By now you’ve probably heard that most commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants contain an aluminum compound that blocks your sweat glands temporarily. There has been concern over the years that aluminum along with the Parabens found in deodorants/antiperspirants could be linked to breast cancer and Alzeimer’s, due to the fact that some studies done in the past found high levels of these chemicals in the tissues of patients with these diseases.
However, the medical community seems certain this isn’t the case, but if you’re like me, you know that you have to be looking out for your own health at all times. My thought is why risk it? Every one knows someone who has battled with these tragic diseases and it seems to be everywhere so…we have to draw the line on the use of chemicals on our bodies. I haven’t used commercial aluminum deodorants in 10 years and through my trials and tribulations of over 20 products I have compiled a list of the best ones out there and what you need to know about going aluminum free…
First off there truly isn’t an aluminum free antiperspirant so going into this just know they will stop you from smelling but they won’t necessarily stop you from sweating which may take some getting used to.
Second, you will have the most luck with aluminum free deodorants if you alter them every couple of months as I have noticed your body tends to get used to them and you need to switch them up every now and then. Also I find I need to reapply them more than traditional deodorants, but don’t let that deter you just find a routine of use that works for you.
Third, remember it isn’t all or nothing. I stress sweat really bad so for major occasions, such as my wedding, I wore a regular antiperspirant but for daily use I stick to aluminum free.
So after many years and over a dozen deodorants…here is my list of the best aluminum free/paraben free deodorants
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This natural deodorant is my favorite and smells great! It is free of aluminum, parabens, and synthetic fragrance. It contains activated charcoal that works to keep you fresh and dry. It has a lovely minty fresh scent. It comes in a jar that you spread on or a stick. Find it here
I love Lavanila! This product works great and smells amazing! One of the best things about Lavanila is that it is a solid powder stick and feels like traditional deodorant which is hard to find in aluminum free products. I have sensitive skin and find that the wet or sticky deodorants can give me an underarm rash, so this one is great for avoiding that. With scents like lavender vanilla, coconut vanilla, and lemon vanilla, you will love this line! Another great perk about this deodorant is that you can buy it at Sephora stores, or find it online here
3. Schmidt’s Naturals Charcoal + Magnesium
Schmidts is a mineral enhanced deodorant that is free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol. I love the fresh scent of the Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant, but they do make a variety of scents, however I find that the ones containing charcoal are superior for long lasting protection. Schmidt’s Naturals is a popular brand and I have seen them many places carrying natural products such as Whole foods and Target you can also find it online here
4. Native Deodorant
This brand is super cool! They use baking soda, arrowroot powder, and probiotics to eliminate sweat and bacteria. They have a huge variety of scents and I love their travel size that fits easily into my purse. They offer free shipping and returns, subscribe and save, and they have sample packs to find the scent you love. Find them here
I hope this list can help you find a chemical free deodorant that works for you without trying a trillion like me, or maybe you’ve tried a few with no success and this will help you find THE one!