Most people use it every single day, some use it twice a day!
Think about it!
Most deodorants are made to prevent you from perspiring, which means they inhibit the natural secretion of toxins. This leads to the clogging of your skin follicles, so that you’re actually unable to sweat as much as your body needs to.
On top of preventing the natural cleansing and detoxification of your body, some deodorants also release loads of potentially dangerous chemicals into the body.
What toxins does your deodorant contain?
Here are just a few of the toxic chemicals that could be lingering in your deodorant, and there are many more! -
- Aluminum Compounds - This is used to prevent sweating and clogs pores. Exposure to excessive amounts of aluminum has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been shown to interfere with estrogen levels in the body, which brings a higher risk of both breast and prostate cancer.
- Parabens - Parabens are used a lot these days and are possibly the most dangerous of all. They can act as estrogen in the body, which can disrupt hormone balance and therefore lead to a higher risk of both breast and prostate cancer.
- Triclosan - Triclosan has been classified as a pesticide. It is used to kill bacteria during both the manufacturing process and when it comes into contact with the skin. When mixed with water, it is thought to give off a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.
- Propylene Glycol - With extensive use, has been known to cause damage to the central nervous system, heart and liver, and can irritate the skin.
- Triethanolamine (TEA) & Diethanolamine (DEA) - Already banned from products in Europe because they are known to be carcinogens, and can seep through the skin to the liver and kidneys.
- Artificial Colours - Some are known to be carcinogens and can also cause severe allergic reactions.
It’s a no brainer!
Doesn’t being aware of the above make you want to avoid deodorants containing these toxic chemicals?
It certainly did me, when I discovered this information years ago, during my recovery from M.E./CFS
However, making the decision to change my deodorant was the easy part!
BEWARE: Marketing can be deceptive!
Trying to find a deodorant, which was free from any nasty, dangerous chemicals, didn’t break the bank and stood up to the test of keeping me smelling fresh all day proved to be a challenge at first. Especially back in 2003, when people weren’t so aware of the dangers.
Many commonly used deodorants and antiperspirants contain some, if not all of the toxic ingredients listed above, and sometimes more! Yet they are often labelled as:
And when you do find a good candidate, they often bring with them a hefty price tag!
After years of trial and error, I have found my two favourite brands, which I like to alternate between, to have a change in fragrance.
I like them equally as much, so they aren’t listed in any particular order.
They may appear more expensive than your usual supermarket brand but they do last a long time. And, can you really put a price on your health?
When buying this brand, I always stick to the Sensitive Skin Formulas only. This is because I experienced a rash after a few days of using the non-sensitive versions
After doing some more research, I discovered that this was probably due to the baking soda used in the non-sensitive versions.
(Note: There are other reasons why a rash may occur when using a new, even natural, deodorant for the first time, and at the bottom of this blog you will find a link to a very good article relating to this.)
Try one, or all, of the gorgeous fragrances by clicking on the links below:
At the time of writing this, I had only used the Coconut & Vanilla non-sensitive version and it hadn't caused a rash. However, if you prefer you can just go for the sensitive skin versions.
Below is a link to buy this brand – if you buy via this link you will receive a FREE travel version, and so will I next time I buy, so thank you!
Both of these brands keep me smelling sweet all day long and even into the next day - I never got that from my old 'toxic' deodorants and anti-perspirants!
To read about some of the possible causes of irritation or rashes when using natural deodorants click here
This website also has a shop selling lots of lovely, natural products, including deodorants, which I haven’t yet tried, so can’t comment on them. However, if you do want to buy anything from here, use this link instead, to receive a $5 dollar discount.