Healthy Armpits! Product Review, Buy Tom's Of Maine Crystal Confidence Deodorant

What's all this noise about Aluminum, Alzheimer's and Deodorant?

First of all, before I waft my deodorant review around, please let me explain why I care about having healthy armpits. Mainly, it's because I don't want to lose my mind. There's been a lot of research going back and forth about the toxicity of aluminum salts in food, drinking water and products such as deodorant. Although many people claim that aluminum is just fine to ingest (especially the aluminum corporations!) many independent studies have found problems. Correlations between aluminum ingestion and renal and Alzheimer's disease have been shown, while other studies deny these claims. Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust and the third most abundant metal on the earth inside and out, so good luck avoiding it all together! Ha! But, as you may have noticed, aluminum is never on the back of the food packages on the Nutrition Facts chart. The FDA doesn't require so-many grams of aluminum in our diet. It's great for siding roofs and tackle boxes, but do your best to keep it out of your digestive tract if you can.

Which brings us to Tom's Of Maine 24 Hour Odor Protection Crystal Confidence Deodorant! I bought the Citrus Zest flavor. Alright maybe flavor isn't the best word to use for deodorant but first off can I just say how great this stuff smells! For a fella like me who rarely wears scented anything this product really smells great. More importantly though, it works. I've tried several "all natural" deodorants in an effort to avoid aluminum, aluminum zirconium and aluminum sulfate among others and this is the only product without those industrially processed ingredients that works!

Now hold your horses there a second feller, Tom's Of Maine Crystal Confidence Deodorant still contains Potassium Alum? Isn't Alum just another word for aluminum? You are very observant young grasshopper. In fact alum, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary is: n. Any of various double sulfates of a trivalent metal such as aluminum, chromium, or iron and a univalent metal such as potassium or sodium, esp. aluminum potassium sulfate, widely used in industry as clarifiers, hardeners, and purifiers, and medicinally as topical astringents and styptics.

For the record, univalent means "having valence" or basically, having the ability to bind with other atoms. Styptics are substances with the ability to contract tissues or blood vessels, much like astringents. Why does this matter? It matters because many of the industrial aluminum salts used have been shown to more easily get past our pores and into our bloodstream. Potassium alum research has shown that this alum type is less likely to be absorbed fully through human skin. Also, unlike aluminum sulfate which is a byproduct of the aluminum materials industry, potassium alum is a mineral taken directly out of the earth for human consumption. Which would you rather give to your children? A mineral immediately taken out of the earth or one that has been processed alongside of vehicle batteries, welding equipment and chemical buffing agents then scooped up and put inside of products made for human ingestion? It's a clear case of less-is-more with a less processed product like Tom's Of Maine Deodorant once again clearly coming out on top.


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Whaddy got against aluminum buddy? I eat chopped-up soda cans for dinner with a side order of foil!

As I mentioned earlier, this isn't a total blast on aluminum. Aluminum is a great metal for construction, it's lightweight anti-corrosive properties make awesome automobile parts, fighter planes and skyscrapers. But do your best to keep it out of your personal constitution. Research shows that people who have trouble expelling environmental metals from their body are more likely to have problems with aluminum, and any metal really, such as mercury or lead. There are ways to naturally purge your system of these metals that I won't go into detail. But suffice it to say that certain foods, like chocolate and cilantro have shown evidence of having binding qualities that draw these toxins out of our systems. Thing is, we live in a polluted world of our own creation. We need stuff, we need to make money and in so doing, we all have to live in this big mess we've created around here. The best you can do is try to avoid the worst of it.

For instance, I avoid cooking acidic foods in aluminum pots. I avoid eating antacids that contain aluminum. I avoid some foods that use aluminum dyes (Pop Tarts brand doesn't use aluminum dye, two types of generic "toast tarts" I've tried do! A genuine sphinx!) I use deodorant sparingly, any kind. I know this may be hard to believe for some folks, but you don't need to apply aluminum salt to your armpits everyday of your life. Routine may be psychologically assuring, but mindless patterns can contribute to long term illness, and I'm talking about more than deodorant when I say that!

Unlike some all natural products I've tried in the past, Tom's Of Maine 24 Hour Odor Protection Crystal Confidence Deodorant actually works, and it works well. Did I mention the organic fragrance the folk's at Tom's use is something near heaven? I paid a few nickels more for it than regular brand deodorant and it was worth it. Generally as far as companies go, Tom's Of Maine looks out for their customers' health and that's pretty darn great for this consumer! I wholly support the future of healthy armpits everywhere by advocating Tom's Of Maine Deodorant. Look into Tom's Of Maine, they are a leader in organic/all natural products for a reason!

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

I have wondered about crystal deodorants, so I see that at least this one works well. Thumbs up!

About pop cans - I was surprised to see government ships in a food-show documentary recently, shredding all their pop cans and dumping them into the ocean to dissolve. I wonder how that affects the sea?


