I live in Brooklyn and don’t wear deodorant…Am I a hipster?!

 

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No. I’ve just recently became knowledgeable about how harmful deodorant is. And you can be too!

Take the brand Secret for example: The first ingredient is aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex as is the case for most deodorant brands (including Dove which broke my heart because I’ve been using Dove since I hit puberty!!).

According to EWG.org (my absolute FAVORITE website to use when I don’t know what’s up with an ingredient), aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex has organ system toxicity or may cause problems down the line reproductively. So if you’re never interested in having babies, continue slathering on that good ole aluminum! EWG also states that this is a cosmetic ingredient that is “Prohibited and Restricted” in Canada.

If that’s not enough for you check out an additional ingredient in Secret: Butane. According to EWG Butane has many HIGH concerns including  organ system toxicity, allergen and immunotoxicity and skin irritation.

Okay, so maybe I do wear deodorant. But I stopped wearing it for a few months because of how frightened I was. If you don’t know where to start with safe deodorants I suggest aluminum free Tom’s (tomsofmaine.com). Lately I’ve been using Schmidt’s (schmidtsdeodorant.com) which is really nice and can be found at Urban Outfitters! If you’re feeling ballsy you can try the hippy-dippy-trippy salt rock deodorant but it didn’t quite cut it for me.

Unfortunately Americans have very high standards on acceptable hygiene. We simply have a hard time tolerating smelly people! But there are safe and yummy smelling solutions. Always remember to read your labels in order to make smart informed choices!

 

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