When it comes to deodorant, most of us are looking for the cheapest and easiest thing that’ll keep us from having to do an afternoon sniff-check in the office bathroom (been there). But if you’ve been rocking the same drugstore brand since the seventh grade, now may be the time to reconsider that morning (and/or mid-date) swipe.
Okay, you’ve probably heard the rumors about safety concerns surrounding deodorant. So what’s the deal? In a word: aluminum.
If you’re using an antiperspirant (if you don’t know, you probably are), aluminum is used in most formulas to block sweat ducts. According to The American Cancer Institute
, some research suggests that aluminum may interfere with the function of estrogen hormones, and promote growth of breast-cancer cells. Think you’re in the clear because you’re using a formula that’s just a deodorant? Recent studies
have also found concentrations of parabens, a preservative found in some drugstore deodorant options, in breast-cancer tissue, although more research is necessary to firmly establish a link.
Here’s the thing, though: why use a potentially harmful product when there are plenty of natural alternatives? We’re willing to bet that breaking up with that overly fragrant bar for an aluminum-free version won’t only be easy, but downright freeing.
“People have the misconception that sweating is bad, but it’s actually a healthy function
that helps rid your body of toxins,” explain Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner, creators of PiperWai
, a charcoal-based deodorant. “A good aluminum-free deodorant will neutralize odor and absorb moisture so you can ditch the clinical-strength antiperspirant for something that works with your body, not against it.”
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 natural deodorants will actually keep you fresh to death.