Just read Nora Ephron's book I Don't Remember Anything (or a title close to that), in which she said she's glad scientists finally have proven aluminum doesn't harm those who use products containing it. so there! You're safe at least under your arms.
I have read a lot of not so great things about the aluminum, but I tried all of the natural deodorants and none worked... Toms and a few others (4 hours into my work day it seemed I had nothing on... and I was totally uncomfortable). So I tried this and was thoroughly disappointed. It stained all my shirts even though I went through my whole make-up routine before dressing. But since it was so pricey I did use it all up before moving on. Now I'm trying Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant and it is soooo much better and it is a natural product, so no aluminum to worry about!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
(Los Angeles, CA)
In 2003, the FDA issued a final rule establishing conditions that antiperspirants, which often contain aluminum, were safe and not misbranded.(http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/04-23106.htm). Patients with reduced renal function, as well as children because they have immature renal function, are at higher risk for renal problems. Patients are warned to “ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.”
"In 2006, researchers examined antiperspirant use and other factors among 54 women with breast cancer and 50 women without breast cancer. The study found no association between antiperspirant use and the risk of breast cancer; however, family history and the use of oral contraceptives were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer." (http://www.cancer.gov)
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
A retired nurse who takes care of my dad who has Alzheimer's advised my mom of this link between alumimum and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. As soon as my mom heard this, she stopped using the popular brand of baking soda she used for her baking and found one that is aluminum free. I know that Weleda, Jason's and Tom's of Maine do not contain aluminum.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
I have heard about the link to Alzheimers as well. I tried to stop using antipersperants and just get deodorant but I sweat SO much that this product saves me in the summertime. The deal I made with myself when I bought this is that I'd go back to plain deodorant in the fall/winter. It's not ideal, but I figure using this half of a year is better than all the time.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
Aluminum has been shown to be linked to Alzheimer's. This evidence should not be taken as gold. Though the link between the two has been demonstrated scientifically, you are statistically much more likely to get sick or die from something other than aluminum-induced Alheimer's. It depends on many factors, including you and your family's genetic susceptibility and other environmental and demographic factors.
That said, I myself would like to avoid it. I have tried Tom's natural deodorant (which you can get at any health food store and many grocery stores). It smells nice, but didn't seem to have nearly the potency of more common (aluminum-based) store brands. I also found that the residue left on clothes was even less desirable than normal deodorants. Because the natural kinds are often expensive, I gave up there and went back to my standard deodorant. If you are willing to smell a bit more like your natural odor or if you are only a minimal perspirer, Tom's and other naturals will probably work fine for you.
If you check the ingredient list for this particular deodorant, Aluminum is the first.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago