Underarm Overachievers

We tried the most widely available aluminum-free brands of deodorant, rating them on the soundness of their ingredients and effectiveness. Check out which ones best handled the stress and activities of everyday life. With these brands, you'll have one less thing to sweat about.

Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh
Ingredient Info: Zinc ricinoleate (zinc salt) combats odor in this quick-drying selection, while citrus essential oils lend it a delicate, clean scent.
Pit Performance: This roll-on is solid! Our favorite natural pick, it lasts all day (and into the night, if you need it), keeping you fresh in even the most frantic of circum- stances.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan, Talc, and Propylene Glycol

Adidas 24-hr Control
Ingredient Info: It's not all natural, but this stick doesn't contain aluminum, relying instead on the company's patented Cotton Tech (cotton powder) technology to control odor and wetness.
Pit Performance: It goes on smooth and clean and keeps you feeling dry all day. Plus, its light scent is strong enough to minimize your own.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, and Talc

Lush Mr. T Deodorant Powder
Ingredient Info: Product instructions recommend sprinkling the tea tree leaf-infused Mr. T all over your body -- "on the areas that stink the most." The absorbent baby powder-like formula sucks up sweat.
Pit Performance: Despite its loose and slightly messy form, this potent powder keeps you drier and fresher than many sticks and roll-ons.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan, and Propylene Glycol

Jason Fragrance Free Deodorant Stick
Ingredient Info: This odorless deodorant uses green tea extract, rosehips, vitamin E, and clary sage to fight odor, while organic aloe vera helps soothe sensitive skin that may be irritated from shaving.
Pit Performance: The smooth, scent-free formula of this stick effectively keeps you fresh for hours, even overnight.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan, and Talc

Alba Clear Enzyme Deodorant
Ingredient Info: Those with sensitive skin will appreciate Alba's hypoallergenic, paraben-free vegetarian ingredients. This stick uses tea tree oil to fight odor.
Pit Performance: Has a nice clean and crisp scent, but goes on sticky and stays that way. While you remain odor-free, you don't feel totally dry throughout the day.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan, Talc, and Propylene Glycol

Herbal Clear Naturally Clear Sport
Ingredient Info: This stick relies on tea tree oil and vitamin E to stop perspiration and lichen to mask B.O.
Pit Performance: A bit perfumy with a tacky feel, it can hold its own for hours. Don't be too assured by its sporty edge, however; while it does target those with an active lifestyle, you won't smell fresh and clean after a long run.
Free of: Parabens, Aluminum, Triclosan and Talc


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