It’s been on my mind for a long time to stop using regular deodorants because of all the chemicals they contain and the links they carry to breast cancer. It’s important to know that antiperspirants release aluminium ions which enter the sweat glands and block their secretions; whereas deodorants kill the bacteria which create the odour on the skin. The most common ingredient in manufactured deodorant is ammonium alum. Ingredient labels might lead us to believe that ammonium alum is a pure mineral salt. However, it is in fact a waste product of the nylon and aluminium factories so there’s nothing ‘natural’ about it. No-one wants to smell of stale sweat, plus most people don’t know there’s a natural product that works (myself included before now!). I have to admit I was sceptical before trying this little crystal, having tried natural deodorants before, which were for want of a better word ‘crap’.
My friend Herve gave me this little deodorant crystal, which is actually volcanically formed alum (potassium alum bisulphate). I have to say it is impressive. It works better than the chemical deodorant/antiperspirants! It might sound gross but I did a quick check, if I wipe my arm pit in the middle of there day it smells of NOTHING!! The alum crystal can also be used as a styptic for reducing shaving rash and calming shaving nicks. Just make sure you wet it before rubbing under your arm pits, it wont work if you try to rub it on dry!!
According to my friend, he said he did ‘pen & ink’ a bit inititally (‘stink’ for all those not au fait with cockney rhyming slang), but this is to do with your body riding itself of toxin build up. Personally, I didn’t have this problem…don’t know why but it worked for me straight away 🙂
You can find out more about natural alum at Natural Spa Supplies.