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Have you ever tried switching to a natural deodorant? First of all, let’s be concise about the variance of anti-perspirants and deodorants. Anti-perspirants control equally sweat and body odour, using compounds like aluminium to block sweat ducts, whereas deodorants contain anti-microbial agents to prevent or reduce body odour but ultimately depart the sweat itself well alone. Many people make the switch as a result of suffering a allergic reaction to the chemicals in anti-perspirants, and others due to an disinclination to apply aluminium (which was suggested, though not proved, to have undesirable health effects), but in either case, the grade of natural deodorants has significantly improved in the last few years. The selection is a personal one, but eventually if you wish to go natural you are looking for aluminium free formulas with an application method that befits you – scooping deodorant out of a tub isn’t for everyone. See our pick of the finest aluminium-free deodorants here.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
The roll-on application of Neal’s Yard Remedies’s Rose and Geranium Deodorant makes it easy to use, whilst the formula itself is quick-drying and smells subtle yet pleasant – a Peppermint and Lime version is available too. Extra points for the great price point.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose and Geranium Deodorant, Available at Amazon.com
Black Chicken Remedies
Black Chicken Remedies’s Axilla Deodorant Paste contains arrowroot and kaolin to absorb excess moisture, as well as a blend of natural ingredients designed to neutralise odour and reduce irritation. The thick paste formula can be tricky to apply, but if you’re serious about making the switch to a natural deodorant it’s definitely one worth trialling.
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste, Available at Amazon.com
Dr Hauschka’s creamy Rose Deodorant conditions underarm skin as well as neutralising odour, with rose and jojoba oils to hydrate and soothe and alchemilla essence to help regulate perspiration.
Dr Hauschka Rose Deodorant, Available at Amazon.com
Malin + Goetz
Both alcohol and aluminum-free, Malin + Goetz’s roll-on Eucalyptus Deodorant is effective and quick-drying. The eucalyptus extract offers antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as its distinctive scent, making it great for freshly waxed or shaved skin.
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, Available at Amazon.com
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
With a balm-to-powder texture, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser smells great, works well and leaves skin soft and conditioned. The only downside is the pot application, but there’s no denying it’s among the best.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser, Available at Amazon.com