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Throw This Out Of Your Bathroom Cabinet Immediately

When I made the switch to organic living years ago, my (mostly toxic) personal care products were the last thing to go. Once I figured out what toxic industrial chemicals in food were doing to my body – I knew I had to get rid of them from every part of my life. I think this progression is how most people figure out how to detox their life too. First I cleaned out my fridge and pantry, then it was figuring out a natural way to clean my house, and then I went on to look at what I was putting on my body. The very first personal care product I switched out was what I rubbed under my underarms every day – right where some of my lymph nodes are, glands that plays a huge roll in the immune system.

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The reason I started there was because as soon as I flipped my “Secret” anti-perspirant over to read the ingredients I noticed it had contained “Aluminum zirconium.” Right then, a memory I had when I was a child smacked me in the face. There was this neighbor of mine growing up who always had sweaty armpits. I mean her pits were so wet, that you could see it through her clothes ALL THE TIME. I didn’t quite understand why she had such sweaty armpits and others I knew did not. Because I was young and crazy inquisitive, while playing in the yard one day, I just straight up asked her- why do you sweat so much? She told me that she didn’t like using aluminum under her armpits. This information at the time totally didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t know what aluminum was or why I should care but I realized right then, she wasn’t wearing the anti-perspirants my brother or my parents were wearing for an obviously good reason. A good enough reason that she wasn’t concerned about the public embarrassment of sweaty pits.

Well, after my memory flashback, I researched the ingredient Aluminum, and found out it is linked to all sorts of diseases, including 2 that I sadly personally have witnessed in close friends and family members – Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. The link of aluminum to these diseases is hotly debated, some studies find a low risk factor (probably those funded by the chemical companies) and some find horrible results, like those studies that find aluminum accumulating in breast tissue or breaking the blood brain barrier leading to Alzheimer’s.

The reason chemical companies put aluminum in anti-perspirants is to “dry out sweat by injecting aluminum ions in the cells that line the sweat ducts. When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water flows in; the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out,” according to the Julie Gabriel, The Green Beauty Guide. I don’t know about you but this reaction is really unnatural. Preventing sweat from exiting my body doesn’t seem like a good idea, considering humans sweat for a reason. Sweating actually has a lot of benefits – clearer skin, lowers body temperature and fights off sickness – so why would I want to prevent my body doing what it needs to do to stay healthy?

Just to give you a sense of how much aluminum is used in typical products – the FDA requires that all anti-perspirants decrease the average person’s sweat by 20 percent – so manufacturers usually use anywhere between a 10-25 percent concentration of aluminum in products. That is just crazy, isn’t it? Especially for an ingredient that is a potent neurotoxin.

So this is the ingredient that caused me to make the switch and should hopefully get you too (if you already haven’t) to run out and buy deodorant without Aluminum. (FYI – Some of the most toxic brands according to the Environmental Working Group include English Leather, Mitchum, Suave, Secret, Gillette, Right Guard, Soft & Dry, Tussy)

Let’s be honest though, knowing which personal care products to choose without toxins is tough and getting access can be even tougher. You can’t exactly just pop into an everyday drug store and always find a safe brand without aluminum and other harmful chemicals.

When you look at some of the most popular deodorants, you’ll notice they rarely have the USDA Organic Seal. This makes zero sense.

Think about it. If you’re going to make a deodorant with great ingredients like arrowroot powder (which can help keep you dry) and coconut oil and shea butter and MCT oil… the ingredients should be USDA certified organic. Plus, the skin under your arms is sensitive and can be vulnerable to irritation.

But I struggled to find deodorants that had this seal of approval. So, I created one myself.

The best part? It actually works.

Truvani Organic Deodorant: No aluminum. No other weird ingredients. Just deodorant that works. And it’s USDA certified.

Hope this post was help for you – please share with your friends and family, so they can know the truth!

Xo,

Vani 

P.S. Here are some posts for more information about which chemicals to avoid in beauty products, how to find safe ones and some swap out products that I use…

 

 

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2,875 responses to “Throw This Out Of Your Bathroom Cabinet Immediately

  1. I went onto the Environmental Work Group’s website and typed in ‘Deodorants’ and they give no info at all about any deodorants. Where did you get this info?

