Learn More About Crystal Body Deodorant's
Differences & Benefits
Crystal Insights is our resource center designed to keep you informed about the world of deodorants, body odor and sweat so that the next time you're in the store deciding on the right product, you know the facts. For further details, please go to our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page to find answers to your questions.
The Natural Deodorant Alternative to
Chemical–Laden Commercial Deodorants
Crystal Body Deodorant products are made from simple mineral salts that form an invisible layer of natural deodorant protection on the skin. While most deodorants mask odor with heavy scents or fragrances, the natural deodorant alternative of Crystal deodorants prevent body odor at its source by creating an unfriendly environment for odor-causing bacteria.
Available in both unscented and lightly scented hypoallergenic deodorant versions, Crystal deodorants are non-sticky, non–staining, dry instantly and leave no white residue. They contain no harmful chemicals.
How Does Crystal® Body Deodorant Work?
Odor is caused by bacteria that grow in moist environments on the body. Natural mineral salts found in our Crystal deodorants form a barrier on the skin that creates a very unfriendly environment for these bacteria.
Crystal offers a healthy deodorant alternative to popular deodorants, most of which are filled with unwanted chemicals your body really doesn't need.
The Difference Between Deodorants
The most common products used to control body odor are deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants work by masking, suppressing, or preventing body odor. Deodorants do not tend to reduce the amount of perspiration the body produces.
Antiperspirants, on the other hand, use a variety of chemicals that artificially clog pores. Mainstream antiperspirants have as their main ingredient(s) Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Aluminum Zirconium, Aluminum Chloride, Tricholorohydrex Glycine, and Aluminum Hydroxybromide – all controversial ingredients shown to be potentially unhealthy for our bodies.
Natural Science: Understanding Salt Deodorants
Mineral salts are present in the water we drink, in almost all the foods we eat, and in the air we breathe. At the foundation of Crystal deodorant is the natural mineral salt called 'Alum'. Alum is a compound of Aluminum, which is the third most abundant element in nature, after oxygen and silicon. It has been part of our environment since the beginning of time and is one of the basic building blocks of our universe.
Mineral salts (Alum) should not be confused with Aluminum Chlorohydrate or Aluminum Zirconium, which are regulated by the FDA as drugs, and are purposefully intended to plug the pores so as to stop perspiration.
What You Should Know About Parabens
Crystal deodorants contain no parabens. Parabens are used as a preservative in many commercial deodorants, antiperspirants and other cosmetics. In 2004, a study found traces of parabens in samples of breast cancer tumors. This is a concern because in other studies parabens have been found to also have weak estrogen* properties.
Estrogen is a female hormone known to cause breast cells (normal and cancerous) to grow and divide. Some conditions that increase the body's exposure to estrogen (not having children, late menopause, obesity, etc.) have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
So far, studies have not shown any direct link between parabens and breast cancer risk. What has been found is that there are many other compounds in the environment that also mimic naturally–produced estrogen. Get more info from the American Cancer Society.