• 09 Sep - 15 Sep, 2023
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If just the thought of swapping out your go-to antiperspirant for an all-natural version makes you perspire, take a breath. Antiperspirants, which are classified as over-the-counter drugs, inhibit a normal bodily function – in other words, the formation of sweat – using their active ingredient, aluminum salts, says David Bank, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Westchester County, NY, and the founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.

On the other hand, natural deodorants are typically made without aluminum. As such, their main function is to minimise body odour and to keep you smelling fresh for hours with bacteria-sopping ingredients, including familiar favourites like baking soda.

So, yes, you may still sweat a bit after swiping on your favourite aluminum-free formula (because, again, deodorant doesn't equal antiperspirant), but no, you shouldn't smell sour after going green. Besides, a little musk is 100% normal. “Patients often think that if they have body odour they might be unwell, or that they might be perceived as having poor hygiene," Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, previously told Allure. But in reality, she told us that body odour is simply a result of skin bacteria mixing with sweat.

To prove it, we've rounded up the best natural deodorants (tested by Allure editors, of course) that are formulated to keep you smelling great and feeling even better. Below, read about the best aluminum-free deodorant sticks to add to your skin-care routine ASAP.

Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant
Kosas's Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant goes the extra mile and does more than simply mask odours. A blend of alpha hydroxy acids (shikimic, mandelic, and lactic) gently exfoliates your underarms, both brightening those regions and preventing ingrown hairs from sprouting. They also lower the pH in those regions, so less odour-causing bacteria can take up residence in the first place. The cooling rollerball applicator is especially soothing for hot summer days and workouts.

Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant
Megababe's Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant is beloved by multiple Allure editors because it's as effective as it is adorably packaged. Infused with powerhouse ingredients like saccharmyces ferment filtrate, aloe vera, sage, green tea, and corn starch, the rose-scented deo works by preventing odour-inducing bacteria from forming on the skin. It's also free of aluminum, alcohol, phthalates, and other common irritants, so it's safe for sensitive skin types.

Sol de Janeiro Rio Deo
Sol de Janeiro Rio Deo is an aluminum-free deodorant that smells like the brand's iconic Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. This formula features citrus acid ester that prevents body odour, papaya enzymes to exfoliate, and tapioca starch that helps absorb excess moisture so pits stay dry all day. The best part? When you run out of this deodorant, you can purchase a refill for only $15.

Glossier Deodorant
Glossier's body-care collection is growing. The brand's debut baking soda-free Deodorant is available in four scents: Sandstone, Glossier You (yes, like the famous fragrance), Orange Blossom, and Unscented. In each scent lives super fruit elderberry extract and coconut oil to keep skin conditioned and odour at bay. Potato starch does some heavy lifting absorbing moisture, so your pits feel drier as the day goes by.

Caudalie Vinofresh Natural Stick Deodorant
Caudalie's Vinofresh Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant comes by way of France. The buttery formula swipes on without blocking pores or leaving any residue, including stickiness or white cast. It relies chiefly on organic prebiotic grape water, which hydrates the sensitive underarm skin, and eucalyptus, which leaves a minty-cool sensation once applied. It's also made from recycled materials with the environment in mind.