6 Aluminum-Free Deodorant Options without Baking Soda and Coconut Oil — Empower Palette (2022)


Written By Chelsea Bennett

Refreshed August 11, 2021

6 Aluminum-Free Deodorant Options without Baking Soda and Coconut Oil — Empower Palette (1)

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The truth about natural deodorants is that not all of them work well. Some work, but don’t last all day and you’ll need to reapply. Honestly, if your natural deodorant doesn’t last all day then you need a new one. Just because one brand works for a lot of people, doesn’t mean it will work for you.

Check the reviews to see how each brand is a go-to for many and a hit and miss for some.

None of the deodorants I’ve listed have aluminum.

New to natural deodorant?

Expect a detox process of your underarms for 2 to 4 weeks. Aluminum blocks your pores so no sweat can leave your armpits. When you switch to natural, you may sweat more than before. The excess sweat will stop during your detox. Also, drink more water to help flush out the toxins.

Sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin or get irritated by most natural deodorants, stay away from baking soda or citrus and lavender essential oils.

  • Baking soda: as an alkaline substance, it disturbs skin's acid mantle and microbiome and can cause rashes

  • Citrus and lavender essential oils: their main constituents, limonene and linalool, are allergens

  • Coconut Oil: it is comedogenic and may clog your pores and leave greasy stains on clothes {via Kinkō}

Stress sweat-er?

I recommend reading the reviews to see which deodorant works for you. Also, try to figure out what triggers your sweat and work on the cause of your stress.

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  • Female-founded by Sarah Moret

  • Named after Marie Curie (1800s physicist, 1st woman to win Nobel prize)

  • Cruelty-free

Sarah, Curie’s founder, started volunteering with a nonprofit called Simply the Basics, which aims to restore women living in homelessness with their dignity by providing simple (but important) hygiene products we all take for granted, such as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and—you guessed it—deodorant. Through stuffing hygiene kits for shelters around the city, and by helping put on Women’s Empowerment Day for homeless women, she was able to make a small difference, but wanted to do more.

We quickly realized our mission needs to include all women, even those who couldn’t afford the luxuries that are so easy to take for granted. Simply The Basics was the perfect organization to help us achieve this.

One stick of Curie Deodorant gets donated to Simply the Basics for every five sold on our website, with the goal of one day having a stick of Curie deodorant in every hygiene kit handed out across the country.

When people are able to properly care for their bodies, they have more success fighting illness, finding jobs, and surviving—even beating—homelessness.

We believe that this small act has the power to make women feel empowered, dignified, and healthy. When you choose Curie, you're supporting a brand that strives to help ALL women across the country live healthier lives.

Stick Ingredients (NOT vegan) : coconut oil, arrowroot powder, beeswax, baking soda (low amount), corn starch, cocoa butter, triethyl citrate, sunflower seed wax, sunflower seed oil, elderberry extract, cucumber extract, chamomile flower extract, aloe vera, sage oil, vitamin e, sodium caproyl/lauroyl lactylate, fragrance, & lime essential oil (white tea only)

✓ Baking soda (low)

✓ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✓ Coconut Oil

Spray Ingredients (may be vegan): witch hazel, propanediol (plant-derived), organic alcohol, triethyl citrate, lactobacillus ferment, sage oil, sodium caproyl/lauroyl lactylate, water, polyglyceryl-6 caprylate, polyglyceryl-3 cocoate, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, polyglyceryl-6 ricinoleate, & fragrance

✗ Baking soda

✗ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✗ Coconut Oil

If your underarms get irritated by most natural deodorants, I recommend trying the spray deodorant first. It does not have baking soda which often irritates people. However, Curie says there is a low amount of baking soda in their sticks.

