Thursday, September 09, 2010
A few weeks ago, I finally ran out of my last bottle of Origins tres pur deodorant. Not such a big deal -- except that it's the only natural deodorant I've ever been satisfied with, and they discontinued it not long ago! Of course, I had to run out in the middle of a hot, humid, Southern summer. Lovely.
I've been wringing my hands (and keeping my arms pinned to my sides) ever since, and desperately wishing that my back up deodorant actually worked -- the lavender scent and squeaky clean ingredients list is nice, but it just doesn't cut it for me. I'm one of those people who would get the clinical strength stuff if I didn't mind rubbing aluminum and who-knows-what-else under my arms.
I actually gave in once during the past few weeks, and used a trial-size Degree that I had in my cabinet -- the first time I've used "real" deodorant in about two or three years. After a few minutes, the smell was driving my chemical sensitivity nuts, and when it took about five minutes to wash the stuff off I decided to toss the nasty thing for good!
I've tried one of the rock crystals before, but had only limited success. So I tried Walmart's only other natural deodorant option, Tom's of Maine unscented liquid crystal roll-on. Let's just say the product itself smells bad, and it doesn't improve during use. Yikes! Maybe their scented versions are better, but there weren't any available to me.
So after a few miserable weeks of pitying anyone who came within five feet of me, I found relief. And oddly enough, I found it "accidentally" at our local Walgreens.
Crystal Essence Roll-on Mineral Deodorant is my new hero -- not only does it score a whopping zero on the Cosmetics Database hazard rankings, but it actually works! I have the Pomegranate, and the scent -- which is natural, meaning no headaches from chemical perfumes -- is good enough to eat! It was $4 at my local drugstore, which is much cheaper than the $11 I was paying for Origins (although Origins lasted me about four to five months, and I doubt this will last quite as long).
It's not an anti-perspirant, but I still have yet to come across a natural deodorant that actually is (we're supposed to perspire, anyway). Besides, that's not a big deal to me, since the anti-perspirants I used to have never really worked!
I wish I could say this is a miracle product that works for everybody, but it probably doesn't -- I've seen fantastic reviews on products that were total flops in my opinion, so I guess it's a personal thing. But if you're looking for a natural solution, it might be worth giving this one a try!