Deodorant is an essential product that we use daily. Unfortunately, we are unaware that they are made with toxic ingredients that cause harm to our health.
Here are the Top 3 Toxic Ingredients Found in Deodorants:
1. Aluminum Compounds (Aluminum Chloralhydrate, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly)
Aluminum is linked to breast, prostate cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These ingredients are used as an antiperspirant because it helps stop the flow of sweat. The downside is that these may be absorbed by the skin, and can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.
Parabens act as preservatives but have hormone-disrupting effects. It causes hormonal imbalance, which can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. It is also linked to birth defects and organ toxicity. There are different types of parabens – the top three are Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.
3. Propylene Glycol
It helps hydrate skin but since it is a byproduct of fossil fuel, it is not healthy for the skin to absorb it. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.
Most of the common deodorants found in the market today such as Secret, Axe, Dove contain at least one of these ingredients, and we should really be careful in purchasing these products. Take note that if we use them once or a few times, it doesn’t cause any harm, but imagine using these products every day–it will build up and get absorbed into our skin.
To be safe, I recommend creating your own deodorant. Here’s a DIY Deodorant recipe I found on Pinterest:
- 1/4 tsp essential oil (recommended: lavender)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Melt coconut oil if not yet liquefied.
- Transfer it to a mixing bowl, and add the cornstarch and baking soda.
- Add essential oil, and mix until completely dissolved.
- Transfer into packaging desired.
If you don’t have the ingredients or the time to create your own deodorant, I would suggest looking for an organic one. The one I tried using is from a brand called Naturalis, an Italian company that produces chemical free beauty products and essentials, including the Organic Deo Natural. I loved it because 1) it smells good and 2) it’s antiperspirant.