I Wore Crystal Deodorant for a Week—Here's My Honest Review

Hallie Gould
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Hallie Gould

As clean, nontoxic beauty continues to break into the mainstream, it was only a matter of time before I started fearing my antiperspirant. For years, rumors circulating the internet have claimed that active ingredients in your usual drugstore deodorant can lead to breast cancer. Which, naturally, is terrifying when you’ve been swiping the stuff under your arms since puberty. Though, the research behind this theory has mostly come up inconclusive.

“There are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact, a carefully designed epidemiologic study of this issue published in 2002 compared 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women without the disease. The researchers found no link between breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, deodorant use, or underarm shaving,” reports The American Cancer Society.

That being said, I’m not against limiting the number of chemicals I put in and on my body. So when I read about Crystal’s Body Deodorant Stone ($7), I was game to give it a try. In 1984, the company’s founder traveled to France and learned of a mineral salt product used to purify water—which, he discovered, forms a protective barrier on the skin against odor-causing bacteria. Thus, the idea for the first-ever crystal deodorant was born.

So here are the facts: The deodorant stone offers safe, natural odor protection using only mineral salts and can be used as a gentle alternative to products with aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, phthalates, and parabens.

FYI, here are seven organic deodorants that actually work.

This story was originally published on September 19, 2017 and has been updated.

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