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I'm a user of Tom's Of Maines' products for 5 years. Use the Sensitive Stick Deodorant of theirs. Will have to try Crystal Confidence now.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Patty: Unbeievable! I can't believe they would do that with the pop cans! Mainly because they are so easy to reuse? I'll have to look into it, can't be good for the ocean that's for sure!

bat115: I'll try the sensitive stick in the future too if you say it works. I once tried the crystal "rock" literally a crystal and it didn't work too well, and felt strange rubbing a rock under my arms!!!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great job Ben! I must try the Crystal Confident as I've rarely felt confident with most "safer" deodorants. Any good green product is a thumbs up! I also tossed all my aluminum cookware. It was such a mainstay for years it's scary. Good thing I eat a lot of chocolate and cilantro!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks GL. I know what you mean about the cookware. I switched to stainless steel but wouldn't you know it, stainless steel (supposedly) can leak some aluminum too. Much like all of these healthy choices, you have to take them with a grain of salt (pun) No matter how hard you try there always seems to be a fly in the soup somewhere. I still think cast iron is probably the ultimate best cookware for your health, but who can lift a forty pound pan everyday to make a few ounces of egg? All we can do is eat more chocolate and cilantro I guess! I am happy to do my part!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you very much for such a good advice. These days you don't know where turn anymore to be safe.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hello hello: Thank you for taking a look, good health is still possible! I've almost made it to my fourth decade with out so much as a scratch!


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

I'm so glad that you did a product review of this deodorant, I was looking for something more natural but I never trust what they say because I think they're all hype. Thanks, Ben.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Glad you likey Flightkeeper, it really works well, and unlike some of the other all natural deodorants I've tried, it does not smell like onions! LOL. I stand by Tom's Of Maine, they walk the walk.


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

What a character you are! Excellent hub!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Magnoliazz, I stand by my armpit recommendation.


greenbean 6 years ago

I love Tom's Crystal Confidence! I usually don't use deodorant at all in the winter, but as summer is rapidly approaching, I realized I ought to find something body-friendly for occasions when I can't get away with smelling like a human. I wasn't a huge fan of the scented options, but the unscented works VERY well.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks GB I know what you mean. I'm down with unscented produced stuff, but I particularly liked the orange for Tom's!!!

Cheers to human smell..;)

Ben


D Johnson 5 years ago

Alum is aluminum (usually processed with acid). It is no better than the ingredients used in bigger store brand name products. Tom's regular stick deodorant is much safer than any crystal product.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

D Johnson, from what I gather, alum is not exactly aluminum. Alum is the rawest form and combined with different compounds has various forms, i.e. , sodium alum, ammonium alum. Whereas aluminum is the industrial refined version in metal form. I am by no means an expert, but I do know that some forms of alum are meant more for industry and others are less toxic to the human body. It seems to be not just a horse of a different color, but rather a horse that is either known to throw riders versus one that lets riders go for a healthy trot.

I agree with you in that Tom's makes healthy products, I don't see why their stick deodorant is any more or less safe than the crystal, please tell me why though I'd be interested in hearing more!

Ben


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

I avoid aluminum as much as I possibly can. I use Toms of Maine as well. The product I use does not have alum in it. In fact I use the deodorant stick and it works very well. I would give it two armpits up! I buy stainless steel pans and baking sheets verses aluminum. I really don't use aluminum foil either. I remember back in the late sixties and early seventies when my mom taught kindergarten she would make her own play dough for the kids because it had alum in it and she new it would be harmful to them. Great article.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks eventsyoudesign, I hope you meant your mom knew it wouldn't be harmful! lol

Ben


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loseweightmama 5 years ago from Maine

Funny hub - I actually didn't find the Tom's of Maine Crystal to work that well for us. My favorite is the lemongrass deodorant stick. I find it lasts longer and I love the smell.

FYI for people switching from antiperspirants or triclosan based deodorants, it may take a couple of weeks for the Tom's of Maine to work well. Your body needs to get used to the new product.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

thanks loseweightmama! I aim for funny sometimes I hit other times I miss. I'll have to check out the lemongrass version sounds awesome. I didn't realize about giving the product time. Thank you!

Ben


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author


natural deodorant 5 years ago

tom's of maine is owned by a big company check the labels.


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danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks for this, i have also been curious if it worked.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

nod to that natural d, but they have a good natural quality history, I'm with you though either way check the labels...


Tom "Grajo" Maine 5 years ago

Hello Everyone,

I have not used the crystal confidence, but I can say that after spending $5 for the Tom of Maine deodorant. May I stress Organic, Natural, or whatever it states. I was left with some strong odors, in spanish being called GRAJO. I felt as if I had two whole un-peeled onions under my arm pits. I do not recommend any of there products as I feel they are a gimmick. Save your money and go elsewhere.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Fair point Tom "Grajo" and thanks for the new Spanish verbiage! The smell is unique for sure, still I prefer it over Right Guard's cheap industrial cologne smell which is reminiscent of the odor of an oil spill. Thank you for your opinion man!

Ben


Overseas 4 years ago

Ben, I haven't tried this product, but, from what I have been reading up on with respect to aluminum, etc. in deodorants, 'alum' IS the same as 'aluminum', and a whole list of other ingredients of similar names. Have another look for yourself.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I hear you loud and clear Overseas and you are correct from what I can tell also. Tom's of Maine used to not put fluoride in their toothpaste now they do, and from what I understand, like you said, alum and aluminum are mined the same way or are essentially the same. So the search for an alternative goes on...meanwhile I use deodorants sparingly, usually only once or twice a week. This all stems from the research that showed that Alzheimer patients had more aluminum in their bodies than the average person. Thanks for the check!

Here's to our health!

Ben


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HikeGuy 4 years ago from Northern California Coast

I enjoy your writing style! Fun, upbeat presentation of important issues about health, aluminum, our brains and our armpits...wow.

I haven't used aluminum cookware since I saw a presentation about how aluminum affects the brain when I was in my 20s. I avoid chemicals as much as possible, for health and the sake of the environment. You've made me curious about how this product smells.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

It has a good smell HikeGuy, it's worth a try. I have gone back and forth with the aluminum pots, we have some now I would like to ditch for the cast iron.

Cheers

Ben

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