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If you’re like me and have found making the switch to natural and aluminum-free deodorants a major fail, let me tell you fellow excessive-sweater, there is indeed, hope for us all. I’ve suffered from excessive sweating since I was a young child, and while the problem primarily manifests itself in my hands and feet, sweaty and smelly underarms have also been a life-long issue of mine. For years and years, I would apply my clinical-strength antiperspirant-deodorant hybrid up to three times a day to keep pits feeling fresh and odor-free. However, when it occurred to me that clogging the ultra-absorbent pores on my underarms with toxic chemicals and aluminum to keep dry was a major health concern that I needed address (some studies have linked these ingredients with cancer) I decided that I had to try a more natural alternative to the traditional products I’d been abusing for over a decade.
The first time I decided to give natural deodorants a whirl, I was woefully disappointed to say the very least. Not only did the product I chose not even work, but it also caused an uncomfortable underarm rash that lasted over two weeks. Naturally, I didn’t want to give up my non-toxic quest just yet, so I opted for yet another brand to try my luck. While this one didn’t end up with a severe rash after just one use, it left my armpits drenched and stinky within an hour of wear. Well, as the saying goes, the third time was definitely the charm for me. So, before you surrender all hope in finding an effective deodorant that isn’t tainted with all of the bad stuff, check out my favorite non-toxic deodorants that have truly worked for me (and not just for an hour or two).
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1. Kopari Aluminum-Free Deodorant
This aluminum-free deodorant harnesses the odor-reducing benefits of premium coconut oil to keep you feeling fresh and smelling nice. The comfortable non-greasy formula feels weightless and doesn’t clog pores.
2. Schmidt's Deodorant For Odor Protection
This natural deodorant is formulated with organic, odor-neutralizing ingredients to keep you feeling (and smelling) fresh without toxic chemicals or irritating synthetic additives.
3. Native Deodorant
This natural deodorant doesn’t contain any aluminum, parabens, phthalates and talc. It’s vegan and cruelty-free to boot. The deodorant goes on smoothly and has a light coconut and vanilla scent, which will have you smelling good—without any of the chemical additives—all day. There’s also an unscented option.
4. Underarmed Natural Deodorant
This organic deodorant has a very subtle hint of fragrance (courtesy of essential oil, not fragrance) to keep odor at bay. The organic and non-irritating formula is excellent for those who have sensitive skin or are prone to underarm rashes.
5. Each & Every Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant
This deodorant is made with only six natural ingredients—and one of them is Dead Sea salt. The plant that this deodorant is made in is carbon negative, which is great news for environmentally-focused shoppers. Unlike many natural deodorants, this option has multiple scents to choose from, including citrus & vetiver, coconut & lime and cedar & vanilla.