I have never looked this happy applying deodorant
Body odour is one of the fastest way to kill any attraction that you could have to a person, and although deodorant isn’t a necessary item, it is helpful. You may have heard the dangers of using regular deodorants, but many people don’t understand what exactly causes these sticks to be so toxic. If you are using the wrong products you could be doing a lot of damage to your health.
When choosing a deodorant you will want to avoid the following chemicals as they can wreak havoc on your health:
This is not your regular foil. Aluminum is the most widely used ingredient in deodorant. It works by plugging the sweat glands and stopping the flow of sweat (sweating is important for detoxification). It can then mimic estrogen in our bodies causing both breast and prostate cancers. However, the FDA has not committed to classifying it as a carcinogen.
Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in cosmetics and skin care products. 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. The cosmetic industry is starting to become more aware of this and many products are now being made without the use of parabens. Always read the labels.
Triclosan is used as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. It is also commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes and gels. The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide and the environemental protection agency has classified it as a carinogen. Why would anyone want to rub this on themselves?
4. Propylene Glycol
This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.
Talc is a carcinogen in certain forms. Deodorants don’t disclose the form of talc they contain. Your best bet is stay clear completely.
This is another common ingredient found in many skin and cosmetic products. Phtalates have been linked to a number of health issues.
High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
The common drug store brands that you see everyday contain at least one of these ingredients. The scary part is that these are not just limited to deodorant. Many products contain toxic ingredients, and we happily apply them to our skin on a daily basis.
I stopped using drug store deodorants a few years ago and I have never looked back. Yes, they can be a bit pricier, but I can’t risk my health for a couple extra dollars. They also work really well (I even got my husband to only use natural deodorants). I have tried so many brands, but my favourite has to be Meow Meow Tweet. It comes in a jar so the application may take a bit getting used to. A lot of natural deodorants contain baking soda, which can cause rashes and discomfort for some people (myself included). Look for a brand that doesn’t have this as it’s first ingredient, or has an alternative like arrow root powder. Also, if you do find these a bit pricey, they can be super easy to make. There are stick, cream, and spray versions. The ingredients will last you a very long time so you can make multiple batches, and the price will probably be less than what you paid for that drug store deodorant. Just google natural deodorants and give them a try.
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No matter what you buy always make sure you read the ingredients.
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