I Tried 8 of the Internet's Most Highly Rated Aluminium-Free Deodorants
Finding a deodorant that keeps you feeling fresh all day long is one of life's most irritating pursuits. For years, it was all about antiperspirants that kept your underarms dry and body odour at bay. So, when the focus shifted towards aluminium-free versions of the personal-care product, which, for many, is essential, it brought with it a long list of challenges.
But it begs the question: do we need to avoid aluminium-containing deodorants in the first place? Ni'Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist and founder of Beauty Chemist, explained that aluminium is an active ingredient used in antiperspirant formulas to create a temporary plug within the sweat glands, which reduces the amount of sweat being released. She added that the decision to avoid aluminium-containing deodorants is a personal choice, and wouldn't personally comment on whether people should avoid these products.
"There were a couple of unsubstantiated studies that linked aluminium-containing deodorants with cancer and Alzheimer's disease," cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson, of BeautyStat Cosmetics, told POPSUGAR. "This news went viral and many consumers became scared and opted for using aluminium-free deodorants."
For other people, the decision to avoid aluminium-containing deodorant has more to do with the dreaded yellow stains on white clothing, which is caused when the aluminium in your antiperspirant mixes with your sweat, which leads to staining. Regardless of your reasoning, there's no doubt that there's huge interest in aluminium-free deodorants, and thankfully, the formulas have come a long way in the past few years — some are even as effective as your trusty clinical-strength antiperspirant.
Keep on reading to see what we really thought of eight of the highest-rated deodorants on the market right now.