20 Best Aluminum-Free Deodorants 2022

best aluminum free deodorants


Let’s get two facts out of the way: There’s really no need to distinguish aluminum-free deodorants, because all deodorants are aluminum-free. (That said, we tend to conflate deodorant and antiperspirant—which does contain aluminum.) Many people like to use aluminum-free deodorants because they have heard it’s safer, but every study to date suggests there is no definitive link between aluminum-based antiperspirant use and breast cancer.

Studies have shown that underarm skin actually absorbs very little aluminum—only about 0.01 percent. But what about when you shave your armpits, then apply a swipe of antiperspirant? The absorption rate of aluminum goes up to 0.06 percent on pre-damaged skin, and a 2017 retrospective study “showed an earlier age of disease onset in breast cancer patients that had used aluminum-containing antiperspirants combined with underarm shaving.”

The National Cancer Institute and leading scientists have called for large-scale epidemiological studies of the relationship between aluminum-based antiperspirants and the risk of breast cancer, but so far, no conclusive evidence has been found to label antiperspirants toxic. Our suggestion? Play it semi-safe: Switch to a deodorant on the days you shave, then use your aluminum-based antiperspirant on the days you don’t.

Looking for recs? These are the aluminum-free deodorants we love and trust for keeping our armpits dry and fresh. If you’re looking for all natural and organic options, click here.

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Best Gel Deodorant

The Deodorant Gel

  • Clear
  • Convenient
  • Skin-Loving Ingredients

Necessaire’s gel deodorant has 5 percent lactic and mandelic acid to prevent odors, plus niacinamide and witch hazel to soothe and moisturize skin. It’s available in a spa-like eucalyptus scent, or a fragrance-free version if you’re extra sensitive.


Best Extra Strength

Citrus Vetivert Extra Strength Deodorant

  • Great for Sweat
  • Long-Lasting

The waterless gel-to-powder formula is heat-activated (so it absorbs sweat and releases a warm, soft fragrance right when you need it), and you only need a little bit to reap the benefits.


Best Travel Size

Supernatural Deodorant

  • Convenient Size
  • Baking-Soda Free

Leave it to the exercise experts at Alo to create the perfect sized deo to throw in a gym bag. Plus, it glides on completely clear, and is baking-soda free.


Best Charcoal Deodorant

Natural Deodorant

  • Good for Sweat
  • Six Scents, Including Unscented
  • Less Transparent Than Other Formulas

Made with charcoal, bentonite clay, and bentonite clay, this deo is almost like a daily detox for your underarms.


Best Unisex Deodorant

Rosewater Ginger Aluminum Free Deodorant

  • Unique Scent
  • Eco Packaging

The rosewater-ginger scent is unlike anything else we’ve seen (for aluminum-free products or otherwise), and it lasts all day.


Best Spray Deodorant

Wake the F*ck Up Deodorant

  • Clear Spray Formula
  • Fresh Scent

Think of this refreshing spray-on deodorant like a perfume. Plus, it won’t stain your clothes, and it dries in seconds.


Best Fragrance

Rio Deo Aluminum-Free Deodorant

  • Great Scent
  • Skin-Loving Ingredients
  • Scent May Be Strong for Some

Sol De Janeiro’s signature scent (the same one in their famous Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream) was made to be in deodorant form, and now it is. Plus, it has tapioca starch to absorb sweat, and papaya enzyme to exfoliate skin and prevent ingrowns.


Convenient Packaging

Deodorant – The Achiever

  • Easy to Use
  • Great for Sweat

This cream formula smells super-fresh (like mint, juniper, and salt water), and is easy to squeeze and swipe on with one hand, so it won’t get all over your clothes.


Best Roll-On Deodorant

Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

  • Skin-Loving Ingredients
  • Scented and Unscented Options

Many natural deodorant connoisseurs claim this is the best one ever, and we might have to agree. Available in both fragrance-free and scented, this stain-free, roll-on deodorant uses an AHA blend to fight odor-causing bacteria, aloe vera juice to soothe, and glycerin to hydrate your skin.


Drugstore Deal

Aluminum Free Deodorant

  • Great Value
  • Conditioning Formula

We never thought the day would come when Dove’s signature skin-coddling conditioners and fresh scents would be found in an aluminum-free deodorant formula. It’s the perfect 1:1 swap if you’re currently using one of Dove’s best-selling antiperspirants.


Best for Sensitive Skin

Natural Deodorant Jasmine Tea Sensitive

  • Long-Lasting
  • Won’t Irritate Skin

Natural deodorants have a bad habit of irritating your under-arm skin. This Jasmine Tea formula from Schmidt’s was made for the most sensitive among us.


Best for Serious Sweat

Aluminum Free Deodorant

  • Great for Sweat
  • Long-Lasting

If you’ve been using a Secret stick for two decades or more, you don’t have to give it up just because you’re trying to be aluminum-free. This formula keeps us so dry and stink-free we forget it’s not antiperspirant.


Most Popular

Lavender & Rose

  • Tons of Scent Options
  • Great for Sweat

This is the natural deodorant that will make you believe they can actually work. It’s been known to convert even the most diehard antiperspirant fans.


No Essential Oils

Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

  • Skin-Loving Ingredients
  • Free of Essential Oils

This deodorant is free of aluminum, baking soda, fragrance, and essential oils—so it’s ideal for sensitive skin. The blend of shea butter, arrowroot powder, and mandelic acid work to keep you both dry and odor-free.



Fragrance Free Deodorant with Shea Butter

  • Non-Irritating Formula
  • Great Value
  • Serious Sweaters May Want More Protection

Finding a fragrance-free deodorant is hard. Finding a fragrance-free deodorant that works is even harder. We love this one from Hello because it keeps us feeling fresh, is free of aluminum and baking soda (a common irritant), and is packaged in 100 percent PCR plastic.


Fresh Fragrance

Sunny Pits Daily Deodorant

  • Light Scent
  • Glides on Clear
  • Needs Reapplication Throughout the Day

Any good deodorant will keep your armpits dry and soft. We love this one from Megababe because it also makes us smell like fresh-squeezed lemonade.


Best Luxe Fragrance


  • Smells Incredible
  • Dries Fast

This quick-drying deodorant is made from the fragrance brand worn by practically every man, woman, and child in New York City.


Best Long-Lasting Deodorant

Eucalyptus Deodorant

  • Spa-Like Scent
  • Glides on Clear

The bold eucalyptus and citrus scent isn’t for everyone, but this slick, gel-like deodorant is one of the best we’ve ever used for keeping us smelling fresh until the end of the day—even in the summer.


Best Cream Deodorant

Deodorant Cream

Baking soda, kaolin clay, and tea tree oil team up in this classic natural deodorant formula to fight odor-causing bacteria and gently control sweat. Some fans claim it’s still to date the only aluminum-free formula that’s worked for them.


Drugstore Deal

Murumuru Butter and Rose Deodorant

  • Skin-Loving Ingredients
  • Great Value
  • Scent May Be Strong for Some

Packed with botanical ingredients like murumuru butter, corn starch, and rose extract, this deodorant is easy to wear and to find since it’s on most drugstore shelves.

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