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  1. Hi,

    As a guy I’ve always thought about the deodorant issue but was uncertain. Thank you for shedding light send sharing your research/ experiences on this topic.

  2. Hi Irina,

    Thank you for your information. I am creating an all natural deodorant and would like to use some of your information on my site. But without taking credit for doing the research myself. Fact based comments. I love your info and find it to be consistent with everything i have read on the subject. I would like to ask your permission to use some of your info, if thats ok with you? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Graelon: Thank you for your question. I am also consulting with product makers to help them create the best products. Please contact me by filling out a contact form on the website. Thanks! ~Irina

  3. Thank you for answering my questions. I enjoy your blog. My “baby” is 20 year old college student, but my sister has a 2 year old so I pass on your kid-related things to her! Thanks for your hard work.

  4. I’m so confused! Right next to your email in my inbox was another email from called “Ingrediant Scares That Aren’t True”. Under that are catagories called “The Dirty Dozen of “Bad” Cosmetic Ingredients” and “Making a Safe Ingrediant Seem Scary”. The link is:

    I really don’t know what and who to believe, though I do tend to lean towards you in that you don’t sell products! Help!

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you for tending to lean toward me. As you probably noticed, I do not use scary tactics. I always cite scientific studies. The difficulty is that a lot of harms may show up many years later and cannot be traced to any particular product. This is how toxic product manufacturers can get away with it. The cost of manufacturing of toxic product is so much lower. No wonder, they want you to keep buying their products. And as you correctly noticed I do not have any financial interest. In fact, I would be making big money if I were promoting toxic products.

      Thank you for asking the question!

      Best, Irina

      1. Thank you for getting back to me so fast!
        I know you have done great reviews on Laural Whole Plant Organics products and on Luminessance (sp), but why does the good stuff have to be so expensive? I used to use Sequoia Beauty before their rebrand, but then they priced me out. I know one can use baking soda, vinegar and lemon for many things, plus those Ingrediants are cheap, but I’d like something a little nicer. I frequently go to the Marin Farmer’s Market in San Rafael, as you do. Can you find a brand that’s good AND a bit cheaper? I would like to phase out the bad stuff. Thanks!

        1. I know. After rebranding Laurel priced me out too. Have you tried Luminance? They are reasonably priced, in my opinion. I appreciate your feedback. It is funny. I was just approached by a reasonably priced skin care/personal care business but have to do more digging and testing before I recommend them. So good to hear from you!

  5. After starting a cleaner diet, both my husband and I have successfully been able to give up using deodorant. There is definitely the occasional time (hot sweaty days for example) where I regret that decision, but for the most part I think we smell just fine.

  6. I look forward to all your findings on everything. I recently in the past year started eating organic and trying to rid my body of all the harmful elements in this world.

  7. I cannot wait! My husband has always said that antiperspirant isn’t healthy. But how to smell good? Please answer soon! 🙂