I have a variety of "natural" deodorants: Tom's stick (honeysuckle rose), Naturally Fresh crystal rock, Naturally Fresh crystal roll-on, Weleda sage spray, another brand (?) crystal rock (DH is using it), and two unopened deodorants (Tom's roll-on - wild garden, I think - and another brand? of lavender stick). I have read here at MDC about using any body spray that is alcohol based and tried that, too. OUCH!!!!
I did a test last weekend when we were headed out of town on a road trip. I was just going to be with my family in the car (with lots of stops - 5 hours with sightseeing) and would have time to shower before a fancy dinner. I used the Naturally Fresh rock under one arm and the Naturally Fresh roll-on under the other arm. My favorite for everyday use has been the NF roll-on. The rock requires a tiny bit more effort (rinsing before, during, and after use) and I would grab the roll-on far more often. The crystal rock underarm smelled the same as when I applied it early that morning...fresh and clean. The crystal roll-on underarm had a stale and very slightly odorous scent. No one else could smell anything (only I could) and I wouldn't have been bothered by it except we were dressing up for a fancy dinner.
I do not care for the Tom's stick at all. It doesn't work for anything except if I am just walking my daughter to school in the morning and plan to shower at some later point in the day. It has a nice scent and I can apply it upon rising in the morning without showering first, but it has a VERY limited time frame. Any time I apply it fresh out of the shower, I smell icky within a couple hours. I won't buy it again and am struggling to finish this one off. I plan to reuse the container for a homemade deodorant.
The Weleda sage spray smells AMAZING!!! Yummy!!! It burns under my arms, but DH has been using it. I found it for $2 or less at a local discount store. The back label on the glass spray bottle was missing. I will reuse this bottle in my homemade concoctions once DH uses up the contents. The front label will peel off easily for my own.
The Tom's roll-on is a small size and will become a travel deodorant, if it works well. I haven't tried it, yet.
I found the lavender scented stick (natural brand, but I forget the name) at the same discount store as the Weleda for $1.69. I'm hoping it works better than the Tom's stick. Ultimately, someone will use it and I'll reuse the container. (I originally got it for DD, age 10, since she likes lavender and is likely to start needing deodorant sooner versus later. However, I would rather just start her with homemade and stick to that.)