This is the PITS!!!Posted: September 12, 2013
One of the fun facts about breast cancer is that you are supposed to discontinue using deodorants that contain aluminum chlorohydrate and parabens.
Which deodorants contain both these things? Oh, just EVERY SINGLE ONE ON THE MARKET!!!
Aluminum chlorohydrate is used for the antiperspirant side of Deodorant/Antiperspirant. Apparently it is supposed to plug up the sweat pores to keep you dry and this has the potential to increase the risk of breast cancer. Basically, I’m going to be single-boobed, sweaty chick. Lovely.
There are a bunch of breast cancer approved deodorants but they either cost a ton or they are mail order only.
I decided to pick up a good strong brand that I know – Tom’s of Maine. Lavender scented. No Aluminum. Sounds great. $5.00 at Target. Much more than the $3 Suave 2 pack I normally use but this is my new reality.
For the first few days, Tom’s worked great. The lavender smell was very light and I didn’t notice any foul smell coming off me at the end of the day. I don’t sweat much anyway but even on those ridiculously hot days, I didn’t feel much wetness.
Fast Forward to Sept 10. I’m changing into my jammies before bed and I notice odd clumps under my arm. I thought they were perhaps the deodorant pilling up or something, but NO! My skin is peeling off!!! I have a ring of peeling skin that surrounds my underarm. GAH! I had to put it on again yesterday and today. More peeling! Today, that whole area feels like sandpaper…fiery fiery sandpaper. AAAAH!
So, Tom’s with its lavender scent is in the trash. This afternoon, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe in the Colonies in Upland and they had a bigger selection of BC approved deodorants. (they even have the pink ribbon on some of them!).
This is the one I chose: Crystal Essence with Chamomile & Green Tea
Apparently it is “the perfect combination of complementary aromas”
I don’t care. I just don’t want the PITS OF FIRE!
Full review in a few days.