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Worried About Aluminum in Your Antiperspirant? Try Men's Deodorant

Why I Wear Men's Deodorant

Allow me to preface this piece by saying that I'm not some tree-hugging hippie who doesn't shave her legs. Confession: I am more eco than not, but when it comes to the products I slather on my body, I am very mindful of what gets absorbed into my body through my skin.

In terms of deodorant selection, it's been an on-going dilemma — do I go the all-natural route and opt for the aluminum-, artificial preservative-, and synthetic-free deodorants that won't mask my stinky after-gym odors? Or do I buy the generic drugstore brand that will keep me sweat-free and smelling like freesia throughout the day?

Here's the thing, it hasn't been proven that antiperspirants cause breast cancer, but I'm still not comfortable with wearing deodorant that blocks my sweat glands and contains aluminum.


Continue reading to see why my medicine cabinet looks like this.

Other than the natural deodorant brands available at specialty shops, there seems to be a limited selection of nonantiperspirant deodorants available for women. I've tried every natural deodorant under the sun and haven't had any success — mainly with protection longevity and odor busting. Which is why I ended up making the switch to men's deodorant. Unlike the women's deodorant aisle, men have a plethora of nonantiperspirant deodorants to choose from. Trust me, you won't find scents like baby powder or passion flower, but if you go with a fresh/sporty scent, your yoga-mates will never know the difference.

Cara123 Cara123 4 years
If you are searching for a high quality, reputable, time-tested natural deodorant cream that WORKS...then look for Lavilin (Amazon sells it). It is such a great product! I hated using cream at first, but once you get used to it, it's easy and it works better than any other deodorant or anti-perspirant I've tried. Go Lavilin!!!
Savantrice Savantrice 6 years
Was just talking to my friend about this last weekend as she's stopped using deodorant completely due to hidradenitis in her underarms. Right now I use deodarant for about an hour a day. I put it on right before I got to the gym, and wash it off in the shower afterwards. The rest of the day I'm pretty sedentary so I dont need it. I will def look into the Lavanila tho (I have some of their moisturizer and love it), since summer's around the corner :)
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
I always wear guys deodorant only because it smells better than ladies in my opinion!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I'm in this same dilemma. I can't find effective natural deodorant, so I'm stuck using the regular stuff. On top of that, the regular womens antiperspirants don't work on me either, not even Secret Platinum. I think I'll give the men's a try.
merfie23 merfie23 6 years
I was a long time Tom's apricot wearer myself but I just recently switched to La Vanila coconut/vanilla deodorant. It's even more natural than Tom's, quite expensive but AMAZING and worth all $19
JamieRunning JamieRunning 6 years
Toms Apricot has been the best option I've found. If I can't chance needing a reapplication I wear my husbands deodorant.
Heather-Dale Heather-Dale 6 years
Phew! I was "hoping" I wasn't the only one ;-) It does just work better, doesn't it?
Sprint2theTable Sprint2theTable 6 years
Ha! I have been wearing men's deodorant for years. It straight up works better. I also rotate between 2-3 brands so I don't become "immune" to them. A&H is def my favorite.
natswrite natswrite 6 years
I totally get this - I often feel that men's health products are superior. I've been using men's shaving gel for years because I have sensitive skin. It seems like since men's shaving products are made for their face, the companies work harder on making them more effective and better for your skin, whereas the women's versions only smell nice and come in colored bottles. I don't need "papaya rain," I need legs without razor burn! :)
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