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My Kopari Deodorant Review - Does Natural Deodorant Work?

My Kopari Deodorant Review

Does Its Smooth Coconut Oil Make for the Best Natural Deodorant?

4.8/5 stars

Pros:

  • Easy on sensitive skin with its free-of-baking-soda formula
  • Glides on nicely and leaves minimal residue
  • Light and lovely scent that’s surprisingly unisex

Cons:

  • One of the pricier natural deodorant bars out there
  • Not an antiperspirant (This is common for natural deodorants)

Our Verdict:

I’ve been on a natural deodorant journey for several years, and this one blew me away. Highlights are its perfectly smooth application, its natural ingredients (it’s hypoallergenic and free of aluminum), its gentle scent, and its staying power—to the point that my husband made the transition, too. We think it’s worth the higher price tag.

by Christen Russo, MSA Reviewer, Natural Deodorant Explorer
July 10, 2020| 43 comments

My excursion into the world of natural deodorant began several years ago when I decided to just stop wearing deodorant altogether—I’m not a huge perspirer, but I found after a stinky summer that it would be in good taste to start wearing deodorant again. I began with Tom’s because it was the only natural deodorant offered in my grocery store, and it just straight up didn’t work in any way for me, so I turned to Schmidt’s. I bought a jar, applying it by hand each day, and what followed was a simultaneous obsession with their dreamy scent blends and a horrible, long-lasting rash that led to me pouting into my glass of wine at a fancy fall wedding—turns out my under-arms are sensitive to baking soda. Their baking-soda-free bars were next up in my experiment, but they were just a little too rough for me (see Anna’s description of the Schmidt’s bar texture here).

Next came Native (see Anna’s review of Native here), which was a nice experience overall, so I thought my journey would end there—until an original coconut oil Kopari bar arrived in a subscription box, shaking up my world. I mean, the scent is seriously so pleasant, the application is silky-smooth, and the formula is really effective for staving off odor. I was talking about it so often and glowingly that my husband gave it a try, at which point a silent battle over whose dresser it would live on ensued, then we finally decided to share it since $14 seemed like a crazy price for a bar of deodorant. We were so sad when it ran out that suddenly the price felt like a worthwhile investment.

Keep reading to learn the details of why the aluminum-free, coconut-infused deodorant Kopari gets four thumbs up combined from the deodorant-wearers of my household! 

Kopari Deodorant Quick Facts

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.

Shipping

  • Ships to the US, Canada, Australia, & UK
  • $5 regular US shipping (3-8 business days), $15 expedited US shipping ($15)
  • International shipping costs vary
  • Free shipping on one-time orders over $30.00
  • Free shipping on Kopari Auto Replenishment (subscription) orders
  • Note that applicable taxes may be added to your order

Product

2 oz. solid stick in a twist-up plastic tube

Perks

  • Aluminum-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Baking-soda-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-toxic
  • Odor protection from “plant-based actives,” such as sage oil & coconut oil
  • Made with sensitive skin in mind
  • Free samples of other Kopari products in every order

  • 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)

Ingredients for the Original scent:

Propylene Glycol*, Water/Aqua/EAU, Sodium Stearate, Propanediol, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethyl Citrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glyceryl Laurate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid *Biobased/Base Végétale **Organic/Biologique

My Kopari Deodorant Review

The Feel

5/5 stars

 

The Promise: A smooth application that isn’t sticky.

The Reality: An effortless glide that feels oh-so-good on even sensitive armpits.

Honestly, with my a history of trying natural deodorants that ranged from nonexistent protection to rashy reactions and gritty skin-pulling textures, my expectations for eco-friendly deodorants did not prepare me for the exceedingly positive experience Kopari hit me with! You know how when you’ve just shaved your legs, a moisturizing layer of lotion makes sense? Well, after shaving your pits, a little TLC courtesy of Kopari just makes sense. Its blend of coconut oil, coconut water, and sage oil is a treat for such a sensitive area. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t shave your armpits you’ll still find that Kopari feels lovely, and doesn’t leave chunks or residue behind. My husband immediately appreciated that in this bar.

