What’s actually in your Deodorant? Have you ever really thought about it? Here are the reasons why your deodorant and antiperspirants are preventing you from obtaining optimal health and what you can do about it! Learn how to decode the ingredients list of deodorants and find out about safer alternatives for you and your family.
When you glance at the ingredient list in a name brand deodorant it can get a little overwhelming. Half of the ingredients are words you’ve never heard of before, with ingredient lists so long the font is almost microscopic. We do our best in skimming the ingredients list- running our eyes over the words that mean nothing to us- before sighing and tossing the chemical-ridden product into the shopping cart. Sound familiar? It’s hard to make educated decisions when ingredient lists are so complex.
Let me help you. Here are the most commonly used hazardous ingredients (but by no means all of them) in your name-brand deodorants and why you should be concerned.
1. Aluminum (listed as Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY)
-Used to stop perspiration.
-Linked to: seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, bone formation disorders
-Estrogenic (acts like or mimics estrogen in the body)
2. Parabens (listed as methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, Butyl Ether, Ether, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate)
-Estrogenic, meaning acts like estrogen in the body and can become a hormone disruptor.
3. Propylene Glycol
-Studies show it produces excessive apoptosis (cell death) in developing mouse brains.
4. Phthalates (listed as DEHP, DEP, benzylbutyl phthalate, DMP)
-Increases cell mutation
-Disrupts hormone regulation.
-According to the latest animal studies, this is linked to damage of the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes. Because of the major health concerns raised regarding this it is starting to be pulled from products, however, because it’s not banned many deodorants still contain it.
-In addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA it is also a probable carcinogen by the EPA.
-It has been linked to disruption of the endocrine system, especially that of the thyroid
-Linked to hay fever and allergic symptoms.
Below are the ingredient lists for common name brand-deodorants. If there are any hazardous ingredients from the above list in the ingredients, they will be bolded. That is not to say those not bolded are safe by any means, several other ingredients listed are carciogenic, such as BHT and chemical fragrances. For simplicity purposes, the bolded ingredients are the ones we just went over. If you can’t make sense of it, it’s time to do research on it. Ingredient lists should be clearly understood before you consider using it.
Dove, invisible solid, fresh scent
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY, Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, C18-36 acid trigliceride, microcrystalline wax, silica, glycerin, fragrance (parfum), dimethicone crosspolymer, sunflower oil, vegetable oil (olus), glyceryl oleate, propylene glycol, BHT, t-butyl hydroquinone, citric acid.
Secret, PH Balanced, invisible solid
Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Petrolatum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Cyclodextrin, Fragrance, Mineral Oil, Behenyl Alcohol
Old Spice Antiperspirant, original classic
Alcohol Denatured, Propylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Stearate, Triclosan, Tetrasodium EDTA, Yellow 10 Aluminum Lake (CI 47005), Green 5
Axe Antiperspirant Deodorant for Men
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Talc, PEG-8 Distearate, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT
Surprisingly, even Kiss My Face, a deodorant that emphasizes it’s commitment to health and natural ingredients, has Propylene Glycol listed as it’s first ingredient. The ever popular salt crystal deodorants made solely from mineral salts can contain bauxite ore or aluminum.
“Some of the most popular natural deodorants are the “crystal” deodorant stones and sprays. But most people don’t know that these crystal deodorant products contain aluminum. The crystal deodorant stones are made from alum. The most widely used form of alum used in the personal care industry is potassium alum. The full chemical name of potassium alum is potassium aluminum sulfate. Let’s get this straight. Even though aluminum is widely distributed in the earth’s crust, it is NOT needed in ANY amounts in your body. All evidence to date points to aluminum as a poison that serves no beneficial role in your body and should be avoided. Aluminum is widely recognized as a neurotoxin, which has been found in increased concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.Unfortunately, if you use antiperspirants or some deodorants, you are most likely exposing yourself to aluminum. Aluminum salts can account for 25 percent of the volume of some antiperspirants. A review of the common sources of aluminum exposure for humans found that antiperspirant use can significantly increase the amount of aluminum absorbed by your body. According to the review, after a single underarm application of antiperspirant, about .012 percent of the aluminum may be absorbed. Multiply this by one or more times a day for a lifetime and you can have a massive exposure to aluminum — a poison that is not meant to be in your body. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms — with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body’s routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.” Continue reading more about that here.
There are healthy, safe alternatives out there. But you need to be so careful, because as you can see- even with brands that ensure it's commitment to your health, their company image does not always align with the ingredients they make their products with.
I make my own (a blend of coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil for scent), but if that's too adventerous for you- try Sweet! Deodorant or Primal Pit Paste (stick or paste)! Remember, always look at the ingredients (inactive and active), and google what isn't familiar. You're putting these deodorants DIRECTLY over your lymphs- that is not something to be taken lightly.
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