Best Green Toiletries: Sniffing Around For Greenest Deodorant?

09/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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.

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 and women. Others contain propylene glycol, a chemical that may cause eye and skin irritation. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety actually warns consumers to avoid skin contact, so applying it to your armpits doesn't seem like the best plan.

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