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the stinkin' truth

For the past few months I have been on a quest. My mission: to find a deodorant that not only is aluminum free, but actually works.

I'm sure you've heard about the harmful effects of aluminum on the body, but in case this is new to you, let me explain.

The problem really lies with the "antiperspirant" part of deodorant. Aluminum is widely used in deodorants to clog pours and thus prevent sweating. Unfortunately, harm is being done in the process. With higher exposure to aluminum, you have a greater risk of developing breast cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases. As bad as aluminum is for you, there are other harsh chemicals in most deodorants that are best to avoid such as parabens. Parabens mimic estrogen which also ups your chances of contracting cancer.

Here's the rub. It's difficult (in my experience) to find an aluminum free deodorant that I can trust to get me through the day stink free.

One of the most common brands of natural deodorant is Tom's of Maine.



There are many different scents and even a few different lines of deodorant offered by Tom's such as "24 hour coverage" and yada yada. Bottom line: doesn't work.

I also tried Kiss My Face brand.



I love this brand for their organic lotions and body washes...but not their deodorant. Strike two!

By this time I was getting a little frustrated, and let's face it, self-conscience. I don't know about you, but body odor is something I want to keep to a minimum!
But thankfully, third time's the charm. I present to you the winner of this little experiment:

Origins Organic Deodorant



It's a little spendy, but realizing how much I value not stinking, to me it's worth it. I do have a recipe to make my own deodorant and I'm sure someday I will try that (and give a full report to be sure) but for now, I'll stick with my Origins stuff.

Have you tried any aluminum free brands? Have you found any that work? Do share.

7 comments:

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

I've been looking for a guy's deodorant that's aluminum free... do you have any recommendations?

Jessica said...

Dave uses Old Spice and that is aluminum free because its not an antiperspirant. We haven't looked into other brands for guys.

Jweaver said...

I was JUST looking at organic/aluminum free deoderants last week at the whole foods body store. Didn't get any so cant say what I could recommend, but I want to try one. They had a lot. I'm a little nervous though with summer here especially and yes, I too want to keep my b.o. to a minimum!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Thanks, Jess -- I'll have to check on the Old Spice!

daningo said...

I have to be honest. I rarely wear deodorant. I can get by without it unless someone gets really close :) I read something years ago about aluminum and the harm to your body. Now Dan can't get by without it and I know in a few years I will have 3 stinky boys who will need it so I would love to know if you find anything that is safe and works!

The Beals said...

My friend just recently switched to an aluminum free deoderant called "Crystal" you won't be able to find it at Target but she found it at Walgreen's (of all places).

I haven't personally tried it but she has been using it and I don't think she stinks. :)

Breast cancer runs in her family so she's been doing her research on this for a while.

ruffle said...

is the origins stuff a spray? it kinda looks like it in the photo. and, have you smelled their ginger lotion????? YUM.