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Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Review
What's a clean girl to do...so many woes about stinky pits. Natural brand after natural brand we have tried only to switch back to the aluminum filled preservative loaded white stick that actually keeps the smell at bay. What a waste of money and time and noses.
Well, woe no more, I am going to share with you the best natural beauty product since well...ever. Soapwalla Deodorant...it is the only natural deodorant I have used since discovering it a few years ago. It performs just like your fav unclean deodorant but has an ingredients list as clean as my kitchen sink...actually probably cleaner, kitchens tend to get a bit messy around these parts.
Here's the ingredients:
Organic Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil; Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil; Organic Rosehip Seed Oil; Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter; Organic Corn Starch; Sodium Bicarbonate; Kaolin Clay; Organic Vegan Kosher Glycerin; a custom blend of essential oils, including: Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender); Organic Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree); Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange); Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint); Organic Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot); Organic Non-GMO Soy lecithin; Organic Non-GMO Vitamin E
The Low Down
Soapwalla comes in jar form with a screw top lid. It is a cream that you apply with one or two fingers. Just scoop a little out and gently spread onto your pits. I have heard some people have sensitivity issues if applied soon after shaving, if so wait a few hours to apply or shave at night and apply in the morning.
One thing you must get used to is the application. Spreading on deodorant with your fingers is an adjustment, but with an open mind and time it will become second nature. Also, it is $14 for the jar. It seems expensive at first, however, mine lasts for well over 6 months...probably more like 9. For me, the price is worth it because it lasts so long and because its performance is top notch.
I rarely have to reapply, and when I do it is usually because I am going out for the night and want to be double sure I won't be stinky. It has also withstood the test of multiple hot California days. There's really not much else to say...it works 99% of the time to take 100% of the stink away all day. I buy mine here, at Spirit Beauty Lounge, which is a wonderful organic beauty site I recommend to anyone looking to change thier products to clean.
A bit on conventional deodorant
Lets learn why conventional deodorant is unhealthy. I am talking about any brand you would buy at a drug store or grocery store except Tom's. The main concern is that armpits are close to breast tissue so anything you put there is being absorbed by the breast area. The majority of breast cancers are found in the upper outer quadrant of the breast (meaning armpit area), and when the tissue is tested for toxins common deodorant ingredients are found.
Most people know that aluminum is the active ingredient in antiperspirant/deodorant and that it is quite bad for you. This has even made its way through newspapers and TV. It is linked to Alzheimer's (source) and found in breast tissue (source). It is also estrogenic, meaning it acts like estrogen in the body. These fake estrogens switch on genes in tumors and cause them to grow. Did you know that even salt crystal deodorants that are sold in many health stores still contain aluminum? The label reads Potassium Alum, which is potassium aluminum sulfate...still contains aluminum.
Parabens, another common ingredients in deodorant, are a class of preservatives that are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption because they are also estrogenic. You can find them by looking for the suffix -paraben, for example methylparaben and propylparaben. To the right is a chart that shows how the rate of breast cancer cell growth increases when exposed to parabens. Here is also a study that shows parabens present in breast tissue. They also are linked to reproductive problems, skin irritation, and sperm damage (source).
Another yucky thing is Fragrance, which is a euphemism for many hazardous chemicals. By law under The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act it is allowed to be labeled as just "fragrance" or "perfume" instead of what it really contains. Fragrance is usually a combo of lab made chemicals that produce a desired smell. These chemicals are not regulated and can contain whatever the company wants. On average 14 unlabeled chemicals are found when analyzing what is actually in "fragrance". The International Fragrance Association, after consumer demand, listed the 3,163 chemicals fragrance companies use. Of those, many were a 10 on the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) rating system. 10 is the highest score of their system, meaning most toxic to human health. For more on EWG, click here.
Lastly, BHT is a food and cosmetics preservative, and as you guessed it's no bueno. It is rated a 6 by the EWG and is linked to tumor growth and reproductive toxicity (source). So now that you have discovered a non-toxic deodorant that actually performs like it should, throw out your Secret and Dove...and get clean.
- Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2005; 99(9):1912–1919
- Darbre PD, Aljarrah A, Miller WR, Coldham NG, Sauer MJ, Pope GS. Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumours. J Appl Toxicol. 2004 Jan-Feb;24(1):5-13. PubMed PMID: 14745841.
- Meeker JD, et al. Urinary Concentrations of Parabens and Serum Hormone Levels, Semen Quality Parameters, and Sperm DNA Damage. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jan; 119(2): 252–257
- Ferreira PC, Piai Kde A, Takayanagui AM, Segura-Muñoz SI. Aluminum as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2008 Jan-Feb;16(1):151-7. Review. PubMed PMID: 18392545.