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Aluminum Deodorant - What’s Your Poison?

Aluminum Deodorant - What’s Your Poison?

Ever felt like an old SURE deodorant commercial, stealing a sniff of your underarm?
 Going au naturale isn’t as simple as it sounds. Deodorant choices can feel like an
either-or situation.

EITHER use natural deodorant and have no friends because you smell.
OR stay fresh with a chemical, aluminum-packed deodorant that might cause cancer.

It’s frustrating. We use deodorant/antiperspirant daily and need something that
works, why are these crazy hippies trying to take away the good stuff?
Unfortunately, there’s more to it than that. Let’s have a real conversation about
aluminum deodorant. P.S. If you’re reading this, you are officially an adult.

Will natural deodorant make me stink?


The natural deodorant business is booming (finally!) but most brands just don’t
work. They can be sticky, messy, and a poor attempt at mixing essential oils to mask
odor - and we all know how that turns out…

Truly’s Natural Deodorant is not a Band-Aid, it prevents the cut. The sugar in our
deodorant combines with your perspiration to create a hyper osmotic solution.
English translation: it creates an environment that prevents odor causing bacterial growth. That mixed with nature’s odor fighter, baking soda, karate chops your bacteria and offers a soothing coconut oil finish (details here).

Is aluminum bad for me?

Yes. There’s no proof that it causes cancer but there’s a lot of eyebrow-raising
studies. It’s also alarming to see on Wikipedia that the Food and Drug
Administration classifies antiperspirants as an over-the- counter drug in the U.S.

Wikipedia also had this to say:

“The FDA has "acknowledge[d] that small amounts of aluminum can be absorbed
from the gastrointestinal tract and through the skin.", leading to a warning "that
people with kidney disease may not be aware that the daily use of antiperspirant
drug products containing aluminum may put them at a higher risk because of
exposure to aluminum in the product."; The agency warns people with kidney
dysfunction to consult a doctor before using antiperspirants containing aluminum.”

The American Cancer Society’s website still claims, “No clear link has been made
between antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer.”


“This metal can cause ‘gene instability’ in breast tissue.”
TIME Health

“Researchers determined that the mean level of aluminum in nipple aspirate fluid was
significantly higher in breast cancer-affected women compared to healthy women,
which may suggest a role for raised levels of aluminum as a biomarker for
identification of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer.”
Dr. Mercola

“Scientists from the University of Geneva tested aluminum salts - an ingredient in
antiperspirants previously linked with cancer - on mice. They found that prolonged
exposure to the substance increased tumour growth in mouse breast tissue, which
could then cause cancer to spread to other parts of the body.” 
Huff Post

If aluminum were potentially dangerous, wouldn’t companies take it out?

[Cue laugh track] Honey child, this is a 70 billion dollar industry with a steady
incline. Change will only happen when buyers demand it. Remember the whole GMO
thing? It’s naive to believe companies didn’t consider their food was genetically
modified. And what did most businesses do about it? Nothing. The public not only
had to ask for safer food, they put their money where their mouth was and spent
their dollar on safer products. Now check out all the Non-GMO foods available.

To wrap things up

We must continue to think for ourselves, the cigarette industry proved that decades
ago. Research and make choices from an educated place – we can’t rely on someone
else to do it for us. And you thought this was just about deodorant…

Now that you’re in the know on aluminum deodorant, learn about the ingredients in
your deodorant’s ingredient: fragrance. You Don’t Want Artificial Friends, Why Use
Artificial Fragrances?

Sunscreen – Naturally Confusing

Sunscreen – Naturally Confusing

“Hey you! The one standing in the sunscreen aisle. We couldn’t help but notice 
you’ve been there for a while. Need some help?”

You've eliminated toxins from your deodorant, now let's rap about sunscreen.

Buying sun protection certainly isn’t what it used to be. There are a slew of studies
on the risks of chemical sunscreen and while information is empowering, it can also
become overwhelming.

Before you throw your hands up and decide to never leave the house again, here are
answers to common questions about natural vs. chemical sunscreen - so you can
move out of the pharmacy and onto the beach where it’s a lot more fun!

Do natural and chemical sunscreens work the same way?

Not at all. Chemical sunscreen contains a variety of chemical filters that are
absorbed by the skin. While convenient and less sticky than many natural
sunscreens, our skin transfers those chemicals into the blood stream. Studies have
linked chemical sunscreen absorption with hormonal and estrogen imbalance.
Here’s what The Breast Cancer Organization had to say:

“Many of these chemicals are considered hormone disruptors. Hormone disruptors
can affect how estrogen and other hormones act in the body, by blocking them or
mimicking them, which throws off the body's hormonal balance.” Full Article

Natural sunscreen sits on top of the skin, unabsorbed, creating a shield.
Ingredients are simply zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide - many are a combination
of the two.

Will natural sunscreen make me look white?

Yes- ish. Although it’s easily avoidable. Zinc oxide is a sun protection hero but can
cause you to look like a Game of Thrones “White Walker.” So if that's a concern, find a
natural sunscreen with a low percentage of zinc.

