Old Spice carried the day in our best men’s deodorant vote, taking down 35% of the more than 12,000 votes as of this writing. We also need to talk about antiperspirants and natural alternatives, so let’s get into it.
Your most recommended Old Spice variant was Old Spice Pure Sport High Endurance, with the Fresh scent also being very popular. Old Spice Classic also received significant support. While Old Spice does make antiperspirants, they were not frontrunners in our voting. Old Spice is so popular that it finished in the top five in the women’s deodorant voting as well.
What’s Up With Antiperspirant?
But what about the risks?
“There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant use increases cancer risk,” Ted S. Gansler, MD, MBA, director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, said in an e-mail interview. - WebMD
“There was a lot of research that looked at the link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum, and there hasn’t been any definitive evidence to suggest there is a link,” says Heather M. Snyder, PhD, senior associate director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer’s Association. - WebMD
In reality, it’s almost impossible to absorb enough aluminum through the skin to harm the kidneys. “Unless you eat your stick or spray it into your mouth, your body can’t absorb that much aluminum,” says nephrologist Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. - WebMD
None of the nominated frontrunners for best deodorant were natural or organic products, however the women’s vote had Arm and Hammer Essentials finish in the top five, and it’s an amazing product.
If you’re looking for something truly natural, for whatever reason, we recommend Sam’s Natural, which comes in a huge variety of scents for both men and women.
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