Comparison of top healthy, aluminum free, and odorless deodorants.
One of the main, activate ingredients in most deodorants is aluminum. It's that aluminum that helps keep your sweating under control but it's that same aluminum that may pose potential health risks.
Now, the jury is out on aluminum and nobody seems to truly know if it helps you, harms you, or has zero impact on your body. Of course, there was also a time we added lead ot or gasoline and paint and asbestos to our homes, schools, and offices. Rather than find out in a decade that aluminum causes cancer I wanted to find a more natural and healthy approach while remaining completely unscented (no scents from the deodorant or my armpits).
My other issue was that my unscented Mitchum deodorant (my go-to brand for years) seemed like it just wasn't working as well as it once did. So I bought three of the top selling unscented and aluminum free deodorants and wore each for several weeks. Below are my reviews and findings of each.
Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant - 3 of 5 Stars
Arm & Hammer Essentials is by far the cheapest option in our test group at around $7 per 2.5 ounce stick. It also has the most ingredients with several, like Ethylhexylglycein and Tetrasodium EDTA, that fall into the "what the heck is that" category. But most of the other ingredients don't send up too many red flags.
Of the three deodorants tested, the Arm & Hammer Essentials was my least favorite. Although it does sometimes work, I felt the need to reapply it a second time on some days. It also isn't "unscented" as they claim on the label. It has a very obvious citrus / lemon smell. Even though I hate scents, it's actually quite a nice smell. But the point is that you can, and will, smell it on yourself.
The other issue is that, at first, this one made my pits a little itchy and irritated. The second day I applied less and it was better. By the third I found that making sure your armpits are completely dry and not over applying was the best bet. After that I either figured out the secret application process or my body got used to it.
Nasanta Magnesium Deodorant - 4 of 5 Stars
I love the label on the Nasanta that reads: Air. Water. Magnesium - It's that important. Of course, it also has glycerin, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, and caprylyl glycol in it for whatever that's worth.
In terms of smell, there is none. As for how it works, it works great. I'd give it a top rating but I have a few minor complaints. First up, it's a liquid so it goes on like water and gives you wet pits for a while. Second, it's a roll-on style applicator and they suggest applying it to "trimmed" armpits. After one use I found out why as it yanked an armpit hair out. Ouch! I don't know any guys who are trimming their pits so you have to learn to live with the occasional armpit here being yanked out by the roller. That's actually doable so this isn't a deal breaker, just an annoyance.
My bigger issue is the price at around $15 for 2.7 ounces of Nasanta. It's very pricey and because it's a liquid it tends to get used up a lot faster than a solid stick. You're supposed to apply sparingly but it still goes faster than I'd like to see. I'd certainly use it again if I couldn't find my next option below.
Organic Island Deodorant With Probiotics - 4.5 of 5 Stars
This is a great deodorant and my favorite of the bunch. First up, it's a stick so no roll on applicator to yank armpit hairs out (though some do tend to stick to the stick which is as lovely as you can imagine).
Second, it just works. You only need a few light swipes on each pit and you're good to go. I like that it's organic and that it's main ingredient is organic coconut oil. They put in shelf stable probiotics but who knows what impact those are having on my pits or body, if any. Third, it truly has no scent. Smell the stick and it may have a plain "wax" smell but it certainly has zero scent on your body.
This one is pricey as well at around $13 for a 2.5 ounce stick but it seems to last a long time. It's not cheap going aluminum and scent free, but I think I'm sticking with Organic Island Deodorant sold on Amazon.com for a while now.