Is sunscreen spray more harmful?

Yes. Not only do spray sunscreens have more chemicals, it’s hard not to inhale that
mist - whether you’re spraying it or not. If you can smell it - however faint - particles
are most certainly entering your body. Consumer Reports advises to not use spray
sunscreen on children. It’s terrible for allergies and can harm their underdeveloped
lungs. Ever heard of second hand sunscreen?

Spray sunscreens are also incredibly flammable. You never know when you could be
exposed to a flame at a BBQ or from a cigarette. The risk is simply not worth it, no
matter what your age.

Hopefully this gives you a better grasp of why going natural is a smart move. Some
information out there is fact, some is speculation, and some just feels like common
sense. After considering the potential risks involved, many are deciding it’s simply
not worth it. Gamble in Vegas, not with your health.

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You Don’t Want Artificial Friends, Why Use Artificial Fragrances?

You Don’t Want Artificial Friends, Why Use Artificial Fragrances?

Life imitating art imitating life. That best describes the current state of the fragrance 
scene. Want something to smell like lavender? Let’s use 50-200 chemicals and
create a lavender-like scent! Meanwhile lavender sits in a corner, mouth agape. As
bad as drinking orange soda to get your fruit intake, artificial fragrances mean well
but can have harmful effects. They’re in all the places you suspect and many places
you don’t.

Where They Loom

Perfumes, cleaners, candles, skincare products, soaps, deodorants, laundry
detergent, the list goes on. There are enough chemicals lurking in the air to irritate
even the slightest of allergies. The word “fragrance” sounds sophisticated but it’s
really a fancy word for chemical. To quote Maria Rodale’s blog for HUFFPOST:
Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of
products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which
have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause
reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer,
diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, studies by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of the Mount
Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism,
ADHD, and neurological disorders.”
So… Yeah.

The Good News

There are natural alternatives at your fingertips. Because consumers have become
more educated on the subject, many companies have followed suit by offering
chemical-free products. It’s not only important to purchase natural products for the
safety of you and your family, but to support this movement by showing the world
that we’re reading labels and require safe and affordable products.
Interesting Tidbit: “30.5% reported scented products worn by others are irritating.”
(Sandi Gauvin at So many businesses have gone scent-free. In 2000
Halifax, Nova Scotia jumped in headfirst and declared their CITY fragrance-free.

The Essentials

Essential Oils are all the rage but this isn’t a fad. Called essential for good reason,
these oils are not only 100% natural (caveat below) they have healing properties, a
heavenly scent, and are affordable.

What’s an essential oil? Simply put, it’s oil extracted from a plant. There are
numerous faux oils out there so be privy to words like “fragrance.” And if it doesn’t
specify that it’s an essential oil, that cute little bottle won’t make it natural. Knock-
offs contain essential oils mixed with chemicals, defeating the whole purpose.
Essential oils can be used 3 basic ways:
1. Inhalation - inhaling them directly, with a diffuser, or vapor.
2. Topically - placing them on the skin. *Research the individual oil. Some aren’t
meant for sensitive skin and most should be diluted.
3. Internal consumption - ingesting the oil. Warning: Some are dangerous taken
this way. You’ll want to speak with a doctor about this one.

Chemical Cleanse – How To Get Started

It might be time for a little chemical cleaning. Look at what’s in your home. Read
labels, research ingredients, then visit the EWG website and brace yourself. A lot of
products with strong reputations flunked the environmental test.
After you’ve tossed the bad stuff, enjoy hunting for responsible and effective
products that are safe for you and your family. For example, replace “fragrance
candles” with our Coconut Wax Essential Oil Candles. They contain essential oils
that support anything from relaxation to energy. And because essential oils are
naturally potent, you don’t even need to light the wick to enjoy its alluring scent.
Have a natural deodorant with “fragrance?” Sorry. It’s not natural. Try our
aluminum-free deodorant at Truly’s Natural Deodorant made with only organic
coconut oil, organic powdered sugar, baking soda, and beeswax. Enjoy it unscented
or in our Creamsicle scent using essential oils that will whisk you into summer.
Seeking a safe deodorant for your kids? Read our blog on Deodorant for Kids and
see how we’re making mommies happy everywhere!

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How Coconut Oil Helps Your Immune System

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the health benefits of coconut oil, one of only four ingredients in Truly’s Natural Deodorant.

