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The Essential Guide: Switching to An Aluminum-Free Deodorant
October 03, 2019
Are you considering trying a natural deodorant for the first time? Or maybe you’ve tried one or two (or seven) and none of them have worked? Before making the switch, it’s helpful to understand what happens when you stop using antiperspirant and start using an aluminum-free deodorant.
Here are the things you need to know about making the switch:
How does antiperspirant work?
In order to understand what it takes to adjust to an aluminum-free deodorant, you need to understand how antiperspirant works.
Antiperspirant contains aluminum to help prevent perspiration (or sweating). The aluminum disrupts your body’s natural sweating process by absorbing into your sweat duct and forming a temporary gel-like plug that prevents sweat from coming out.
What happens when you switch to aluminum-free deodorant?
You might hear a lot of people say they have to “detox” their armpits when they switch to a natural deodorant. Many of our customers do experience an adjustment period when they switch. During this period, many of them report they smell and / or sweat more than usual. The good news is that this is a temporary inconvenience for the vast majority of people we’ve heard from.
How long does it take to adjust?
It depends! For most people who report experiencing an adjustment period, it can be anywhere from 2-4 weeks. And then there are some lucky folks that adjust right away! The moral of the story is to stick it out, at least for one month to see if it will work for you.
How much more will I sweat with aluminum-free deodorant?
Most aluminum-free deodorants contain powders to help absorb wetness – Each & Every contains tapioca starch to help with wetness on the surface of the skin, and we think it does a pretty good job! Some of our customers also note that they sweat less after the adjustment period.
With that said, these powders are not going to have the same effect as aluminum, so you will likely sweat more. For some of our customers, this is occasional and only occurs when it’s hot and humid. Others notice more perspiration daily. And others report that Each & Every keeps them dry pretty much all the time! Getting used to sweat can take some time, but it’s helpful to remember that sweating is a natural process and is beneficial in regulating your body temperature.
Tips for getting through the adjustment period:
We asked some of our VIPs what tips they have for getting through the adjustment period. And here’s what they had to say:
- Wear breathable fabrics until your body adjusts. Go for natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, and wool. Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, which don’t absorb sweat and can in turn cause more odor-causing bacteria.
- Apply more often in the first 2-4 weeks. Applying at nigh can help reduce odor-causing bacteria. Additionally, a travel size or mini deodorant with you in your purse so you can touch up throughout the day if you notice odor. Our 4 piece and 8 piece mini discovery sets are a lifesaver!
- Use a good antibacterial soap in the shower to help with the odor causing bacteria. Make sure to dry your underarms well after getting out of the shower, as excess moisture can make odor worse.
- Take hot baths or spend some time running hot water on your underarms in the shower to help open your pores.
- Choose a cooler, less humid time of the year to make the switch. Fall, Winter and Spring are all great times to switch!
- Stay hydrated during the adjustment period. Drinking enough water is important, especially since you may be sweating more in the first few weeks.
- Be patient! Give it at least a month to ensure your body has had enough time to adjust.
Why choose Each & Every?
There are a ton of natural deodorants on the market, so it can be daunting and confusing to determine which you should choose. We recommend regardless of what you choose that you do research, because there are no regulations around claiming a product is “clean”, and some of the aluminum-free deodorants on the market still contain ingredients that aren’t so natural. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database is a great resource while you’re researching brands and ingredients.
Here are a few things that differentiate Each & Every from the others on the market.
- EWG Verified – We are one of a select few to be verified by the EWG. This means its free of EWG’s chemicals of concern and meets their strictest standards for health. It means full transparency for both ingredients and manufacturing standards.
- Designed with sensitive skin in mind – We leave out ingredients that can cause irritation, such as baking soda and synthetic fragrances.
- Easy, smooth application – Many other deodorants on the market are grainy and tough to apply – kind of like rubbing a dry bar of soap on your skin! But E&E has a smooth, creamy and luxe feel, making it easy to apply and preventing any irritation of tugging.
- Natural Fragrance – Our deodorants are scented with essential oils and absolutely no synthetic or engineered fragrances. We source these from all over the world depending on the type of oil – for example, French lavender oil, citrus oils from Italy, and pine from Canada – ensuring we use only top quality oils in our deodorants.
- No stains – Our deodorant goes on clear, on every skin tone. Just apply, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and get dressed. No white marks, no yellow stains, and no dark pits.
- Cruelty-free and vegan – E&E is certified vegan and cruelty-free. We don’t use any animal byproducts (such as beeswax) and we do absolutely NO animal testing.
The Best Natural Deodorant According to Experts
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The first thing you need to know about natural deodorant is that it will not stop you from sweating. That’s because natural formulas lack aluminum, the ingredient in conventional antiperspirants that plugs up sweat glands. Aluminum isn’t necessarily harmful — regarding its rumored link to cancer, the American Cancer Society says, “There are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim.” But many still opt for natural deodorants since, as Doree Shafrir, writer and co-host of the podcast Forever35, explains, they “don’t block your pores and prevent your body from sweating, they allow ‘good’ bacteria to flourish so that you eventually become less stinky than before.” In fact, Follain founder and CEO Tara Foley says deodorant is one of the top-selling categories at her shop: “It’s a place where a lot of people start their clean-beauty journeys.”
