I have often been referred to as impulsive, extreme and intense. Sometimes your greatest strengths are also your greatest weaknesses, right?
Well this time my extreme-ness took me from one end of the spectrum to the other before I landed somewhere in the middle. No, I’m not talking about politics or religion, I’m talking about deodorant.
In my quest to embrace more natural products, I decided to ditch my long-time reliable anti-perspirant: The Dove 5-pack from Costco. Somewhere I had heard that anti-perspirants had been linked to breast cancer. However, after investigating that claim more, I found that the correlation is actually rather slim, according to the National Cancer Institute. They said for the most part, it’s just a rumor. Yet, on the other hand, The Mommypotamus and Passionate Homemaking articles claim that common anti-perspirant ingredients such as aluminum, talc and parabens have in fact been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and other health issues.
So, what to believe???
Well, this is where I stop scouring the web and resort to my own common sense reasoning.
Erin’s brain: So, God designed my body. He built in a natural cooling system so that my body would have a way to self-regulate it’s temperature. Therefore, I should try to interfere as little as possible, while still finding a way to feel civilized.
In high school, I’m pretty sure anti-perspirant was a necessity- at least for social reasons. With teenage hormones raging, my body had a hobby of sweating! But as I hit my twenties, I think my hormones settled down, as did my sweat glands. I kept wearing anti-perspirants because that’s what I’d always worn even though I probably didn’t need as much sweat protection as I had before.
Jon and I took a trip to Walmart on Saturday in search of deodorant. Not deodorant plus anti-perspirant – JUST deodorant. I was shocked! Other than two scents of Tom’s natural deodorant, there was absolutely no regular deodorant for women! There were a bunch of options for men, but none for women. I guess they make what we demand.
I was in search of plain ‘ol deodorant because, like I said, my extreme-ness lead me to run out and buy a tube of Tom’s Natural deodorant a couple weeks ago. After three days of wearing that stuff I couldn’t take any more. My underarms constantly felt sticky and it gave me some kind of rash either from an ingredient or just from the constant sticky traction when I moved my arms around. Not to mention, I had to apply the stuff three times per day – and even after all that fuss, my husband still disapproved of of my new, more “natural” (AKA: gross) scent.
So all-natural deodorant was a complete fail, but the option of a regular chemically-scented deodorant seemed like it might be a happy medium! I could still smell and feel fresh without using some of the potentially harmful chemicals used in anti-perspirants that can be absorbed into the skin.
After much sniffing in the Walmart deodorant aisle, I came across one men’s deodorant that didn’t smell manly at all. In fact, according to the marketing it smells like “Palm Trees, Sunshine & Freedom!” Wow, all that in a deodorant?!
The scent actually is rather lovely and in my opinion, it’s not too overpowering. So far I really like it!
I haven’t done any extensive research on the ingredients of this Old Spice deodorant yet, so I can’t say if all the ingredients would be considered “good.” Right now I’m simply shooting for “better than I had,” – which I think this is. At first glance the ingredient comparison seems promising.
Here are the ingredients in the Old Spice Fiji Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant:
Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex gly 18% w/w, cyclopentasiloxane, stearyl alcohol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, PPG-14 butyl ether, hydrogenated castor oil, petrolatum, talc, phenyl trimethicone, fragrance/parfum, cyclodextrin, mineral oil/huile minérale, behenyl alcohol
Compared to the Old Spice Fiji Deodorant:
Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance, PPG 3 Myristyl Ether, Tetrasodium EDTA, Blue 1
So maybe one day I’ll give all-natural deodorant another chance and I’ll try making the homemade stuff. But for now, I’m fine with Fiji.
UPDATE: As of 2012 I have actually converted to a completely natural deodorant option. You can simply try rubbing some coconut oil under your arms followed by some baking soda or you can make your own homemade chemical-free deodorant.