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To stink or not to stink, that’s the question that it will come down to!
So does aluminum-free deodorants work?
And the answer is not easy, it really depends on your body chemistry. I’ve been using natural deodorants for a long time – still experimenting – and I have gone through my detox phase.
So it might take a couple of weeks for you to detox if this is your first time switching to aluminum-free deodorant.
Worst Deodorants For Your Health
I went through SO many deodorants (I wish I kept a list) especially the ones that claimed to be aluminum-free but really had other toxic chemicals in their ingredients that I never paid attention to.
These are the worst deodorants I’ve used before in my “toxic” days that do not contain aluminum.
I’m only listing a few of the ingredients that are more concerning.
Yes! They claim to be aluminum-free but there are Fragrance, BHT and Propylene Glycol in the ingredients.
I used Secret aluminum-free deodorant for when I worked out and thought they were the best! Well, now I know better and they list Fragrance, BHT and Mineral Oil as ingredients.
It’s true. No phthalates, parabens or dyes in their formulation BUT has Fragrance, BHT & Propylene Glycol instead.
On the front of the deodorant, it claims to be free of aluminum, parabens and phthalates. You flip the deodorant and read the ingredients, there it is, Fragrance & Propylene Glycol
This deodorant is aluminum-free, baking soda free and cruelty-free yet it has PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60 & Phenoxyethanol in the ingredients list.
Worst Deodorant Ingredients
- Fragrance is one single ingredient that may contain up to 3,000 chemicals. These chemicals are not listed on the label because it’s a TRADE SECRET a concept originally codified in the 1966 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). It causes skin irritations (allergic reaction), headache, breathing difficulties, nausea, dizziness and more – the unknown can be concerning to those with food and nut allergies.
- BHT works as antioxidant properties in deodorants. Once the body absorbs BHT, it can accelerate the breakdown of vital nutrients in our body such as Vitamin D and can cause Vitamin D deficiency. It also causes upper respiratory tract irritation and can cause allergies in people.
- Propylene Glycol is a moderate hazard ingredient and has concerns regarding cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity, irritation and enhanced skin absorption, and organ system toxicity. Propylene Glycol was found to provoke allergic reactions in patients with eczema and other skin allergies.
- Mineral Oil is known to be an immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen. It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and preventing the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to acne and other skin disorders. It may increase cancer risk as well. It’s made from petroleum – as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.
- Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has been hailed as a “greener” alternative and is used instead of parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. It causes allergies, eczema and acute nervous system effects in infants.
Types of Deodorant Applicators
Deodorants come in a variety of forms and formulas:
- Solid Sticks: They typically don’t leave the skin wet after application, and usually come in a solid white or clear formula. Some solid sticks tend to leave white residue behind on clothing.
- Gels: Are applied in a similar way to solid sticks, but they go on clear. The gel formula is generally pushed up through holes or slits in the applicator. Gels are wet when applied and require a few minutes to dry.
- Roll-On: Has a ball at the top of the bottle that can be rolled to evenly distribute the product, which is usually light and gel-like.
- Creams and Lotions: Must be applied with the fingertips to the underarms, although some lotions come in spray bottles. These usually require a few minutes of drying.
- Deodorant Sprays: Come in aerosol cans and typically go on dry.
1. Each & Every – All Natural & Aluminum Free Deodorant
Aluminum-free, NO Parabens, baking soda. phthalates, gluten, alcohol and synthetic fragrances.
Vegan, Cruelty-free and EWG Verified
Scents Available | Cedar & Vanilla, Rose & Vanilla, Citrus & Vetiver, Lavender & Lemon, Unscented & Fragrance Free, Cardamom & Ginger
Scent I Used | Rose & Vanilla
Price | $15 @ 2.5 oz
My Review | Effective? Yes indeed!
I have personally bought this aluminum-free deodorant because it has 10 different varieties of scents and is non-toxic. It looks white in color but goes on clear.
