I have a confession to make. I can be smelly – really smelly if I want to be. The problem is, I am trying to clean up my skin care act and reduce the amount of chemicals I am slathering all over myself. The one “beauty product” that many people swear is one of the first things you should change is your deodorant/antiperspirant – mainly the ones that contain aluminum. I have found that an aluminum-free deodorant is really the way to go…

First, the Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirant

To really understand what you are buying, you have to know the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant – nope, they are not the same thing. Deodorants are for the smell factor if you do sweat and antiperspirants are to actually stop the sweat from starting in the first place. Deodorants are thought to be a better alternative because they let the body naturally sweat, but they kill the bacteria that cause the odor. Antiperspirants actually plug the sweat glands and prevent you from sweating in the first place – no sweat, no odor. Most products on the market are a combination of both. They prevent sweating with aluminum antiperspirant and if you do sweat, the deodorant kills the awful smelling bacteria and fills the void with a lovely smell of the manufacturer’s choosing.

Most people who want to cut out a few chemicals in their lives in the pursuit to live a little cleaner will agree that an all-natural, non-toxic, aluminum-free deodorant is the best. While some deodorants can be aluminum-free, try to also look for brands that don’t contain other harmful chemicals like triclosan, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, parabens, or any other known allergens, carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. (You can always check the Environment Working Group’s Skin Deep Database to check the brand you are interested in.)

The Problem with Aluminum Deodorants

Since the aluminum in deodorant is applied directly to the skin (sometimes freshly shaven skin), it can cause irritation or allergic reactions. Aluminum itself is also considered to be toxic to the body. There have been many studies linking aluminum to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and bone and kidney disorders. While the jury and conclusive evidence is still officially out, I tend to want to lean toward the safer side and just go with a cleaner, more natural deodorant option if I can.

Thus, my journey to find an aluminum-free deodorant that actually worked began…

My Top 6 Aluminum-Free Deodorant Choices:

1. Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant










This is my winner. Some people online have stated that it doesn’t have a particularly feminine scent, but I personally think it smells clean. I don’t find that I sweat very much with this deodorant either, which is a bonus. The main thing is that it actually worked on any odor and I wasn’t smelly by the end of the day, even after a light workout and a longish dog walk in summer temperatures. This one is on the pricier side at around $20, but it has lasted me a long time comparatively.

Easy places to buy:  Amazon and Bloomingdale’s

2. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream








I also liked the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. It did a decent job of keeping me fresh. The main thing that I wasn’t as huge of a fan of was the application process. Since this is a cream, you have to stick your fingers in the container and spread it on your under arms. Not my favorite, but since it works, I would buy it again.

Easy places to buy: Amazon and Rodale’s

3. Tom’s of Maine

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Tom’s of Maine has been a long-standing provider of great aluminum-free deodorants. Their lavender scent is a great mainstay, but the lemongrass scent is also nice.

Amazon or Target are the easiest places to buy.

4. LAVANILLA: The Healthy Deodorant










This one by far had the best scents. I particularly like the lavender vanilla scent. The plain vanilla scent is also nice. I would buy this one again just for the smells alone – the good kind.

Easy places to buy: Sephora, Jet.com and Amazon

5. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

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This one is a newcomer for me, but I’m really liking the unusual scents. I especially like the Bergamont Lime scent – really unexpected. The Lavender Sage is also really pretty. This one was a little harder and/or “crumblier” than some of the others, but it did seem to keep the stink away.

Amazon or Target are easy places to buy.

6. Jason’s Dry Spray Deodorant

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If you really want to shake things up, try Jason’s new dry spray deodorant. I gave the Fresh Cucumber and the Soft Rose a try. Both were nice and seemed to work well. However, I would spray it in a different room than you will be in right afterwards. I ended up inhaling a lot of after-spray. This could just be user error though. 😉

Find it on Amazon.

So there you have it folks. Some great deodorants to try. I ran through the gamut of brands to hopefully save you a little time and effort. Try a couple and let me know what you think in the comments. Any brand you think I missed that you absolutely love or that you think I should try? If I haven’t already done so, I will definitely give them a whirl on the good ol’ underarms.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I recommend these products because they are products that I personally use or companies that I have found trustworthy.