In the past year, I have switched from the good old Lady Speed Stick to an aluminum free, paraben free deodorant.
The switch was not so much for environmental reasons, but for health reasons. About a year ago I had a lymph gland infection. This kind of infection occurs when bacteria gets trapped in the pores under your armpits. Antiperspirants contain aluminum which basically plugs up your pores to prevent sweat from coming out, and in my case, bacteria as well.
The infection took A LONG TIME to clear up and I had to take some nasty hi-test antibiotics that caused me some very serious negative side effects. The infection and subsequent side effects from the antibiotic made me decide to stop using a product that contributed to the likelihood of getting this infection ever again.
For a few months I used no product at all, but when warm weather approached, I decided to switch to something that is deodorant only, no antiperspirant. I have been using Tom's of Maine most recently, but I have also used the Trader Joe's brand and something called Herbal Clear Naturally. They all work about the same for me and I like all three equally.
If you are interested in products that are also paraben-free (there are lots of conflicting studies about parabens and whether they are dangerous or not), all three of these deodorants also happen to be paraben free.
Most of them are a little more expensive that the regular stuff, but keep your eyes peeled...I found the Herbal Clear marked down to 98c at Target a couple weeks ago, and CVS had some Tom's of Maine products at 75% off.
Do any of you use products I haven't mentioned that your happy with? Leave a comment!