Have you tried to switch to an aluminum-free deodorant? I feel your frustration. Natural deodorants never seem to keep us fresh for more than a couple of hours, and they often cost an arm and a leg too! It feels like we’re paying a premium to stink!
Not with AA Skincare Bergamot & Aloe Deodorant. At £4.94, this stuff is very wallet-friendly, which makes me more forgiving towards its shortcomings.
They’re not that bad, really. Aluminum is so good at keeping sweat and unpleasant odours at bay that, compared to it, everything else falls short. When you decide to switch to something else, it takes some getting used to.
Do you need to switch? Not really. So far, there is no proof that aluminum causes cancer. But you may prefer to use natural products anyway. Or, like me, you just like to try something new. You can discover some real gems when you broaden your horizons.
And, as far as natural deodorants go, AA Skincare Bergamot & Aloe Deodorant is one of the best I’ve tried. On lazy days, it keeps me fresh an smelling good for about 6 hours. Then, I need to reapply it again. Reapplication is a must after a workout session, or a long, brisk walk, too.
That’s why I don’t think this deodorant would be able to withstand the boiling heat of an Italian summer. But here in the UK, where temperatures rarely rise above 24°C, it works quite well (keep in mind, though, that I’m not the sweaty type).
Its secret is a blend of bergamot oil, which has antimicrobial-properties, and saccharomyces ferment, a yeast enzyme that, according to AA Skincare, can, “together with potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate keep underarm bacteria to a minimum and neutralise odour-creating nitrogen compounds in perspiration.”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find studies confirming these claims. I only have anecdotal evidence and my personal experience to offer this time. I do have proof of its gentleness, though. The deodorant also contains hydrating glycerin (attracts water from the environment into the skin), and soothing aloe vera (can calm down irritations) , that help keep skin soft and nourished.
Because it is free of alcohol, and comes in roll-on form, AA Skincare Bergamot & Aloe Deodorant doesn’t irritate freshly-shaven skin. That’s my worst pet peeve about deodorants. If it burns skin when it’s at its most delicate, you can be sure I won’t repurchase it. So, I’m glad this one doesn’t.
And the scent! I’m a sucker for anything citrusy, and this one is lovely. It smells mostly of bergamot, is quite bitter, but not too strong. That’s why I’m a bit bummed it doesn’t last longer on the skin. It disappears shortly before the refreshing effects of the deodorant do.
If bergamot & aloe doesn’t sound appealing enough to you, you’ll be happy to know there are two more deodorants in this range: Lemongrass & Lavender, which has a light, citrusy-sweet aroma, and Grapefruit & Cedarwood, which has a woody, zesty fresh scent (and is already on my to-buy list).
If you’re looking for a natural alternative to aluminum-rich deodorants, and, like me, you’re not the sweaty type, give it a go. I think you’ll like it too.
Aqua, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Saccharomyces ferment, Polyglyceryl-10 laurate, Citrus aurantium bergamia peel oil, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Xantham Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium sorbate
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: On lazy days, keeps me fresh and smelling good for about 6 hours; Soothing and gentle, doesn’t irritate skin; Sleek roll-on packaging; Affordable.
Cons: If you sweat a lot, this won’t be strong enough for you.
Summary: AA Skincare Bergamot & Aloe Deodorant keeps me fresh and smelling good for about six hours on lazy days, and is so gentle it never irritates freshly-shaven skin.
Price & Availability: £4.99 at AA Skincare