We all sweat to varying degrees, especially when participating in sports and exercise activities, working around the house, or if you live in the desert like me, just standing outside in triple digit (or high double digit) temperatures. And none of us like to stink like we haven’t showered in a week! ?It’s not perspiration that smells badly but rather the bacteria that collects from the wetness that causes body odor. Commercial deodorants try to cover the odor with strongly scented perfumes, while aluminum in antiperspirants clogs pores to prevent sweating. Antiperspirants can contain alcohol instead of aluminum and shrink your pores to stop sweating. Either way, these antiperspirants interfere with the normal and imperative function of eliminating toxins and “actually discourage the body’s natural removal of toxins.
Natural deodorant is not an antiperspirant. Your body needs to sweat. Sweating allows your body to expel toxins in the body.
I have tried many natural, readily available brands. Either they don’t work for extended periods of time or they are clumsy and/or difficult to apply.
[box] My husband is the true testament to these formulations working. As he so eloquently shared with a few of my friends about how effective my deodorant is:
“Ashley feels the same way, especially since her nose is level with my armpits. I think she formulated this deodorant out of self preservation.”
What’s likely in your deodorant or antiperspirant?
Aluminum: Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain some form of aluminum. The thing is that aluminum is a heavy metal that is not naturally produced by the body. In fact, at Designer Health Centers, aluminum is one of the metals that we look for on our toxic metals panel. The issue with aluminum is that it has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease as well as breast cancer.
Over-the-counter products labeled as “natural deodorant crystal” containing the chemical potassium alum, which contains aluminum, have gained new-found popularity as an alternative health product, in spite of concerns about possible contact dermatitis. A popular alternative to modern commercial deodorants is ammonium alum, which is a common type of alum, also containing aluminum, sold in crystal form and often referred to as a deodorant crystal. ?Aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, and aluminium-zirconium compounds, most notably aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly and aluminium zirconium trichlorohydrex gly, are frequently used in antiperspirants.
Parabens: Parabens are preservatives that help to extend the shelf life of cosmetic and personal care products. Parabens can cause skin irritation and even allergic reactions (Schamberg 1967; Nagel 1977; Soni 2001, 2002; CIR 2006). Parabens can be estrogen mimicking which leads to hormone disruption. Hormone disruption is a primary factor in weight loss resistance and even breast cancer. At least one study found 5 different parabens in the tumors of woman that had breast cancer (Darbre 2004).
Phthalates: Phthalates, also hiding under the ingredient listed as ?fragrance?, are plasticizing chemicals often used in deodorants and other self-care products for their consistency and ability to help dissolve other ingredients.
Phthalates have been linked to several health issues and are considered to be endocrine disrupting. Once phthalates are absorbed by the body, they act as estrogens, which not only conflict with your hormonal function, but cause a variety of complications.?Phthalates are a probable human carcinogen and while the US continues to regulate these chemicals, they are still quite prevalent in many self-care products, including deodorant.
Propylene Glycol: Another frequently used ingredient found in deodorants is propylene glycol. What is it?
Propylene glycol is a petroleum based substance that is used to create a soft and sleek consistency. It?s a low cost ingredient with a versatile function, which is why it is so common in self-care products. PG acts as a penetration enhancer, so if paired with harmful chemicals, it can increase their absorption.
Propylene Glycol has one main concern being that it is a skin sensitizer, resulting in allergic reactions in the skin including: irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and non-immunologic contact urticaria (hives).
Fragrance: Most deodorant is scented, but that “Mountain Fresh”smell may not be so fresh for the body. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, the fragrance industry uses thousands of ingredients (most of which are synthetic) and up to 900 have been determined to be toxic.Most of them contain hormone-disrupting chemical fragrances that absorb into the skin and disrupt the endocrine system. ?Fragrances? is a sneaky term to include chemicals in formulations without you realizing. Most of these ?fragrances? contain over a dozen known carcinogens. Use deodorants that are unscented or those that are scented with essential oils to avoid unnecessary exposure to these ingredients.
Don’t believe me? Go check out the label on your go to deodorant or antiperspirant!