Which brings us to the second most important thing about natural deodorant: Finding one that works for you is a very personal process that will likely involve a fair bit of trial and error. One person’s favorite natural deodorant might not work for someone with more sensitive skin, or a heavier sweater. Many natural deodorants rely on baking soda to absorb moisture, for example, but too much baking soda can cause skin irritation in some people. Since there are lots of factors to consider (do you want a charcoal-based deodorant or one with arrowroot powder? A gel or a cream?), we polled a handful of clean-beauty experts to recommend the best for all types of sweaters.
Best overall natural deodorant
While some natural deodorants can have a gritty feel, Ursa Major has a smooth, gel-like consistency that glides on the skin like a conventional deodorant. Its easy-to-use stick, sweat-absorbing ingredients, and clean, unisex scent makes it a favorite of three of our experts. Jacqueline Jones, natural-beauty writer at the Beauty Proof, calls it a “game changer” in comparison to other natural deodorants she’s tried that were messy, stain-producing, and otherwise ineffective, and says, “no matter what the weather’s like or how crazy my day gets, the Hoppin’ Fresh deodorant gets the job done without screaming ‘dirty hippie.’”
It offers “long-lasting protection with a pleasing aroma — peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary — using kaolin [clay], baking soda, and saccharomyces [odor-fighting enzymes] to soak up sweat and bacteria,” according to Oakjoo Lee, merchandising and planning manager for skin care at Credo Beauty, who says it’s especially popular among male customers. It’s also a top seller at Follain, and Foley raves about its earthy, pinewood smell.$18 AT AMAZON
Best extra-strength natural deodorants
With a double dose of baking soda to keep you dry, this powerful deodorant is Foley’s pick for heavy sweaters. It’s formulated with arrowroot powder, another natural ingredient that helps soak up moisture. She says it’s the best for odor and sweat protection, so it might be one to consider if you’re hesitant about making the switch to a natural deodorant.$24 AT AMAZON$24 AT FOLLAINMilk + Honey Lavender Tea Tree Extra Strength Deodorant No. 09$22
As Shafrir says, “The adjustment period when you switch from using an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant can be rough — on both yourself and the people around you.” For another option that best mimics an antiperspirant, she likes the extra-strength natural deodorant from Milk + Honey. She says this formula, from the Austin-based brand (that has advertised on her podcast), like LoveFresh, “has arrowroot powder for maximum absorption.”$22 AT AMAZON$20 AT ULTA BEAUTY
Best-smelling natural deodorant
Without synthetic fragrances, natural deodorants usually get their scents from essential oils, which smell very differently than baby powder–esque traditional deodorants. CAP Beauty co-founders Cindy DiPrima and Kerrilynn Pamer agree that Agent Nateur’s unisex deodorant smells the best of the bunch, with a sophisticated scent that’s far from crunchy. DiParma told us: “The scent profile is simply gorgeous. With notes of vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, and rose, it’s warming, sultry, heart-opening, and most importantly, subtle.” Pamer, who is also CEO of CAP, calls it “musky, sexy … complex, and intoxicating.”$21 AT DERMSTORE
Best baking soda–free natural deodorants
Although baking soda keeps wetness and moisture at bay, it can also be very irritating to some people, sometimes to the point that it turns them off from natural deodorant entirely. Dermatologist Cybele Fishman explains, “Baking soda is highly alkaline, and often causes irritant dermatitis in armpits. I am seeing so many armpit rashes since so many people are changing to natural deodorants, and when we check, there is usually baking soda in them, and when they stop using it, the rash goes away.” As an alternative, she suggests baking soda–free deodorants, and this rose-scented one comes highly recommended by Lara Kaiser, of Shen Beauty. “There’s really nothing I don’t like about it,” says Kaiser, who found that other natural deodorants were either too greasy or left oily stains on her shirts. She likes that it “lasts forever,” describing how one tube lasts her a year even with daily use. Several of our friends at the Cut are fans as well.$14 AT TARGET$14 AT ULTA BEAUTYCorpus Third Rose Natural Deodorant$22
Sustainably made and baking soda–free, Corpus deodorant is also popular at Shen Beauty according to Kaiser, who loves the subtly elegant scents. “A lot of my clients have been rebuying,” she says. Lee agrees that it’s “super chic and sleek” and describes how the “long-lasting water-based formula” contains “naturally derived enzymes and plant extracts” like rose, mandarin, and cedar root to neutralize body odor.$22 AT CREDO BEAUTY
Best magnesium-based natural deodorant
Magnesium is another baking-soda alternative that’s more gentle on the skin and still effective for killing odor-causing bacteria. Last year, Jackie Johnson, host of the natural-beauty podcast Natch Beaut, judged natural deodorants at last year’s Indie Beauty Expo and awarded the first-place prize to Brothers Artisan Oil’s magnesium-based deodorant. “It works extremely well,” she says. “If you’re a stink queen, this will cut that for you.” It comes in a handful of scents, but Johnson’s favorite is eucalyptus and lime, which she calls “really light and refreshing, and not overpowering.” It kept her stink-free during a sweaty workout class, but she does add that, like with any natural deodorant, you might have to reapply throughout the day. “Get comfortable with reapplication,” she advises.$18 AT AMAZON$18 AT BROTHERS ARTISAN OILViolets Are Blue Baking Soda Free Magnesium Deodorant$25