    1. does anyone use the ‘forever’ aloe vera line? its ment to be completly organic and 100% pure aloe vera i use the underarm stick of this i hope its ok!!

      1. I use Alvera brand ‘Aloe & Almonds All Natural Roll-on deodorant it contains: 75% ALOE VERA GEL, Herb Water (containing Arnica, Calendula, Gentian Root and Coriander) Alcloxa (contains allantoin) Glyceryl Stearate, Gum Arabic, Whole Oat Protein, Witchhazel, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Comfrey, TEA, Fragrance. There is another scent too which I believe is Aloe scent which my husband uses either or. I use the one above which has a very pleasant scent of cherries and almonds. We have used it for several years and love it. Hubby has been very receptive to the many changes we have made for a clean lifestyle – food and healthcare products.

    2. Read the back of your deoderant then go to the library and research. Also the info may be on the breastcancer website I think that’s where I found it.

    3. EWG is a great site. You have to go to skin deep and put in specific products, like ‘Secret” deodorant. It will give you ingredients and rate the safety. Pretty alarming.
      I also sell natural products, including deodorant on my website. Good luck.

    4. Hi there Patricia, Mike and others. There is a book, if you can find it, out there called “Eaters Digest”. It lists all ( well most ) those ingredients ( chemicals ), what testing has ( if ever ) has been done and what the results were.
      P.S. It scared the crap out of me

    5. This type of information is available in ‘The Gerson Therapy’ available from Amazon.
      ‘The China Study’ and ‘Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease’ are also well worth reading.

    1. I love this stuff. I had a really bad reaction to aluminum and Arm and Hammer works for me. I’ve been using it for years.

    1. I don’t trust snopes. The large corporations who own and sell and push these products on the public, have tons of money to keep you uninformed. Aluminum should not be absorbed through the skin, which is the largest organ on your body. Common sense tells me this. I don’t need snopes to validate anythjng. There are many “studies” done by food companies, big pHARMa, and other corps, that “prove” their products are safe! The American public has been duped on many levels, all in the name of making a buck or two!

  2. Did you know that a company can claim their product is “natural” if it only has one natural ingredient? I found an excellent company that guarantees their products are ALL (completely) natural (and mostly organic) products. I love their products and the prices are very reasonable. It’s called Radiantly You. Check the sight out at http://www.radiantlyyou.com/SherylBarecky

  3. I have been making my own deodorant for a few years now using baking soda, corn starch, coconut oil, and essential oils. I had to play with the proportions but works for me.

      1. Both Baking Soda and Baking Powder have the element Sodium in them. Sodium is a member of the Alkali metals. It’s a METAL. Sodium is silver colored and reacts violently with water. Just saying.

  4. you realize the ‘alum’ found in your crystal deodorant (naturally fresh, your favorite) is aluminum. If you think you’re body isn’t absorbing any aluminum using that you’re sorely mistaken.

      1. Chloe is sufficiently correct in pointing out that alum is a compound containing aluminium. In fact, raw aluminium is a very difficult to get since it oxidises so quickly to aluminium oxide. As usual Fud Babe is pushing false information thanks to a woeful ignorance of chemistry.

      2. Well, I may have to start looking. I always believed that the alum molecule is too large to be absorbed and that’s what the crytal companies have said.
        According to Dr. Mercola:

        The aluminum in crystal deodorant stones is a different type of compound known as an alum, the most common form being potassium alum, also known as potassium aluminum sulfate.

        Potassium alum or ammonium alum are natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin. They form a protective layer on your skin that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. These deodorants are recommended by many cancer treatment centers.

        But while this may be a better alternative to most antiperspirants and deodorants on the market, it is not completely aluminum-free.

      3. I would say that there is still debate about whether the alum is absorbed as easily as the other form of aluminum.
        However, I would take the information on this site over that other blog which seems to merely serve as an attack blog

  5. No mention for Tom’s product line? Seems like a big over site seeing as how its the only deorderant in every Walgreen’s . Kinda missed it huh?

      1. So does the recommended “Naturally Fresh” according to the link provided to their product listing on Amazon.

      2. Actually, just checked my Tom’s deodorant and it does not have aluminum. However, Tom’s anti-perspirant does contain aluminum according to their website.

