Considering that we are using our deodorants once or even twice a day, it is about time to clarify what we shall look out for.
The personal care industry is misleading and promote false advertising putting their profits before the health and well-being of their consumers but their products often contain toxic chemicals that can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s and allergic reactions.
Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants; they block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin’s surface. Researches suggest that aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause changes in estrogen receptors (both cancer and non-cancer breast cells growth promoter).
Parabens mimic the activity of estrogen in the body; in their many forms (methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben) they are a class of artificial preservatives widely used in cosmetics and personal care products that are being investigated for their possible role in breast cancer.
Propylene glycol is a humectant which means it keeps substances from drying out, and it was originally developed as an anti-freeze, but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants. It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage as well as eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation / discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
TEA & DEA
TEA and DEA adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. They both could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time where DEA can cause liver and kidney damage and TEA can cause allergic reactions.
Triclosan is an artificial antimicrobial chemical used to kill bacteria on the skin and other surfaces. Triclosan is a skin irritant and may cause contact dermatitis, disrupt thyroid function and other critical hormone systems.
So how to avoid all these toxins and take care of our bodies? Follow this easy and cheap recipe and make your own deodorant:
6 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of arrowroot or cornstarch (depending on your preferences)
Drops of your favorite essential oil