Everyone has a different brand of deodorant that they use and everyone loves the one that they use because it works for them. You’re not wrong in thinking that they work, because they do work. However, they are not safe. Most deodorants have toxins and chemicals in them that are not healthy for your body.
Here is a list of the 8 most common toxins and chemicals hiding in your deodorant:
1) Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl, and butyl) have been linked to breast cancer.
Parabens are a very common ingredient that is found in almost every cosmetic product. During a study done in 2004, parabens have been linked to breast cancer. They are said to disturb the body’s hormonal balance and to mimic estrogen, as estrogen is said to play a part in breast cancer formation.
2) Aluminum Compounds (Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly) have been linked to breast cancer.
Aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.
3) Silica has been linked to cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity.
Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen (proven capable of causing cancer).
4) Triclosan has been linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis and cancer.
Triclosan is another ingredient that can irritate your skin and cause contact dermatitis. Your body contains good as well as bad bacteria, but triclosan kills both. The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide, while the IARC has it listed as a possible carcinogen.
5) Talc has been linked to cancer.
IARC claims that if Talc contains asbestiform fibers, then it is considered a carcinogen. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in deodorants is unclear as it is not regulated in cosmetic products.
6) Propylene Glycol has been linked to delayed allergic reactions, possible kidney and liver damage.
7) Steareth-n has been linked to cancer.
The “n” stands for a number. So the label may say for example, steareth-7 (which is one of the most common ones in beauty products). It is actually derived from vegetables, but it is reacted with a known carcinogen, ethylene oxide.
8) Synthetic Fragrance has been linked to skin irritation, harmful to the environment, allergies and organ system toxicity.
Considering all this, is your deodorant safe? Are there any hidden chemicals hiding in it? What if I told you, you don’t have to put up with chemicals and toxins in your daily care regimen! Would you believe me? The fact is that it is true, there are other alternatives. It requires some effort on your part, but it can be done.
Here is my favorite recipe for deodorant:
You will need:
Mix together all dry ingredients than blend each oil, individually, into the mixture. Mixture will become a creamy texture. Pour into container(s) and cover. Mixture will harder over time. If using deodorant containers apply as usual. If using small container, scoop up a bit with your two main fingers, hold it against your armpit for a second (so it melts a little for easier application) then rub around in a circular motion.
Blue Orchid Clinic owner Brittany, has put this blog together to discuss health topics and alternatives to your traditional care regimen. Discussions will also include useful information for everyday life as well.