FACT OR FICTION?
Unless you’re living under a rock (or crystal), we’ve all heard the rumors that antiperspirants and deodorants may cause or may increase the risk of getting breast cancer. And if you’ve ever gone for a mammogram, you would know that they tell you beforehand DO NOT WEAR DEODORANT that day basically because it can show up on film and produce a false reading. So they’ll have to call you back to re-do and that’s not fun!
I’ve been using antiperspirants for years! I like the fresh shower scent kinds! And the ones that don’t stain your black dress! I don’t like the roll-ons, I preferred the stick ones best!
But I was getting a little concerned about this breast cancer scare that I was hearing about.
When I went natural, I thought I was going to make everything that touched my body, went into my body, or cleaned my environment from scratch! And I did! And it worked. For a minute! Well the antiperspirant at least! I found wonderful sources on line to make such products. My favorite all time website for that is http://www.wellnessmama.com. Katie is a pioneer, and probably part mad scientist, in the field of DYI natural organic products. And she shares them on her remarkable website along with a myriad of other subjects. I used this recipe to make my homemade, natural deodorant! And it worked! Until it didn’t. And it’s not that it didn’t work, I developed a rash under one arm. Apparently I got a rash from the baking soda!
So then I thought I would just buy some over-the-counter all natural deodorants. Not naming names, but those did not work at all. Then a company came along called Primal Pit Paste which makes all natural deodorants using the same ingredients that Wellness Mama uses and therefore I used. I liked their concept. I haven’t tried it yet. If anyone has and really loves it – please feel free to leave a comment below!
I had been hearing about Crystal deodorant for a long time and decided to give it a try. I heard mixed reviews. Some crystals had aluminum in it – the ingredient that they say causes Alzheimer’s. Most crystal deodorants are made with Alum – not the same thing as aluminum. So actually, that’s where all the confusion starts.
I wandered the natural deodorant aisle at my local Whole Foods market totally lost and perplexed. A woman standing next to me noticed me reading every single crystal deodorant on the shelf. She turned to me and offered me a suggestion. It was for Thai Crystal Deodorant. She says she’s been using crystals for years and has tried each and every one of them and that Thai Crystal was the best. I believed her and bought it. Brought it home and tried it.
It takes a little getting used to using a crystal. You have to wet it first, apply it and wait for it to dry. But I must say this. It works. It’s very hot and humid here in SE Florida and the summer’s can be tortuous! Plus I do a lot of Zumba – hour long classes in a hot, humid, stuffy gymnasium! And even though I sweat – and I sweat all over (I am a ‘Sweater’) I have no odor (that I’m aware of) but my underarms are fine.
Some people who use crystals claim that it’s just an “antiperspirant”, not a deodorant and that they can still have a little underarm odor. That’s why I also use an all natural, delicious smelling perfume oil spray (I’m allergic to most over-the-counter, top-of-the-line perfume’s and sprays) called Auric Blends Love Perfume Oil! I get stopped all the time by people asking me what I am wearing as they closer to get a whiff. They love it.
Do your own research and make your own decisions. This is strictly my experience in choosing a deodorant for me. But if it helps you in any way – that makes my day!!!