    1. I was waiting….. reading and finally someone mentioned TOMS. I was thinkin the same thing Matt….lol

    2. Tom’s has a deodorant that doesn’t contain alum. with a lavender scent. I tried it for the first time this week and it doesn’t really work for me. If you apply it more than once it gets sticky and actually makes you perspire. It’s hard to find one that works.

    3. Toms of Main is now owned by Colgate-Palmolive. I don’t use them based off that fact alone. There are small/med businesses(like what toms used to be) that make all the natural alternatives you could ever want and then you know the profits they make are not going to be used to lobby against you.
      Same things with burts bees being acquired by clorox.

      1. No wonder they started popping up in Wal Mart and everywhere. I have been wondering about that. I was using Tom’s flouride free toothpaste, but now intend to switch. Thanks, @newt.

  6. I have made my deoderant for years and it works great. Stir equal amounts (I use 1 tablespoon each) of melted coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch. Put in a small jar and rub a dab in. It melts on skin contact. Try it!

  7. I would be happy to switch to a natural deodorant, to tell you the truth I have never found a single antiperspirant that actually worked, even prescription strength. 🙁 I sweat through my clothes always, wearing 10 layers of deodorant in a t-shirt on the coldest day, it’s embarrassing and limits my clothing options. One thing that helps sometimes are arm-pit guards, they stick to the inside of your sleeves. It gets pricey buying them often but it’s worth it for me. Seems like they can’t be too harmful either.

    http://www.bigelowchemists.com/hollywood-garment-shields.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=productfeed&utm_campaign=googleshopping&mkwid=d4moU16q&pcrid=53182976524&pdv=c&gclid=Cj0KEQjw5syiBRCwxPbE6o_MsK4BEiQAUowjpmYDCq1iL0FgLpJHOsdszAgCjnO-wUjp-Dhy8taqr0EaAhnO8P8HAQ

    1. I tried tonnes of natural alternative deodorants, but nothing worked until I made my own. Check the internet for the proportions, but I just use organic coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder). Note: it’s the kind you have to scoop out and apply with fingertips and in a steamy bathroom in the summer the cool, solid deodorant will melt. Apparently, you can give it a stir and continue to use it after it melts, but, for me the efficacy definitely waned. Before the melting, the homemade stuff works wonders. I am a teacher and I can’t stink up the classroom, but I’m not putting aluminum under my arms either. My solution: use my homemade stuff and carry a small jar in my desk just in case.

  8. I have tried switching but seem to be allergic to something in all the natural deodorants. I’ve tried 7 different brands, multiple kinds from various healthfood stores with the same result. Itchy, red burning reaction. I’ve tried making my own too but that was a disaster and ended up all over my clothes. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    1. I made deodorant from the wellnessmama website and it has alternate instructions for sensitive skin. I think we used half the baking soda when we made it. The deodorant works great for normal use, but doesn’t hold up against exercise. You could try it!

  9. Arbonne makes a fantastic deodorant called MINT without any harmful chemicals. And it works great!

  10. I gave up antiperspirants entirely about 5 years ago, after a second bout with breast cancer. Before that it was a sometimes thing for about another 5 years. I have found that when well hydrated there is very little smell to your sweat…..(others concur), and that the less I wore these products the less they were needed. I spend time in a hot place, and have learned that being drenched with sweat is sometimes normal, and really nothing to fear. Drink lots and let your body adjust and do it’s thing. You get used to it, and when you sweat all over, what is the problem with blocking specific glands under your arms…..we worry too much about normal functions.

    1. Ditto. I was using one made by ScratchMommy, but ran out and couldn’t afford more, so started going without. I had the same experience you did. Your body adjusts, and your sweat doesn’t smell as bad once your body realized you aren’t clogging its pores with stuff. Even in extreme heat, my sweat doesn’t smell so bad. Our bodies really don’t need all the stuff that’s been invented in the last cpl hundred years. There are times when I expect to be around alot of ppl in a professional setting that I will still use a natural deodorant, but for the most part, I go without.

