The Best Natural, Aluminum-Free Deodorants That Actually Work

Some people may want to avoid aluminum as an active ingredient in deodorants or, more specifically, antiperspirants. The compound has long been a controversial topic due to claims linking regular use of antiperspirants to chronic diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

The National Cancer Institute has partly debunked these theories, citing inconclusive evidence to prove them correct or incorrect and leaving the choice up to each on an individual level. If you feel better about going without aluminum, there are tons of options on the market.

Before you make the switch, however, it’s worth noting that deodorants and antiperspirants aren’t the same thing. An antiperspirant will do exactly what it says: keep you from sweating, because the aluminum creates clogs in the pores to block sweat production. While not necessarily a bad thing, sweating is still a natural bodily function largely responsible for things like temperature regulation.

That being said, aluminum-free deodorants don’t actually manage sweat like an antiperspirant, simply because those pore-clogging properties aren’t present. However, they can do a great job of killing odor-causing bacteria, balancing the skin’s delicate microbiome, and minimizing moisture absorption after sweating with natural ingredients like tapioca starch or arrowroot.

If you want to ditch your traditional antiperspirant and switch to an aluminum-free option that actually stops the stink, read this list of deodorants with rave reviews and some pretty special ingredients.

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An ideal anti-odor cream for the whole body

Developed and created by an obstetrician-gynecologist, Lume is designed to go anywhere on the body where you want body odor control, including the feet and lower regions. This creamy deodorant is water-based, which makes it very compatible with the skin and resistant to stains on clothes. There’s also no baking soda in this formula (a potential skin irritant for some); instead, it uses mandalic acid to prevent odor and maintain the pH balance of the skin. It comes in scents like Warm Vanilla, Clean Tangerine, Silver Spruce, and Unscented.

Promising results: “I’ve never been stinky [and] with store-bought deodorant I [was] always a smelly mess. I tried natural deodorants and honestly some of them were better but they still couldn’t control the beast that was my musk. This deodorant plays no games. I can go for two days – TWO DAYS – without needing to reapply if I don’t shower. I have never in my life been able to go more than 12 hours without some sort of rewash and reapply. Absolutely a miracle product. This is done by a witch. – SunRaesonSummerDays

A #1 selling natural deodorant with over 45,000 five-star reviews

Filled with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, this bestselling deodorant has received rave reviews for its long-lasting odor protection abilities. Native contains skin-friendly probiotics to help keep healthy bacteria on your skin and eliminate odor-causing bacteria, while tapioca starch and baking soda help absorb excess moisture and to neutralize odors. Their gender-neutral scents include everything from cucumber mint to eucalyptus to lavender rose.

If you know you’re sensitive to baking soda, Native also offers a line of baking soda-free deodorants for extra sensitive skin.

Promising results: “Normally I would never write a review for a deodorant, but this Native product is finally one I can see using for a long time. I work out once or twice a day and sweat profusely. I even have sweats during sleep. Since using Native, I stay dry under my arms and, even more surprisingly, I have no odor under my arms even after 24 hours. This is very rare among all the other products that I’ve never used them – and I’ve tried them all. I’m shocked that this formula actually absorbs sweat and seems to eliminate all odor completely, even after full night sweats or heavy workouts and sweating. — neil

A quick-drying gel that uses a skin-friendly acid to kill odor-causing bacteria

This clear, non-sticky gel from Necessaire is part deodorant and part skincare for your underarms. It’s formulated with 5% pH-balancing lactic and mandalic acid to prevent odor, lighten underarm discoloration, and smooth bumpy skin and ingrown hairs from shaving. It also contains skincare hero Niacinamide, which can protect and strengthen the skin’s vital moisture barrier.

Promising review: “I’m so glad I bought this. I’ve tried natural deodorants, regular deodorants and antiperspirants and they don’t really work and sometimes my soundtrack is really skunky. I don’t have that problem anymore and wanted to lighten and smooth my pits. It’s like an amazing 3 in 1 product. I’m tempted to buy more. Hope they never stop doing this. Best thing I’ve bought in a long time —Aliesnell

A pH-balancing deodorant with fruit enzymes

This fruity, detoxifying deodorant contains a high dose of pH-balancing fruit enzymes to reduce odor-causing bacteria and microbes and fight fungal growth, all without disrupting the skin’s natural flora. Nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba and sunflower oil keep skin hydrated and irritation-free even after shaving, while arrowroot helps absorb moisture.

