Double-Digit Deodorant

[Trendzilla] Derma Doctor, Donna Karan and other hip, not-cheap, good brands

According to any chick who has ever brought up deodorant in casual conversation, those who use antiperspirant are going to sprout a second head from their armpits or die by their next birthday due to all of the aluminum. But the National Cancer Institute has said that no conclusive evidence exists to support the claim the metal causes breast cancer. Who's right? All I know is deodorant is a comfort product: made to make you feel comfortable about yourself and those around you comfortable enough to stand nearby. Whether you're a granola gal or the type of person who needs the super-luxe designer edition of anything (even something that goes on your armpits), there's a deodorant out there for you. Here are three hip ones:

Lavanilla Laboratories' "The Healthy Deodorant" has been getting buzz as the holy grail of natural deodorants. It comes in a variety of vanilla-based scents, and while the scents aren't amazing, they don't have that health-food-store smell either. It is formulated without aluminum, parbens or sulfates; goes on silky-smooth and clear; is non-irritating—and is vegan, too! Lasts for about 10 hours and actually keeps you relatively dry for not being an antiperspirant! Available at Sephora; $18 for 2 ounces or $10 for 0.9 ounces.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist antiperspirant is the cult favorite of deodorants (there really is such a thing). It offers sweat protection and a luxurious scent that's similar to a sultry powder. It goes on smooth, lasts all day and is great for sensitive skin. It does leave a white residue and contains a bunch of chemicals—including the dreaded aluminum. Available at your finer department stores; $20 for 1.7 ounces.

Derma Doctor's Total Nonscents maximum-protection antiperspirant has a brightening agent that lightens the skin of your underarms—talk about First World problems! But if you're the kind who's concerned with that sort of thing and aren't too wary of a product that changes your skin tone, this may be for you. It's really gentle despite its transformative powers; keeps all day clear, wet and scentless; and can be put on right after shaving without stinging. But get ready to cough up a pretty penny! Available at Sephora; $28 for 3 ounces.


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