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7 Zero-Waste Natural Deodorant Options — And How to Make the Transition

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If you're accustomed to using anti-perspirant to keep your underarms from offending your friends, the thought of switching to a natural deodorant may seem overwhelming. Not only is the infamous armpit detox period something to consider, but if you're hoping your new deo is as eco-friendly as can be, looking for a deodorant that is natural, non-toxic, plastic-free, wasn't tested on animals (and whatever else may be important to you) can feel like a tall order. So to help you take out the guesswork, we compiled a list of seven zero-waste natural deodorant options — including a few DIY ideas.

Firstly, what's with all the bad press for conventional deodorant and anti-perspirant? Well, many of them contain aluminum, which has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's. Additionally, many conventional deodorants also contain parabens, which are endocrine disruptors (as is aluminum). The science on aluminum-based deodorants causing breast cancer varies, and prominent medical organizations and experts have different opinions on it — but the possibility is enough to keep some health-conscious people away from the conventional deodorant aisle.