One of the things very common during summer is, you guessed it: sweat! And one of the products that every one of us is (ab)using is deodorant – probably and most commonly, the stick version where one applies the contents of a the stick under your armpits.
Using these conventional deodorant sticks has always concerned me: we all read or, at least, heard that the vast majority of them contain beyond aluminum, a lot of other dangerous chemicals, including parabens. If you don’t know what these terms mean, this can be a good start. A deodorant should be exactly what the word says: a thing that DEODORIZES, that neutralizes smell.
What aluminum-based deodorants do, is create plugs in the pores that block the natural release of moisture from your body. It works for most of the people but I don’t believe it’s the right thing to do.
These being said, reading all this research around what we use to put on our body, I started looking around for a much better if not, 100% safer option that I can use as a deodorant. One of the key elements you need to understand about body odor is that it’s generated by friendly bacteria that normally lives on your skin. When conditions are met (i.e bacteria is there AND humidity is present) then body odor occurs.
So since aluminum blocks humidity, I started looking into the other direction for an option that does NOT block the body’s natural function BUT creates a less friendly environment for bacteria and doesn’t rely on dangerous chemicals and other parabens.
Introducing: Crystal Mineral Salt
Crystal is a super-duper deodorant and is basically a block of salt with the shape of a stick. It contains only ONE ingredient: mineral salt. The stick eliminates and blocks odor before it starts without harmful or harsh chemicals offering long-lasting, natural mineral protection for up to 24 hours.
Best part is that, with daily suggested use, it can last over a year and it costs only $5.
How does it work?
By wetting the rock and smoothing it under the arm, an invisible salt film sits on the surface of the skin. It doesn’t stop you from sweating, but it does keep odor-forming microbes at bay.
Feel free to pick it up from Amazon [AMAZON LINK HERE]. Mine lasts me usually 8 to 9 month with daily use so consider one of the best, cheapest and healthiest things you’ll buy for yourself this year!