Lee likes this scent-free deodorant from Violets Are Blue, which she says is good option for someone transitioning from a conventional deodorant. “This has the look, feel and application process of a more traditional formula, which can make the switch much more seamless.” The quick-drying formula contains magnesium (which helps to block odor) and tapioca starch (which help you keep dry), and doesn’t contain irritants often found in natural formulas like essential oils, baking soda, or arrowroot. “It’s ideal for anyone with skin sensitivities,” she says.$25 AT CREDO BEAUTY
Best (less expensive) magnesium-based natural deodorant
Schmidt’s is one of the biggest names in the natural-deodorant scene (actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer calls it “a unicorn product”), and their sensitive-skin formula replaces baking soda with magnesium. Even though she’s not sensitive to baking soda, Johnson prefers the magnesium versions. “I just think they work better, and I also think the scents are more exciting,” she says. Along with the jasmine-tea scent, she says the rose and black pepper and coconut-pineapple varieties are “on point.”$10 AT AMAZON
Best natural deodorants with charcoal
As Johnson says, “Charcoal is a hot ingredient,” and some natural-deodorant fans claim it helps ease the transition from using antiperspirants. The hosts of another beauty podcast, Breaking Beauty, gifted her this Takesumi deodorant and told her it’s “amazing” for making the switch. “It draws out toxins from your pores and has an easy glide-on application without white marks,” says Lee, who loves how it goes on clear. “The scent is beautiful, too,” she adds.$22 AT CREDO BEAUTYRoutine Superstar Deodorant Cream$28
Combined with other powerful ingredients like baking soda, magnesium, and kaolin clay, activated charcoal makes this cream deodorant a strong stink-blocker. “It provides long-lasting protection and most importantly, it works really well, and the protection it offers is very close to a conventional formula,” according to Lee. Credo co-founder and COO Annie Jackson agrees that “the charcoal and magnesium in it are supereffective and a little goes a long way.” The only downside is that it’s a cream you have to apply with your fingers, a style once common among natural deodorants that has mostly been replaced by tubes.$28 AT AMAZON$30 AT CREDO BEAUTYPiper Wai Natural Deodorant Cream$14 now 14% off$12
Kirbie Johnson, a beauty reporter and co-host of the Gloss Angeles Podcast swears by this Piper Wai cream, which helped her survive a hot Texas day entirely stink-free. “The other deodorants I brought felt like they were evaporating off my body the minute they were applied, but this works, and stayed put. Even in 100 degree heat, I did not smell,” she says. Its main ingredients are charcoal and tapioca starch, which, combined, absorb sweat and control odor. It also contains essential oils like citrus and mint, which give it its light, pleasant scent. “The key is smoothing it onto your underarm liberally with your fingers,” Johnson says, noting that a pea-sized amount is plenty. If you’re sensitive to coconut oil, she recommends patch testing and proceeding with caution.$12 AT AMAZON
Best natural deodorant cream
Despite the rise in tube deodorants, Foley says there’s still a market for cream deodorants in pots. Because natural deodorant often has a balmlike consistency, she explains, rubbing it in helps it absorb deeper into the skin. If you want to give it a try, she says the Soapwalla deodorant is very effective since it “contains a lot of baking soda, [and] a lot of tea-tree oil,” which is naturally antimicrobial. In an ode to Soapwalla, writer Alice Gregory told us it has “the efficacy of substances usually formulated for the military.”$18 AT AMAZON$16 AT FOLLAIN
Best sweat-activated natural deodorant
Type:A Deodorant – The Visionary$10 now 10% off$9
“Sweat-activated” has long been a buzzword in conventional deodorant marketing, with products promising to fire up their sweat-busting power when you need it most, and Type:A brings the concept to the natural-deodorant world. “You’re not going to smell it or notice it until you start sweating, then you’re gonna smell the scent of the deodorant,” says Foley. Their deodorants, which come in scents like citrus and ocean mint, are packaged in squeezable tubes that you apply directly to the armpit. Lee likes that it “absorbs instantly and leaves the skin soft.”$9 AT AMAZON$10 AT FOLLAIN
And the natural deodorant Strategist editors love
We’d be remiss not to mention this roll-on deodorant from Real Purity, which sparked somewhat of a craze among the Strategist team when editor Alexis Swerdloff reported that she had stopped sweating (along with a handful of her friends) after trying it. One editor after another bought it and reported the same, so we had to investigate. Dermatologists we spoke with suspect the vegetable glycerin in Real Purity absorbs moisture, contributing to the dry feeling. Actress Aubrey Plaza is also a fan: “Judy Greer recommended this to me. She told me it’s the only one that works, and it’s true. I don’t have to reapply. It’s all-natural. It’s light and smells good.”