Making a stink about green(ish) deodorants

17 Feb


Woman with deodorant

Choosing a deodorant can be the pits.

Upon moving to Washington, D.C., about a year ago, I quickly realized two things: Our Nation’s Capitol was built on a swamp and The Hill is called that for a reason. So biking — my chief form of transit in the city — can be quite the damp, smelly affair. After arriving at more than a few congressional hearings smelling certifiably ripe, I realized my hippie stick wasn’t cutting it anymore and decided to try out some new options.

Grist’s Pick

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
$6.59, 4.25 oz.

I spurned traditional deodorant sticks a few years ago, after hearing news stories about how some researchers have found that aluminum in antiperspirants might be leaching into my breasts, possibly causing cancer. And apparently some types of deodorant contain phthalates, a chemical that has been linked to negative reproductive health effects in both men…

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