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May 6, 2012

OK, I’m not sure why I am writing about deodorant, but for some reason I feel compelled to share a very happy discovery.

A few months ago I picked up some Every Man Jack shower gel for my gym bag at Targét, it was on sale for $4.99. “Citrus Scrub”–nice, not overly man smelling and satisfied my requirement for no Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (banned in Europe but for some reason is the main ingredient in just about every personal hygiene product sold in the U.S.)

I loved my new shower suds! I ran out and, naturally, on subsequent travels to Targét (in multiple states no less) I could only find Every Man Jack SPF face lotion. The shower gel was not to be found. I looked up EMJ online and to my surprise they had an extensive line of guy products. This is why I love this company…

I really detest the way “guy scents” smell, e.g. Old Spice, Gillette, etc. EMJ has really neutral and natural smelling fragrances: cedar, citrus and mint. To be fair I haven’t checked out the cedar, but the citrus and mint is just that… citrus and mint.

Now that we are approaching Summer, the mint shower gel is especially perfect after a mid-day run.

I’ve been wearing deodorant ever since that one fateful day in the 7th grade when everyone made fun of me for reeking up Ms. Huckabee’s English class. I sometimes wonder about the decades of applying harsh chemicals to the body and what the consequences might be. (There are many theories out there, just google aluminum and deodorant.)

As I have struggled with finding a deodorant that isn’t laced with all kinds of toxic shit, I’ve always placed hygiene above the long-term consequences of carcinogenic “Sweet Surrender” staining my under shirts.

I’ve tried every natural deodorant out there. They all suck. None of them work. I don’t know what aluminum does in deodorant but the shit is was the only thing keeping me from having some sort of anxiety induced middle school flash-back.

While perusing EMJ’s website I decided to go ahead and try their mint deodorant:

Our naturally derived deodorant provides long lasting odor protection and helps absorb sweat and moisture. All without the use of aluminum or other harsh chemicals, leaving you feeling and smelling fresh and clean. Ahh.


Lichen extract and rosemary are natural antibacterial agents that help control odor causing bacteria. Cotton extract and witch hazel absorb wetness. Essential oils of spearmint and peppermint refresh. Certified organic aloe vera soothes sensitive skin.


I’ve been using it for about a month now and so far, no complaints. It goes on a little wet but then drys and feels minty and clean. I don’t see why the ladies couldn’t wear this, it’s just mint? Anyway, it’s fabulous and seems to do the job.

Again, I don’t know why I am writing about this other than I try and use products that aren’t full of garbage and it was a nice discovery. With my last order they sent me a nice hand written note… (it’s the small things).

Check out their site at


Every Man Jack has offered my ten or so readers the following discount! Enter: EMJTORNADO at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

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