 

The Scent

5/5 stars

The Promise: A light, sweet coconut milk fragrance described as “beachy.”

The Reality: A subtle, light, soothing scent that’s gentle and lasting, and not overly feminine.

I’m someone who tends to shy away from tropical scents for fear that they’ll leave me smelling like sunscreen. Honestly, if I hadn’t received a bar of Kopari deodorant in a sub box first, I probably wouldn’t have taken a chance on it for that reason. But this brand somehow manages to evoke the carefree breeze, the soothing washing of the tides, and a coconutty tropical vibe in its scent without making you smell like a piña colada. Total win! On warmer days and after working out, I found that the hypoallergenic & phthalate-free scent was amplified, or maybe a better word is “activated,” a bit by my sweating and it was a totally pleasant experience. As for my husband? He didn’t find the scent feminine at all, and if anything enjoyed the divergence from the bold, moody vetivers and cedars typically found in men’s deodorant.

 

The Odor Protection

4.5/5 stars

The Promise: Long-lasting protection thanks to an antimicrobial formula with plant-based actives like coconut oil & sage oil.

The Reality: Reliable protection for ordinary days. Potential need for reapplication under sweaty circumstances.

I’m completely pleased with Kopari‘s odor protection, which does its thing with natural and antimicrobial ingredients. I feel it can completely hold a candle to mainstream deodorants in that realm, though, again, I’m not someone who sweats much in my day-to-day goings about. I can recall a couple of times when at the end of a long day a slight hint of my own personal smell may have began to be detectable, but typically those scenarios are when the air’s warm enough for just about everyone to be sweating, so I wasn’t too concerned. My husband is a more active perspirer and also a more active athlete, and on both counts he agreed that Kopari does as good a job of protecting against odor as any deodorant can be expected to, which is to say, it’s not perfect but it’s good. He might apply an extra swipe before or after a run or yoga session if he knew he wouldn’t have the chance to shower afterward.

 

Good to Know

Natural Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants

Most deodorants you’ll find on the shelf are antiperspirants, which are meant to inhibit sweating (and therefore reduce odor) by using aluminum salts to block the sweat glands. Non-antiperspirant deodorants allow the body to sweat naturally, but contain ingredients that curb odor by addressing the bacteria that causes it. While some early research linked the use of antiperspirants with Alzheimer’s and cancer, according to Teen Vogue there is no compelling scientific case to prove it; still, consumers are increasingly wary of using body products that contain unnecessary chemicals. Some consumers also have concerns about interfering with the “detoxifying” process of sweating, but Teen Vogue clarifies that sweating is really only responsible for a “negligible” amount of detoxification.

In short, Kopari is not an antiperspirant. It is aluminum-free, which means it’s a healthy choice but Kopari deodorant not going to stop you from sweating. Meaning, you might want to give Kopari a try if you’re looking for a clean deodorant with odor-neutralizing qualities; perhaps not so much if you’re looking for something offering moisture control.

 

What is an “Armpit Detox?” Transitioning to Natural Deodorant

You may have heard tell of the 2-4 week transition period that’s typical when switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Some sources call this period an “armpit detox,” which sounds kind of intense, but it doesn’t have to be. Everybody’s body reacts differently during the transition, but generally what you can expect is to be a little extra stinky for a time while your armpits adjust to sweating regularly again.

Here are a few tips for getting through the switch:

  • Research your options before choosing a natural deodorant. Kopari strikes me as a great pick for first-timers since it’s smooth, gentle (partially thanks to being baking-soda-free), and has good odor protection. If I’d known about it earlier I may have skipped my deo-free phase!
  • Bring your new natural deodorant along with you for a bit—carry it in your purse or work bag so you can apply an extra layer if you feel you need it partway through the day.
  • Rest assured knowing that you’re probably way more aware of this smelly phase than anyone else is. It’s not as bad as you think! And, truly, it will come to an end.
  • If you experience any stinging, redness, or rash, it’s time to stop using that deodorant and give your precious pits a little break—and maybe even check in with a dermatologist if it’s bad. Sometimes even natural ingredients don’t work great with everyone’s skin, and there are all sorts of other natural deodorants to try out there.

