15 Aluminum-Free Deodorants That Will Actually Keep You Stink-Free
You can't talk about natural deodorants without a quick lesson in BO 101. First you need to know the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant has chemicals like aluminum to stop sweating altogether. The aluminum salts plug the sweat glands, preventing perspiration. On the other hand, a deodorant masks and neutralizes odor. But where does the stink come from in the first place? When the glands in your armpits emit sweat, the liquid interacts with the bacteria in the area to emit unsavory smells.
Natural deodorants use essential oils like tea tree and witch hazel to curb the bacteria. Some also have other less harmful minerals like zinc ricinoleate and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to keep the underarm area dry without stopping sweat altogether. In addition to getting rid of aluminum, most are also paraben-free and safe for sensitive skin. If you're thinking about giving up antiperspirant, start with these 15 formulas that actually keep the stink at bay.
— Additional reporting by Rayna Rossitto
Vapour Aer Next-Level Deodorant
The Vapour Aer Next-Level Deodorant ($24) comes in three different scents. Its unique texture glides on like a gel, then transforms into a powder on your skin. The highly concentrated formula will keep you feeling fresh from day to night.
Vichy 24-Hour Dry-Touch Aluminum Free Deodorant
The Vichy 24-Hour Dry-Touch Aluminum Free Deodorant ($17) comes in a roll-on formula that glides on clear so you can wear your darkest clothes without hesitation. Its mineral formula is compatible with acne-prone and sensitive skin for a worry-free wear.
Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant
The first thing you'll notice about the Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant ($18, originally $22) is that it tingles when you apply. It has ingredients like witch hazel and spearmint to refresh underarms without leaving any white flakes. In fact, it rolls on completely clear. Hello, LBD.
Lavanila Healthy Deodorant
If you want a natural deodorant that nearly smells like perfume (natural doesn't have to mean boring), turn to Lavanila Healthy Deodorant ($14). This beauty-editor favorite comes in scents like vanilla blackberry, vanilla grapefruit, and vanilla coconut. Plus, there are also miniature versions for travel.
Weleda Sage Deodorant
The thing we love about traditional antiperspirant is that you can use it anywhere to curb sweat. The spray form of the Weleda Sage Deodorant ($14) makes it easy to apply to sweaty armpits, feet, and even inner thighs. The aromatic scent of sage and tea-tree oil is one that men will love, and the oils also have antibacterial properties.
Tom's of Maine Apricot Deodorant
Tom's of Maine Deodorant ($7) is one of the bestselling body products at Whole Foods for a reason: it works! Zinc ricinoleate helps to mask odor, while aloe helps to moisturize. Tom's natural deodorant comes in stick, roll-on, and crystal form.
Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Stick, Apricot, 2.25 Ounce Stick, Pack of 6
Tom's of Maine Apricot Deodorant ($29 for 6) is one of the bestselling body products at Whole Foods for a reason: it works! Zinc ricinoleate helps to mask odor, while aloe helps to moisturize. Tom's natural deodorant comes in stick, roll-on, and crystal form.
Eucalyptus, tea tree, coriander, vetiver, lavender, and lemongrass are just a few of the essential oils that scent the Aesop Deodorant ($35). The other benefit is that all these oils are also antimicrobal to halt the growth of pungent bacteria. The active ingredient list also includes zinc ricinoleate to eliminate odor.
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9) are a game changer. The easy-to-pack wipes are perfect for the post-bootcamp freshen-up. There's no need to carry a bulky stick or aerosol can in your gym bag. This formula has coconut milk to hydrate and witch hazel to blast stinky bacteria.
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream ($19) incorporates kaolin clay, cornstarch, and baking soda into the formula to help stanch sweat. The frosting-like formula also has shea butter, rose-hip oil, and jojoba to moisturize the underarm area. The Soapwalla company prides itself on creating a cruelty-free, chemical-free, and vegan deodorant.