If just the thought of swapping out your go-to antiperspirant for an all-natural version makes you perspire, take a breath. Antiperspirants, which are classified as over-the-counter drugs, inhibit a normal bodily function — in other words, the formation of sweat — using their active ingredient, aluminum salts, says David Bank, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. On the other hand, natural deodorants are typically made without aluminum. They’re designed to keep you smelling fresh for hours with bacteria-sopping ingredients, including familiar favorites like baking soda.
So, yes, you may still sweat a bit after swiping on your favorite aluminum-free formula (because, again, deodorant doesn’t equal antiperspirant), but no, you shouldn’t smell sour after going green. To prove it, we’ve rounded up a new crop of natural deos (tested by Allure editors, of course) that are formulated to keep you smelling great and feeling even better, thanks to your newfound confidence. Below, 18 of our team’s new and longtime recommendations for the best aluminum-free deodorants out there.
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