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Kopari vs. Megababe—Which Natural Deodorant Is Better?

Kopari vs. Megababe

Comparing (Or, Writing A Love Letter To) Two Natural Deodorants

Have you read our list of the best natural deodorants based on my first-hand experience? Some aluminum-free deodorants worked better than others for me, but two that stood out as top picks—as indicated by their high star ratings, tied at 4.8/5—are the smooth-as-can-be Kopari and Megababe.

So, which natural deodorant is the best? Kopari and Megababe have a lot in common and a lot of good to offer: they’re both aluminum-free, baking-soda-free, paraben-free, and vegan, they’re both gentle and moisturizing, they both glide on clear, and they both offer reliable odor control. The primary difference is the versatility of their scents. In my world there is room for Megababe and Kopari to coexist, but I’ll share info about each below so you can decide which one is the better choice for you!

by Christen Russo, Natural Deodorant Explorer
September 2, 2020| Leave a comment

Kopari vs. Megababe

I first discovered Kopari deodorant in a Moms + Babes subscription box and was immediately pleased with it. As I continued to explore natural deodorants in an effort to find the very best one for me, I found myself mentally comparing each one back to Kopari. None seemed as smooth without feeling wet under my arms. In my trials I encountered a couple (like by Humankind and Myro) that are very different in consistency, scent, and overall experience from Kopari but that I still enjoyed using—then Megababe entered my awareness and it was like Kopari‘s cute cousin came onto the scene, smelling amazing and confusing my loyalty. Then it hit me: a deodorant love triangle is totally OK. You don’t have to pick just one. But if you want to, I’ll help you sort out the details.

Kopari

4.8/5 stars

Kopari Deodorant Review

Kopari coconut deodorant is a natural product that does not contain baking soda, making it a great option if you know you have sensitive skin. In addition, it’s free from aluminum, it’s vegan and cruelty-free, and it contains a combination of plant-based enzymes that neutralize odor.

The Details

How much does Kopari cost?

  • $14 for a one-time purchase + shipping.
  • $11.90 + free shipping when you subscribe to receive new bars on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis.
  • $5.95 standard US shipping when you order from Ulta; standard US shipping costs vary when you order from the Kopari site (they also ship to Canada, Australia, & UK.)

What does Kopari deodorant feel like?
The smoothest. Kopari‘s ingredients include a blend of coconut oil, coconut water, and sage oil, combining to offer a gentle glide and an under-arm feeling that’s moisturizing but not wet.

Does it smell nice?
My experience is with the Original scent, which I love. It smells a hint sweet, but not too feminine (my husband has used Kopari and agrees), and a smidge beachy but nothing too extreme.

Kopari offers the following scents:

  • Original (coconut milk)
  • Driftwood (sandalwood, cedarwood, & zesty clove)
  • Beach (“fresh sea breeze”)
  • Fragrance Free
  • Gardenia (white-florally coconut gardenia)
  • Tropical (tangy pineapple and sweet coconut milk)

How’s the odor protection?
As someone who’s accustomed to using natural deodorant, I found the odor protection to be great. Kopari relies on an antimicrobial formula with plant-based actives like coconut oil & sage oil to do the work of reducing body odor. It’s effective for quiet mornings as well as afternoons jaunting around with my toddler. If you’re doing high-impact activity or working out, you’ll probably need an extra swipe, as is often the case with natural deodorant.

Does Kopari offer any other natural products?
Yes, and they send a free sample with every order! Kopari carries all sorts of other personal care products. I’ll name a few:

  • Body Care—items like shower oil, body milk, coconut crush scrub, and more.
  • Skincare—things like lip gloss, eye balm, face cream, and more.
  • Personal Care—in addition to deodorant, they offer coconut oil pullers, coconut-based lube (“love melts”), and more.
  • A CBD-infused line of deodorant, calming body cream, and recovery balm.

Where can you buy Kopari?
I purchased Kopari directly from their site, but it is also carried at Target, Ulta, Sephora, Anthropologie, and Amazon.

Check out my full-length Kopari review to learn more, or buy Kopari products here.

Megababe

4.8/5 stars

Megababe Rosy Pits Deodorant Review

Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant is a self-proclaimed “fresh, rosy infusion for your pits,” and I completely agree, but it’s so much more, too. This natural deodorant is also baking-soda-free, as well as being aluminum-free, vegan, paraben-free, and alcohol-free. It sold out quickly when it first launched and continues to be popular!

