When I went all natural, deodorant was the first thing I switched. I knew that I was being bombarded with hundreds of different chemicals every day, but deodorant scared me the most.
It is not only dangerous because it stops your body from getting rid of toxins through your sweat glands, but deodorant contains so many toxins!
To me it is so important that women stop using conventional deodorant because many of the chemicals used are cancer causing and breast cancer is on the rise.
Here are just a few chemicals found in conventional deodorants:
- Aluminum – This is added to deodorants to block pores and stop you from sweating. This metal has been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and alzheimer’s. 1
- Paraben’s – Unfortunately parabens are in just about any convention personal care product. This preservative is an estrogen mimicker which can cause early puberty in children and builds up in the breast tissue which can cause tumors. It can also cause a plethora of other hormone related issues. 1
- Propylene Glycol – This is another one of those chemicals that is found in just about every personal care product on the market. “If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver” It can also cause sensitivity to skin. 2
- TEA and DEA – These known carcinogens enter your bloodstream and can affect your liver and kidneys. They are so harmful that they have been banned in Europe! 2
- Triclosan – It amazes me that this stuff is still legal in the United States! This is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and is used in antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, and… you guessed it… our deodorant. When mixed with water, it creates chloroform gas. It is endocrine disrupting and has been found in measurable amounts in breast milk and blood. 1
- Fragrances – Run far away from anything containing fragrances! When you see “fragrance” on a label this can include a number of chemicals (3,000 different ones)! By using fragrances you are at risk for allergies to smells, neurotoxic effects, cancer, and more (since fragrance range from formaldehyde to toluene you can’t be sure what it will cause…). 3
What do you do now?
Don’t risk it. Switch to a natural deodorant or better yet, make your own!
This one is a personal favorite of mine. I highly encourage it!
If you want to make your own and save some money, it is really easy to make your own! Here is a super easy, inexpensive recipe!
Are you going to switch out your deodorant?