Many people think, deodorant is a necessity, and I am one of them. All who know me know that I am extremely particular about my hygiene. So sharing about deodorant hazards is par for the course. I have known about this hazard for years, and I thought I should share this information with you!
Our skin, surprisingly, absorbs a great deal of what we put on it. So, if we’re putting chemicals on our body, it will absorb those chemicals. Here are a few of the things you should be aware of that are found in conventional deodorant.
Conventional Deodorant Ingredients That Are Hazardous
The first hazardous ingredient is:
What’s in there for? Aluminum is an ingredient found in antiperspirants and works to completely stop perspiration. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.
What’s the problem? Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues:
Bone Formation Disorders
The second hazardous ingredient is:
What’s it there for? Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative.
What’s the problem? The problem with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Not good. Parabens can throw off your body’s hormonal balance. This can cause an early onset of puberty, increase your risk of hormonal cancers, and even birth defects in your future children.
The third ingredient is:
What’s it there for? Propylene glycol is used to increase absorption and helps keep substances from drying out. Interesting tidbit: this substance was originally formulated to be used as an anti-freeze.
What’s the problem? Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and skin irritant. It could cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.
Watch out! You often even see propylene glycol in “natural” deodorants found in the stores.
The fourth ingredient is:
What’s it there for? Phthalates help consistency of personal care products.
What’s the problem? Phthalates increase the likelihood of cell mutation and disrupt hormone receptors which in turn increases the risk of birth defects.
The fifth ingredient is:
What’s it there for? Triclosan is antimicrobial—it kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes.
What’s the problem? In addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different problems including: disruption of the endocrine system (particularly thyroid function), increased risk of cancer, and increased hay fever and allergy symptoms.
So I'm sure you are saying, "What can I wear then"? Here are a few options. I will say, I mix the two. I put the natural on first, then a swipe or two of the regular. I have found one I really like and can go most of the day without any odor, but I cannot do anything strenuous.
That option is: Mill Creek Botanicals Aloe Fresh deodorant (page 11 of store)
Other Natural Deodorant options:
1. Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant (page 10 of store)
This deodorant is made from just six ingredients that anyone can understand (seven if you buy the scented version). It utilizes baking soda and coconut oil for their anti-bacterial properties, which should keep your armpits smelling fresh all day. They offer a lavender and scent-free versions. This is an Amazon favorite with 1,700 reviews and 4.5 stars. We love the fact that Green Tidings uses BPA-Free plastic and that it’s vegan (no animal, insects, fish or by-products used).
2. Real Purity Deodorant (page 10 of store)
Real Purity does contain more deodorants than Green Tidings, but the ingredients are natural. Actually, most of the ingredients that they use are organic as well. It’s free of the seven dangerous ingredients and contain natural oils for scent. However, those who tend to be allergic to some oils and extracts, may want to try out something with less ingredients at first. Still a fantastic option and it’s cheaper than the first option.
3. Truly’s Deodorant for Kids (page 10 of store)
Whenever we see a product with a short ingredients list, we get excited. We know that the company has put only the true essentials in the product. Truly’s is made from beeswax, baking soda, powdered sugar and coconut oil. However, simple ingredients don’t mean that it is not as effective. People seem to love this deodorant and it is currently rated 4.6 stars. They stand behind their product and offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product. But if it’s good enough for kids, who are running around all day, it must be good enough for less active adults as well. This is not your typical roll-on deodorant, you have to use your finger and apply it to your arm pits.
4. Organic Fields of Heather (page 10 of store)
If you are looking for something a bit more delicious smelling, check out this deodorant. It combines some fantastic organic ingredients to not only prevent BO but to heal your damaged skin as well. Just as with the Real Purity deodorant, if you have sensitivity to natural oils, you may want to try out something with fewer ingredients, so you can figure out what the cause of the irritation is. However, this deodorant states that it’s perfect even for sensitive skin.
Natural Deodorant options for men:
1. Sam's Natural Deodorant
Using only the might of pumpkin seed, baking soda, and tea tree oil, Sam's Natural Deodorant recently got us B.O.-free through a week long expedition to and through the southern stretches of Patagonia. There were no unsolicited wafts of "sandwich" to interfere with the crisp, clean air on the trail, which included at least one 12-mile-long, 1,000-foot incline and an afternoon of bundled-up cramping on a glacier. Nor were there any strange oniony smells to betray us on the near 24-hour journey just to get down there. The formula, which also includes pumpkin seed oil and aloe vera to soothe, is set in a solid stick with the consistency of a firm wax and swipes on completely dry and clean. Once back and forth, once a day, and we were good to go. Another benefit we noticed: Sweating was tempered (not stopped), consistent with the product not being billed as an antiperspirant.
2. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream (page 11 of store)
This is a cream that you rub onto your pits with your fingers. It's a little odd to apply, but we found it to be the most effective against sweating (likely because the thick cream can stop the pores). It also has a mild herbal aroma that's subtle and inoffensive.
3. Nature's Gate Tea Tree & Blue Cypress Deodorant Stick
The tea tree and blue cypress in this stick deodorant give a bit of a pine woods smell that we found pleasurable. If you're a recovering lumberjack, though, you might want to find a stick with a more neutral smell. This is the deodorant for those who want to bring the forest with them wherever they go.
4. For Pit's Sake Lime & Clover
While the stick is a bit dry and crumbly, the scent is the best of the bunch – a strong, manly clove aroma that mingles with a light, sweet lime scent. It's like a crunchy Old Spice – it won't last more than a day, but it's also entirely aluminum-, paraben-, and propylene glycol-free.
Well there you have it. Now you know when you are swiping on that deodorant what you are possibly doing to your health in the long term. Try a few combinations and see what works.
I am with you and in your corner!