Struggling to find the best aluminum-free deodorant for your sensitive skin this summer?
We understand your situation, and we're here to help you out by showing you how to find one that will help to keep the body odor at bay.
While there are many antiperspirants and deodorants available on the store shelves these days, it can be challenging for eczema sufferers as we can't just use any products meant for general skin, as we've highlighted in our previous posts on moisturizers, cleansers and sunscreens.
For antiperspirants and deodorants, there are certain ingredients that we look out for on the labels to ensure that we do not get an allergic reaction after using it.
Before we go into these ingredients, let us have a brief idea on how antiperspirants and deodorants work.
Antiperspirants vs Deodorants: How Do They Work?
We often hear these two terms being used interchangeably, but are they really referring to the same thing?
Similarities vs Differences
- Antiperspirants also work by preventing the sweat from reaching the skin surface with aluminium salts that dissolve in the sweat and moisture, which then forms into a gel that blocks the pores of teh sweat glands.
- This will in turn reduce the amount of sweat that is produced by the glands, thus reducing body odor.
With a better understanding of how it works, let us go into detail on how to choose an antiperspirant for sensitive skin.
While it cannot be guaranteed that avoiding these ingredients will result in zero allergic reactions, it is good to take note of them as there are many other variables that can result in one and find the right one that works for you through trial and error and stick to it.
Now that we have a better understanding of we should be looking out for, let us run down a list of aluminum-free deodorant that works and which you can consider trying this summer season.
Reviews of the Best Aluminum-Free Deodorant for The Summer
This aluminum-free deodorant is as simple as it gets, with only two ingredients - water and magnesium hydroxide. The manufacturer has stated that it is 100% vegan, which is uncommon to find in the troves of products labeled 'natural' or 'organic'.
The unisex DeodoMom formula comes in both roll-on and cream, which is useful for some people (like myself) who do not particularly like the feeling of roll-ons.
The roll-on works well and dries fast so you would not be left flapping your arms to dry it before putting on your clothes. We liked the fact that it does not leave white streaks on your clothes too.
Speaking from experience, it will be a good idea to apply any form of deodorant or antiperspirant fresh after your shower in the morning for best effect.
What We Liked
- Natural, 100% vegan
- Truly hypoallergenic
- Works well to contain body odor
What We Didn't Like
- Slightly pricey
- Don't expect it to control excessive sweating
With such simple ingredients, it can be difficult to go wrong in terms of developing sensitivities to the product.
Some users did mentioned that it did not work well to control the sweating (which it shouldn't since it does not have any antiperspirant properties), but many users have commented that it worked well to control the odor.
Another plus would be that the liquid dries fast and not leaving any streaks. It is definitely one natural deodorant that works, do give it a shot and see if it works for you.
Another of our favorite all-natural deodorants is this one from Jungleman Naturals, which is free of aluminiums, parabens, alcohol and some of the commonly known irritants like fragrances and propylene glycol.
Don't be fooled by its name - this odorless formula is unscented and is thus suitable for both genders.
It comes packaged conveniently in a stick and can be easily stored in your gym bag. While some users have commented that it can be difficult to apply sometimes as it leaves some clumps on the skin, these clumps can be rubbed and applied smoothly onto the skin.
The deodorant dries up pretty soon after application, and it is not difficult at all to wash off at the end of the day. What we liked is that it doesn't stain up the shirts and our white shirts stay whiter for longer.
What We Liked
- Only contains 4 natural ingredients
- Effectively controls odor
What We Didn't Like
- Temperature-sensitive and have to store in a cool place to avoid melting
- May be messy if applied with too much pressure
Being unscented is a huge plus as both men and women can use this product. It may not be the easiest to apply and may create a mess if not done properly, but the Jungleman deodorant stick is still worth a try given that it does what it should well as an an aluminium-free deodorant.
This deodorant contains various natural ingredients such as tapioca starch, coconut oil, baking soda, shea butter, magnesium oil, and candelilla wax. These ingredients work together to moisturize the skin and at the same time protect the skin with its antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties.
This aluminum-free deodorant comes in stick form, so it is easy to apply without causing too much of a mess. We do note that with coconut oil being one of the ingredients, this stick is probably more temperature-sensitive. Storing it in a cool place will prevent it from becoming too mushy, but if it is too cold, it will probably turn clumpy which makes it harder to apply.
Many users have commented that one application in the morning stays on for a good part of the day, and it effectively controls the body odor. For some users, the same effectiveness was reported even after gym and on sweaty days as well.
What We Liked
- Stick form, easy to apply
- Effective throughout the day
- Comes in two different handy packagings
What We Didn't Like
- Not value for money
- Scented version may not be suitable for everyone
We all love products with natural ingredients, and those in the Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant works well to fight off the body odor. While some users have reported some skin reactions to the product, most users have commended its effectiveness.
With a 100% money back guarantee from the manufacturer, we believe this can be worth a try if you've never tried natural deodorants.
This unique product which hails from Thailand has its own legion of fans. It comes in the form of a crystal rock, which can then be applied like a roll-on with the exception that it has to be applied when it's damp. Some users have either applied right after their shower, or wet the rock before application.
We liked the fact that it is fragrance-free and is thus suitable for both men and women, despite the fact that the feminine color and design of the packaging suggesting otherwise.
As with other deodorants without aluminum, the natural mineral salts work to neutralize the body odor by taking out those bacteria responsible. The best part of this deodorant is that it may be able to last for up to a year with daily use.
