Right off the bat, you should know there’s no antiperspirant on the market that is 100% natural.
To be recognized by the FDA as an effective topical product for reducing sweat production, cosmetic brands must use an Aluminum-based active ingredient.
Quite simply, that’s what makes an antiperspirant an antiperspirant.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
When customers search for a natural antiperspirant, many are looking for one which is as natural as possible — a safe and effective antiperspirant that they can apply without the risk of short and long-term side effects, such as skin irritation and rashes.
And while you won’t find a real antiperspirant that’s 100% natural, you can find one that uses only the highest-quality, purest ingredients that aren’t irritants — and one that’s packed full of the best natural ingredients for improving the performance of the product.
In this post, we take a deep dive into the world of natural ingredients in antiperspirants for excessive sweating.
We look at how topical antiperspirants work (plus why an Aluminum-based ingredient is needed, and what the alternatives are). Then, we show you how we made our products at Duradry as natural and as effective as possible.
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Essential Reading: How Real Antiperspirants Work
Unlike deodorants, which simply mask body odor, antiperspirants are tasked with seeping into your pores and plugging your sweat ducts. That’s what has to occur to stop sweat from secreting out of your skin.
But the bar is raised for hyperhidrosis sufferers — people who have to deal with excessive uncontrollable sweating on a daily basis.
These types of heavy sweaters have hyperactive sweat glands, and they produce far more sweat than usual. In fact, they produce so much sweat that the normal traditional antiperspirants found at the drugstore simply won’t work.
Topical antiperspirants normally keep you dry by using Aluminum-based active ingredients that, when combined with the perspiration in your body, turn into a solid and plug your sweat ducts.
There are several types of antiperspirants, including:
- Conventional antiperspirants found at the drugstore
- Prescription-strength or clinical strength over-the-counter antiperspirants
- Prescription-only antiperspirants (like Drysol)
While antiperspirants for excessive sweaters work in a similar way, the compounds used in these products make all the difference.
Put simply: if you have hyperhidrosis, you’ll need to use an Aluminum Chloride antiperspirant to give you a chance of staying dry.
Do Antiperspirants Have Side Effects?
There’s a lot of concern (and misinformation) available about the short and long-term side effects of using Aluminum-based antiperspirants. This has led to the popularity of Aluminum-free deodorant, Paraben-free antiperspirants, and more “natural” alternatives.
One of the biggest concerns is that using Aluminum-based antiperspirants can increase your likelihood of getting breast cancer. However, both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society unequivocally agree that there’s no scientific evidence that links Aluminum-based antiperspirants with breast cancer.
The most common side effects of antiperspirants are less extreme, yet can be unpleasant. These include skin irritation, itchiness, and dry skin.
Later on, we cover how antiperspirant brands can work to practically eliminate any of these adverse side effects.
Are There Any Good All-Natural Alternatives?
Sometimes you’ll find online articles recommending all-natural antiperspirant alternatives such as Talc or Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate). Or even a natural deodorant that uses Coconut Oil to moisturize your skin, and Cornstarch to absorb the sweat.
These simply do not work — the main reason is that they don’t contain an antiperspirant ingredient, the Aluminum-based agents that activate into a solid to plug your pores when combined with perspiration. And sometimes they even make things worse — for example, too much Baking Soda is likely to cause skin irritation.
In the rest of this post, we’ll explain how Duradry is helping people who suffer from excessive sweating. We’re doing it with products that are packed full of natural ingredients, supporting our pure, micronized, low-pH Aluminum-based active ingredients that are stopping the sweat.
How We Make Duradry as Natural as Possible (without Sacrificing Performance)
I started Duradry because I suffer from hyperhidrosis, and I was fed up with topical solutions that didn’t work. I wanted a solution that was affordable, easy to get hold of, didn’t require a visit to the dermatologist, and most importantly: safe.
This meant diving into not only what ingredients were natural, but what ingredients were safe and effective to use on the skin.
Below, we look at our core product line, the ingredients we use in them, and how we’re leading the call to be as natural as possible when making safe and effective antiperspirants.
Every Duradry product is vegan. And none of our ingredients are tested on animals, either. We don’t use any artificial colorings, and we only source the highest-quality ingredients.
Duradry PM (70% Natural)
Duradry PM is our unscented Aluminum Chloride antiperspirant. You only need to use it 2-3 times a week, and you apply it right before bedtime so the Aluminum Chloride can more effectively work on your sweat glands while you’re inactive.
And because you apply it at night, we made sure to keep Duradry PM odor-free, so as not to make it harder to fall asleep.
Aluminum Chloride is one of the most effective active ingredients for fighting excessive sweating. This is because Aluminum Chloride can seep deeper into your sweat ducts, and do a more effective job of plugging them.
Duradry PM has a 15% concentration of Aluminum Chloride, which means it’s far less likely to cause any skin irritation than a prescription-only brand with a 20% concentration (such as Drysol) and you don’t need a prescription to buy it.
Here are some of the natural ingredients we use that other brands do not.
- Xanthan Gum: We use Xanthan Gum to thicken our gel and keep it from separating. And we chose this ingredient because it’s been proven to moisturize the skin naturally. Many other cosmetic products use something called Carbomer, which is synthetic. We don’t.
- Salicylic Acid: This is a natural exfoliant that removes the outer layer of your skin. Not only does it work as a lotion that moisturizes your skin and reduces irritation, but it’s also been shown to help boost the effectiveness of Aluminum Chloride.
