Do you test on animals?
No, we do not and we have checked with our suppliers and they also do not test on animals.
Why a powder?
For your health and the health of the environment.
We find it strange that humans dig oil out of the ground to create chemicals that we apply to our body.
The environmental impacts of the oil industry are well known.
Oil-derived chemicals are what make common deodorants into sticks, gels, and creams. They create the texture.
The long-term health effects of applying these chemicals to your body are, at best, unknown.
Choose Mineralized Deodorant for your long-term health and for the environment.
Does Mineralized contain parabens, phthalates, or lilials?
No, Mineralized does not contain these.
How do you clean the applicator?
The applicator sponge is washable. We recommend using a mild soap and water, rinsing thoroughly, and then letting it air dry.
Depending on how dry the air is where you are, it could take up to a day to dry. We like leaving it somewhere with airflow, such as near a hvac vent or by a fan.
When I have needed to dry the applicator faster, I have put the it in the clothes dryer (with dark colors, just in case!) for a cycle. That sped up the drying process.
What is the applicator made of?
The applicator is made from 70% biodegradable polyurethane foam. This is the same foam found in furniture, mattresses, car seats, shoes, and yoga mats to name a few examples. It is inert and resilient and can be washed many times.
We consider this the largest shortcoming in terms of environmental impact at this time. But looking at the bigger picture, if you have a modern foam mattress, own a car, or have worn running shoes, you have already used and disposed of multiple applicators.
But good news! We are currently testing a 100% biodegradable version, but want to be sure of quality and similar resilience before offering for sale.
Does the aluminum jar leech into the product?
We have no reason to believe this is so. The jar is made of aluminum (since aluminum is readily recyclable). Aluminum has a very high affinity to oxygen. When a new aluminum surface is exposed in the presence of air or any other oxidizing agent, it quickly develops a thin, hard film of aluminum oxide. This aluminum oxidation is precisely what makes aluminum so corrosion-resistant. This film is relatively inert chemically (except in the presence of very strong acids or bases), and does not react with Mineralized.
Here is an article that discusses some of the issues at a high level, if you are interested.
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