It’s 2019, which means there’s a clean beauty alternative to everything on the market—yes, even to your deodorant. While some people believe clean beauty is a frivolous trope crafted by sketchy marketing teams, going natural with your deodorant stick may save you from trouble in the long run. What’s so harmful about the average drugstore sticks we mindlessly pick up when we’re feeling a little rank?
A lot, actually: according to a study by German scientific journal Deutshes Ärzteblatt International, aluminum—an ingredient frequently used in the average antiperspirant to temporarily “block” the sweat ducts—has been linked to neurotoxicity, and has potential to increase your risk for dementia syndrome and breast cancer. Yikes.
Although there isn’t enough research to solidify the effects of aluminum-filled antiperspirants and their link to these health issues, some feel it’s better to be safe than sorry. But, we know that some of us are sweatier than others, and going all-natural can be tough. So, fret not, my friends: if you’re in need of some hefty odor-blocking protection, there are quite a few all natural routes to take—trust us, we’ve tested them all. Below, the best scented natural deodorants to stick to while you let your pits breathe.