      1. A reply to both to Diane and Marcia and also anyone else who despises what we’ve been told to put on our bodies and is now in a fight for life. Your posts made me think of what happened to my body once I went on a ketogenic [(3 to 5) to (1) (fat + protein grams) to (carb grams) ratio] diet in effort to combat a bc recurrence. It’s also used by some for weight-loss and help with stabilizing blood sugar. Tumors love sugar. I noticed that any trace of B.O. COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED (in the summertime) without any deodorant or antiperspirant use at all. My daughter who was 13 at the time went on the diet to support me, and she told me one day in fit of hysterical laughter that her jeans were looser and that her b.o. now smelled like cookies. I kid you all not. When fighting cancer, anything funny is like a gift from God. I have since been on and off the diet. Each time I go off, the b.o. comes back, each time I go on–well–it’s cookies! Maybe this will give others food for thought. Meanwhile, since that diet is hard for a 13 year-old to stick to, and since my daughter keeps her favorite shelf-brand of deodorant with her like a security blanket, I’ll try that much-talked-about coconut oil baking soda cornstarch combo out on her and see if it works!! I’ve tried Pit Powder carried by Isabella with good deodorant results.

  11. I’ve used just plain coconut oil before and that works well for me. Would it work for my husband? I don’t know, but it’s something we always keep in the house anyway, so it’s worth a try.

    1. That’s what I’ve been using for several months & it works better than anything I’ve ever tried. I have no interest in going back to deodorants considering how well plain coconut oil works.

  12. A couple of drops of live-culture apple cider vinegar each morning, reapplied if you do something sweaty. Not an antiperspirant, but a very effective deodorant. It doesn’t smell like vinegar, either (doesn’t smell at all after a few minutes).

    This is the living approach; provide bacteria who can eat up the sebum etc. you sweat out, without turning it into something with an objectionable smell.

    NB: You do need some hair under there to hold it in place – bacteria need surface area to live on.

  13. Try Ava Anderson non toxic- truly safe and actually works to keep you from being stinky- not antiperspirant, we sweat for a reason. But never feel yucky.

  14. Have you tried the baking soda free deodorant (it’s called Happy Pits) from Primal Pit Paste? It’s probably the baking soda you’re having a reaction to. Greenbody also has AMAZING deodorant, and they offer a baking soda-free version as well.

    1. Paul, It might not have aluminum, but look @ your ingredients in this product. It is a very toxic list of nasty chemicals. It has propylene glycol, (a petroleum product) ew! blue dye, and fragrance. When you see the word fragrance, it means any number of un-regulated synthetic toxic chemicals. These chemicals enter directly into your bloodstream, the same as the patch w-nicotine or hormone patches. Try Crystal – PARABEN and fragrance free. It works well if you’re not a heavy sweat-er 😉 make sure everything you use on your body does not have fragrance as an ingredient. Your body will thank you.

  15. I can upon this solution a few months ago and I will never go back to commercial products. I started making my own colodial silver and now I splash a little on after my shower and after a few minutes I follow with magnesium oil and I’m good for 24 to 36 hours without a hint of odor. The Magnesium is also very good for us.

  16. The aluminum compounds in anti-perspirents react with the sweat and block your sweat pores. No aluminum is absorbed!
    However, I hope that you guys that are using these “safe and organic” products are 100% sure that there’s nothing in them that could actually be absorbed by the skin and be very detrimental. Natural does not equal safe. Trust science. There’s no evidence that aluminum on the skin causes Alzheimer’s or cancer. Stop worrying about this….worry about exercise, vegetables, sugar and refined carbs, etc…you know, the stuff that’ll actually have an impact on your health!!

