Sat Nam beauties,
First, the why. There are several reasons to consider switching from conventional deodorant to something more natural. For one thing, your skin is the largest organ of your body. Things you put on your skin are absorbed into your body, and can affect your cells and tissues. Some of the ingredients in conventional deodorant can clog pores and cause skin irritation. What’s more, your conventional antiperspirant will stop the body from eliminating toxins altogether. Aluminium, found in nearly every high street brand, prevents you from sweating and has been linked to numerous chronic diseases including Alzheimers and Breast Cancer.
The dangers of conventional deodorant …
Deodorant is a daily necessity for most of us. But the harmful ingredients listed on your average aerosol or roll-on put a lot of stress on the body. These are some of the Chemicals in conventional deodorant:
Synthetic Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances are mixtures of various chemicals that produce a desired scent. Labs across the country are constantly experimenting with new mixtures of various chemicals to come up with just the right sensation. These people know what they’re doing. How a touch of this chemical will make something smell a little more floral, while a touch of that one will make it smell a little more clean. The fragrances in your products are the pride of chemists, but for you, they can potentially cause skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, and rashes. It is very known that a lot of people are allergic to Perfumes and this is the reason why! (I am one of them)
A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (yep, crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that synthetic fragrances were often shown to contain hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction.
This term can legally refer to hundreds of chemicals. One of these is phthalates, which have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child-bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
dangers of deodorants
Aluminum: Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. They block sweat glands to keep perspiration from getting to the skin’s surface. Some research has suggested that these aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. Because estrogen can promote the growth of cancer and non-cancer breast cells, aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for developing breast cancer. How exactly can deodorant cause cancer? Read Maryam Henein’s article about why celebrities are denouncing mainstream deodorants to find out more about the link between deodorant and breast cancer.
Learn more about the deodorant cancer problem here.
Parabens: Parabens in their many forms (methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben) are a class of artificial preservatives widely used in cosmetics and personal-care products. They are suspected of disrupting the body’s delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers – including breast cancer. Exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
Can deodorant cause cancer? Yes. Learn more about deodorant and breast cancer here.
Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a humectant, which means it keeps substances from drying out, and it was originally developed as an antifreeze, but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants. It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage. In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headaches, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
dangers of deodorants
TEA & DEA: Triethanolamine and diethanolamine adjust pH and are used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the basis for a cleanser. They both could be toxic if continually absorbed into the body in small doses over a long period of time; for its part, DEA can cause liver and kidney damage, while TEA can cause allergic reactions. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.
And these are just a few of the typical offenders. When we put these chemicals on our skin, they are readily absorbed by the body.
So here are some of my favorite brands for Natural Organic and Vegan Deodorants (Please Watch the Video for specific details):
-Weleba Wild Rose Deodorant (Winter)
-Nourish Organic Organic & Effective Deodorant Cream Forest (Winter)
-Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Natural Powder (Summer or all year long)
-Primal Pit Paste Lavender Natural Deodorant Stick (I love this one! my favorite and it works great for all summer!!)
I bought all these at Wholefoods! and you can always make your own deodorant!
Baking soda works good too!
Hope this information was useful and remember its important to be mindful of your body! take care of yourself from the inside out!
Nam Shakti Kaur