I usually purchase anything lavender but this time I bought the Rose & Vanilla and I felt like I had put on perfume; the scent is mild and not overpowering AND it did not leave stains in my clothes. This scent allowed me to smell clean and fresh even when sweating a little during physical activities.
It has 5 simple ingredients and essential oils. It’s safe and rated as low health/hazard risk in the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database.
Packaging | Plastic and it’s recyclable. Roll-on and glides easily.
Pros | Doesn’t stain, magnesium salt as a natural deodorizer and baking soda free
Cons | Expensive, but worth it.
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2. Schmidt’s Aluminum-Free Deodorant – Sensitive Skin
Aluminum Free, NO Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Gluten and Artificial Fragrance. Vegan
Scents Available | Tea Tree, Coconut Pineapple, Charcoal & Magnesium, Rose & Vanilla, Bergamot & Lime, Lavender & Sage, Cedarwood & Juniper, Fragrance-Free, Jasmine Tea, Sage & Vetiver
Scent I Used | Geranium Flower
Price | $8.99 @ 3.25 oz
My Review | I purchased these products for myself and tried it for a year. I think it has a stronger scent for combating body odor especially on my breastfeeding days and it lasted all day and wasn’t irritating. You just have to hold the product a bit longer to the skin to soften the oils on contact with body heat. I LOVE this scent.
Packaging | Plastic & regular twist-on deodorant dispenser.
Pros | Non-greasy, non-sticky feel; easily absorbed and goes on smoothly.
Cons | Goes on your skin white instead of clear but won’t stain clothes. It did will leave white marks on my dark clothes but it comes off in the wash.
Where to Buy | Amazon
3. Bali Secrets – Baking Soda Free Natural Deodorant
Aluminum Free. NO Baking Soda, Parabens, Phthalate, Triclosan. Certified Vegan, Cruelty-Free by PETA & Leaping Bunny
Scents Available | Aloe Delight, Delicate Rose, Original Essence, Sandalwood, Summer Love, Wild Wood & Unscented
Scents I Used | Summer Love & Wild Wood
Price | $13.99 @ 2.5 fl oz
My Review | I think the last time I used a natural roll-on deodorant was in high school.
I received this deodorant as a gift so my husband decided to use the Wild Wood and I used the Summer Love. We both noticed that we had to wait for it longer for it to dry before putting on our clothes but never left a stain. For me, the scent lasted all day, even after exercising (I’ve been using natural deodorants for a long time.) I did not need to reapply throughout the day and I have found that it works better if shaken prior to applying.
Packaging | Recyclable BPA-free bottle
Pros | Leaping Bunny Certified, baking soda free and both scents were not overpowering.
Cons | You need to let it dry before putting on clothes – My husband did not like the “wetness” part of it! However, it does dry fast.
Where to Buy | Amazon
Aluminum Free, NO parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, corn, soy, gluten or sulfates. Vegan and no animal testing.
Scents Available | Fresh Citrus, Royal Spice, Mountain Pine, Desert Sage & Lavender
Scents I like | Fresh Citrus & Mountain Pine
Price | Original Price: $15.00 – Sale Price: $10.00 @ 2.0 fl oz
My Review | These deodorants were gifted and I used fresh citrus and my husband used the mountain pine. I thought it would stain my clothes and to have a very strong scent.
I was surprised to find out that both scents were super mild. I have asthma and allergies and any strong scent will create a whirlpool of issues for me. Glad to also see after a week of use, that it didn’t stain any of our clothes and I could reapply it throughout the day without any issues. I liked the fact that I didn’t have oily armpits and if you do not like a stick deodorant or roll-on this is definitely for you and your significant other!
3-4 sprays will do the job and based on my calculations it will last you about a little over a month.
Packaging | The glass bottle was a win for me
as I am trying to switch to more sustainable packaging and I can also reuse the bottle – it does have a plastic cap. It also has scents for both men and women.
