Is Deodorant Harmful to your Health?

Posted by Mikaela Molnar on

Everyday, we expose ourselves to thousands of chemicals and toxins, but did you know that your deodorant could be attributing to that? 

Many ingredients in conventional deodorants are directly linked to causing harmful effects to our bodies and our health.

 

Do you know what chemicals are in your deodorant?

 

Like most other conventional personal care products found in our bathrooms, deodorants can be enriched with chemicals that are harmful to our health. Let's jump in to a few of the most common ones found, and how they affect our body.

Just like shampoos, conditioners, soaps and, toothpastes, many deodorants contain parabens. Parabens are used as preservatives to ensure the shelf life of the products by preventing fungi, bacteria and yeast growth. This chemical has a strong capability of being absorbed through the skin which is hazardous because parabens are hormone impersonators, causing direct disruption to our endocrine system. Endocrine disruption has been associated directly with breast cancer, prostate cancer, negative reproductive outcomes, as well as many other adverse health effects.

 

Another common ingredient found in antiperspirants is aluminum. Aluminum is meant to fight odor- as the aluminum salts dissolve into the pores, it inhibits the sweat from surfacing, preventing odors from being released. Recent studies found the aluminum can build up in breast tissue, and can cause genomic instability. While this has not been directly linked to breast cancer, more research is being done to investigate.

 

The third harmful ingredient on our list is phthalates. This chemical is used to extend the life of fragrance and help make the products more flexible. Phthalates, like parabens, are also endocrine disrupters. As stated previously, many adverse health effects are linked to endocrine disruption. Phthalates have shown to especially  affect male reproduction negatively. Additionally, research proves these industrial chemicals have consistent indications of adverse neurodevelopment, among many other negative health associations.

 

Additional harmful chemicals found in conventional deodorants include triclosan, an antibacterial, which has been classified as a pesticide and banned by the FDA from soaps due to its non-proven effectiveness and its long-term exposure risks. Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) can affect your liver and kidney with high exposure. These two chemicals are known carcinogens and have already been banned in Europe.

 

 So, now I read this - how do I know which deodorant is safe?

 

Read the ingredients! Opt for aluminum-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free and of course, plastic-free. Our organic deodorant meets all of those requirements!

Everyone's body is different, and ultimately it is your choice but if you are able to, choose natural deodorants which have zero health risks, and work just as effectively. Our handmade deodorant is the perfect swap to gear you to a chemical-free life. No aluminum, no parabens, NO chemicals! 

If you are new to all natural deodorant, you will need to detox your underarms for the natural deodorant to work as effectively as possible. Our bodies have become so reliant upon unnatural chemicals to block odors by clogging our pores with chemicals, that we need to allow our body to reset, clear out our pores, and let the natural and organic deodorant do its work. So, before you throw in the towel, do a couple weeks without deodorant, or speed up the detox process with a Pit Detox mix with 1.5 tsp Activated charcoal, 1.5 tsp bentonite clay and 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar. 

Within days, you will notice the effectiveness of the natural deodorant if you haven't already! 


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