    1. Some of your points – well taken. However, I’m confused. So, everything in life is just plain toxic to you if you ingest too much and you want me to believe that I should follow FDA guidelines to safeguard my health? No, no no, that’s insanity. Do you work for the FDA? I don’t leave my health in the hands of government, thank you! The FDA has a poor history of taking dangerous drugs, etc., off the market. I’m sorry. With all due respect, I don’t care about ADI. This isn’t the only factual way of measuring toxic effects of chemicals, etc. People have to trust their abilities to make informed decisions outside of governmental regulations/standards. The best teacher is our own body, and whether we have vibrant health, or are sluggish, tired, and toxic. We are not zombies. I’ve heard the “water is toxic” theory if you drink too much. It’s irrelevant and nonsense because most people do not drown themselves in water everyday. I follow respected and trusted neurologists such as Dr. Blaylock, who has studied heavy metals and brain toxicity/dysfunction. He believes aluminum is toxic. Period. The FDA makes no compensation for the potentially substantial cumulative effects of absorbing or ingesting too much aluminum by way of food, hygiene products, or from chem trails in our environment. Moreover,, how do we trust them when they permit so many dangerous drugs to still be on the market after people have had their lives ruined, or have died as a result? Look, I’m not looking for an argument, and I’m sure you’re not either. Let’s agree to disagree and call it a night. Thanks for your input.

  17. Stop buying DEODORANTS!!!
    You do not need them.
    Eat processed foods, and yes your pits will smell/stink…
    Eat non- processed foods and your pits will NOT stink/smell.
    I tried both courses several times over the past 2 yrs. It works,
    I am healthier with non- processed ( unhealthy) foods with GMOs and saved money by not buying sprays.
    I have extra $$$ for healthier foods…

    1. I will reiterate what I said in an earlier post: AMEN! Our bodies don’t need it. Eat right, and your pits will adjust. You will notice the change in the smell of your sweat, for the better.

  18. At first I thought this was interesting, but it began to humor me because I see everyone on here checking under their bed for aluminum. Well, have you checked your water faucet? Odds are your skin is consuming more aluminum when you shower, let alone when you ingest it. I guess you could all have a sophisticated filtration system, though unlikely. I like organics, but let’s not get carried away.

    1. We have to get “carried away”. People are unaware of the cumulative toxic effects of aluminum through chem trails, medicines (pharmaceuticals), deodorant, water, etc. etc. How much is too much? That’s why it’s necessary to stay on top of this issue. Dr. Blaylock, a respected neurologist believes aluminum and other heavy metals can damage the nervous system/brain leading to illness such as dementia, etc. I was injured chemically and have a disease now called MCS. I have zero tolerance for chemicals or I can have a serious medical emergency on my hands. When I’m around scented fabric softener or laundry detergent, I begin slurring my words, become aggressive, and have severe brain fog until I reach clean air. These scented products are full of toxic chemicals, but people being unaware, or apathetic, do not pay any mind to this subject. We are not all built with the same DNA. Some of us are poor detoxifiers and, as a result, are more susceptible to environmental illnesses.

  19. Hi-Wonderful site! Just thought you might want to warn people about organic carrots as they are sprayed with chlorine. if you have a sensitive nose you can smell it but think of all the people juicing carrots and what they drinking.

    Plus if that is to much -I have organic cabbage to be sprayed with fumgicides!//Victor

  20. When I used to eat a SAD diet, I would always have problems with that underarm smell, but after changing to nutrition based and staying away from most meat, except for some Wild Salmon periodically, that problem has dissappeared. I’m a type 1 diabetic and while on a business trip I was looking for a “good” resturant, but couldn’t find it and my blood sugar was dropping, so I stopped by a Wendys for a baked potato, and they asked if I wanted chile on it, which I unfortunately said yes to. The chile turned out to have ground beef in it and for the next several days my armpits smelled like a cesspool. Just goes to show, you sweat what you eat and the armpits are where your body dumps a lot of the toxic junk we eat!

  21. I’ve been using baking soda with a little water. Works the best out of anything I have ever tried.

  22. Arm & Hammer has a deodorant without aluminium. It is called Essentials. Read the label because some do have it. Essentials is the key word. It is much less expensive than those other special brands and carried in most stores, grocery and drug stores. I’ve avoided aluminium since the 70’s when possible. I truly believe it does cause Alzheimer disease. I also brush my teeth with Arm & Hammer baking soda. A little on the brush a drop of water is all it takes and no poisonous fluoride. Arm & Hammer baking soda does not contain aluminum. Also if you use aluminium cookware, take caution not to use acidic foods in it, as the acid will cause it to leach.

  23. My internist told me several years that shaving underarms in morning and then putting on deodrant causes thyroid problems and eventually breast cancer. I switched immediately.

