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Is there anything worse than leaving the house, going about your activities, and then realizing that you forgot to apply deodorant? Now for the rest of the day, you have to clamp your arms down by your side in case your body odor reaches any poor, unsuspecting victim. And if someone unexpectedly goes in for a hug? Game over.
Using a natural, aluminum-free deodorant will not only prevent unwanted B.O., but it’s also a healthier option for your entire body. Brian Nourian, co-founder of Le Jolie Medi Spa tells us that, “aluminum gets into your lymphatic system and can disrupt hormone regulation and potentially lead to unwanted health issues.” Your underarms go through a lot – shaving, waxing, chafing, sweating – the list goes on. Treating it as gently as you can (like by using a natural deodorant) is key to preventing any rashes, irritation, or ingrown hairs.
Plus, using a natural deodorant will help you smell good all day, so you don’t have to cower in fear that a co-worker might try to give you a nice hug. Here, find 17 of the best aluminum-free deodorants on the market that actually work.
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Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant
Clinically proven for effective odor protection
Made with natural fragrances
May have to reapply multiple times throughout the day
If your goal is to smell delicious from dusk ’till dawn, this deodorant will get it done. It also comes in a myriad of other scents, so you can find the one that speaks to you. You’ll be amazed at how long the scent lasts.
Best Eucalyptus Scent
Completely invisible formula
Fragrance may not last all day
For a completely invisible formula, this eucalyptus-scented deodorant stays away from alcohol and harsh chemicals, but still battles body odor all day long.
Best Fresh Scent
Havana Natural Deodorant
May not work well for sweatier people
From the makers of your favorite face masks, this plastic-free deodorant actually absorbs sweat instead of just masking it. It’s also a clear formula, so you won’t look down and see white streaks on all your clothing ever again.
Best for Scent Layering
Citrus & Vetiver Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Even the strongest B.O. can’t be detected when you have this deodorant on. With nine different scents, including unscented, so you can find the perfect one that matches your perfume.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Catered toward sensitive skin
Application may feel sticky due to gel formula
For people with extremely sensitive skin, this deodorant is free of all the irritants present in traditional formulas; it doesn’t contain any dyes, scents, clays, or minerals. Instead, you’ll be left with only the good stuff: pleasant-smelling underarms.
Best Charcoal Formula
Aluminum Free Charcoal Deodorant
Not only does this formula combat any unwanted scents radiating from your underarms, but it also helps absorb moisture throughout the day. The formula is also made up of a blend of hydrating oils to make sure your underarms don’t get irritated.
Best for Brightening
The Deodorant Gel
May not prevent odor all day long
Reapplication may be needed
This gel formula prevents odors, brightens dark underarms, and soothes any bumps or irritation. If you suffer from chronic ingrown hairs, this deodorant is the antidote.
Aluminum-Free Coconut and Pink Jasmine Deodorant
Provides up to 24 hours of odor protection
Does not prevent sweat stains
If you’ve been using Dove deodorant for years, it’s time to give it an upgrade. This three-pack doesn’t contain alcohol or aluminum but promises to leave your underarms smelling like jasmine and coconut for up to 24 hours. Sounds like a dream to me.
Aluminum Free Deodorant
Made without aluminum, alcohol, and baking soda
Takes a while for it to fully stop body odor
Nourian recommends looking for a deodorant with clean ingredients is key to ensuring your pores won’t clog. This deodorant never uses aluminum, alcohol, or baking soda. But it does use incredible natural ingredients and prebiotics that don’t just mask your mid-day scent. Over time, you’ll notice your body odor fading away.
Best for Absorption
The Clean Deo
Does not leave behind white residue
May not work well with sensitive skin
This refillable deodorant is so beautiful that you’ll want to display it in a prime location. With three incredible scents to choose from, it covers unwanted smells, hydrates and soothes the underarms, and absorbs any excess moisture throughout the day.
Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant
The scents are non-irritating
Goes on clear
Unwanted smells and irritation are some of the most common underarm complaints. This deodorant works against those two common woes by using corn starch, healthy butters, and non-irritating scents to make your pits smell like a bouquet of roses.
Best Drugstore Option
Coconut Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Free of parabens and dyes
May need to reapply throughout the day
Secret deodorant has been a staple for most of our lives. If you’re a loyal follower of the brand, their coconut-scented, aluminum-free deodorant is a great way to step up your underarm game. Same effectiveness, but better for your skin.
Best for Soothing
Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant
Ideal for sensitive skin
This deodorant treats your underarms the way you treat your skin: With AHA acids to brighten and de-odorize, hyaluronic acid to impart moisture to the skin, and aloe vera juice to soothe any irritation.
Best Earthy Scent
Natural Deodorant in Santalum
Made without baking soda
Who knew a must-have product like deodorant could be so beautiful? Instead of hiding this in a drawer, the CORPUS deodorant is so effective and housed in such iconic packaging that you’ll want to put it in a museum. It has a blend of scents that are so fresh, you’ll want to use this as a perfume, too.
Milk Stick All-Day Odor Protection Invisible Deodorant
Perfect for sensitive skin
Goes on clear
May melt in warmer conditions
This product is all about treating your skin instead of just covering up unwanted scents. You’ll be amazed at how soft your underarms feel after using this a few times.
Best Natural Ingredients
Long-Lasting Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant
May irritate sensitive skin
This deodorant never uses artificial fragrance to cover up B.O. Instead, it uses a blend of hops and tea tree to make your underarms smell good, while also donating 10 percent of profits to wonderful causes.
Is aluminum bad for you?
“Aluminum salts are used to plug up the sweat glands in antiperspirants to reduce sweating,” says dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal. For a long time, there were concerns that aluminum in beauty products could be linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. However, according to Dr. Lal, that link has yet to be proven. Generally speaking, antiperspirants–products formulated to reduce sweat–are more likely to contain aluminum than deodorants, which are created to mask the scent of sweat.
Why should I use gentle deodorants?
So, even though it’s still unclear if aluminum-free deodorants are much healthier for you, gentle formulas for deodorants are usually a better choice for anyone with sensitive skin. Our underarms go through a lot–shaving or waxing, constant chafing, etc—so formulas with gentle, clean ingredients reduce the risk of irritation.
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