Beauty Beauty Products & Tools I've Tried Dozens of Aluminum-Free Deodorants, But I Keep Going Back to This One It doesn't get any better than this. By Kayla Greaves Kayla Greaves Instagram Twitter Website Kayla Greaves is the Executive Beauty Editor for InStyle, overseeing all beauty coverage on the site. She has previously held positions at HuffPost and Bustle. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on July 27, 2022 @ 03:00PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Courtesy Megababe Thanks to Miradry, I can actually use (and enjoy!) most natural deodorants these days without having to reapply every few hours. And as someone who is a clean freak and will shower up to four times a day, especially during the summer, no longer having to worry about sweating profusely or smelling like the outside has been quite the relief. Anyways, with the ability to now give aluminum-free deodorants a fair shot, I've tested dozens over the past year. Some have been OK, a few have been horrible, and most have been good; but only one has been great — and it's none other than Megababe's Rosy Pits. Want to Permanently Get Rid of Underarm Odor, Sweat, and Hair in Just One Day? What Is Aluminum-Free Deodorant? Many people are under the impression that anything that you roll under your arms is a deodorant. However, only antiperspirants actually block sweat from secreting onto the skin by using aluminum salts. Deodorants, on the other hand, allow your body to just do its thing — at least when it comes to perspiration. "Deodorants are products that mask or neutralize unwanted underarm odor while still allowing your body to sweat," Krupa Koestline, a clean cosmetic chemist and founder of KKT Consultants, previously told InStyle. "Typical deodorizers include magnesium hydroxide and plant essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and sage, and natural fragrances to neutralize odor. Some have natural antibacterial ingredients like saccharomyces ferment, a yeast ferment with probiotic enzymes, tea tree oil, and coconut oil to help reduce these odor-causing bacteria." In the case of Megababe's Rosy Pits, the formula includes a mix of coconut oil, green tea extract, and sage leaf to help combat funk. 01 of 01 Megababe Rosy Pits Courtesy $14; target.com Benefits of Using an Aluminum-Free Deodorant While it's up to you to use whichever deodorant or antiperspirant is right for you, aluminum has become a controversial ingredient over the past few decades. While the American Cancer Society has attested for years that studies have shown there is no link between antiperspirant use and the development of breast cancer, many consumers still prefer to use a clean formula. On top of that, several deodorant sticks these days also offer skincare benefits, along with odor protection. And you can forget about that weird yellow stain aluminum-formulas leave behind on your clothes. VIDEO: An Expert's Guide to Finding Your Signature Scent What to Expect When Using Megababe's Rosy Pits By now, it's pretty obvious that this deo won't prevent you from sweating. However, the delicious scent will likely mask anything coming from your pits. While my underarms are mostly dry these days and rarely, if ever, let off BO thanks to two Miradry treatments, I actually used Megababe way before I ever got Miradry — and it was one of the few natural deodorants I felt actually did enough to mask the scent of my sweat. Now, it's like an addition to my perfume and keeps my underarms feeling smooth and soft. However, it is important to keep in mind that everyone's body chemistry is a little different. So while I do love this product, it may not be everyone's cup of tea. But it is an award-winning formula for a reason. The Final Takeaway I have gone through dozens of natural deodorants over the years trying to find "the one." And while I didn't mind a lot of them, Rosy Pits is the only product I've tried that checks all the boxes. No irritation, no redness, no white residue, no annoying scent — no anything that would turn me off. Plus, while I am generally a fan of clean or linen scents when it comes to body care, I really cannot get enough of the subtle rose fragrance. It feels very personal, sexy, and feminine — which may be a weird way to describe a deodorant, but Megababe's Rosy Pits is truly in a league of its own. From non-toxic makeup and skincare to sustainability practices, Clean Slate is an exploration of all things in the green beauty space. Find out what's really in your products — and what's being left out.