The Details

How much does Megababe cost? 

  • $14 for a one-time purchase + shipping.
  • No subscription option.
  • $5.95 standard US shipping when you order from Ulta; $3.95 standard US shipping when you order from the Megababe site (they also ship to Canada and Australia).

What does Megababe deodorant feel like?
Also very smooth! Megababe, like Kopari, has a coconut base and sage oil in its formula. Megababe also includes vitamin E, which boasts natural anti-inflammatory qualities and green tea, which is rich in antioxidants. And, while natural deodorants don’t technically protect you against wetness, I felt relatively dry throughout the day with this one on.

Does it smell nice? 
Megababe Rosy Pits smells unbelievably nice! From what I can gather, Rosy Pits is sort of equivalent to their “original” scent, and it is a beautiful blast of floral aroma. It had me enjoying the whiffs I got of my underarms all throughout the day. However, it is not at all gender neutral in the traditional sense. (Though, seriously, people of all genders should wear whatever the heck scent they want. Who doesn’t love a garden?)

Here are the four scents you’ll find Megababe sporting:

  • Rosy Pits (rose-scented)
  • Sunny Pits (lemon-scented)
  • Beachy Pits (faintly sunscreen-ish)
  • Soapy Pits (fresh with hints of cedarwood and lime)

How’s the odor protection?
It worked well for me. Comparable again to Kopari, the odor protection offered by Megababe gets two thumbs up for relaxed days, and on occasions when you start to work up a bit of a sweat, you may need to reapply. It contains sage and green tea to help stave off odor-causing bacteria, and I think these natural ingredients do their job well.

Does Megababe offer any other natural personal care products?
You bet! In addition to deodorant sticks, they also offer underarm masks (to aid in the process of an armpit detox) and deodorant wipes, and body products like thigh anti-friction sticks, body powder, hand sanitizer, body wash, and cleansing cloths. For men they offer more traditionally masculine scents in their thigh sticks and body powder. Finally, they offer an opaque cream called Beach Paint, which protects skin against melasma, a condition caused by the sun.

Where can you buy Megababe?
Megababe is available at Ulta, Target, Nordstrom, and Amazon, in addition to their own site!

Check out my full-length Megababe review to learn more, or buy Megababe Rosy Pits here.

Which one is the best natural deodorant for you?

Kopari vs. Megababe Deodorant comparison.

So, to sum things up, Kopari and Megababe have similar consistencies and wear quality, similar active ingredients, and similar odor protection efficacy. What’s the difference, then? Mainly just their scent—but also that Kopari offers a subscription option where Megababe does not. Still unsure which to go for and need a way to break the tie? I’ll lay out some hard facts below to help you make your choice:

Cost

Both of these natural deodorants cost $14 when you make a one-time purchase.

  • If you’re looking for a way to cut down on costs, Kopari costs $11.90 when you subscribe for monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly shipments. And shipping is free when you subscribe!
  • Megababe does not offer a subscription option, but they do sell a mini version of Rosy Pits for $10. The Mini bar is 0.88 oz. as opposed to 2.6 oz. for the full-size bar. You always pay for shipping.

Ingredients & Odor Protection

Both of these deodorants are aluminum-free, baking-soda-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and paraben-free. So both are very gentle options for first-time natural deodorant wearers and those with known sensitive skin alike! Note that neither Megababe nor Kopari is an antiperspirant, so neither will prevent armpit moisture like a traditional deodorant would.

  • If you need your deodorant to be gluten-free, go for Kopari.
  • If you’re looking for an alcohol-free deodorant, pick Megababe.

Fragrances

  • If you want a bright and fresh but gender-neutral aroma to your deodorant, Kopari‘s Original scent is a good pick—plus, they sell an Unscented option and a Driftwood scent (it’s made up of sandalwood, cedarwood, and zesty clove, scents that aren’t typically sweet-smelling).
  • If you’re game to go all-in with a feminine floral scent, Megababe‘s Rosy Pits is it!

The Feel

It’s a tie! Both Kopari and Megababe are so smooth. You can’t go wrong.

Which natural deodorant are you most eager to try? Geek out with me in the comments!

More Natural Deodorants to Consider

Want to read through all our reviews of popular natural deodorants? Here are our thoughts on Kopari, Megababe, and more!


Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

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