 

Shipping, Returns, & More

Placing Your Order

If you’re new to natural deodorant or just want to give Kopari a try before committing to a subscription, you may want to make a one-time purchase. One-time purchases under $30 do not include shipping nor taxes, so with the shipping + taxes that apply to my state and country added on, this one $14 bar ended up costing $19.98, but your total may differ depending on where you live.

If you have a good feeling about this product or are looking for a lower price, you could consider subscribing to Kopari’s Auto Replenishment program. It’s basically a subscription, so you’ll receive automatic orders of this deodorant (and whatever else you’d like to include in your recurring order) either monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. This program includes free shipping, and once you’ve got your recurring order all set up, you are free to make changes to it between deliveries, and skip deliveries as needed.

Shipping & Tracking

After placing my Kopari order, using the $5 US Standard Shipping option, an order confirmation email showed up in my inbox right away. The next day a shipping confirmation email (including tracking) was sent, and my package arrived via USPS within 6 days.

Free Samples

Kopari sends one free sample in every order so that you can try the other products they carry. If you poke around their site, you’ll see they make all sorts of personal care products like body scrubs, melts, lotions, and balms—even CBD-infused skincare products. In the above photo you can see the little packet of coconut crush scrub as an example of something you could receive!

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you try Kopari and have issues or simply don’t like it, you have 60 days from your purchase date to start a free return, as long as the products are in new or gently used condition. Kopari promises a full refund—they even cover return shipping costs! Note that initial shipping costs (the cost of shipping the product TO you) are non-refundable. For international returns, reach out to [email protected]. That same contact email can be used for an item that arrives damaged—they’ll send you a replacement right away.

In the case that you purchased your Kopari product from a different retailer (I picked up a bar at Anthropologie not long ago, for example), you’ll have to coordinate a return through that other company.

 

Try Kopari for Yourself

Did this review make you a believer? Subscribe to Kopari products here. Have natural deodorant experience of your own to share? Tell us in the comments!

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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.

Comments (43)

  1. I tried this deodorant and hate it! It was very wet and did not get rid of the smelly armpits. I had to wipe and reapply multiple times a day. I found a Dr. Teals deodorant with charcoal. It smells great and absorbed any smell. It’s also aluminum free. I will never use anything else!

  2. Thank you so much for writing this..

  3. I used Kopari for two years but I didn’t like how it always felt “wet” on me. I have switched to Megababe and don’t notice that. I liked Native for a while but then I got a different scent than one I’d liked and broke out with a horrible rash.

    • Love the branding on Megababe! “Rosy Pits” sounds exactly what I was going for with Schmidt’s, which I reacted to. Might have to give it a try!

  4. I was forced to try this deodorant and ibwill never turn back! I work at Ulta and one day I realized I didnt put on deodorant and we sold this sonic bought it. It’s gentle and smells fresh and light. It doesnt build up like other deodorants and has made a huge difference to the skin there. If I forget deodorant again, I’d happily buy a second one vs going back to the other stuff.

    • Lots of typos but you get it 😆

  5. This is the best deodorant I have ever used. Once you read about the difference between this, and your typical drugstore deodorant, you will understand how much better this route is. I’ve noticed the skin under my arms is smoother and brighter and no odor. Love this! I’ve already bought extras for when I run out.

    • Yessss!

  6. Used smidths? deo 1st and was too rough and then switched to sensitive formula and was great but left white residue sometimes. Then switched to native and love it, I get the 3 pack for $30 free ship. Bought megababe and kopari for packaging and smell. They are very similar but I sweat them off quick so back to native.

    • Cary, sounds like we’ve had similar natural deodorant journeys! I definitely rank Native among my top picks.

      • And it’s so funny cuz one time when traveling had to use secret aluminum deodorant like I used to in high school and it made an awful smell when mixed with my smell lol I knew then my body preferred aluminum free.

  7. Does natural deodorant make your armpits dark? I heard someone say that and I’m afraid to try it now. Thanks for any info.

    • Hmm! This is the first I’m hearing of this concept, Sharon! That’s certainly not the case for me. I’d be curious to hear others chime in with their experience!

