When a healthy company uses a questionable ingredient
|September 16, 2013||Posted by Carrie under healthy products|
I talked a while back about my search for a natural, yet still effective deodorant. I used Toms for a while, which I thought was just okay. Then I did a little Google research and found another natural brand called Lafes. That one didn’t work longer than 3 hours. It was a little awkward to actually feel my deodorant stop working.
A friend of mine is in to Melaleuca products. This is one of those home selling type companies (a “Direct Marketing Company” – which does sound a lot like a MLM, but that’s fodder for its own post). The point is that they sell natural and healthy products. From the Melaleuca website: “Melaleuca is serious about getting harmful and toxic ingredients out of your home”.
I love the idea of their products – all natural soaps, cleansers, cosmetics. It’s always better to use fewer chemicals in your life and in your house. So, I went looking through the catalog and my friend ordered two of their deodorants for me.
The Sheer Confidence Deodorant looked great. And when I received it, I was happy with the performance. I also purchased the mens deodorant as I was just testing and since my friend got it for me cheap, I figured it was worth a try.
I just assumed that the healthy company would sell a natural deodorant that was free of the common ingredients that people say to avoid. In deodorant, specifically – research is starting to question the ingredient of aluminum. There is still questionable research in this area, but you can read for yourself. Read this, or this or this.
Imagine my surprise when I actually read the ingredients of the deodorant and found this:
Ugh – so a healthy company uses a questionable ingredient. A healthy company uses the exact ingredient I want to avoid: Aluminum.
– just because a company says they make ‘healthy’ products doesn’t mean they’re completely free of ingredients you are trying to avoid.
– read labels (it’s not like the company is keeping their ingredients a secret, I should have looked. I just assumed that it’d be natural ingredients)
According to this article on The Daily Green, the best all natural deodorant is Dr. Hauschka. It’s $23 a bottle and Martha Stewart swears by it. It’s actually sold at a little pharmacy place near me. Not sure if it’s quite necessary to fork out that much $ for deodorant. There’s got to be a better option. Reading through the comments on that article – there are lots of people selling lots of options.
Anyone have a good deodorant to recommend that doesn’t contain Aluminum and actually works?