What’s the Deal With Aluminum-Free Deodorants?
The world of deodorants is vast: There are so many scents, brands and types to choose from. And then there’s the question of what’s in your deodorant. Should you look for a deodorant with aluminum or without? It’s really a matter of personal preference, but because aluminium works to plug the pores in efforts to prevent sweating and in turn block odor, many experience irritation such as clogged pores, discoloration and sometimes rashes from it. There are also some concerns regarding the link between aluminum and breast cancer, and while there is no conclusive evidence, many like to switch to more natural deodorant formulas for peace of mind. So, if you’re looking for an aluminum-free deodorant that actually works and will make you feel fresh, keep reading.
Formulated with the brand’s famous alcohol-free and organic witch hazel, this refreshing spray works as an astringent for your underarms. It helps eliminate odor-causing bacteria, freshen up the underarm area and soothe the skin, thanks to the addition of aloe vera in the formula. It comes in three scents — cucumber, rose petal and unscented.
This American-born brand prides itself on aluminum-, paraben- and sulfate-free formulas. The deodorants come in five scents: Coconut & Vanilla, Cucumber & Mint, Lavender & Rose, Powder & Cotton and Blackberry & Green Tea. The best part is the fragrances are strong (but not in a bad way), so you'll feel protected throughout the day.
If you’re looking for a super smooth application, The Healthy Deodorant is a must-try. This stick is round, which makes it easy to swipe under your arms, and it comes in 13 scents.
Kopari is hands down one of our favorites thanks to its coconut oil base. This silky formula is aluminum-, paraben- and baking soda-free. It comes in three scents: Coconut Deo, Gardenia and Beach, and fragrance-free if you prefer an unscented option.
This vegan option by Schmidt's is chock full of ylang-ylang and calendula notes that make for a powerful scent. It’s not greasy and a little goes a long way, making it a great bang for your buck.
This rose-scented deodorant is formulated without aluminum, baking soda, parabens or alcohol. Instead, it relies on the help of cornstarch to keep your skin dry. We love that it’s invisible once it goes on, too. Plus, the cute packaging makes us want to display it on our vanity at all times.
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