Is natural deodorant worth it's salt? Find out whether making the switch will keep you feeling healthy and smelling fresh
As the rise in clean eating and ethical consumption continues, it is not just our grocery baskets and make-up products that are under fire. With the global antiperspirant and deodorant market worth a whopping 72.7 billion US dollars in 2018, a ten per cent increase on 2012, there is no denying that the demand is there. Still, most household name deodorants conceal an ingredient that has been proven to be highly controversial—aluminum.
Although scary stories about increased breast cancer and Alzheimer’s risk at the hands of aluminum have been largely debunked by scientists, they do still have an impact.
Where deodorants simply perfume natural body odors, aluminum anti-perspirants help plug your pores to reduce sweating, which can lead to overheating, but do at least inhibit bacteria’s that may feed on your sweat. And then of course there is the environmental impact—aluminum requires a large degree of processing and Co2 emissions. A mixed bag indeed.
So, what is the alternative? If you’re in the market for a new pit-pal, here are five aluminum-free products to try.
L’Occitane Eau Des Baux Stick Deodorant, £17
Formulated without parabens, alcohol or aluminum salts, the smell of L’Occitane’s deodorant is certainly up there with most perfumes. A deep, woody scent, it works for all genders, in a stick form that lasts approximately six months with moderate use.
Heavy perspirers may find it a little inefficient though—despite being an excellent option for sensitive skin, it is most appropriate for daywear rather than during any heavy physical exercise.
Dr Organic Aloe Vera Deodorant, £3.99
Great for cooling sun soaked skin, products containing Aloe Vera are ideal at this time of year. A bargain at just £3.99, the Dr Organic formula is produced with organic products for smooth application, leaving no white marks or irritation.
Salt Of The Earth Crystal Classic Deoderant, £4.85
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, taking down a Salt Of The Earth deodorant from the shelf might feel like a weighty surprise. That’s because it is, quite literally, a small chunk of natural mineral salt, free from fragrance or colour.
Slightly dampened and wiped across skin, it leaves a microscopic layer of salt that inhibits odour and bacteria. Although it may take a little time for your body to adjust to if you’re used to other forms, it lasts much longer than a traditional deodorant stick.
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm, £9.90
With scents such as grapefruit and mint, vanilla and manuka and lemon and geranium, the natural deodorant company sound more like an confectioners than they do a cosmetics brand.
Still, their elegantly packaged deodorizing body whip adds a touch of indulgence to any morning routine, with easy application and a lengthy shelf life. Ingredients such as arrowroot flour, coconut oil and essential oils work to soften and smooth the skin, making it an excellent product for knees, elbows and the back of the neck as well as underarms.
Aesop Deodorant, £23
At over £20 for 50ml, Aesop’s signature deodorant may not be one for everyday use, but there is no denying the chic of that classic brown bottle.
Chock-full of anti-microbials such as lemongrass, tea tree, coriander and hazel, their sumptuous formula delivers a lightweight spray that many customers have doubled up as body spray or even room freshener.