Aluminum-free deodorants that work

Spray, stick, and cream options.

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No aluminum, minimal funk.Ava Sol via Unsplash

If you want to avoid pit stains or are just a bit uneasy about using aluminum to keep your pits dry, you may have been tempted by "natural"deodorants. You may have also been disappointed by their efficacy. Below, five aluminum-free deodorants that actually work—for us anyway.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant
A basic option.Amazon

Schmidt’s aluminum-free deodorant rolls on well and has a smooth consistency. It comes in an unscented option, but if you prefer to smell like something nice, opt for the bergamot and lime, cedarwood and juniper, or lavender and sage varieties.

Source Vitál Apothecary | Deozein Natural Spray Deodorant

Source Vitál Apothecary Spray Deodorant
Easy to bring with you on trips.Amazon

If you’re worried about getting stains on your clothes from roll-on deodorant, Source Vital is a good choice. It’s free of aluminum and baking soda and contains citrus and spearmint essential oils. It’s clear and lightweight, so you won’t have to worry about getting marks on your clothes. If you’re traveling, be sure to put it in your checked bag, since the 4.3-ounce size is too big for carry-ons.

PiperWai, Natural Activated Charcoal Deodorant Jar

PiperWai, Natural Activated Charcoal Deodorant Jar
The clay-like consistency helps keep you dry.Amazon

PiperWai comes in a jar, and you apply it with your hands. It has a thick consistency that softens with your body’s natural heat. The activated charcoal helps to absorb the body’s sweat and odor. It also has a refreshing, but not overpowering, scent. Even though it takes a little longer to apply, it will last for the full day.

EO Deodorant Cream Geranium

EO Deodorant Cream Geranium
A cream that’s mess-free and easy to apply.Amazon

EO’s cream is a happy medium between roll-on deodorant and pastes that come in a jar. The essential oils give it a refreshing scent, and it won’t get on your clothes. Cassava root and baking soda help minimize odor and moisture.

Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant
A unique combination of scents.Amazon

Native uses wholesome ingredients like shea butter, tapioca starch, and fractionated coconut oil (which is less messy and absorbs more easily into your skin than regular coconut oil). This deodorant comes unscented or with scents like citrus and herbal musk, coconut and vanilla, and cranberry and plum.