Free Shipping on Orders over $75

by Katerina Mountanos June 19, 2018 0 Comments

Dear Kosterina Family,

Last year, I heard Birchbox founder, Katia Beauchamp, speak at a beauty industry event. She was talking about the shift towards more natural beauty products and then got on the topic of deodorant. She said she was appalled to hear that there are people out there who are still using deodorant with aluminum. Whoops, I didn't even know that was a thing.

And I realized this was old news to many people around me. I never thought too much about it. I discovered Secret in my high school days and have been using it ever since. 

But since Katia's comment, I did a little digging. Apparently antiperspirants use an aluminum-based compound to block sweat while deodorants block smell. And while deodorant controls odor, it is not so effective at controlling sweat. 

I found lots of literature that states that many deodorants are loaded with toxic chemicals and we are putting them on one of the most sensitive areas of our bodies. But while there have been rumors that aluminum deodorants have been linked to breast cancer, the American Cancer Society states here that "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 short, I'm still not clear on what it all means.

Aluminum-free or natural deodorants have emerged as a response to the potential risks that can come from the aluminum in antiperspirants. If you browse the beauty aisle anywhere from Whole Foods to Target to Sephora, you'll now find a plethora of options. I've been using Ursa Major, a brand touted by Outdoor Voices, Credo Beauty and Well + Good, and while it smells fresh when I put it on - it honestly doesn’t perform as well as Secret. (I’ll spare you the details). 

That being said - the potential effects of aluminum and other chemicals on our lymph nodes each day are a bit worrisome so my solution to date has been to default to my natural option but on really hot days when I know I’ll be running around, I may sneak on a little bit of my old stuff. If I could use my aluminum-based deodorant less, that’s progress, right?

A friend of mine and beauty industry veteran just launched a new brand of aluminum-free deodorant called Type A that I’m excited to try. And my cousin recently told me that she just uses just pure coconut oil as deodorant now. (Had no idea that could work!). But in the name of health and wellness, I'll keep experimenting with other options and will keep you all posted. 

Katerina Mountanos
Katerina Mountanos

Olive Oil Sommelier, Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean lifestyle and eating for health and longevity.



Also in Learn

The Importance of Hydration
The Importance of Hydration

by Katerina (Katina) Mountanos October 15, 2021 0 Comments

Have you ever given the safety and quality of your drinking water a second thought? After listening to this podcast with environmental activist, Erin Brockovich, our team at Kosterina thought deeply about the importance of hydration, and moreover - what we put into our bodies.
Read More
TIO: Anna Gass
TIO: Anna Gass

by Katerina (Katina) Mountanos October 08, 2021 0 Comments

Read More
Olive Oil for Skin: A Long, Rich History
Olive Oil for Skin: A Long, Rich History

by Katerina (Katina) Mountanos September 26, 2021 0 Comments

When I was a child, my aunt always told me that I should always put a few drops of olive oil in my face and body creams. It was her secret to beautiful, healthy, youthful, poreless skin. But where did this practice come from and why?
Read More

Pre-Orders cannot be combined with regular orders