Deodorant is an essential part of body care routines for most of us, but have you ever given thought to the ingredients it contains and what they might do on your body? Many people are exposing their bodies to dangerous ingredients to reduce body odor and perspiration, and this article will discuss some of the most dangerous of these.
Aluminum is a primary ingredient in the most common antiperspirants and it works by blocking the sweat pores and preventing sweat from escaping. Long-term use of aluminum has been linked to increased susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer in women.
Studies have shown significant linkage in the increase of female breast cancer rates in women and male prostate cancer with increased used of aluminum-based antiperspirants. However, the FDA has not yet classified it as a known carcinogen pending findings of more definitive studies.
Parabens are synthetic preservative compounds commonly used in making deodorants, and are contained in most non-natural body care products. A random test of 100 samples of human urine specimens by the CDC found all of them to contain some amount of parabens. As you can see, they are highly absorbed into the body from the skin. The biggest danger of paraben absorption is its potential to interfere with our delicate hormonal balance, resulting in increased susceptibility to hormonal cancers and early puberty for children. It has also been linked to organ toxicity and birth defects.
- Propylene glycol
This is a petroleum-based material with slick consistency that is used to soften cosmetic products. It is a cheap option that allows these products to be more easily applicable on the skin. For a long time, it was thought that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts, but scientific evidence brings this premise into question as time passes. Large quantities in the bloodstream have been shown to cause damage to the heart, liver and central nervous system. Since propylene glycol is contained in many home-se products, it is wise to limit our use of it when we can, to reduce chances of using it to potentially toxic concentrations.
These are chemicals which are used to make plastics, medical goods, body-care products, synthetic fragrances and cosmetics. Their job is to help dissolve other ingredients and hence even out the consistency of the final product. High phthalate concentrations in urine and blood have been linked to increased risk of birth defects for women of child-bearing age. It has also been linked to cell mutationrisk and disruption of the hormone-receptor association. The best deodorant for women of this age bracket therefore, is the one which is only made with natural products that can neutralizeodors without potential health risks.
Triclosan is the active odor-killing ingredient used in deodorants and antiperspirants, and is commonly used to make antibacterial products like hand wipes, gels and soaps. FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide, while the EPA lists it as a possible carcinogen. This is why some companies have stopped using it altogether, although some persist in using it.
Chemical compounds have various effects in the human body, many of which are unpleasant and not well characterized. To reduce your chances of infection or harm, stick to body-care products made only with natural ingredients, such as our natural deodorant sprays. You won’t regret it.