Here’s a full list of Duradry PM’s ingredients. Ingredients listed in bold are natural or derived from natural sources.
Aluminum Chloride, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate (i.e. Baking Soda, which we use a tiny amount of to help stabilize pH level — but not enough to cause any skin irritation), Disodium EDTA, and Salicylic Acid.
We’ve also intentionally avoided using Ethanol in our antiperspirant. Ethanol is found in many other popular brands, including Drysol.
It’s technically a natural ingredient, but it’s also really hard on the skin (especially sensitive skin). This means using Ethanol can lead to irritation, so we chose to omit it from our products completely.
Duradry AM (74% Natural)
Duradry AM is our antiperspirant-deodorant stick and roughly 74% of its ingredients are natural or derived from natural sources.
Duradry AM uses Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex GLY to fight your excessive sweating. Aluminum Zirconium GLY is FDA-approved as an effective antiperspirant treatment. If you’re using 20% or less of a concentration, you don’t need a prescription.
Here are some of the natural ingredients we use that other brands do not.
- Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate: This is a natural thickener and skin-softening agent.
Note: Other brands often use Cyclopentasiloxane to accomplish the same goals, but the safety of Cyclopentasiloxane is debatable at best. While it’s permitted in the U.S., it’s been effectively banned in the EU in skincare products such as facial cleansers.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: This is naturally driven from Coconut Oil and Glycerin, and it’s great for replenishing your skin, leaving it healthy, and reducing irritation.
- Cetyl Palmitate: Derived from plants, Cetyl Palmitate is a naturally occurring fatty acid that can help smooth dry skin.
Here’s a full list of the ingredients we use in Duradry AM. Ingredients listed in bold are natural or derived from natural sources.
Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Glycine, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Palmitate, Triethyl Citrate, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Isododecane, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate (and) Triethyl Citrate (and) Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Fragrance.
We use Sage Oil for its natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, while it also has anti-inflammatory effects.
Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract (also known as Arrowroot Powder) brings essential skin-soothing characteristics, and it can even absorb moisture.
Triethyl Citrate, derived from Citric Acid, is a non-microbicidal deodorant that naturally prevents the buildup of bacteria in your underarms. This helps stop any smelly body odor from occurring.
How this compares to other products:
When we compare Duradry AM to a few other major-brand antiperspirants that use Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex GLY, we see a stark difference in the supporting ingredients:
- Sure Men Maximum Protection contains Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Calcium Disodium EDTA, and Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde — all of which are synthetic. It also contains Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), which has a chequered history as a synthetic preservative, and has been the subject of a lot of controversy surrounding its toxicity.
- Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid contains Cyclopentasiloxane — the ingredient we mentioned earlier which is banned in the E.U. It also contains PPG-14 Butyl Ether, C20-40 pareth-10, and Dimethicone. These are all synthetic.
- Dove Clinical Protectioncontains many of the same ingredients as Secret and Sure. For example, again, Cyclopentasiloxane — but also Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, and BHT. This is typical of a lot of the off-the-shelf antiperspirants for excessive sweating.
Important caveat: We’re NOT saying these antiperspirants are dangerous. They are rigorously tested, approved by regulators, and sold by retailers. We’re simply highlighting that many brands aren’t really interested in working with natural ingredients if synthetic ones are cheaper.
Duradry Wash (90% Natural)
Duradry Wash helps clean your skin thoroughly, so when you apply Duradry AM in the morning or Durady PM at night, their active ingredients get better access to your sweat glands. It works much better than your average soap because it cleans away the sort of soapy residue other body washes can leave behind.
Here are some of the natural ingredients that we use that other wellness brands do not:
- Panthenol: Panthenol has anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent skin irritation. Plus, Panthenol can also improve a skin’s hydration and smooth appearance.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine: A naturally derived coconut-based cleanser that helps wash away residue on your skin.
- Coco-Glucoside: A natural cleanser that helps increase the foaming capacity of soap and is considered gentle enough for all skin types.
Here is a full list of ingredients in Duradry Wash. Ingredients listed in bold are natural or derived from natural sources.
Water, glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-glucoside, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) Leaf extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate-20, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avocado Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Fragrance.
Green tea extract is a beautiful antioxidant which has natural skin-soothing properties, and Bergamia, Aloe, and vitamin-packed Avocado Oil keep your skin in tip-top condition.
Combined, the three products we mention above — Duradry PM, Duradry AM, and Duradry Wash, form our simple 3-step system for excessive sweating.
97% of our customers who have used this system have achieved full dryness within a week.
Duradry is available as a one-time order on a subscription basis and comes with a money-back guarantee. Click here to get started.
Final Thoughts About Natural Antiperspirant for Hyperhidrosis
There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to natural antiperspirants, and this can have dire consequences for hyperhidrosis sufferers who can’t afford to sacrifice performance.
What most people are looking for is a way to solve their excessive sweating problem without irritating their skin or absorbing any toxic or unnecessary chemicals.
They want to minimize the amount of synthetic materials that are applied to their skin, while still keeping themselves dry.
So, we believe that antiperspirant brands should do as much as possible to use essential oils and natural ingredients to support the work of the Aluminum compounds that plug pores and stop the sweat. But unfortunately, too many big-brand OTC products still rely heavily on synthetics.
Our simple 3-step system is packed full of natural and naturally-derived ingredients. From Duradry PM, to Duradry AM and Duradry Wash, we emphasize naturalness in a way that the leading consumer brands don’t.
You can get started now for just $20, and experience total protection against excessive sweating within just a few days of your first application.