Ditch the Antiperspirant: What Deodorant to Wear to Your Next Pilates Sesh?

Antiperspirant is the new hot topic. I’m hearing influencers, reading articles, and talking with friends about the fatality of aluminum-based antiperspirants. Aluminum is the active ingredient in antiperspirants and research shows its link to breast cancer. Therefore, ditch the antiperspirant. In a recent Instagram story, I asked my clients for their natural deodorant recommendations which are listed below. I included the price and website description of each product to give you more information to select the best option for you!

Client Recommendations — 

Crystal Deodorant – $7.19

“Unlike antiperspirants, CRYSTAL™ deodorants don’t block the pores—allowing the body to function naturally. Odor is controlled and eliminated by natural minerals and other botanically-derived ingredients like Lotus Blossom and Orange Peel Extract.”

Crystal deodorant is a mineral-based deodorant that lasts long and is listed at an affordable price.

Rio Deo: In scent Black Amber Plum & Vanilla Woods – $16 

“An aluminum-free and baking soda-free deodorant that eliminates odor, soothes skin, and helps fight ingrown hairs.” 

My client says that it smells incredible! I trust her judgment because she knows all of the clean and trendy products.

Secret: Aluminum Free in Lavender – $11

“Freshen up with this Secret Aluminum Free Deodorant, made with real ingredients that provide lasting 48-hour odor protection. Secret Deodorant is always made with real, moisturizing ingredients and is dermatologist tested. This special formulation gives you great odor protection and is also free of aluminum salts, parabens, dyes, and talc. Secret Deodorant for women is proud to wear the Beauty Without Bunnies’ mark, showing our commitment to always being 100% PETA certified cruelty free.”

I currently use a Secret antiperspirant and love it (RIP to the extra one under my bathroom sink 💀). Secret is a big brand that offers reasonably priced products. My client says she’s “tried so many and some expensive” but this is her favorite. 

Schmidts – $19.98

“Really Natural. Really Works. – The first Ecocert-certified aluminum-free deodorant in the US, Schmidt’s Fresh Fir, and Spice helps neutralize odor and keeps you fresh with 24-hour odor protection…Fights Body Odor – 1-2 swipes are all you need for all-day protection with just a small amount. Hold deodorant stick momentarily to skin to soften on contact with body heat”

Schmidt’s is a big named natural deodorant brand. It started in 2010 and earned its recognition for partnering with soccer player Megan Rapinoe. 

Lemon – FREE

I tried lemon juice on a cotton ball and it burnt my armpits 🤦🏻‍♀️. If you try this, dilute the lemon juice with water. Lemon is known to kill bacteria and is probably the most effective way to eliminate B.O. — However, this method still came at a cost to me. 

All in all, switch to a natural deodorant for your next Pilates session. It might take your body a little to get used to, but the long-term effects are worth it. Message me on Instagram @equipoise.pilates and let me know if you tried any of the above deodorants or what natural deodorant is your go-to! 

By: Annie Maxwell.