As I continue to learn about healthy living, I’ve become more selective about the food I eat and the products I use. Lately, I’ve noticed an increase in attention on phthalates, which are explained by the CDC website as “a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes).” The FDA website states that, “It’s not clear what effect, if any, phthalates have on human health.” Yet, it does go on to say that, “An expert panel convened from 1998 to 2000 by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institute for Environmental Safety and Health, concluded that reproductive risks from exposure to phthalates were minimal to negligible in most cases.” You can read more on phthalates from the FDA here.
Each person needs to make choices about products which have the potential to affect their health. Because there is evidence for and against phthalates in beauty products, I’ve decided that if I can reasonably avoid exposure to these types of chemicals, I will. Serendipitously, Tarte recently introduced their Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant, of which, I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. Like most, I was not at all convinced of the efficacy of natural deodorants.
Why it’s one of Philippa’s Faves: This deodorant was such a pleasant and unexpected surprise, I cannot praise it enough! It actually works and keeps you feeling fresh. After a morning of housework, I smelled clean. That afternoon, I went for a workout and was amazed that afterward I was dry and odor free. Not since the legendary Tawaka shampoo and conditioner from Ojon have I been so impressed by a product.
As previously stated, I like that this deodorant does not contain phthalates, and it omits aluminum too, which is often used in anti-perspirants. You can read more about aluminum here.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, propanediol, sodium stearate, zea mays (corn) starch, silica, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum/fragrance.
The benefit with this product is really what is not included in the ingredients list. Tarte’s website confirms that Queen Clean is “formulated without parabens, formulated without mineral oil, formulated without phthalates, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfates, formulated without gluten.”
Texture, Scent, Presentation: Queen Clean’s packaging is adorable, featuring teal and lavender shades and a chevron pattern with gold metallic text completes the eye catching design. Definitely a product you won’t mind displaying on your vanity.
The scent is barely noticeable, which I love. Its subtle essence is vaguely floral and powdery.
This deodorant feels like a traditional solid stick, glides easily, and has an initial cooling effect. I haven’t experienced any issues with it affecting clothing, but I imagine it could (like any other powder solid) rub onto clothes if you’re not careful while dressing.