A product we all use, most probably daily, that still gets very little attention is deodorant. Or antiperspirant for that matter. Deodorant and antiperspirants are not the same things. Deodorant let your sweat come through but keep the odors and bacterias at bay. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, keep you from sweating altogether. But most deodorants are both deodorants and antiperspirants.
I have been using just any kind of drugstore deodorant and antiperspirant by now and always had problems with itchy underarms. But I kind of just thought everybody had that problem. It wasn’t until I tried an antiperspirant that my body really did not get along with that I decided to google the cause of the itchiness. I found out more about the ingredients in these products we use daily, the main one being Aluminum.
Side effects of Aluminum
There is a lot of posts on Aluminum as an ingredient in deodorants. I recommend you read more if you want to form your own opinion. But Aluminum is used to form a barrier on your pores and keep sweat from breaking through. Aluminium itself is not a great ingredient, it can cause skin irritations and allergies. But also there are many articles discussing the link between Aluminum and Ahlzeimers or breast cancer. I’m not going to go deeper on these topics because there hasn’t really been any scientific proof of that yet. But let’s just say, a lot of the ingredients in deodorants aren’t necessarily that good for you.
So after I did my own research on the matter, and since I have been experiencing skin irritations from my deodorants for so long, I decided to begin my journey to find one that didn’t have Aluminum in the ingredients list. Both of the chosen deodorants I tried out for more than a month because I read that for a deodorant without Aluminum to work you need to give it a while. So I also recommend you giving your deodorant a few weeks if you are trying a new one without Aluminium.
Nivea Fresh Natural Deodorant
I first tried the Nivea Fresh Natural deodorant with 0% Aluminium salts. I don’t really like the scent of it that much and I didn’t really feel like it did much for me. It was very inexpensive and easy to get a hold of so that’s a plus. I have to admit, I get the feeling they took out Aluminum salts from the ingredients list and just put something just as bad in there instead. But that’s just the feeling I got, I might be wrong.
La Roche-Posay 24h Physiological Deodorant
When the first deodorant didn’t work, I tried La Roche-Posay 24h Physiological Deodorant. This deodorant I had more faith in. In this one they haven’t just removed the Aluminium salts, they have also made it Alcohol-free and Paraben-free, which to me is a huge plus. It is a bit more pricey than the Nivea deodorant, so that’s one thing to keep in mind. The scent on this one is a little bit more fresh and gentle than the Nivea deodorant and I enjoy that. The problem I had is I just feel like the product itself never dries down. It just feels wet all day long. And I don’t feel protected enough with either of the deodorants. After trying really hard to like this one I just caved and bought an antiperspirant again.
Aluminum Free Deodorant recommendations
So all in all, not a great success on the Aluminum free deodorant search. But I refuse to give up. If you have any suggestions on deodorants that have worked for you that do shipping worldwide (or at least to Europe where I’m located) do let me know! I would love to try out a few more so that I actually have a great recommendation to give next time. Hopefully, you got a little bit more aware of the ingredients that are in our deodorants.