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Armpits au naturel: Testing Aluminum-Free Deodorants

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I've always had difficult pits.

I don't exactly remember when I started wearing antiperspirants (commonly refer to as deodorants), but I'm assuming it was roughly around the time my body entered puberty. I was thrilled about the boobs and not really worried about the periods, but the body odor? I was NOT prepared.

Underarms, or armpits, typically smell because of the bacteria that live there. Don't worry, I'm no special case - you have them too! These bacteria thrive on the warm, dark and moist environment beneath our arms.

I have since tried more brands and formulas than I thought existed. Dove, Secret, Arm & Hammer all came and went. It felt like my armpits would adapt to the deodorant over the course of a few months to a year, rendering them useless against my stank. Please understand - I scrubbed the hell out of my pits. I shaved bi-weekly. I was mindful of my diet, stayed hydrated, but could never really shake the issue.

I decided to try something a little different in 2018. I went for 'natural' antiperspirants - those free from aluminum. This became important to me as I learned that antiperspirants work by plugging our pores with aluminum. They literally stop us from sweating. No moisture means no bacterial funk. There is speculation that this could lead to cancer, but I am not looking to validate those claims with this post. I simply was curious as to whether less was more.

i.e.: Can I be fresh and free without pore-clogging metals and other chemicals?

I gave it a go and tried 4 different natural deodorants (not antiperspirants, as these did not claim to stop the sweat). Here are my thoughts:

Crystal Essence Mineral Roll-On Deodorant in Chamomile & Green Tea

Price: $3.59 - $4.75

Base: Water & Mineral Salts


  • Travel-friendly

  • Easy to seal

  • Clean, subtle fragrance

  • Hypoallergenic


  • Lightweight, water-based formula

  • Must be applied to dry, freshly washed armpits only

  • Not long-wearing

Repurchase: Nay

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Lavender & Sage

Price: $8.99

Base: Shea Butter & Coconut Oil


  • Can be applied to damp armpits

  • Invigorating fragrance

  • Vegan & Cruelty-free


  • Must be kept relatively cold due to coconut oil

  • Can feel greasy

  • Can be difficult to seal due to residue

Repurchase: Yay

Lone Natural Deodorant in Sweet Lavender

Price: $9.95

Base: Sea-salted Water & Cocoa Butter


  • Cruelty-free

  • Soothing fragrance

  • Reduces odor on contact


  • Wet on application

  • Tricky packaging (can easily dispel too much product)

Repurchase: Yay

Kopari Natural Deodorant in Coconut

Price: $14

Base: Coconut Oil & Coconut Water


  • Tropical fragrance

  • Easy to seal

  • No residue

  • Travel-friendly


  • Must be kept relatively cold due to coconut oil

  • Must be applied to dry, freshly washed armpits only

Repurchase: Nay

So now that you've gotten the rundown, I bet you're wondering what ultimately sold me on my top two deodorants.

I am a big fan of lavender scents and feel they gel well with my natural body scent. Though I'm all about saving coins, I need a product that will work...but I'm not going to break the bank if I can find something cheaper that works just as well.

Lone and Schmidt's both have products that smell great, are cruelty-free and moisturize as they protect. I still feel their packaging leaves some things to be desired, but maybe they'll see this review and seek out even better ways to dispense their products.

Are you considering a switch to natural deodorants? Let me know your thoughts and what I should try next!

Much love,



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