I made a huge decision recently. I decided to stop using anti-perspirant. Before you turn up your nose in disgust, hear me out.
I have long hated the deodorant and antiperspirant (AP) offerings at drugstores. No – I don’t want to smell like Island Margarita – who the hell wants to smell like tequila mixed with B.O.? I also got sick and tired of my expensive perfumes mixing with the pungent baby powder smell of my AP, the only AP scent I could tolerate.
In my effort to incorporate more natural beauty products into my beauty regime, I started doing a little research on the products I was using. I knew for years that using something that clogged your pores to prevent you from sweating wasn’t great, and I worried that smearing something laden with aluminum directly into a lymph node heavy area may be detrimental. That being said, is AP actually detrimental to your health? I wanted to find out so I did a little sleuthing.
APs contain aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium to temporarily plug your sweat ducts. Decades ago, scientists found that exposure to aluminum was linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (since discounted). APs have a common component called parabens also, which have been linked to breast cancer, but the link has been proven to be questionable at best. Parabens (used as a preservative) are also known to be common hormone disruptors (chemicals which mess with either your testosterone or estrogen) and can cause a myriad of health problems. Now – it is extremely important to note that while many studies have shown a link between cancer, neurological diseases and APs, countless studies have also discounted this link.
When I told my sister about my decision, she screamed “FINALLY!!!!” and showed me what she uses: Saje Natural Wellness au natural Crystal Fresh Deodorant Stick and Saje Natural Wellness Exotic Crystal Fresh Deodorant Spray. I rolled my eyes when I saw the crystal deodorant. I remembered buying crystal deodorant from a health food store years ago and being sorely disappointed with its lousy performance. Erika implored me to try it out while thrusting the products into my hands and simultaneously sing-songing “I don’t stink! I smell GREAT.” She was right. Off to Saje I went.
The cheery and incredibly handsome “in a hippy sort of way” Saje sales associate promised me that it worked, but you had to give it 2-3 weeks for your body to “adjust”. He advised me to alternate using the Saje deodorant with your regular AP to ease yourself into it. Saje offers three different scents for its deodorant spray, but I felt Exotic smelled the best. I paid for the products and anticipated 2-3 smelly weeks ahead.
WELL – these two products are AWESOME. I couldn’t get over it! The adjustment period was much shorter than expected. In fact, I feel I never smelled, and I know since I was smelling my pits nervously every five seconds. What I’m going to say next is a huge statement: These are possibly the best beauty products I’ve bought in the last several years – wayyyyy better than this garbage which made me break out in a rash. The key feature of these products is that they fight unwanted smells by neutralizing odour-causing bacteria, instead of masking it like regular APs do. Best of all, I no longer experience any painful ingrown hairs that I directly attribute to APs pore-clogging “quality”.
After a week or so, I happy chucked my AP in the trash and never looked back. I no longer smell like Hermès perfume mixed with baby powder and I don’t have to scrub my underarms for 10 straight minutes in the shower to feel like I’ve gotten all of the AP off. Also, these two products do not leave any residue behind that I can see, and that’s huge coming from someone with dark skin. I have been using these products for about a month now and I’m still impressed.
So, how do you use these two products? Simply wet the crystal with warm water and apply to your underarms. For the spray, mist your underarms 2-3 times and voilà! You’re done. Side note: you don’t need to use both at the same time, but I thought I’d better for the fear of stinking to high heaven.
The only noticeable con of these products is that they go on quite wet, but that’s nothing a quick dab with a towel won’t fix. Both products are all-natural, free of harsh chemicals, non-sticky, do not clog pores, and do not stain clothing. Amazingly, the crystal stick is incredibly long-lasting – you can expect it to run out in about a year or two. Not bad for $10.95 CAD!
Exotic Crystal Fresh Deodorant Spray Ingredients: Potassium alum (liquid mineral salts); essential oils of pogostemon cablin (patchouli), cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), michelia champaca (champa), vanilla planifolia (vanilla), aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) and santalum album (sandalwood).
Crystal Fresh Deodorant Stick Ingredientst: potassium alum (liquid mineral salts).
Have you used these two awesome products? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Check out www.saje.ca for more great products and support this awesome home-grown Canadian company!