Welcome summer! Not so much welcome to the extra sweating and need for deodorant applications several times a day. Deodorants have not escaped the "harmful products" list, unfortunately, as ingredients such as aluminum have been added as a main ingredient for anti-perspirants. Aluminum has been a concern for my family for years ever since we learned it was linked to Alzheimer's disease - which runs in our family. We try to avoid it in lotions, foods, vaccines, and everything else, including our deodorants. We try to go as natural as possible.
For years I was thrilled with an Adidas brand that smelled great and really worked! It wasn't an anti-perspirant, but I was glad since blocking the pores from sweating is actually not good at all. Sweating is a cleansing function of the body and we shouldn't try to block that from happening.
The other day, I went to the store to restock on my Adidas deodorant. At first I couldn't find it, and I became discouraged that they stopped making it. Then I found it, and instead of being discouraged, I was upset. They no longer make the "natural" kind without aluminum. In fact, their bottle says right on the front that it contains this blasted ingredient.
Thinking that my only option was the $5 bottle of Tom's Naturals (which never worked for me anyway), I thought I would have to stink all summer.
Then, I saw it! An Arm and Hammer brand that advertised "No Aluminum"! I was so happy - plus it was a dollar less than the Adidas stuff I'd been buying for years.
A few days later, I am pleased to tell you that I love this new brand. I bought the "unscented" kind since the "Fresh" bottle smelled rather manly. Mine isn't fragrance free, but I like the scent. It's very simple and clean.
I would highly recommend this to anyone.
I know some people use cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar, etc. as their natural deodorants. Feel free to leave a comment below telling us what works for you and how to apply it. We're always up for a new idea!