      • I’m glad to read that hasn’t been your experience, Christen. I decided to take the plunge and used a natural deodorant I had on hand from the latest Target Beauty Box. If it works out, I’ll try Kopari next. Thanks for your reply.

  8. I love Kopari! Their deodorant is the best. They have it on the fabfitfun add on sale for $5!

    • What a steal! Amazing!

  9. I have found that since quarantine, deodorants that used to work for me are not. I think it is a combination of altered diet and not sweating out my toxins in hot yoga. Either way though, I just make sure to wash my pits twice a day and reapply. My favorites are Bubble and Bee Pit Putty, And Schmidt’s. I prefer cream for Pit Putty and stick for Schmidt’s. I find the Schmidt’s cream to be too rough/hard.

    • I’ve noticed changes in my body since my daily rhythm has changed, too, Lydea. I love your smorgasbord of natural deodorants (affectionately referred to as “natty deo” in our house)!

  10. I’ve only tried 2 natural deodorants, but I was super impressed with the application of the Kopari. It glided on really nicely.

    I switched to the Kopari from Meow Meow Tweet because I was getting red patches of irritation in my underarms that just kept growing bigger. Unfortunately, switching brands of natural deodorant did not help. I had to go back to my old antiperspirant, and my skin quickly went back to normal. I later found out that the same thing happened to my sister when she tried to switch to natural deodorant.

    • I’ve had that happen too, mine was Way of Will, it immediately gave me a large, angry patch of fiery, red skin. I haven’t had any problems with Schmidt sensitive formula, maybe because they don’t use baking soda which some people are very sensitive to. But, I have used other formulas with baking soda in it without the fiery armpits, so it might have been the essential oils they use in Way of Will. I try to stay away from eucalyptus or any of the “minty” types as well.

  11. I’ve fallen in LUV with Type-A. My poor mistreated pits have tried so many natural deo’s with poor results, but Type A soothes my skin and slayed the stink. I am a worker outer sometimes even going for a twofer and it really hangs in there, and keeps me dry!

    • Type A is another one I haven’t heard of until now, thanks for mentioning it! I’m intrigued by the tube/applicator situation. Sounds like it’s an amazing product!

  12. I wanted to love this one and even stocked up when Ulta had it on sale, but if I work out it does not control the stink at all. It is fine for everyday usage but not working out. The one I’ve found the best for sweaty workouts is Will of Way. I got it at a FFF sale and it’s great. Just to throw it out there 🙂

    • This is the first I’m hearing of Will of Way! I just took a peek and I love their branding. Might have to try!! 🤔

  13. Kopari is hands down my favorite too! I just bought my first two sticks about a month ago when Ulta featured them as part of it’s 50% sale one day. I purchased the CBD one and the Charcoal one and I LOVE them both equally. My husband does too. I have also tried tons of natural deodorants and have actually been making my own for awhile. I do not have a baking soda sensitivity so I have enjoyed almost every natural deodorant that I have tried but Kopari is my favorite for ease of application and feel and I like the packaging A LOT.

    I had NO IDEA they had a subscription service though. That is awesome and I am going to sign up. That is a pretty decent savings especially with the free shipping on subscriptions. Thank you so much for this!

    • The subscription service is kind of a game changer, isn’t it? I’m so happy you found your way to my review and that it led to good news for you!

  14. I’m currently using the Kopari deodorant, and I really like it! I also love its smooth application, and that even though it looks like it could be wet & sticky, it’s not at all. I alternate between natural deodorant and conventional ones; naturals get used on non-work days and conventional ones get used when I’m in the office… and I’ve never had any issues with combatting sweat or odor with the Kopari deo. I’m using the beach scent right now, and I honestly can’t even smell it; even when it was new I had to get my nose pretty much right up on it to smell it. No complaints though!

    • Wow! I wouldn’t have guessed you could alternate between the two without side effects, I wonder if that’s something having to do with the Kopari ingredients or if it’s unique to your body. Either way, sounds like it’s working out great for you, so yay!