Pros | No staining, no petrochemicals and no fragrance AND long-lasting protection with a pleasing aroma.
Cons | I had to get used to a glass bottle in my bathroom with my little princess wanting to touch everything!
Where to Buy | Doji Website
5. Freedom Natural & Aluminum Free Deodorant
Aluminum-free, NO parabens, phthalate or gluten.
Scents Available | Frankincense Peach, Coco Van & Unscented for Sensitive Skin
Price | $17.99 @ 1.9 oz
My Review | I haven’t used this aluminum-free deodorant myself but because the ingredients were nontoxic and they are EWG Verified, I decided to include this in my review. The prices were a bit high but I know that if an aluminum-free deodorant works for me I will not look at the price tag.
Packaging | Solid stick in plastic
Pros | Baking soda free for those with sensitive skin
Cons | The price! But you can get a Travel Mini for $7
Use coupon code: AFF20 @ their site for 20% off
Scents Available | Grapefruit & Lavender. The stick has Lemon Eucalyptus scent as well.
Price | Cream: $14 @ 2.4 oz & Stick: $14 @ 1.8 oz
My Review | I read so many good reviews on this aluminum-free deodorant cream also available in stick form. The ingredients are arrowroot powder, baking soda coconut shea butter, kaolin clay, jojoba seed oil, and lavender oil. Surprisingly, these are the ingredients that I talked about in my blog post about the best natural deodorant ingredients. If you have NEVER used a natural deodorant cream here are a few tips from their website:
- If your deodorant cream is grainy, simply melt it, mix thoroughly and pop it in the fridge until solid.
- If your deodorant cream is runny or liquified, give it a good mix and pop it in the fridge until solid.
Packaging | This is what they offer about their packaging taking from their MMT website:
- Glass Jar: refill, re-purpose or recycled aluminum
- Lid: refill, re-purpose or recycle
- Seal: return to us for Terracycling (what is this?)
- Paper Box: re-purpose, recycle or compost
Pros | The ingredients! And the packaging was a win for me.
Cons | The price! But if ingredients matter, why not.
The Verdict For Aluminum-Free Deodorants
Natural and aluminum-free deodorants prove way more effective than people think and depending on the product, irritation, stinging and white marks all become a thing of the past if you really care about the ingredients. If you opt for an aluminum-free deodorant spray be mindful of reapplying as needed.
My favorite aluminum-free deodorant is Each & Every for its texture and the scent.
There is this misconception out there that aluminum-free deodorants should keep you totally dry or it’s not working. But really the only thing that can do that is aluminum as the ingredient.
So you might be a little sweaty after making the switch to natural and aluminum-free deodorant, here is a pro tip:
Try formulas with cornstarch or arrowroot powder to soak up moisture but just trying it out for a few weeks, at least you won’t stink.
If you ask yourself why your aluminum-free deodorant isn’t working just exfoliate your pits, drink lots of water, chill out and wait a few days. Body chemistry can change periodically due to stress, hormones, diet and other lifestyle factors. All of this has an impact on our body odor.
How to detox you may ask? Start with your diet. Heal your gut and overall microbiome health by consuming probiotics and mostly green, leafy vegetables which contain chlorophyll and have a deodorizing effect in the body. Drink plenty of water.
- Apply apple cider vinegar to your underarms. Spray apple cider vinegar solution (1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water) under your arms at night.
- Apply a bentonite clay mask to your underarms. and gently exfoliate your underarms once per week.
Experiencing a detox period for a couple of weeks when transitioning to natural deodorant is perfectly normal and healthy! Instead of blocking pores to prevent sweating, natural and aluminum-free deodorant allows the body to do what it’s naturally supposed to do.
You might find you’re a bit sweatier or smellier at first, but it’s all a part of your body coming back into balance. Soon enough you’ll be saying goodbye to sweat and smelly body odor for good 🙂
I Promise! Happy transitioning.
Read product labels,
Know your ingredients,
AND stay safe!
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