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.