According to the dictionary, hypoallergenic means "little likelihood of causing an allergic response," but try telling that to someone with super-sensitive skin. Just because this chance is lessened provides no guarantees and, upon further digging, there's evidence that this word has been misleading consumers for decades.
It seems the term was first used in a cosmetics campaign in 1953 to claim one product was gentler and safer than its competitors. In 1975, the FDA issued a regulation that "hypoallergenic" could only be used if scientific studies on human subjects showed that it caused a significantly lower rate of adverse skin reactions than similar products not making such claims. The manufacturers were responsible for testing (but not held accountable) and, in no time at all, not only was that regulation declared invalid in court, the term permeated the entire industry . . . and it still does today.
The bottom line: There may be a small bit of truth to this, but it comes with a hefty chunk of marketing razzle-dazzle. I don't know about you, but I'm gonna keep spot-testing on my sensitive skin and scalp to take no chances.
Recently, I've received a few questions about natural deodorants, and here's one I can recommend - Crystal Deodorant. It has been around since 1984, and it's the all natural alternative to mainstream chemical-filled deodorants.
It's hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, non-sticky, non-staining, and it is made of 100% mineral salts. That's it - no artificial colors or ingredients. All you have to do is moisten the top with water, apply, and you're good to go.
How does it work? It is not the sweat that smells, it is the bacteria that collects in it that makes the actual body odor.
Using Crystal deodorant creates a layer of of mineral salt on the skin, making an impossible environment for bacteria to thrive.
Other deodorants attempt to mask the smell with strong scented perfumes. Antiperspirants often contain alcohol which shrink your pores, or aluminum that clogs your pores to prevent sweating. They actually discourage your body's natural removal of toxins.
Crystal Deodorant is a healthier approach to dealing with your sweat, but it used to be a little annoying to use. Before it was just, well, a piece of clear rock. Now it's in a handy stick applicator, so it's much easier to apply and pack on trips. Another great thing? It can last up to 1 year.
Fit's Tips: Have I piqued your curiosity? You can pick one up at your local health food store or buy it directly from Crystal Body Deodorant for only $5.99. If you don't love the stick, you can also get the liquid version in a roll-on.