Aluminum free deodorant
Like we mentioned in our article about the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants, the definition of an antiperspirant is that it blocks the sweat pores in our skin or effectively closes them, so only a little sweat can find its way to the skin surface. The main ingredient that produces this clog is aluminum salts. So in theory, deodorants shouldn’t contain traces of aluminum. However many products sold as deodorants contain aluminum chloride, which can cause a lot of confusion among customers.
Why is aluminum used in deodorant products?
Our body uses specific zones to purge toxins from our system, such as the armpits, through perspiration. Like we mentioned above, antiperspirants stop this toxin purge by clogging the pores that secret it.
The connection between aluminum and diseases like Alzheimer’s and breast cancer is a very controversial subject, but until now there is no scientific study to prove the correlation between these afflictions and the ingredients found in antiperspirants.
In spite of the fact that no one proved the existence of a direct link between aluminum and various diseases, the customers are increasingly concerned and looking for alternatives such as aluminum-free deodorants.
Instead of blocking the sweat pores, a these deodorants kill the bacteria responsible for the odor. Our body perspiration is odorless unless it’s affected by bacteria.
Because of customers increasingly demanding natural deodorants, free of aluminum,alcohol or parabens, many reputable companies have started listening to their demands, offering diverse and adequate alternatives.
Most of these companies already have a history of offering natural organic skincare, cosmetics and beauty products.
On the other end of the scale, deodorants have also been approached by small companies who handcraft products without parabens, aluminum or other possibly harmful chemicals, in small batches, with attention and care.
Let’s take a look at our top picks of deodorant brands without aluminum:
Burt’s Bees Herbal
Part of the Burt’s Bees natural line, this natural deodorant contains Citrus oils and offers protection for an entire day, while being aluminum free. The negative side is that it’s a little waxy and it might stain white t-shirts.
Dr. Hauschka Sage
Aubrey Organics E Plus High C Roll-on
It doesn’t contain aluminum or other nasty chemicals, and has a pleasant smell that doesn’t fade or turn sour, like others do.
The roll-on deodorant made by Deodomom is a water based product with only 1 other additional ingredient (Magnesium hydroxide). It’s doesn’t contain aluminum, alcohol or parabens, and it doesn’t have a scent or colorants. Containing only 2 ingredients, it’s truly one of the mildest deodorants you can find on the market, and it’s particularly suitable for pregnant women or kids/adolescents who are more prone to skin rashes and irritations.
Free of aluminum, parabens and phthalates, this natural deodorant is sold in a beautiful, sturdy, and sustainable glass jar. Its antioxidant and antiseptic properties complement this deodorant’s qualities. Apart from having an unscented variant, Schmidt natural deodorant comes available in 4 scents, suitable for all preferences.
- Lavender + Sage
- Bergamot + Lime
- Cedar wood + Juniper
- Ylang-Ylang+ Calendula
Green Tidings All Natural
Some of the properties of this deodorant that should be mentioned:
- No petroleum and petrolatum components
- Certified Cruelty Free (Hasn’t been tested on animals)
- Corn Starch
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- Tea tree oil
JungleMan All-Natural doesn’t have a fragrance, so it can be used by both men and women, and it’s proven to work even in the most extreme conditions.
Conclusion and disadvantages
These natural/organic dedorants are mild on your skin and don’t contain artificial ingredients, but those components are usually used in antiperspirant products for a reason.
Plenty of natural deodorants are reported to be notoriously ineffective for excessive sweating, active people, apart from being more expensive (compared to the other solutions). Combine that with the fact that the links between aluminum/parabens and health problems have not been proven, it’s really up to you to decide if a natural aluminum-free deodorant is worth the price. Buying the best deodorants without aluminum can be a difficult task, so we hope this list helped you in your quest.
If you are looking for a more natural solution you might want to check out our Handcrafted Aluminum-free deodorant.