For this product review I tried the Original scent of Clay Dry Deodorant by Zion Health Adama Minerals, which I purchased from my local Whole Foods Market for $8.99.
A Natural Alternative to
ClayDry deodorant can be used as an alternative to deodorants or antiperspirants containing parabens, propylene glycol, or aluminum. Deodorants combat body odor, while antiperspirants contain aluminum salts that block sweat ducts to prevent perspiration.
Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and benzyl) have been used for years as preservatives in beauty products.[2. Health Beat: Reading the Labels, viewed on Jan. 17, 2013, http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=92] The Skin Deep database “indicates that parabens are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation”.[3. Parabens, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291] The biggest worry “is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.” [4. Parabens, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291]
Propylene glycol has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis in humans.[5. Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705315/PROPYLENE_GLYCOL/#]
Aluminum zirconium, which is used in some antiperspirants, poses a risk of organ system toxicity.[6. Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700330/ALUMINUM_ZIRCONIUM_TETRACHLOROHYDREX_GLYCINE_COMPLEX/]
According to WebMD “[a]ntiperspirants have no proven impact on the risk of diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.”[7. Antiperspirant Safety: Should you sweat it?, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety?page=3] I personally prefer to take the cautionary approach until more is known about the safety of aluminum salts.
Ingredients in ClayDry Deodorant Original
- Purified water;
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice;
- Sodium Stearate;
- Witch Hazel Distillate;
- Calcium Montmorillonite (Kanwa Clay);
- Calendula Extract;
- Myrrh Gum Extract;
- Alpine Lichen Extract;
- Grapefruit Seed Extract;
- Camomile Extract; and
- Yuzu Blend.
ClayDry Deodorant Original has a score of 3, moderate hazard, in EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. The ingredients of concern are fragrance and grapefruit seed extract. Fragrance, which I did not see listed on the tube of deodorant, has a rating of 8, high hazard. The concerns associated with fragrance are ecotoxicology, allergies/immunotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), miscellaneous, and organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). Grapefruit seed extract has a score of 3, moderate hazard. The concerns posed by grapefruit seed extract are multiple, additive exposure sources and contamination concerns.
ClayDry comes in a regular plastic deodorant tube. It contains 75 ml (2.5 oz) of product.
ClayDry deodorant promises to offer long lasting protection with no artificial ingredients.
The original scent has a nice light citrus smell. The grapefruit extract comes through the strongest. It is a nice scent for either women or men.
The deodorant is in a solid form and glides on smoothly. It is completely sheer once applied. When I first applied the deodorant, the edges of the bottle scraped my underarms. I had to roll the product up for comfortable application. But to get the lid to fit back on I had to roll the product back down again. It is a bit annoying that the product does not fill in all the way to the edges of the bottle.
I have been using Clay Dry deodorant Original for a month now and am very happy with its performance. Although it is not an antiperspirant, I do not notice much sweat on a regular day. I am only aware of perspiration if I go for a long walk or am feeling nervous. Also, by the end of the day my armpits usually do not stink. The exception is if I was in a nerve-wracking situation during the day. I prefer this deodorant over the Tom’s of Maine deodorant that I used years ago, since it smells so much better.
I did like the way that Secret Invisible Solid Va Va Vanilla antiperspirant kept me from sweating, but I am adjusting to using just deodorant.
Rating (3.5 / 5)
The deodorant tube says that there are “No Artificial Ingredients.” I am not familiar with propanediol or sodium stearate, so I had to look up those two. My research revealed that the propanediol used in Clay Dry Deodorant is corn derived and can be used to replace glycols such as propylene glycol (1,2-propanediol), butylene glycol (1,3-butanediol) or glycerin.[8. Adama Clay Dry Original, Zion Health, http://zionhealth.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_95&product_id=65] It is a 100% natural ingredient and petroleum-free.
Sodium stearate is a sodium salt of stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.[9. Sodium Stearate, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706190/SODIUM_STEARATE/]
Clay Dry deodorant earns its first star for containing natural ingredients.
It misses out on a star for not making an effort to have eco-friendly packaging. It comes in a plastic tube that can be recycled, but does not appear to have been made out of recycled materials.
Clay Dry deodorant earns its second star for being highly effective. It works well as a deodorant. But remember, it’s not an antiperspirant, so you may still perspire.
Value for Money
Clay Dry deodorant costs about twice as much as regular deodorant containing synthetic ingredients. As far as completely natural deodorants go, $8.99 is on the cheaper end. So I’ll give Clay Dry half a star for value for your money.
Pleasure to Use
Clay Dry deodorant is a pleasure to use. It applies nicely and smells good. It earns another star for this quality.
Overall, Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant earns a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars and is recommended as an effective natural deodorant with a pleasant smell.
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