Aluminium Chlorohydrate and Aluminium Chloride are compounds commonly found in antiperspirants and deodorants.
Aluminium compounds block pores and are therefore used in antiperspirants and deodorants to stop sweating. However, it has been linked to a variety of health issues over the years, including disruption to oestrogen levels and breast cancer and possible (currently unproven) connections to Alzheimer’s disease.
Potassium Alum is a natural mineral salt used as an alternative to Aluminium Chlorohydrate/Chloride. Alum’s antimicrobial properties have been celebrated for hundreds of years, with applications including topical astringent, an antiseptic for wounds, acne and tonsillitis, and a toner to tighten the pores.
While Potassium Alum (also known more commonly as ‘alum’) is from the same mineral family as Aluminium Chlorohydrate/Chloride, it is a very different material.
Potassium Alum is comprised of large molecules that are unable to penetrate the skin barrier. In contrast, Aluminium Chlorohydrate/Chloride is comprised of much smaller molecules that are absorbed by the skin, plugging sweat glands, and preventing the release of unwanted toxins from the body.
The term ‘aluminium free deodorant’ typically refers to Aluminium Chlorohydrate/Chloride free, as opposed to aluminium salt free deodorant. This is because many deodorants (including the Salt of the Earth range) contain Potassium Alum, which is from the aluminium salt family, but does not have the same controversial reputation.
It is important to highlight that deodorant and antiperspirant are not the same. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they work in very different ways.
Deodorant typically works by combating the bacteria that break down sweat and causes odour on the skin’s surface; it doesn’t actually stop you from sweating. In contrast, antiperspirant contains aluminium which blocks sweat glands and plugs your pores, so the bacteria on the top of your skin does not react with the apocrine sweat and create an odour.
One of the biggest concerns relating to aluminium-based deodorants or antiperspirants is that our bodies sweat for a reason, so preventing the perspiration process also prevents the body from cleansing and detoxifying itself naturally by releasing toxins. If these toxins cannot be released, they can find their way into your lymph nodes and bloodstream.
This is a very subjective question. For some, scent is the most important factor; for others it's price, effectiveness in preventing body odour, or a product’s eco-friendly credentials. To choose your preferred aluminium and paraben free deodorant, we would recommend reading reviews, studying product descriptions and giving them a sniff!
Our award-winning natural products come in a range of different formats, including plastic free, refillable sprays, roll-ons and balms. They are also all vegan and cruelty free.
Men select deodorant according to several criteria. For some, scent is the most important factor, while for others, price, ease of purchase, or how well it fits inside a gym bag determines their choice. If you are searching for the best aluminium free men’s deodorant in the UK, we would recommend reading reviews and product descriptions, and giving them a sniff!
We find that our Salt of the Earth Pure Armour (Citrus and Vetiver), Amber and Sandalwood, and Unscented ranges are most popular with men. Our award-winning products come in a range of different formats, including refillable sprays, travels, roll-ons, balms, and crystals (including plastic free options). Our aluminium free deodorants for UK men are also all vegan and cruelty free.
As with men, women choose their deodorant based on many different criteria. For some, it is as simple as selecting a preferred scent. For others, vegan, eco-friendly or cruelty-free credentials are of greatest importance. We would always recommend reading reviews, studying product descriptions, and giving your shortlist of scents a sniff before making your decision!
With a wide range of beautiful botanical scents and unscented products in our Salt of the Earth range, we have something for everyone. Our award-winning products come in a range of different formats, including plastic free, refillable sprays, roll-ons and balms. They are also all vegan friendly and cruelty free.
For vegans, ingredients, cruelty-free and eco-friendly credentials are of paramount importance when selecting a deodorant, although a pleasant fragrance and ability to prevent body odour for long periods of time are also very important factors!
Our award-winning Salt of the Earth range is aluminium (chlorohydrate) free, vegan, and cruelty free. Our deodorants are also available in a wide range of different formats, including refillable sprays, roll-ons and balms (with plastic-free packaging options).
The application method of an aluminium free deodorant rarely affects its ability to prevent body odour; it is simply a matter of personal preference. This is why Salt of the Earth natural deodorants are available in a wide range of formats.
No. Unlike regular antiperspirants that block sweat glands and clog pores with aluminium, natural aluminium free deodorant works by combating the bacteria that break down sweat and cause the odour.
It is commonly known that wearing a deodorant containing metallic substances such as aluminum can be an issue when having a mammogram as the particles contained within the deodorant can look like calcifications on the x-rays. However, there is debate as to whether natural deodorants that do not contain Aluminium Chlorohydrate or Aluminium Chloride can be worn.
In short, although aluminium free deodorants may not negatively affect mammograms, anything that leaves particles in the underarm area could potentially lead to inaccurate results, and so it is better not to apply anything to your underarms directly before an examination.
When switching from an aluminium-based deodorant to a natural alternative, some people find that their body goes through a detox period of 1-3 weeks, as their pores gradually lose the build-up of aluminium. This process can cause some additional sweating and odour which can sometimes lead to the incorrect belief that natural deodorant is ineffective. However, if you persevere, once your body has fully detoxified, the natural deodorant will be able to work effectively, and you will feel the full benefit.
Yes! Boots sells a number of different aluminium free deodorants, including our Salt of the Earth range.