Some time last year, one of my friends introduced me to the Think Dirty app.
If you haven’t already, download this freaking app. All you need to do is scan the product’s barcode and the app will give you easy to understand information on the product and it’s ingredients.
Once I downloaded the app, I went WILD. I scanned anything and everything.
Turns out that majority of my favorite products had a bunch of crap in them.
You would be soo surprised by the amount of toxins in your products. IT’S SO SAD 🙁
I started to do a bunch of research and found that there were several ingredients that these products had in common.
Sadly, these were all potentially toxic ingredients, such as:
aluminum ( + other heavy metals )
fragrance ( phthalates )
Along with being mindful of what I put inside my body, I pay attention to what I put ON my body. I am now on a mission to swap out the beauty and household products I’ve been using for products that are green and non-toxic.
Science has come a longggg way since the beginning of time, man. We live in a chemical world. It’s insane that we have the ability to genetically modify our food.
As much as science has benefited us over the years, it’s also caused some harm.
There are thousands of chemicals that have been introduced to our daily lives.
If you’re a skeptic ( or just think I’m insane ), you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big deal?”
Well, you see, *clears throat*
Many of the chemicals in our beauty and household products have not been tested for safety.
I know a lot of people think that the government would not allow products on the market that would put citizens at risk for cancer and other issues, but that’s simply not the case.
The NY Times says,
“Unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they are put on the market. Under the law regulating chemicals, producers are only rarely required to provide the federal government with the information necessary to assess safety.”
Ok, so maybe there are some chemicals that have been tested individually. That’s nice.
Here’s the thing: the FDA has not tested the potential effects of these chemicals when used with another chemical.
Below is a chart that shows my Dove deodorant’s rating on the dirty-meter:
RED= DIRTY // YELLOW= HALF N’ HALF // GREEN= CLEAN
So from the research I’ve done, I’ve discovered the potential harm that these chemicals can cause, such as:
disruption to endocrine system
affect brain development
disrupt the body’s hormonal balance
I would rather NOT have to deal with these issues if it can be avoided, so I’m just going to keep it safe and swap out these products. I started with toothpaste which you can read about here.
Next step: swap to natural deodorant.
The one and only consistent thing I’ve heard about natural deodorant: it doesn’t work.
I’ve learned that results vary by the individual. Products that may or may not work for one person, may or may not work for me. With that being said, I wanted to find out for myself whether or not natural deodorant worked or not.
After running out of my tried and true Dove deodorant, I went to the deodorant aisle at work to purchase a non-toxic version.
I used my Think Dirty app to find the cleanest alternative and that was Tom’s Natural Deodorant in apricot.
The deodorant I was using prior to the Tom’s Natural Deodorant was Dove Advanced Care, so the consistency was completely different.
The Tom’s deodorant feels pretty freaking wet when you apply it.
Wet, but not too bothersome.
And it smelt good!
I was satisfied with my first impression.
How did it last throughout the day?
Well, on day 1, you probably wouldn’t have believed me if I said that I put on deodorant. I did not smell pretty.
But I didn’t want to just stop after one day, so I continued for a couple of weeks. I would just need to reapply deodorant as necessary.
I found that as the days went on, I didn’t need to reapply as often… maybe my body just needed to adapt? Not sure, but I’ll take it!
Last Saturday I went to Six Flags. To be honest, I was hesitant to use this deodorant. For those of you who don’t know, Six Flags is in the middle of the desert and it gets fucking hot. And I was going to be watching a dance competition in a stuffy area, SO I needed something that was going to last.
I just said to myself, “whatever, screw it! I ended up using the deodorant and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I did not have terrible body odor throughout the day. Believe me, I was checking. I was NOT about to be that stinky girl, so I paid close attention.
While I didn’t emit a nasty smell, when I got home around 11PM and checked, I definitely needed to reapply it.
Love that it’s natural, but I don’t love that I constantly need to reapply, so I wouldn’t purchase this product again.
I mean, I’ll definitely continue to use it until I run out, but I’m still on the search for the perfect deodorant.
If you don’t sweat much or if you don’t mind reapplying, then this deodorant would work for you.
So tell me, would YOU make the change?
And if you have made the change, do you have any recommendations for me? Or products you’ve heard of and would like me to test out? I’ll be your guinea pig :*