by Rebecca Carter
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Ecorazzi reader Lori sent us this tip: Justin Timberlake doesn’t use regular deodorant…he uses “natural crystals”.

I had a bit of a tough time researching this one. This alternative to deodorant is actually made from something called ammonium alum. Wikipedia goes on to say, “As a crystal deodorant, it has a bacteriostatic action, meaning that it inhibits bacterial growth (but without killing the bacteria) and allows the elimination of toxins without clogging the pores in the skin.” It comes in something that looks like a crystal or a stone, and one of them will last about one year.

So here’s my analysis: I can not confirm if making this ammonium alum is harmful or beneficial to the environment. However, since a stone lasts much longer than a stick of regular deodorant, which is not naturally derived and is sold in disposable plastic holders, we’re going to go ahead and say that Justin’s crystal deodorant is probably greener!

How does one find out such an intimate detail such as a celebrity’s deodorant status? Watch this Jimmy Kimmel clip to find out.

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at www.RebeccaCarter.net. Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • http://www.alternat1ve.com hoop

    In the Philippines we call that “Tawas”… as a boy I used to see this being washed up on the beach… those who use this say that aside from keeping the body odor down, it also doesn’t darken the armpits… :D

  • Pete

    I’ve used deoderant stones for about 15 years and they work very well for me. They don’t work for everyone, but they are worth trying. I’ve never had a stone last less than 2-3 years. It is NOT an anti-perspirant. Another plus: no armpit stains. Yes, stains are caused by commercial deoderants, not by sweat.