  24. I think it is so important to change our regular habits for HEALTHY habits like using clean deodorant for example. If we keep putting toxins into our system on a daily basis for YEARS….the outcome will be disease! Toxins create abnormal cells and they accumulate over the years and make people sick. Start taking care of your health now and having people like FoodBabe giving great advice and opening peoples eyes is a wonderful thing! Little healthy simple changes go a long way.

  25. I discovered what I think is the best natural deodorant made by a small company in eastern Washington I love their products especially the deodorant and their lip balms their body lotions are really nice too. They are called In Love with Body Care. Their deodorant is Amazing!!
    http://inlovewithbodycare.com/

  26. Mighty Mandy’s Naturals deodorant is beyond excellent. I’ve struggled for years with smelly arm pits no matter how many showers I take or what method I’ve tried. I struggle with chemical & food sensitivity so Im constantly trying to stay informed. There’s been lots of trial & error in living free from everything that is energy zapping. Food Babe is so helpful in doing all the homework it takes to be informed. Check out http://www.mightymandysnaturals.com

  27. I’ve been using lifestinks® products for a few years now and I love them. Check out their website

    Healthy People. Healthy Planet. Healthy Products.
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  28. Why buy deodorant? You can make your own & it’s 100% safe, effective & very cheap. You need 1/4 cup non GMO corn starch, 1/4 cup baking soda, a few tablespoons of coconut oil (virgin organic naturally) & a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix this all up & pour it into any old wide mouth jar with a cap. The melted coconut oil will congeal back into it’s semisoft state at bathroom temperatures & you are good to go. Many people may not know that coconut oil is anti bacterial all by itself & with the addition of the tea tree oil, it is even more so.

  29. I sweat pretty heavily and live in Southern California. I’ve tried a few different natural deodorant’s at varying prices most were very ineffective or irritating (because of the baking soda) I recently started using one from Ozone Layer Deodorant. It’s a bit more expensive but in my opinion worth every penny. It only has three ingredients and has only improved the health of my underarms. Each tube is also very long lasting and application is easy. You can choose from unscented or essential oils or certain approved fragrances. You can go directly to there website OzoneDeodorant.com which is fun for information or you can find it on Amazon too.

  30. I read that Milk of Magnesia is an excellent deodorant and I found a company that sells it as a roll-on for a deodorant. It works for me, but now I don’t need deodorant very often. I don’t know whether it is because the milk of magnesia changed my underarm bacteria (eliminated it) or whether it is due to some dietary change.

  31. I suggest not using any antiperspirant or deodorant at all. The body is supposed to sweat if it needs to and is perfectly natural. I am an active guy and have few issues with smell and sweat doesn’t really smell bad if you are eating the right foods. I simply wipe under my arms with a warm cloth if it gets too bad. I know this may not be an option for everyone right away but the body adapts to anything your mind wants it to. Thats my experience and opinion at least. Thanks for reading.

  32. Can anyone tell me if they have experience with Alvera All Natural Roll On. It contains a product called alcloxa. The website where I purchased it from has it listed as not containing aluminum when you narrow down the search. Any help would be appreciated, I find this works well for me but is it really healthy?

  33. I have found that by eating clean foods, all organic and nothing processed, I haven’t needed a deodorant in many years. Our bodies need to sweat in order to rid itself of toxins, so an antiperspirant shouldn’t be used. My opinion, just sayin’.

  34. Deodorants are to prevent odor while antiperspirants contain aluminum based compounds to prevent perspiration by combining with the sweat to form a plug in the sweat pore. All research to date has not shown a link to breast cancer.
    Since both men and women use antiperspirants, if there was a link to breast cancer, then it should follow that there would be a notable number of cases of breast cancer in men and I don’t believe that is the case.

    As to the anecdotal story in this article about the childhood neighbor perspiring a lot from not using antiperspirant, my mother never used any products and perspired very little and never had body odor. The rate at which people perspire is dependent on one’s physiology and odor is based on diet as well as one’s pheromones. All a commercial product does is mask the natural scent.

  35. So we’re just going to ignore that not a single one of these claims have been substantiated with studies or peer reviewed papers? What’s that? If I throw my deodorant out the window I’ll live forever? I’ll take the 13 dollar soap please.

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