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  • Female-founded by Katie Sturino

  • Cruelty-free

  • Vegan

  • Formulated without baking soda, alcohol, parabens & goes on smooth & clear

Ingredients: propanediol, water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium stearate, corn starch, glycerin, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, benzyl benzoate, coconut oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), green tea extract, sandalwood oil, rosa absolute (moldova), horsetail plant extract, & sage leaf extract

✗ Baking soda

✗ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✓ Coconut Oil

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Nubian Heritage

  • Certified cruelty-free by PETA

  • Vegan

  • 24 hour deodorant

African Black Soap Ingredients: propanediol, glycerin (vegetable), water, sodium stearate, silica, corn starch, zinc ricinoleate, fragrance, shea butter*_, sodium shea butterate, sodium palm kernelate, sodium cocoate, cocoa pod ash, grapefruit seed extract, saccharomyces ferment, polyglycerly-3 caprate, sucrose cocoate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, allantoin, tocopherol (vitamin E), & sandalwood oil

*Certified Organic Ingredient

_Fair Trade Ingredient

✗ Baking soda

✗ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✗ Coconut Oil

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  • Means balance in Japanese

  • Female-founded by Fanny Coste and Chelsi Oestreich

  • Cruelty-free

  • Vegan

  • Formulated to work with your skin microbiome (no adverse effect on the friendly microorganisms that live on the skin)

  • See their ingredient list

The friendly microorganisms serve a very important purpose acting as our first line of defense against pathogens reducing the chance for infections. They also keep the skin barrier intact, protect it from inflammation, balance the pH of the skin, among so many other things. Your microbiome is as unique to you as your DNA.

Their fragrance is made of safe, naturally derived and sustainable aromatic ingredients, compliant with COSMOS standard.

Unscented Ingredients: water, triethyl citrate, propanediol, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, sodium zinc polyitaconate, fructose, inulin, xylitol, silver, bisabolol, caprylic acid, xanthan gum, acacia senegal gum, kaolin, & lactic acid

Sakura Rose Ingredients: water, triethyl citrate, propanediol, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, fragrance, sodium zinc polyitaconate, fructose, inulin, xylitol, silver, bisabolol, caprylic acid, xanthan gum, acacia senegal gum, kaolin, & lactic acid

✗ Baking soda

✗ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✗ Coconut Oil

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  • Cruelty-free

  • Vegan

  • Sustainable

  • Partners with organic farms

Ingredients: water, propanediol, sodium stearate, cyclodextrin, silica, coconut alkanes, moringa oleifera seed oil, kaolin, papain, garcinia cambogia fruit extract, tea tree leaf oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, rosemary leaf oil, polyglyceryl-10 oleate, wasabia japonica root extract, laurus nobilis leaf extract, lavender oil, bergamot fruit oil, diospyros kaki leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, sophora japonica fruit extract, artemisia princeps extract, melia azadirachta leaf extract, rosa canina fruit extract, matricaria flower extract, ginger root oil, melia azadirachta flower extract, orange peel oil, citrus aurantium bergamot peel oil, lime oil, polyglyceryl-10 myristate, polyglyceryl-6 dioleate, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, cananga odorata flower oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, decyl glucoside, & xanthan gum

✗ Baking soda

✓ Citrus or lavender essential oils (lime oil)

✓ Coconut Oil

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Ursa Major

  • ‘The Great Bear’ in Latin

  • Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free

  • The sticks are not vegan (royal jelly from bees)

  • The spray is vegan

Hoppin’ Fresh Ingredients: water, propanediol, sodium stearate, tapioca starch, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, silica, kaolin, glyceryl caprylate, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium bicarbonate, rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, cellulose gum, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, glyceryl undecylenate, mentha piperita oil, shea butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), hops extract, royal jelly extract, citrus limon peel extract, geranium maculatum oil, mentha arvensis leaf oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, matricaria flower extract, panax quinquefolium root extract, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, limonene, & linalool

*denotes organic

✓ Baking soda

✓ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✗ Coconut Oil

Sage Spray Ingredients: water, alcohol denatured*, saccharomyces ferment*, glycerin, sodium citrate, polyglyceryl-2 caprate, polyglyceryl-6 caprylate, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, sodium caproyl/lauroyl lactylate, triethyl citrate, sage oil, undecylenoyl glycine, polyglyceryl-3 caprylate, lavender flower oil*, niaouli leaf oil*, lemon myrtle leaf oil, sandalwood wood oil, geranium leaf oil*, frankincense resin extract, patchouli leaf oil, bisabolol*, & phenethyl alcohol

*denotes organic

✗ Baking soda

✓ Citrus or lavender essential oils

✗ Coconut Oil

What is your go-to deodorant now?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of natural deodorant 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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Chelsea Bennett

I get excited by watching women bloom. Women believing in themselves, loving themselves and others. Women fighting for their beliefs and for others without a voice. Everything you need to bloom was given to you when you were created. My hope is to help water and nurture what’s already inside you.

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