Promising results: “To begin with, I NEVER write reviews, but this product deserves it. I have been looking for years for a quality natural deodorant, you know, that actually works. After having my second baby, the struggle against the postpartum stink was REAL. Like embarrassing as well. I was about to throw in the towel on natural deodorants, but figured I had nothing to lose by trying this. I’m absolutely amazed I live in the desert and it’s HOT, I feel like I’ve put that to the test – hiking, HIIT, walking, packing around the kids – and no stink. None. Zero. I’m so impressed and really, so grateful — Émés

A high strength aluminum free deodorant for men

This heavy-duty stick deodorant is clear and won’t stain clothes or leave residue on armpits. It combines Old Spice’s beloved “sport” scent with an aluminum-free formula and 48-hour odor protection. This offer includes three deodorant sticks.

Promising results:
“This is by far Old Spice’s longest lasting deodorant. It’s perfect if you work hard for work and sweat all day. I can’t use any other [deodorant brand]. No other [deodorant] is as powerful and useful as that. Highly recommend.”luis flores

A fresh-feeling moisturizing stick that provides 24-hour odor protection

Dove’s 0% aluminum formula stays fresh and leaves a silky moisturizing sensation that absorbs quickly into the skin. A quarter of this alcohol-free formula is made with moisturizing ingredients that soften and smooth skin and can keep you feeling refreshed for up to 24 hours. This offer includes three deodorant sticks.

Promising results: “I’ve looked everywhere for an aluminum free deodorant that prevents odor and this one is FANTASTIC. I’ve tried probably 15 different products and this is the only brand I’ve found that works for me. I really find it creamy and hydrating. It goes on well and doesn’t leave white marks on my clothes. Go ahead and win! – LolaMae

A coconut oil-based deodorant that works well for sensitive skin

For very sensitive skin, this clear formula with coconut oil from Kopari might be a good option. It’s free of potential irritants like baking soda, phthalates, silicones, and parabens and instead uses naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial plant-based ingredients to help reduce odor.

Promising results: “I ordered this after I started having severe allergic reactions to several deodorants on the market. I tried ‘sensitive skin/unscented’ products which seemed to make me feel even worse. I’ve been using this for two months now and had no reaction. The beach scent is great! Love the texture and the pretty container and can’t wait to put it on in the morning. My underarms look great too! Smooth with no more discoloration or the ingrown hairs I used to have. -Carrie

A clean ingredient deodorant that uses Dead Sea salt to absorb moisture

Each & Every uses a short list of natural ingredients like coconut oil for nourishment, tapioca starch for moisture absorption, and an antioxidant salt blend to fight dampness and odor-causing bacteria. The company also uses sustainable, plant-based packaging and neutral scents like coconut, cedar and vanilla, and cardamom and ginger.

Promising results: “At first I was VERY reluctant to pay $15 for a small container of deodorant, but after trying several disappointing and cheaper options, I decided to give it a try. I love this product, it’s worth all 15 dollars. It doesn’t stain or irritate my skin, goes on easily and lasts. The smell is great, natural and subtle. I was looking for a deodorant that uses magnesium instead of baking soda as an anti- odor and this product does the trick. It has a creamy but solid texture, applies easily, reduces odor. – Kindle Customer

A sustainably sourced, neutral-smelling men’s deodorant

This preservative-free deodorant stick is made with a combination of odor-fighting hops to provide 24-hour odor protection. It is available in fresh scents like Deep Forest and Mountain Spring, each developed without the use of artificial scents. Tom’s of Maine is also dedicated to environmental stewardship by adhering to B Corp certified standards for sustainability and public transparency. This offer includes three deodorant sticks.

Promising results: “I love the smell of this stuff. I gave up antiperspirants a long time ago due to concerns about the use of aluminum in these products and have been bouncing around different brands of deodorant since then , from natural commercial brands to chemical-rich commercial brands. This stuff hits the sweet spot of natural ingredients, efficacy, and a very fresh, pleasant scent. That’s what I was looking for. – RD Cartwright


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