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What’s in your deodorant?

by kcurly on April 27, 2010

in Deodorants

Having excluded products with cones from my hair care regimen had me taking a closer look at the other personal care products that I use. The lotions were pretty easy. A lot of great brands that make natural hair care products also make skin care stuff.

Then one day, out of the blue, I took a look at my deodorant. I used the Secret brand and here are the ingredients (from household products database):

Stearyl alcohol
Behenyl alcohol
Castor oil, hydrogenated (Trihydroxystearin)
Dimethicone 350
Talc (non-fibrous)
Silica (unspecified)
Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex gly

Holy moly! Look at those cones! I guess it makes sense. Silicones block moisture and that’s exactly what most people are looking for in a deodorant. From this link in 2007:

Dow Corning claims that using silicone in deodorants provides manufacturers with formulations they can use to make low-cost products that are fast drying and non-tacky.

Dow Corning used the new technology in a range of prototypes, all designed for different markets. Although most consumers want underarm protection from wetness and odour, the company’s market research indicated that exact consumer specifications vary from country to country.

Maybe it makes no difference at all, but I just don’t want silicones in my deodorant. Even if the speculations about the correlation between deodorant and breast cancer aren’t true, I still would like a more natural deodorant.

So, that leads me to my next product adventure: Testing out new deodorants that claim to be natural. There are a lot on the market, so I just randomly picked this one:

Alba Lavender Stick Deodorant

Ingredients: Vegetable glycerin with certified organic aloe vera barbadensis, lavender (lavandula officinalis), alpine lichen (usnea barbata) and green tea (camellia sinensis), sodium stearate, steareth-100, sodium bicarbonate, glyceryl stearate, oleic acid, sodium chloride, ethylhexylglycerin, cetyl alcohol, grapefruit extract (citrus grandis), and pure essential oils.

Cost: Around 6-7 dollars

This worked great….for about 10 minutes. No, seriously, when I was wearing it at home, not doing much, it worked pretty well. I got to work, where I spend a lot of time on my feet, running to and fro, and …well,let’s just say it was not pretty.

The product smells very good! If only I smelled very good when using it. So, I shall move on to something else. It’s summertime in the South, so there’s no time for messing around.

Ladies: Do you have any suggestions for more natural deodorants? Share the wealth!

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