If you ‘heart’ your boobies ditch the antiperspirant

As this punky kid wearing a “I heart Boobies” T-shirt strolled past my friend and I yesterday I thought, “what a little shit.” Sure, he could have been supporting his mother, sister, aunt, grandma, dear family friend … but his sheepish grin told another story.

“Well at least it’s a conversation starter,” I said. And thank god we started the conversation -because my friend, who is healthy-as-an-ox, and refers to her genetic luck as “good stock,”  had never heard about the correlation between antiperspirant containing aluminum, parabens and breast cancer.

Or she admitted she had heard something about Alzheimer’s and aluminum but …”I’d rather not smell bad” was her answer when I mentioned the numerous studies on the topic, her response was, “it’s only a tiny bit.”

I don’t give up easily.  “Well, tiny bits… can be a toxic overload by the time your 40.”

Solution

I’ve included a link to a great resource for some tested and approved natural products below, however, good ‘ole baking soda seems to be the internet darling. I loved this description of the process from an M.I.T. blogger.

Just go to the kitchen and get out the box of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) … do not confuse with baking powder (baking powder contains baking soda plus a powderized acid, which makes it fizz when wet). You can put about an eighth of a teaspoonful of baking soda in your palm (you’ll need more in certain types of water – up to a teaspoon). Add about a quarter teaspoonful of water, enough to get it wet (or more, if you had to use more for your type of water). Dissolve the baking soda into the water – the liquid should feel slippery, since sodium bicarbonate is a base. Apply directly to skin. Then go have a normal active day. Adjust quantities as necessary – you may need less, you may need more.

This list of products you can buy comes from No More Dirty Looks website by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt co-authors of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. I suggest you read the whole article … but here are the products in a nutshell;

One of our first favorites was from Weleda—this convenient little bottle is available at most healthfood stores and if you’re not a heavy sweater (or stinker), it’s a good option.

Then we met Lavanila, and fell for it hard. Sure it costs $18 bucks, but feeling fresh is non-negotiable, and we love the citrus-vanilla smell and the fact that you can find this brand at Sephora.

That said, there’s a relatively new favorite in town, Soapwalla —and this one contains no questionable ingredients and costs a reasonable 10 bucks. Here is Siobhan’s review here,

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