Deodorants without aluminum
Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants have multiple functions. By definition a antiperspirant cloggs the skin pores in the armpits or close them so that only little sweat can escape. Many do that by using aluminum salts.
On the other hand a ‘pure’ deodorant does not prevent sweating, it reduces the odor. The deodorizing effect neutralizes the smell of sweat produced by bacteria.
Why is aluminum used in deodorants?
Aluminum in the deodorant blocks the pores.
Strictly speaking, aluminum salts are found only in antiperspirants, not in deodorants. Because even if we do not make the distinction in everyday language use, the two product groups have different effects.
Deodorants primarily cover the sweat odor, while antiperspirants are designed to prevent or reduce perspiration altogether. The aluminum is used for this: In plain language: Aluminum clogs our sweat pores!
What causes aluminum?
Through the use of aluminum salts, the deodorants or antiperpirants interfere directly with the detoxification processes of the human body. The human body uses some zones for purging toxins from the body like the armpits. The toxins are purged in the form of perspiration. An Antiperspirant, as the name clearly indicates, prevents the body from purging toxins from below the armpits and have them remain in the body. Antiperspirant are mainly useful for people who sweat excessively under the arms. But even for those conditions there are natural methods available that exclude aluminium.
Furthermore some people experience allergic reactions from the aluminum chlorides, for example in the form of a skin rash or irritation.
For years, it has already been assumed that aluminum could be a risk factor for breast cancer. It has also been associated with Alzheimer’s Desease. Especially the documentary “The Aluminum File” by the Austrian filmaker Bert Ehgartner in 2013 has brought the topic back into mainstream media.
However, so far there is no scientific prove that aluminum in anti-perspirants or deodorants does or does not cause cancer. But more and more consumers are concerned and are actively looking for alternatives.
Why looking for a deodorant without aluminum?
Human perspiration is odorless unless it is acted upon by bacteria. Bacteria bring about the fermentation of sweat and release various foul-smelling waste materials, which impart the unpleasant odor to sweat. Deodorants without aluminum work by killing these bacteria, which are responsible for foul odor.
As more and more consumers now react very sensitive to this issue, more and more brands offer aluminum-free deodorants. These deodorants are often also free of artificial preservatives, perfume or alcohol and still protect effectively against sweat and odor.
According to a market study by Beiersdorf 72% of consumers want deodorants without aluminum that leave little or no residue on skin and clothes.
Especially the manufacturers of all-natural cosmetic products have already developed alternatives that work. They use for example alkaline minerals which neutralize the acidic environment of sweat and thereby prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Or they add clever combinations of essential oils and plant extracts to prevent the enzymatic degradation of sweat, leading to unpleasant odors. In particular, natural cosmetics brands such as Aubrey Organics, Logona, Yves Rocher or Real Purity offer a wide range of deodorants without aluminum chlorides. But you can also find aluminiumfree deodorants in the super market and drug store.
There are also a few aluminumfree deodorants for kids available now, specifically deigned for the needs of kids and teens, of course all natural!
And for those who have to avoid alcohol as an ingredient, we have put together a list of alcohol free deodorants without aluminum.
Check out our list of aluminum-free deodorants.