There was a lot of controversy around anti-perspirants vs deodorants for awhile, with scary notions that anti-perspirant use was linked to breast cancer. While it may not be as simple as that, the vast majority of anti-perspirants and deodorants on the market are full of nasty chemicals and toxins that really shouldn’t be getting into our bodies.
Aluminum is the main ingredient in anti-perspirants, which may be a risk factor for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease (it’s unclear whether there is a causal effect, but I like to err on the side of caution!). And parabens that are commonly found in anti-perspirants and deodorants are linked to breast cancer because of their estrogen-mimicking effects. Natural Cosmetic News has a handy summary article on this topic that I think is well-written, and not totally biased one way or the other.
If you’re like me and would rather just steer clear of possible risks while waiting for more clear research results – natural deodorant is the way to go.
I received a jar of Purely Great‘s Unscented Cream Deodorant. I like to use unscented products whenever possible because of skin and smell sensitivities, so I was interested to see how an unscented deodorant would work!
The cream deodorant can separate, so I followed the instructions to stir it up if I saw liquid pooling on the top. I dabbed my index finger into the cream to cover about the size of a dime on my fingertip, then rubbed it down the center of my armpit. It’s true that it feels a bit odd to be applying deodorant with my fingers instead of a roll-on, stick, or spray, but it’s certainly nothing I can’t get used to. The cream rubs in easily and absorbs quickly so I don’t need to wait to put a shirt on right away. The best thing is – I really didn’t notice it. There was no sticky, chalky, or other feeling lingering. I put it on and just forgot about it the rest of the day. I never worried about it seeping into my clothes (though if it gets on clothes, it washes out easily because it is water-based). If I had a more active day including a workout, I occasionally noticed that I felt the presence of the deodorant, but it didn’t bother me or get all over my clothes.
As the sister of a breast cancer survivor, I am also thrilled to see that Purely Great is donating 10% of sales of Unscented Cream Deodorant to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in 2014. Just another great reason to get this deodorant!
So let’s get to the GIVEAWAY! Purely Great is going to give one lucky winner 2 jars of cream deodorant! Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the USA.
Giveaway ends March 18, 2014 at 12:00AM MDT. Winners will have 48 hours upon notification to contact me with mailing address for prize redemption, at which point an alternate winner will be chosen.
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES!! Congratulations to the winner Lynn M.!**
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