Thursday, January 21, 2010

Au Naturale? Oh, Naturale!

Natural deodorant.

It's something that seems to come up intermittently, every few years or so, and I think: I really should use a more natural deodorant. We all hear the horrible things about aluminum (specifically aluminum chlorohydrate ) and how it causes anything from breast cancer to Alzheimer's. I also read disputing arguments stating that these antiperspirants cause no harm, or basically that there is no proof. But I do like the idea of putting less..toxic? questionable? things in and on and around my body. I think this sounds reasonable enough, right? I should mention that this is kind of wishful thinking as I definitely put way too much diet fanta soda and Doritos into my system. Many people would consider these things VERY toxic.

So I think I am going to share with all 3 of you my exploits as I try to find a decent natural deodorant, if such a thing exists. I will start by saying that in college I did buy a stick of Tom's of Maine, and found it unsatisfactory. I think that I may have used it all of 2 times. This time, while perusing the drug store, I came across some nattys and decided to give it another shot. This time I picked up Alba's Tea Tree Enzyme Stick because it was between that, Tom's and Nature's gate. And to be honest, I liked the color of the package. The designers did their job, okay? I am totally a sucker for nice packaging. I know it's ridiculous, but if something has an ugly logo I might turn to its pretty competitor.

It was only after I bought the deodorant on a whim that I began obsessively researching natural deodorants, deodorants/antiperspirants in general, and really just became generally preoccupied with this issue. Yes, I know. People are starving, dying and generally suffering in the world. But I don't want to make those around me suffer with my incredible stink!

So now for the good stuff. It's been about 3 days on Alba. And I have to say I'm not that impressed. I know that as a deodorant this won't stop the sweating, but I don't want to stink! I should preface all this by saying that I don't ever stink and don' sweat that much. Well, I should say that I don't stink when I wear a typical antiperspirant. I've been on the Dove train for a while. I would apply once in the morning and that was it. I'd be fine all day, and overnight and even during a workout the next morning. That's all the toxic shit doing its job apparently.

Anyway, I feel like I've been coating my arms with inches of this Alba stuff and by the time I get home I definitely detect a trace scent...of myself. And while it's not terrible I don't want to have to think about my pits. I don't want to have to reapply anything to my pits and I REALLY don't want people to catch me sniffing my pits.

So I bought the rock. The Crystal stick. The thing that if seen in a medicine chest screams A HIPPIE LIVES HERE. I never thought this would work, but so many reviewers swear by it, so why not?

Tomorrow, it's all about the stick.

I should also mention that we may have some more videos coming up in the near future in case you're interested in things OTHER than my smelly body.


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