We were delighted to get a mention in a piece in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight this July!

Here’s the piece:

The same pit-stick substances that you rely on to bust body odour may also be toxic ingredients that really stink. Fortunately, more eco versions are available.

Take a look at the ingredient list printed on your deodorant or antiperspirant, and you’re likely faced with a catalogue of unpronounceable names that sound ripped from an upper-level chemistry course. Sure, substances like siloxanes, fragrance, and polyethylene glycols may be keeping your pits fresh, but they could have adverse effects on your health, too.

spoon-2Aluminum-based compounds may irritate the skin, while phthalates and parabens have been shown to disrupt the functioning of hormones. Formaldehyde, meanwhile, has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a human carcinogen, and propylene glycol—also known as antifreeze—allows hazardous chemicals to more easily penetrate the body.

Instead, look for deodorants that use ingredients derived from Mother Nature. Shea butter, coconut oil, moisture-wicking arrowroot powder, and essential oils are all commonly found in organic pit sticks, which absorb or mask B.O. rather than eliminating sweating.

Dom’s Deodorant from Salt Spring Island, for example, uses finely ground baking soda in its products ($16 at Home on the Range Organics [235 East Broadway]) to prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria.


Read the whole piece here:  http://www.straight.com/life/734986/green-living-how-sniff-out-safer-deodorants