Swerve indoor cycling class and a Yoga Vida flow class.

How it held up: Although this one has been around for a while, it definitely stands the test of time. While I prefer smearing my deodorant on with a stick rather than applying it with my fingers (it makes my morning routine just a little bit messier), once I was wearing Soapwalla's Deodorant Cream (I chose the peppermint scent), I was very impressed by how effective it was. It held up throughout my cycling class, and while by the end of my yoga flow I was admittedly a little bit stinky, I smelled about the same as I used to when using antiperspirant before a similar workout combination.

Buy it: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $19

Need some ideas for getting your sweat on this summer? Here's what you need to know about barefoot running and the yoga secret you should steal from the Australians.

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