Aluminium compounds are one of the main active ingredients in antiperspirants that help to combat sweat, and these work by plugging pores in your underarms to prevent sweat from forming on the surface, helping you stay dry. The inclusion of aluminium compounds separates antiperspirants from deodorants. While antiperspirants provide sweat and odour protection, deodorants do not contain any aluminium salts and therefore only offer odour protection.
When people ask ‘is deodorant bad for me’, aluminium is often cited as the main offender. But aluminium does not enter the body in any significant quantity when using antiperspirant, and it will not lead to any potential health complications. Aluminium is also the third most common element in the Earth’s crust, which means that everyone is exposed to it in small quantities, not just when using an antiperspirant.
All major studies into aluminium antiperspirants since the early 2000s have suggested products containing aluminium are not a problem. But if you would rather avoid using products containing aluminium there are products available that do not contain it. The NIVEA Deodorant Aluminium-Free Spray Fresh Flower’s quick-drying formula is lightweight and offers up to 48Hrs of NIVEA deodorising protection.