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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I just want to smell like roses

When I was a freshman in college, I met a girl on my dorm room floor that was really excited to be away from her mother so she could use "real deodorant." Her mom made her use patchouli oil and it made her unpopular in high school. When I was 18, I just wanted to be away from my mom so I wouldn't have a curfew so I guess you choose your parental battles.

In talking to her, she told me her mother was concerned about Aluminum Zirconium which is suspected to be linked to breast cancer, Alzheimers and other bad things.  At 18, this didn't seem to bother me. If it's on the store shelves, it's safe, right? Wrong!

Recently, I took the Simple Organic Natural Deodorant Challenge. The Cosmetic Database didn't score my old stand-by so well so it was off to find a more natural choice.

I did an informal poll on my Facebook page asking my friends what natural deodorant worked for them and then decided to try those suggestions out. One suggestion was rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle which is going to be my last resort. Others suggest I make my own. Some items at Whole Foods were suggested.

So I headed to Whole Foods and made some choices. Three sticks of natural deodorant later, I was still needed to resort to my old stand-by laced with bad stuff.

Then somehow I stumbled upon Soapwalla Kitchen and decided to order their cream which had rave reviews all over the internet. After a week of using, I didn't have to resort to the old standby and I didn't smell like BO.  It's made from organic jojoba, rice bran, and rosehip seed oils; shea butter and/or coconut oil; a combination of all-natural and gluten-free vegetable clays and powders; aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate; organic vegan kosher glycerin; a combination of organic lavender, peppermint, sweet orange and tea tree essential oils.

The downside is they suggest you don't use it right after you shave as it might irritate your skin. Well, do you think I listened? No, I used it and it did irritate my skin and it so happened that I visited the Derm PA about something on my face (apparently I have an age spot). The lovely PA suggested what Soapwalla suggested or shave before bed to give my armpits some heal time. I shave more in the summer so I find myself not exactly using something natural all the time.

I'm toying with making my own deodorant still and using rubbing alcohol but not until I run out of my Soapwalla Kitchen stuff.

Now, if someone has a natural way of getting rid of age spots on your face, I'm willing to try those remedies.

Have you recently made the switch? Do you have a suggestion? I would love to hear it.


  1. I'm glad to hear this. After reading simple organic, I was conpemplating making my own (since nobody seemed to endorse ant store bought), but I'm really not excited about mixing my own. I'll check this stuff out.

  2. Alissa, you're my first comment!

  3. I love this earnest review. I might try mixing essential oil with baking soda and brushing that on with a blush brush post shower as suggested in the No More Dirty Looks Book, but I really want to try this one :)

  4. the best deodorant I've ever found and have been using for years is a mineral salt roll on by Urtekram. It's basically mineral salt water with essential oils. They also have one with roses.



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