I’m Inordinately Excited About How Well This Aluminum-Free Deodorant Works

Ever since there’s been talk about aluminum in antiperspirant possibly being a contributing factor to developing breast cancer, I’ve been extra-cautious with what I use as a deodorant. It may not be proven that it links to the development at all, but I’d rather not take any chances since breast cancer runs in my family. So, in the past few years, I’ve tested out a variety of natural deodorants that, unfortunately, just didn’t hold up — until now. 

Other natural deodorants felt like rubbing salt in a wound (I’m looking at you deodorant crystal — but that’s because that’s basically what I was doing), and I loved the idea of Tom’s deodorant, but that didn’t really work well for me either. SO I started using mens deodorant. I started using Old Spice’s aluminum-free Wolfthorn deodorant, which smelled AMAZING (like fruit punch!) but it applied wet, stayed wet, and wore off quickly. 

I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have found Piperwai. It’s a natural creme deodorant with all-natural ingredients, and it actually works.

Piperwai was created by Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner, two health-focused ladies who couldn’t find a natural deodorant that worked, so they decided to make their own. Jess created it from scratch using all-natural ingredients and had Sarah test it out when she went on a trip to South America. Sarah raved about how well it worked, and in turn, they decided to share it with all of us.

So what’s so great about it? Well, it’s free of aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan and phthalates and — did I mention? — it actually works! Plus, you don’t have to Google the names of the ingredients to get an idea of what they are because they’re all things you can find in a kitchen. The product is actually handmade in Philadelphia in a kitchen. Amazing.

The ingredients are: Tapioca Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rose Centifolia Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Charcoal Powder (Activated), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Proprietary Blend of 11 Essential Oils

Okay, great, but how do those ingredients work?


The deodorant stops bacteria from forming, which is what makes you smell. Sweat is secreted from the eccrine and apocrine glands and is actually odorless, but it starts to stink when bacteria forms. Piperwai contains ingredients that provides a pH-balanced environment so that bacteria can’t thrive.

It has 11 essential oils that are antimicrobial, which work hand-in-hand with the other ingredients to keep the bacteria from forming and prevent you from stinking up the place.

It looks kind of weird, but it goes on clear!

It doesn’t stop you from sweating, but the super-absorbent activated charcoal helps soak up your sweat. I’m not against sweating — I personally think not sweating at all is weird and unnatural, which is another reason why antiperspirants really freak me out. The activated charcoal can absorb 1000 times its own weight in moisture (holy smokes) so it just absorbs the sweat; it doesn’t block it like antiperspirant does.

Piperwai’s magnesium content (in the form of magnesium hydroxide, aka milk of magnesia) helps supplement some of the magnesium you lose in your sweat, which can make you sweat even more.

So, how does it smell and feel? 

It smells like Vicks Vaporub to me, but it doesn’t make you reek of it. You can only smell it if you smell your armpits directly, and I’m pretty sure no one but you is going to be doing that. I also just straight-up love the smell of Vicks, so the scent is totally cool with me. 

Spatula it up to keep things sanitary!

You apply it with your fingers, but I suggest using a spatula (or a butter knife if you don’t have a spatula) to scoop out the product in order to keep the product sanitary.

A little goes a long way.

You just use about a pea-sized amount and make sure you rub it in all over your armpit. It goes on really smooth, though you may have to get your application technique down. I try to use a little bit at a time so it’s easier to apply. If you try to put too much on at once, it may fall off of your fingers while you’re rubbing it in. (Also, remember to be gentle because excessive rubbing could irritate the skin.)

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The texture kind of feels like a matte powder when you apply it. It has a really smooth silk-like feel, so when you apply it it feels smooth and dry but not drying.

It’s also good for sensitive skin; they claim you can use it even after you shave. I did, and I would say wait a couple minutes after your shower before you apply it. I find it would irritate my skin for just a moment if I put it on immediately after I showered, but I wouldn’t say that the product really causes irritation. And you always want to be dry before you apply it.

One jar lasts two to three months with daily use. I usually reapply more after 12 hours or after a workout. They claim that it won’t cause stains to your clothing, and I’d say this holds true. The only time I ever noticed a slight sweat stain was on my white shirt after a really intense workout where I sweat A LOT. I asked my boyfriend if he noticed the stains, and he had no idea what I was talking about. I put the shirt through the wash and unlike regular deodorants, I wasn’t left with that lingering yellow pit stain. Whatever sweat stain that I saw before (even if my boyfriend didn’t notice it) was gone.

This is now my all-time favorite deodorant, and I will most definitely be getting another jar when this one runs out. 

  • Have you tried natural deodorants? 
  • Which ones are your favorites?
  • Do you still prefer antiperspirant?

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