Is aluminum really that dangerous? Check out the answers with aluminum free deodorant options
These days, many people are switching to aluminum free deodorant. Unfortunately, many are doing so without being well informed — because they received an email, perhaps, or heard about an Internet site linking deodorant to cancer from a friend of a friend of a friend.
The research is sketchy. Naysayers argue that aluminum, the ingredient in antiperspirants that keeps you from sweating, can clog your lymph nodes, and studies link this sort of thing to increased risks of Alzheimer’s, brain and respiratory disorders, and cancer, especially breast cancer. Some studies suggest some truth to this, while others claim it’s a bunch of baloney.
Make your own decision — but if you do decide to go with aluminum free deodorants, here are some of the best to choose from.
1. Easiest to find
Tom’s of Maine Natural Long Lasting Apricot Aluminum-Free Deodorant Stick is one of the few natural deodorant brands available at most drugstores. Better still, it’s inexpensive and it works. The apricot smell is natural and sweet, not sickly or overpowering, and it does a good job of reducing odors.
2. Closest to antiperspirant
Adidas Absorbent Deo Wetness Control is a well-known name in the sports industry. And as you’d expect, they’ve sought out ways to keep you dry as well as smelling fresh. A microfilm barrier prevents you from getting perspiration all over everything. This is a slightly more expensive option but very effective.
3. Most affordable antiperspirant type
Desert Essence Aluminum Free Dry by Nature Deodorant is a little cheaper than the Adidas option. But like the Adidas brand, this aluminum free deodorant reduces wetness and neutralizes odors with a gentle, fresh smelling scent. It’s not quite as effective as Adidas but clocks in at about a fifth of the price.
4. Longest lasting
Dermalocica Environmental Control Deodorant is another slightly pricier option. But it really is one of the best deodorant options. It lasts all day and you’ll barely even notice you’ve switched to an aluminum free option. For a slightly less expensive option, try Skin By Monical Dry Antiperspirant and Deodorant.
5. For men
Task Essential Keep Fresh Deodorant works for our male counterparts. There are fewer aluminum free deodorants for men, since much of the concern seems to come from the combination of shaving your underarms and using deodorant together. However, the Task Essential brand is both aluminum and alcohol free, making it a nice smelling natural deodorant for even sensitive skin.
Experts agree that the best deodorant is the one that works for you. But if you’re leaning towards an aluminum free deodorant, these five are great places to start.