It’s not a topic that you’d necessarily talk about with your friends at cocktail hour, but truth be told, there’s a lesser-known formula to keep your underarms fresh that isn’t packaged in a stick. The best cream deodorants use natural ingredients to fight odor-causing bacteria, and they're quickly and easily applied with your fingers.
Cream deodorants are whipped formulas — usually housed in a small pot or jar — that contain a combination of ingredients such as baking soda, corn starch, shea butter, coconut oil, clay, and a variety of essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances or antiperspirants. Natural ingredients aside, many folks find deodorant cream superior to sticks simply because they're so concentrated.
In order to maintain that stick shape, traditional deodorant sticks needs to be comprised of water, active ingredients, and a binding agent to hold everything together. Deodorant creams, on the other hand, don’t need to retain a shape, so the variety of active ingredients that can be mixed together is endless. And many cream formulas provide an emollient layer that traps the active ingredients in, making them work harder, longer.
Deodorant creams have been around since the late 1800’s, making them the OG in odor protection. These seven aluminum-free deodorant creams bring effective modern formulas to this age-old solution.