You’ve been around the block and you’re no stranger to the fact that most cosmetic and personal care products on the market today contain harsh ingredients that are less than safe.
You know that there a ton of chemical ingredients that are unrestricted and used in popular lotions, shampoos and deodorants without ever being tested for safety.
Since you’re already aware of the facts, I’ll skip right to the point. There is one ingredient in particular that is found in many big name deodorants that has caused some concern; aluminum.
Aluminum’s Bad Reputation
Aluminum, in a non-metallic form is naturally occurring in the earth and therefore is found in some foods, water and in the air (from dry soil). The study of aluminum in the body is not breaking news; it’s been studied for over 40 years, but it is still not fully understood.
However, there are scientific findings that may have linked aluminum in the body to Alzheimer’s Disease. Some studies have found increased amounts of aluminum deposits in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s than those without.
Although there are conflicting findings, some think it’s better to just avoid aluminum wherever possible.
One way would be to use a deodorant that doesn’t contain this ingredient.
Finding a Natural Solution
This is exactly what I intended to do when I purchase a Crystal Rock Deodorant from my local health food store. I thought I was in the clear because it states right on the package that it is natural, non-toxic, and is a mineral salt straight from the earth.
Could it get more natural than that??
I used my crystal rock deodorant multiple times and was incredibly impressed! This was the first natural deodorant that I’d used and I couldn’t have been happier with the results!
I was so fascinated in fact, that I wanted to learn more about this amazing rock crystal deodorant. I hoped on my computer and my excitement quickly turned into bitter disappointment…
Here’s the thing…
When you turn over the packaging and read at the ingredients, you see only one listed: Potassium Alum.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the complete name for Potassium Alum is Potassium Aluminum Sulfate. Which means the only ingredient in this deodorant is aluminum!
Let me tell you, I was pretty disappointed. I searched and searched hoping to find any piece of information telling me that Potassium Alum in this deodorant wasn’t in fact a form of Aluminum, but literally everything I found online said the opposite.
It is in fact, aluminum.
Just because it’s from nature…
I guess this is a good lesson about “natural” products, just because it’s natural or from the earth, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily beneficial to our health.
And apparently, just because my local health store sells it doesn’t mean it’s 100% A-OK. It’s always a good idea for us to do our own research and find out if what we are putting on our skin (a.k.a. in our bodies) is actually good or not.
In Conclusion: It’s Your Call.
Like I mentioned earlier, there are conflicting studies about the effects of aluminum in the body.
For example, popular tea leaves can accumulate large amounts of aluminum in the leaves which is then steeped into the tea beverage. But there is no evidence that cultures that typically drink large amounts of tea have higher Alzheimer’s rates than others.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you on whether you want to avoid aluminum or not. Personally, I (unfortunately) won’t be using my rock deodorant for the sole reason that it contains aluminum.
Instead I’ll try my hand at making some from scratch (so watch for a tutorial coming soon!), and testing out some other brands that don’t contain this ingredient.
I would love to hear where you sit on the Aluminum – Alzheimer’s situation. Would you look past the stigma associated with aluminum to use a deodorant that’s sole ingredient is naturally occurring? Let me know!