The Pit Report: The Benefits of Alcohol-Free and Aluminium-Free Deodorants

The Pit Report: The Benefits of Alcohol-Free and Aluminium-Free Deodorants

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We use deodorant more frequently than any other item in our grooming arsenal so be sure to choose wisely and pick one that’s not going to harm your skin or your clothing. Staining on clothing most commonly comes from anti-perspirant deodorants which carry aluminium. While aluminium is great blocking sweat and odour, there are some health concerns when it comes to using deodorants daily which contain aluminium, so for best practice, try to steer clear of deodorants which contain aluminium. Instead, opt for a deodorant which helps to control odour and perspiration using an alternative, aluminium-free, approach.

What’s the difference between Deodorant and Anti-Perspirant?

It’s really simple. Deodorant helps to control the bacteria which causes the smell, Anti-Perspirants work by stopping sweat from being secreted and therefore removing the potential for perspiration coming into contact with the bacteria which causes the odour. Most Anti-Perspirants use aluminium-based ingredients which cause the cells within your sweat ducts to swell, thus blocking the opening and preventing sweat from leaking onto the skin under the arms. Deodorants tend to use a 'bacteria static’ ingredient which helps to inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria, and this means that when applied to clean skin, they do great job of keeping your underarms free-from odour.

Top Picks: Aluminium-Free Deodorants

Baxter of California Deodorant - this is scented with citrus, herbal musk fragrances which dissipates quickly upon application. It’s aluminium-free so it won’t stain your clothing and it will allow your skin to perspire while keeping odour-causing bacteria at bay.

Anthony Deodorant - not only is Anthony’s Deodorant aluminium-free, it’s also alcohol-free so it’s incredibly gentle on the skin. It carries a subtle fragrance which is slightly minty and mildly citrus-y.

Jack Black Cool CTRL Deodorant - a performance driven super-hero, Cool CTRL won't stain your clothes but it will keep your underarms free-from adverse aromas.

Top Picks: Alcohol-Free Deodorants

Geo F Trumper Sandalwood Deodorant - carrying a masculine sandalwood scent while being ultra gentle on the skin, Trumper’s Sandalwood Deodorant hydrates the underarms while keeping sweat ‘stench’ away.

D R Harris Windsor Deodorant Stick - scented with, arguably, one of D R Harris’ best fragrances, Windsor Deodorant Stick comes alcohol-free and with the added benefit of a powerful bacteria controlling ingredient to stop body odour.