April 20, 2020 – By Anastasia Baklushina
When new trends appear in the beauty sector every year, we may purely fall onto the path of doing more harm than good to our bodies. This is where conscious consumption comes to the rescue – the way of treating the world which we respect and value here at KeiSei.
A couple of years ago one of such trends boomed in the market, and its name was ‘aluminium-free deodorant.’ Just to set things right, by saying ‘deodorant’, we mean that nowadays most of the body products are two-in-ones: both deodorants and antiperspirants.
It turns out that it’s been a rather hot topic of discussion whether and why aluminium in deodorants may be harmful for our health. Apparently, there’s been no consensus reached in the scientific world.
This is why we collected for you 3 ‘facts-n-checks’ about aluminium-free deodorants and the arguments from both ‘supporters’ and ‘opponents.’ So that your choices would be more informed.
Opponents claim that without aluminium salts sweat is worse released, as they should form temporary plugs at the top layers of your pores. Besides, the-better-avoided odour from your armpits may also stay stronger without Al.
However, supporters would say that aluminium-free option allows not to block your pores and avoid irritations and allergic reactions. And yes, it may be a ‘smellier’ option – but only unless you use it wrong. It’s not a sweat but the bacteria that causes armpits to smell.
Our recommendations: If you switch to Al deodorant, give it some time. Wait for a couple of weeks to help your skin adjust. For the desired effect, apply the deodorant to clean and dried skin. Warm up the stick by gently holding it against the armpit, after a couple of seconds apply it with 2-3 swipes.
#2. Less potential risks to your health
Some researches linked aluminium in antiperspirants to such illnesses as breast cancer, kidney and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Opponents argue, citing American Cancer Society, that no link’s have been found yet between aluminum and cancer. “More research is needed,” – is their answer to the alarming Darbre’s study. For the record, Darbre connects Al in antiperspirants to “gene instability” in breast tissue, which may cause tumors and cancer cells.
Also, the Alzheimer’s Society affirmed that the connection between Al and Alzheimer’s disease appears increasingly unlikely. Relation to kidney disease also seems to be exaggerated: National Kidney Foundation confirms that Al impacts only to people whose kidneys function are at 30% or less.
“You can’t be too careful’ – that’s the supporters’ perspective. Darbre herself underlines how unhealthy it can be if one applies a product containing aluminum to irritated skin, which is so easy to get after shaving. They also point at the FDA requirement for all aluminium antiperspirants to print “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease” on their labels.
#3. Most natural
That’s, perhaps, one of the indisputable facts. Al-free deodorants are typically also vegan, cruelty-free and plastic-free. The biggest range of natural and eco-friendly options presented on the market are Aluminium-free.
Our Al-Free Deodorants Picks
Another feature we adore about Al-free deodorants is that they appear in all shapes and forms. Creams, sticks, powders, jars or even bars. You have a big range of options to choose the most suitable for yourself.
Consciousness: Baking soda-free; packed in recyclable glass jar with recyclable aluminium lid; packed in recyclable cardboard.
Best for: Sensitive, irritated and eczema-prone skin.
Special features: Best to use after shaving and to soothe itchy skin.
Cons: May not be very efficient against body odour.
Consciousness: No plastic package; cruelty-free; vegan.
Best for: Odour-neutralizing control.
Special features: Bacteria-killers Juniperberry, Tea Tree and Lemongrass Oils.
Cons: May crumble while using.
Consciousness: Vegan; plastic-free; glass container; recycled package.
Best for: Absorbing mouisture.
Special features: Natural disinfectant + healing skin with arrowroot powder.
Cons: Contains baking soda.
That said, let’s not blame it all on aluminium. We come across this element in so many areas of our daily lives: foods, cooking utensils, vaccinations, just to mention a few. However, aluminium is known to be among the most eco-friendly metals. Conscious attitude in every area of our lives is the key to a healthy wellbeing and happy life.