Aluminum-Free Deodorants

I switched to natural deodorant a year and a half ago and it seems more and more people are making the switch. If you've been thinking more about what you put into your body, the pandemic is the best time to make the switch so you can detox at home. I want to share four new brands I've discovered as there are so many new brands on the market. 

For the first year I used Native deodorant which I was happy with but at some point I felt it stopped working so I switched to Megababe which worked great but I hated the smell and I tried two different scents. Then I tried Miradry which is a procedure done in a doctor's office to permanently reduce underarm sweat and odor. I've known about it for years as I saw the press release when it first came on the market but it wasn't until I saw Teresa Giudice's daughter get it done on insta that I was reminded that this was something I wanted to try. I went on youtube and everyone had glowing reviews. The procedure is painful and it didn't work for me. I don't know, maybe there's a reduction in sweat but I'm still able to sweat under my arms so I consider it a failure. The doctor said some people have to get it done twice, no thank you I don't feel like paying twice for this. 

I ended up buying a whole new lineup of natural deodorants and here's my experience with them. First you should understand that antiperspirants and deodorants work differently in their methods of reducing body odor. An antiperspirant contains aluminum which decreases perspiration by blocking sweat from exiting the body thus keeping your body dry. In contrast, a deodorant works to neutralize the smell of your natural body odor by masking it. So natural deodorant is not going to keep you as dry as an antiperspirant does. Baking soda causes some people to have skin irritation in natural deodorants so if you have sensitive skin you should try a baking soda free version.  These cost a little more than drugstore deodorants but why splurge on the lipstick that you're going to wear once a week under a mask when you could invest in something that you'll wear every single day?



Smells very herbal. Made from Lactic Acid, Silica, Zinc, and Kaolin Clay and no baking soda. It's wet to apply since it's a paste but comes in a twist up jar for easy application. Best for a light day such as going to work or running errands. I wouldn't wear it to a strenuous workout or on a super hot day. I think this is my favorite for everyday wear as it is effective for that use. 

Pretty Frank

Jasmine, Baking Soda Free

The company used to be called Primal pit paste. It smells like jasmine oil and is made from Arrowroot powder, coconut oil and shea butter. It makes my pits white like deodorant men used to wear back in the day. It's a little gritty to apply, it doesn't glide on easily. However, this one keeps me the driest out of all. So this will be my regular gym deodorant. 


Cool Cucumber, Super Strength with baking soda

It smells fresh and reminds me of the Dove cucumber deodorant I wore for years. It leaves a slight white film on my skin. It's made from Arrowroot powder, coconut oil and beeswax. Did a good job, no complaints. It does apply ever so slightly more gritter than regular deodorant. Like it doesn't glide as easily under your arms, but not a big deal. SmartyPits donates 1% of all sales to breast cancer research. This may become my second favorite. 


Pillow Talk

Smells generic but comes in a refillable container. It's made from Aloe Vera. I felt it performed equally to the Necessarie. In fact one day I tried each under a different arm and couldn't tell a difference. 

Results after testing each after taking a Peloton class. With Necessaire, Myro and Smartypits I was wet after class but not funky. With Pretty Frank I was dry. Next time Sephora has a sale, I plan to pick up these two popular ones: Kopari and  Maison Louis Marie  Deodorants. Sol de Janeiro just came out with an aluminum free deodorant that I also want to try. 

I use an armpit mask once a month which has charcoal & kaolin clay to draw out impurities, while glycolic acid, willow bark extract & tea tree oil step in to exfoliate and clarify. Immediately afterwards I notice I sweat less.

Related posts: Switching to Natural Deodorant

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