      • My guess is it’s unique to my body because I’ve been doing this for the past few years when subs first introduced me to natural deodorants. 🙂 I’ve never been a sweater in the pit area, so there’s no issue there (if I do sweat, it tends to me more in my hair & neck), and I’ve never really been a stinker either, lol! Maybe I’m just used to my own brand(?). 😉 I did try to use a natural deodorant exclusively back when I got my first one in an Allure box a few years ago, but I got the typical red, itchy, sore reaction that a lot of people seem to get… probably the one I used had baking soda. I don’t have an aversion to conventional deodorants/antiperspirants, but natural products (in all areas of beauty) always intrigue me so I tried to figure out how to still incorporate a natural deo into my routine. I think I don’t get a reaction now because I only use them sporadically, and not every single day. Thank goodness this works for me! 🙂

  15. Try Schmidt sensitive skin, the texture is very smooth and it works! The one Anna tested was not sensitive skin.

    • I think Schmidt’s may have expanded their offerings since the last time I tried it. I would definitely be interested in trying the sensitive skin version, their scents are amazing. Thanks for the rec!

    • Hi Luna & Jackie!
      This is my go-to favorite right now too. I love the sensitive formula in pineapple scent (my TJ Maxx seems to carry this one a lot). The only thing I don’t love is that it takes a little longer to dry or you will get white streaks on your clothes that are really hard to remove.

      Does the Kopari leave white marks?

      • Hi Flora! No, it goes on clear! (at least the one I’ve tried that looks just like this one 🙂 )
        I went a bit nuts at Marshalls/TJ a while ago when I first saw they carried Schmidt’s deodorant, so I have quite the stockpile in my stash… I just HAD to have one of each scent! lol It got to the point where I was forgetting what scents I already had, so I’ve cooled it now. 😉

      • Hi Flora and Luna!! I have a kopari but haven’t tried it yet. Glad to hear it doesn’t leave white marks. I have quite the surplus of Schmidt’s too!

  16. Kopari is, hands down, the best aluminum-free and cruelty-free deodorant I’ve tried (and I’ve tried A LOT). I live in Florida, so it gets really gross here and I feel like it holds up really well. The gardenia scent is my fav. It is a bit pricey, but I’ve seen it on sale at Ulta, Kopari’s website, and GMA deals. It’s totally worth it.

    A tube lasts longer than regular deodorant, IMO. I got a set of 3 travel-sized ones for Christmas, and I’m still going through them.

    • I might have to try the Gardenia scent next, I’m all in for a nice floral armpit experience. The travel set is a great stocking stuffer idea, I’m going to keep that in mind!

    • Totally agree about them lasting forever! I’ve been using a mini Kopari probably since the Fall, and I just used it today, and it’s still going strong! Granted, I don’t use it everyday, but it still does seem to last a lot longer than other mini deos I’ve tried.

  17. I REALLY want to switch to a natural deodorant but I sweat so so much I just don’t know if it is realistic for me. Does anyone know of a natural deodorant (baking soda free?) that helps combat sweating?

    • No. I’ve been trying to find a good one because I am outside a lot for work but each time I’m disappointed. So far the natural deodorants just don’t work that way.

  18. Aluminum is the smell-stopping ingredient in antiperspirants. No, it does NOT cause Alzheimer’s disease. It’s safe for you to use. And anyone who is worried about exposure to metals should take a chill pill and open a science textbook. You wouldn’t believe how much nickel, cadmium, and copper you ingest from drinking water. You even take in nickel if you eat with a stainless steel fork. And guess what – you’re still here and you’re fine. Great news!

  19. I feel like the kopari one sweats right off. It smells good right after applying then it’s gone as soon as u sweat.

    • I agree….i have the gardenia kopari deoderant as well as an umopened coconut one. It smells nice at first but couple hours later i start to smell and i havent even sweat that much. I constantly have to reapply during the day every few hours….. my Arm & Hammer deodorant lasts A LOT longer than this.

    • Interesting! I asked my husband what he thinks since he sweats a lot more than I do, and he said that if he’s in an extra-sweaty situation he isn’t really counting on his deodorant to work, he just plans on taking a shower after. But of course not everyone’s lifestyle is such that you can just shower any ol’ time. Darn! But thanks for commenting and offering that perspective!

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