Two of the key components of coconut oil are lauric acid and caprylic acid. Lauric acid actually comprises about fifty percent of coconut oil. Lauric acid is uniquely beneficial as it contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids. This acid is one of the healthiest saturated fats because the body is able to easily absorb it. The body then converts the fatty acid into monolaurin, which is used to prevent and treat colds, the flu, swine flu, herpes, shingles, chronic fatigue syndrome, and to boost the immune system.1

Monolaurin functions as an antivirus that targets enveloped viruses (viruses encased in a protective layer of lipids and phospholipids). It kills the virus by dissolving the protective lipids surrounding it. One study showed that monolaurin markedly reduced the viral count on patients with HIV, herpes, measles, and vesicular stomatitis, among other viruses.2

Coconut oil also helps to protect the body from microbes like fungus, bacteria, yeast, and protozoans. One 2007 study found that concentrated coconut oil effectively treated drug resistant fungal infections.3 Another study found that the monolaurin from from coconut oil was also the most potent monoglyceride defense against pylori bacteria.4

As if all this weren’t enough, a 2008 study showed that a diet high in medium-chain fatty acids like coconut oil significantly reduced the growth of cancer tumors in mice.5 It also aids in the absorption of nutrients for sick children and adults, helping them maintain a healthy weight.6 Luckily, there’s also no need to worry about coconut oil adding to your waistline. The protein in coconut oil is a source of all natural, direct energy and actually a possible deterrent to weight gain.7

Truly’s Natural Deodorant is loaded with coconut oil to keep your skin smooth and your immune system strong. Our natural deodorant works to keep to keep you and your kids healthy, strong, and smelling great.



1 "Monolaurin." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 9 June 2015.


3 "In Vitro Antimicrobial Properties of Coconut Oil on Candida Species in Ibadan, Nigeria." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 10 June 2007. Web. 9 June 2015.

4 "Antibacterial Actions of Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides against Helicobacter Pylori." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 15 May 2003. Web. 9 June 2015.

5 "Growth of Human Gastric Cancer Cells in Nude Mice Is Delayed by a Ketogenic Diet Supplemented with Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Medium-chain Triglycerides." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 30 Apr. 2008. Web. 9 June 2015.

6 Gracey, Michael, Valerie Burke, and Charlotte Anderson. "Medium Chain Triglycerides in Paediatric Practice." Archives of Disease in Childhood. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1970. Web. 9 June 2015.

7 "Lauric Acid's Benefits for the Body." LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 11 May 2015. Web. 9 June 2015.

Skin Benefits of Coconut Oil

It’s tough to find a natural deodorant that works. It’s even tougher to find aluminum-free deodorant for kids. Truly’s works. But did you know that it is also good for your skin?

Coconut oil, a natural, nourishing skin remedy, is one of only four ingredients in Truly’s Natural Deodorant.

In 2013, the International Journal of Dermatology published a study in which virgin coconut oil was used to treat atopic dermatitis. The study showed that the virgin coconut oil actual improved the skin barrier function in patients.1

Coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats, capric/caprylic/lauric acid, vitamin-E, and proteins. The saturated fats, triglycerides, keep skin silky smooth. Whether ingested or applied topically, the saturated fat in coconut oil eliminates moisture loss through the skin. Capric, caprylic, and lauric acids all contain antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. They also help to boost energy levels. Vitamin-E is essential for healthy, strong skin. The proteins in coconut oil enhance skin on a cellular level and enable tissue to heal faster and scar less. All of these properties combine to give your skin a nourished, wrinkle-free glow. And unlike most oils, coconut oil lingers without becoming rancid.2

In addition hydrating skin, coconut oil also protects skin from microbial infections and delays visible marks of aging. The steady streams of proteins help repair skin damage and keep it soft and smooth. It is a natural treatment for underarms that have become dark and discolored through alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants. Coconut oil also makes great lip balm and makeup remover.

From chapped lips to cracked heels, coconut oil smooths, repairs, and moisturizes skin.
Truly’s Natural Deodorant uses coconut oil to keep skin healthy while eliminating odor. It is a natural, aluminum-free deodorant for both kids and adults that keeps skin smooth, healthy, and odor-free.



At What Age Do Children Start Needing Deodorant?

The traditional answer to this question has been that children will start to experience body odor when they hit puberty and their bodies start to experience hormonal changes. In fact, according to our pediatrician, body odor in young children can be a warning sign of early onset puberty which is a medical condition requiring treatment. However he also assured us that unless other signs of early puberty are present, a child’s body odor is usually nothing to be worried about.
Do see your pediatrician if you have any concerns.

From my personal experience and from that of friends and family, it does seem to be the case that children are experiencing body odor at earlier and earlier ages. I know of no medical research being done on the subject, so speculation as to the cause is purely conjecture.We do know our environment is full of endocrine disrupting chemicals and man-made environmental estrogens found in pesticides,industrial chemicals, household products, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. We also know that our food is becoming less and less natural, more refined and increasingly adulterated with preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and cheap non-food fillers and additives. These factors could very well contribute to earlier body odor in children.

Interestingly on a recent trip to China, we discovered that not everyone in China has body odor, and if you do have it, it is considered a “symptom” and not a normal occurrence. We also learned that some ethnic groups have more of an issue with it than others. It is a very embarrassing topic to the older generation, most of whom do not experience body odor. However the younger generation is more open to talking about the issue because body odor is increasingly more common among their peers. We were also told that some people are so shy about the “symptom” that they are too embarrassed to purchase deodorant or antiperspirant in the store. We believe that the same causes, ie the westernization of the traditional Chinese diet and increase in environmental toxins, are to blame in the increasing occurrence of body odor in the Chinese population.

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