Natural vs. Traditional: Which Deodorant is Better?

Within the last few years, the idea of using natural deodorant rather than the traditional kind spread rapidly. Walking through the deodorant aisle, you are sure to see a host of “natural” deodorant brands taking up more shelf space. However, there are several misconceptions about the differences between natural and traditional deodorant. Let’s clear the air:

1. Deodorant and antiperspirant are the same.

With so many deodorant or antiperspirant brands, it can be easy to confuse them. In fact, people tend to use deodorant and antiperspirant synonymously; however, these two are not the same. Deodorant does as the name implies; it blocks odor. Most brands of deodorant do not contain aluminum at all. An antiperspirant seeks to reduce sweat by using aluminum to block sweat glands.

2. Aluminum in antiperspirant leads to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

People often believe that the aluminum in antiperspirants is harmful to the body with some claiming that the skin can absorb the aluminum leading to Alzheimer’s or even cancer. According to a study conducted by Klotz, Neff & Drexler, there is no conclusive evidence to show a connection between aluminum exposure in antiperspirants and these diseases. In fact, aluminum appears all around in the environment and can be absorbed through water, food, cosmetics, and more.

3. Natural deodorant is better for you than traditional deodorant.

It’s important to refer to the list of ingredients on the deodorant labels. Make sure to check whether it is simply a deodorant or a 2-in-1 deodorant and antiperspirant. Natural deodorants may include more natural ingredients such as essential oils that can be better for those with sensitive skin. However, if sensitive skin is not an issue for you, rest assured that your go-to drugstore brand is not harmful.

Overall, the type of deodorant you want to use depends solely on your personal preferences. I enjoy natural deodorant, especially Schmidt’s, because of the consistency and long-lasting scent; however, I still use traditional deodorant or antiperspirant on occasion, especially when I am exercising.

Recently, I have seen brands of natural deodorant in stores charging nearly $12 per unit. In my opinion, one stick of natural deodorant is not worth $12 no matter what it’s made of, and you can achieve similar results from any other natural or traditional brand. Regardless, the choice is yours. There are a ton of great brands, both natural and traditional, to choose from.