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Islander
12-04-09, 12:09 PM
I recently discovered that the aluminum-free deodorant I had been using was not so innocent:


Nature's Gate Spring Fresh deodorant, which is aluminum-free, still contains DEA. Nature's Gate Spring Fresh deodorant also includes propylene glycol (http://www.naturalnews.com/propylene_glycol.html), a common solvent in toothpastes, deodorant, mouthwash, and other personal care items, that is a penetration enhancer and best to avoid. Another kind of ingredient in deodorants (http://www.naturalnews.com/deodorants.html) and anti-perspirants that may contribute to breast cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/breast_cancer.html) are hormone-disruptive parabans.
- Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (http://www.naturalpedia.com/book_Toxic_Beauty.html) by Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald
This led me on a quest to find something safer. And I found it here: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearch.php?query=deodorant (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearch.php?query=deodorant)
The top four, according to Environmental Working Group, are:
COMPANY: Deodorant Stones of America (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/company/Deodorant_Stones_of_America/) (1 product (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?comp_id=391)) 01
BRAND: Crystal Body Deodorant (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/brand/Crystal_Body_Deodorant/) (11 products (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?brand_id=350)) 01
BRAND: Cream Deodorant (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/brand/Cream_Deodorant/) (2 products (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?brand_id=3819)) 01
BRAND: Deodorant Stones of America (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/brand/Deodorant_Stones_of_America/) (1 product (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?brand_id=1269)) 01

For the full list, click on the link above.

Katee
12-04-09, 03:05 PM
It has been about 3 years since i stopped using any commercial deodorants.

I first began with "the rock" - the mineral thing, but i had it in a spray solution. It made me itch like crazy & i began the quest for something to help. Discovered that lavender does the same - itching. I tried item after item. Finally, in desperation i landed on a zinc-based diaper cream. From the health-food store, of course, with minimal ingredients. It works well for me.

I used to mix it with some tea tree oil. One day, in a hurry, i used tea tree oil alone & by the end of the day i was stinky, so i stopped using the oil, finding that it didn't really help.

There are a lot of recipes for making your own deodorant online - Google it - & different things work for different people. But i was quite taken by the idea of one that could be put in a stick & i wouldn't have to apply with my fingers.

I made one myself using some of the zinc diaper cream, jojoba oil, coconut oil, & shea butter. Also with corn starch, baking soda, & i added some powdered cosmetic clay. And got a commercial deodorant stick container in which to put it. I've had mixed results with it.

It works wonderfully & doesn't have the tendency to mark my clothes. The zinc cream would leave white marks on my clothes if i wasn't careful about how i put them on. I don't get stinky with this formula at all.

However, this formula does tend to clump a bit (i think it is the cosmetic clay). And, the stick container i used had a grid at the bottom, not a cup. (Well, the recipe i used as a base did say to refrigerate it.) The stick does work now, because it is cold weather & we don't heat our house a lot. But i took a stick with me "down the hill" (Orange County, CA, where we stay 2 nights a week). The stick didn't work well at all there. Because of the much warmer temp, the stick was more gel-like than when it is cold & stiffer. That little grid just worked its way to the top rather than push the stick up.

So, when we are down the hill, i use a container & still apply it with my fingers. But it is much lighter than zinc cream, & i don't get my fingers covered with zinc that is hard to get off. I still like this formula very much. Probably in the summer i will have to go back to a jar at home. Although - if i got a dispenser made for the gel-type deodorant it might work. And i think i won't use the cosmetic clay again. And, sometimes, if i want a scent, i use a drop or two of one of Young Living's essential oils. (I like Endoflex, which is suppose to be good for body odor, but Purfication is good too.)

Just another option for those who want to use something. I know Dr. Mercola thinks soap & water is enough, or possibly a bit of baking soda. That wasn't quite enough for me. :)

Aaltrude
12-04-09, 09:42 PM
I use plain old soap and water - works well for me.