Naturally Fresh Deodorants – Odor Protection without Health Risks

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products contain ingredients that are not harmful to your health. Photo: Courtesy Naturally Fresh

When you work at a busy Mexican restaurant with a broken air conditioning system in the middle of summer, you worry about sweat and body odor.

So I was really nervous when I tested Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal in Tropical Breeze before a hectic weekend shift. I normally return from work covered in my own blood, sweat, and tears, and other people’s chili con queso. I need a deodorant that works.

I had my doubts about the product because, though I’ve eco-tized most of my toiletries, I haven’t been able to give up my tough Sure brand deodorant/antiperspirant that I buy from the drugstore. I’m so paranoid about sweat and bad odor that I ignore the warnings about aluminum, the active ingredient in traditional deodorant/antiperspirant.

Naturally Fresh is available in stick form as well as roll-on. Photo: Courtesy Naturally Fresh

But I was really surprised by Naturally Fresh. It’s 100% natural, hypoallergenic, paraben- and PG Free, and doesn’t contain aluminum chlorohydrate. It naturally protects against bacteria, which causes odor. It doesn’t protect against sweat — but sweat is harmless and the body’s natural way of cooling itself down.

I returned from work feeling really clean. Now, I’m rethinking my aluminum-laden antiperspirant deodorant choice because of its possible link to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

I also tested the Tropical Breeze Spray Mist. You spray it under your arms or on your feet for 24 hour protection against odor, provided by natural mineral salts.

After a long shift at work, my feet don’t smell great after I peel them out of my black socks and rubber-soled shoes. But the spray mist changed that. After an 8 hour day, my feet smelled fresh when I took my shoes off that night. I love this product because I like to meet up with my friends at a bar or restaurant after work, but I’m embarrassed about how foul my feet must smell after being cooped up in heavy shoes for hours. Now I don’t have to worry about that. I definitely plan to continue using the Naturally Fresh Spray Mist in Tropical Breeze every day.

At $3.99 for the spray mist and deodorant as well, there’s no reason for me to return to dangerous aluminum antiperspirant.

Look What’s NOT Inside

If you’re curious about what these deodorants are made of — and what they’re not made of — here’s what Naturally Fresh says about the ingredients:

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products are 100% pure and natural, non-staining, and provide up to 24 hour, hypoallergenic protection against body and foot odor. Our products are also paraben free, propylene glycol free, phthalate free, and contain no harmful aluminums (aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium). They function as natural deodorants, which kill odor-causing bacteria while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally. This is vital to maintain healthy, axillary lymph nodes located in the underarm area.

For those who prefer a scented deodorant, we now offer Tropical Breeze as an Allergen Free fragrance to our formula. Our fragrances are 100% Phthalate and Allergen Free, and 100% pure and natural. The fragrances are a blend of natural oils, resins and extracts. They follow INCI regulations for fragrances and labeling, and are IFRA Certified.

Tropical Breeze Spray Mist contents: Aqua (Purified Water), Natural Mineral Salts (Potassium Alum), Fragrance (Parfum)

Fragrance-Free Roll-on: Aqua (Purified Water), Natural Mineral Salts (Potassium Alum), Zinc Ricinoleate, Xanthan Gum, Chamomile Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower), Phenoxyethanol

Even more comforting than the list of ingredients is the fact that Environmental Working Group‘s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database ranks all the Naturally Fresh products that they examined as a ZERO on their hazard rating. That’s impressive, especially for a product that lives up to its claims of effectiveness.

Want to try them for yourself? Naturally Fresh products are available for purchase from the company’s website or at a number of retail stores nationwide.

The Small Print

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My Deodorant Is a Stainless Steel Bar

De Odor Works is a stainless steel bar that prevents body odor when rubbed against the skin under running water. Photo: Courtesy Abbott Research Group, Inc.

When the public relations rep for De Odor Works contacted me to try their new deodorant bar made of stainless steel, I was skeptical, but willing. After all, I’ve seen concerns in the media about the connection between deodorants/antiperspirants and Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. So, trying a deodorant that doesn’t have aluminum in it seemed like a good idea.

Sweat Doesn’t Smell

But let’s talk about the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. Sweat itself doesn’t smell. So sweat is not the enemy. Your body — and mine — has several kinds of bacteria that live on the skin, and some of those cause odors. It’s not the bacteria themselves that smell, either, but the waste products they produce after eating those sweat-laden, dead skin cells and “breaking down protein into certain acids,” according to Medical News Today.

The upshot is that we don’t really need to prevent sweating; we need to prevent the bacteria from excreting their foul-smelling waste products on our skin — or at least keep the waste products from smelling. That’s what De Odor Works, manufactured by Abbott Research Group, Inc. (not connected to Abbott Laboratories), is supposed to do. “Its secret,” Abbott Research Group says, “is the unique reaction that occurs when ordinary running tap water and stainless steel combine to neutralize odor. Using stainless steel with running water is a recognized method of eliminating the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that cause odor. Stainless steel is biocompatible to human tissue, so you can use De Odor Works anywhere on your body without any adverse effects.”

