Effective deodorant doesn’t have to mean one that’s packed with harmful toxins and chemicals. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to aluminum-free deodorant we’ve rounded up some HQ’r and customer faves that’ll help you kick phthalates and synthetics to the curb and keep you smelling fresh. (Note that if you’re new to natural deodorants, it may take up to three weeks for your body to adjust, so don’t get discouraged during the transition period.) Many of these options use essential oils, natural odor repellents, and sustainable packaging (just like these products) — so you can feel good all around. And check this guide for some more summer tips to keep you feeling fresh in hot weather.
It’s the same classic cucumber and green tea scent that you know and love, but this time in a deodorant with no aluminum. And it’s been formulated with moisturizer, so your underarms won’t get dry or crusty. You can also say ‘thanks’ to the zero-alcohol formula that won’t irritate you after a fresh shave. All-day freshness: activated. ($17.99/3 pack, Boxed)
Each & Every deodorants are made with Dead Sea salts instead of baking soda, so they’re a bit easier on your skin. The brand offers a variety of scents, including cardamom and ginger, cedar and vanilla, and coconut and lime — all made with a mix of essential oils and natural ingredients. Bonus: The packaging is made from sugarcane so it's recyclable and carbon neutral. Good for the earth, good for your pits. ($17, Amazon)
It’s their best-selling deodorant for a reason. We love the smell — it's minty and earthy without the usual musky note. This one is aluminum-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, baking soda-free, and residue-free. And you can keep the mini stashed in your bag just in case you need to freshen up midday. ($22, Malin+Goetz)
There are only two ingredients in this one — potassium alum (aka mineral salt) and purified water. Still, it offers 24-hour protection, goes on light, and leaves no stains. Many customers note how surprised they are at how well this simple product works, and say they can go stink-free all day after applying. Psst…you can even add in a couple drops of your fave essential oil for a personalized scent. ($4.25, Public Goods)
It’s made with coconut, shea butter, probiotics, and tapioca, along with some essential oils and other natural ingredients. Its ingredients have been thoroughly tested and it comes in three scent options like cucumber and mint, coconut and vanilla, and lavender and rose. Customers say that it keeps their sweat-prone underarms dry throughout the day. ($12.97+, Amazon)
For when you want a trusted brand for your lil’ ones, Tom’s deodorant has got ’em covered. This one is designed to provide 24-hour protection for kids, and it’s available in two scents. They’ll love the fun designs, and you’ll love the aluminum-free ingredient list. ($10.01/3 pack, Amazon)
For the guys in your life looking to make the switch, listen up. Developed with more than 2,000 U.S. military service members, Bravo Sierra deodorant has been crafted without parabens, silicones, phthalates, or aluminum. It’s got natural sweat-absorbing technology along with probiotics that kick B.O. to the curb. There are four scents, including one unscented option, and they all come in sustainable packaging. Bonus: 5% of all sales go to quality-of-life programs for active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. ($8.99, Amazon)
So it’s extra effective at keeping unwanted odors controlled. This one rubs in clear and won’t leave stains. We love the coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and pure vitamin E oil that make applying this a breeze — perfect for sensitive skin. It comes in a stick or a jar so you can pick whatever works best for you. And it’s housed in earth-friendly packaging. ($13+, Amazon)
This one’s an HQ’r fave, made with activated charcoal, plant-based powders, clay, and essential oils. It’s aluminum-free, formulated with no synthetics, and delivers all-day odor control. We’re partial to the calming lavender vanilla scent, but it also comes in a few others, including grapefruit bergamot and a scent-free option. ($18, Cleo+Coco)
Kopari is known for its quality products made with organic coconut oil — and its deodorant delivers. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, leaves no sticky white residue behind, and is naturally microbial. Heads-up, though: This one smells super coconutty, so if you’re averse to the scent, it also comes in six other options, including a fragrance-free one and a performance plus scent — perfect for intense workouts or long days outside. ($14+, Amazon)
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