A few days ago a friend asked me if I thought she should stop wearing deodorant. My first reaction was “No! Of course not!” But skipping the antiperspirant every now and then seems to be a growing trend due to health concerns about the link between breast cancer and deodorant.
Another friend and one of my aunts both recently admitted to slacking off on their applications when staying at home for the day. And my grandparent’s live next door to a couple who, according to my grandma, proudly shared that they never wear the stuff. Ever.
Though this National Cancer Institute fact sheet says that there is no proven link between the use of antiperspirants and breast cancer, I’m willing to concede that there are probably some pretty icky things lurking inside my deo.
When I started looking around the internet to figure out what that icky stuff might be, I came across this Website Skin Deep, a “cosmetic safety database”. Sponsored by the environmental research and advocacy group Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep allows consumers to see the group’s safety rating of various health and beauty products.
My brand of choice, Dove Deodorant Invisible Solid (Powder), scored a five out of ten and ranked as a moderate hazard.
This issue definitely falls into the realm of Personal Choice and I, for one, am not ready to ditch the deodorant completely. I would be willing, however, to try an all natural antiperspirant. Any suggestions on which one I should try?