Whole-Body Deodorant

And they mean “anywhere.” The product insert diagrams show people using the medical-grade stainless steel bar under their arms, on the soles of their feet, and even in the groin area (both men and women). Rub the area “gently for approximately 30 seconds under running water,” the instructions say. The lightweight (about 2 oz.) bar is contoured to fit an adult hand, and easy to grip, even in the shower. (You don’t need soap on your hands when using it, so there’s no danger of it slipping out of your fingers.)

I’ve been using De Odor Works for about a month now, with good success. So far, no one has objected to sitting next to me — at least to my knowledge! And I’ve only had one occasion when I could tell that the deodorant action wasn’t fully working. It was a hot, muggy day when I had been pulling weeds and planting in the garden. (And to be fair, my eau de armpit may have been eau de neck and back and other body parts where I hadn’t applied the De Odor Works bar. But I definitely wasn’t as inviting to be around as I strive to be.)

Will it work on the muggiest of summer days in Iowa? I’m guessing the deodorant effect will be fine, but I may not appreciate the fact that it doesn’t stop me from sweating. De Odor Works isn’t an antiperspirant, after all; it’s just a deodorant.

Inconclusive Studies

Now back to those claims in the media about the dangers of antiperspirants/deodorants. According to the National Cancer Institute:

[R]esearchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.

And what about Alzheimer’s disease? Here’s what the Alzheimer’s Association has to say:

During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect in Alzheimer’s. This suspicion led to concern about exposure to aluminum through everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s.

This may all be true, but rumors persist. And more than one person I know points out that the studies cited above were “inconclusive” — neither proving nor disproving a link between the aluminum in antiperspirants and disease. According to Web MD:

One of the most publicized and controversial theories concerns aluminum, which became a suspect in Alzheimer’s disease when researchers found traces of this metal in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Many studies since then have either not been able to confirm this finding or have had questionable results….

One study found that people who used antiperspirants and antacids containing aluminum had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Others have also reported an association between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other hand, various studies have found that groups of people exposed to high levels of aluminum do not have an increased risk…. On the whole, scientists can say only that it is still uncertain whether exposure to aluminum plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

And here’s what Wikipedia reports on the connection between aluminum and disease:

A 1998 study stated the use of aluminium-containing antiperspirants has been linked with the systemic accumulation of aluminium which increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.[7] A 2007 study stated personal care products are a potential contributor to the body burden of aluminium and newer evidence has linked breast cancer with aluminium-based antiperspirants.[8] A 2008 study stated that no scientific evidence supports the hypothesis that deodorants and/or antiperspirants increase the incidence of breast cancer.[9]

A Good Buy

Do you worry about the aluminum (and other chemicals) in antiperspirants and deodorants? If you do, consider using De Odor Works. It costs $19.95 (plus shipping) if ordered on the company website. With deodorant/antiperspirants selling for $1.99 (Old Spice) to $8.29 on sale (Secret Clinical Strength) at DrugStore.com, it won’t take too many months before you’ll save the purchase price. And, though it may seem weird to share a deodorant, you could easily share with your spouse (assuming you have one) without getting grossed out. The De Odor Works bar stays nice and clean under warm running water. It’s guaranteed for a full year, though I can’t imagine what could go wrong to make it less than usable for years to come.

So, I’m a believer in De Odor Works — at least until the summer gets muggy here in Iowa. By then, I might just want an antiperspirant for comfort, even if I’m odor free. Have you tried De Odor Works in a humid climate? If so, please let us know how well it works.

One more thing. A lot of people I know are now using the deodorant crystals instead of traditional deodorant/antiperspirants you can buy in the grocery store. Wikipedia says,

Over-the-counter products labelled as “natural deodorant crystal” containing the chemical potassium alum have gained newfound popularity as an alternative health product.[17] A popular alternative to modern commercial deodorants is ammonium alum, which is a common type of alum sold in crystal form and often referred to as a deodorant crystal. It has been used as a deodorant throughout history in Thailand, the Far East, Mexico and other countries.

If you use these deodorant crystals to avoid aluminum, you might be surprised to learn that some of them contain “hydrated potassium aluminium sulfate with the formula KAl(SO4)2.12H2O” according to Wikipedia.

WaterWorks

The WaterWorks system. Photo: Courtesy Abbott Research Group, Inc.

Abbott Research Group has applied the same stainless steel technology to a new feminine hygiene product, a vaginal cleansing system that helps “resolve vaginal odor and discharge issues among women seeking help.” The “medical-grade, lightweight stainless steel nozzle and low-pressure water combination is designed for easy, reusable use in the shower as part of a daily routine,” according to the WaterWorks PR group. Whether using a douche as a part of a daily routine is a good idea is a topic best taken up with a woman’s gynecologist or family practitioner.

What’s promising about this particular system is that it uses no chemicals and relies entirely on a low flow of warm water through a stainless steel wand to eliminate vaginal odor. The water flows gently downward, avoiding the danger of spurting into the uterus. Many physicians caution healthy women against douching. But for those women who have a persistent vaginal odor that they just can’t control with daily showers, it may be worth a try. Check with your physician to see if it’s right for you. No prescription is required.

At the time of this post, WaterWorks sells for $69.90 on the Abbott Research Group’s Waterworks website. (Currently, shipping is free.)

The Small Print

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