What We Liked
- All-natural mineral salt rock
- non-messy, does not stain clothes
- Long-lasting (up to a year with daily use)
What We Didn't Like
- Needs to be applied when damp
- Too much water in the bottle may ruin the crystal
- Potential wastage towards the last part of the crystal
We love the fact that the rock deodorant is not messy after application and one bottle of this products can potentially last a long time. However, it takes some getting used to applying it properly to minimize wastage through overwetting or breaking the rock when it drops onto the floor, and maximizing its effectiveness.
Other than that, it is an aluminum-free deodorant that works well without staining your precious clothes.
This is another product which makes use of natural mineral salts in its formulation, and this time they have managed to liquefy the crystal rock into a liquid.
It comes as a roll-on and is easily applied without the fuss of getting hair stuck in the roller ball in some other products.
While it may go on a little wet on the skin, it doesn't take too long to dry and clears up with no strong scent or residue either. For those who may like some scents, this formulation comes in a few scents like lavender and patchouli.
What We Liked
- Liquid roll-on which is easy to apply
- Dries fast
What We Didn't Like
- May need to apply more or reapply for best effect
This liquefied crystal rock roll-on is a good option for those who do not like to handle deodorant sticks. With both scented and unscented options, Kiss My Face has catered this to both genders.
While some users have issues with the smell, most were happy that it kept off the unpleasant body odor. Applying a little more in the morning should do the trick to make it last for the day.
Bonus - 17 Awesome Practical Tips to Stay Sweat-Free
While the deodorants above may help to keep the body odor away, it can be difficult to stay dry during the hot summer days.
It can be extremely embarrassing to have those wet and stained patches at your armpit, or the whole back of the shirt for that matter. Can you imagine what it feels like to be the one standing in a crowded elevator in such a situation?
Now, what if you happen to fall into the 2.8% of the general population who suffer from hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased sweating)? While the tips below would come in very useful for everyone, we would suggest you to seek advice from a medical professional if the problem becomes a serious issue in your daily life.
Let us share with you these great tips on how to stay sweat-free!
Tip #1: Keep Yourself Cool
Keep your body temperature in check by staying indoors where there is air-conditioning where possible. If you do need to go outdoors, limit the time that you spend outside.
Tip #2: Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drinking lots of water helps to regulate your body temperature by lowering it. We should be looking to down about 8 glasses of water every day. If you are outdoors, you may need to drink more to replace the fluids lost when you sweat.
Tip #3: Avoid Hot Beverages
It may be great to keep yourself hydrated, but hot drinks are going to have the opposite effect and will increase your body temperature. Avoid them and choose other cold beverages like iced water or fresh squeezed juices for good effect.
Tip #4: Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
Going without alcohol and smoking will go a long way in terms of keeping your body healthy, which will in turn improve your blood circulation and help to regulate your body condition better.
Tip #5: Watch Your Cuppa
Caffeine can be a good starter for the day, but it does have some unwanted effects. It causes your body to go into a perkier state, which makes you more jittery and in turn sweat more.
Tip #6: Skip That Spicy Bowl
It is a good idea to cut down on those spicy stuff as they can lead to a spike in the body temperature, and thus more sweating.
Tip #7: Take a Cold Shower
Not only does it feel great to have a cold shower in summer, it helps to bring down the body's temperature. Cold showers can be beneficial for eczema skin and keep the flare-ups away.
Tip #8: Don't Take That Hot Shower
The hot water is potentially an eczema trigger especially in the already hot summer. Resist that temptation to take a hot shower even in the mornings, and it goes a long way to keeping your cool on the way out.
Tip #9: Keep Calm and Move On
Stress, anxiety and anger triggers the fight or flight response from our body, so it will be a great idea to calm your nerves and not sweat the minor stuff.
Tip #10: Choose Cotton Fabrics Over Synthetic Fabrics
Wearing a 100% cotton shirt will be much more comfortable than a polyester or nylon mix. This will help keep the body temperature lower.
Tip #11: Wear loose-fitting clothes
Dress appropriately for the weather and choose clothes that are fits loose. This will prevent excessive from building up within the body and keep sweating to a minimum.
Tip #12: Consider Undershirts
While it may sound counterintuitive, a cotton undershirt will help to absorb the sweat and moisture and allow for faster evaporation from the body.
Tip #13: Bring Along Extra Clothes
If you tend to sweat a lot, keep yourself fresh by changing to a fresh clothes for the evening.
Tip #14: Gear Up for The Hot Outdoors
Putting on those cool pair of shades will protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Consider putting on an appropriate headwear (caps, hats) to avoid sunburn on the scalp, as well as shading your head from the sun.
Tip #15: Be Ahead of Time
Prevent those last-minute rushes to work or an appointment and you can enjoy a more stress-free journey and less of those panicky moments. This will allow for more time for you to cool down as well.
Tip #16: Keep Your Weight in Check
Excessive weight can make it more strenuous during activities and thus lead to sweating. The amount of insulation due to the subcutaneous fats under the skin may have an effect on body temperature too. Stay healthy by exercising and following a proper diet.
Tip #17: But Don't Exercise If You Need to Stay Dry
Exercise will bring about an increase in the body temperature and increased sweating. The increased levels may continue for the next few hours, so avoid exercising if you cannot afford to sweat during an important function.