Many of us are willing to rid our cabinets of body care products with harsh ingredients. However, when it comes to deodorant we somehow negotiate in fear of having body odor. This is not enough reason to disregard concerns around the ingredients found in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. Especially when we are applying this product under our arms, near lymph nodes that function to collect waste from the bloodstream and are essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. Many deodorant products are effective at blocking the sweat, (which is how the body eliminates toxins) and are filled with other ingredients that are worth avoiding or at least looking into. Replacing these products with safer alternatives is not only easy but once the body adjusts they are effective as well.
Aluminum is the active ingredient in antiperspirants which prevents us from sweating. Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in most cosmetics and personal care products. Both of which are estrogenic compounds. These compounds mimic women's hormones and disrupt women's endocrine system. This system regulates major functions of the body, and the disruption of this system inhibits the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Some endocrine disruptors, such as parabens and aluminum, have been linked to breast cancer. Aluminum is also known as a nuerotoxin and has been linked to nuerological disorders such as Alzhemier's disease.
Other ingredients found in conventional antiperspirants that raise concern are:
- Fragrance- a general term for a blend of chemicals
- Triclosan-endocrine disruptor (also found in hand-sanitizers)
- Talc Powder- suspected carcinogen
- TEA and DEA (triethanolamine and diethanolamine)- toxic over long periods of time
- Propylene Glycol and disodium EDTA- carry active ingredients (aluminum) into our bodies faster
- BHT (butylated hrdroxytoluene)- linked to nervous-system effects, hyperactivity and a suspected carcinogen
Although studies about these health risks are not conclusive, its safe to say that seeking natural options is always a better choice. Many companies are developing safer alternatives, which work to kill odor causing bacteria and neutralize the smell of sweat rather than trying to stop it all together. The Crystal Deodorant stone is safe, inexpensive and effective deodorant option. There are plenty of other great products on the market, seek deodorants with natural antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil, witch hazel, baking soda, hops, sage or lemon peel. DIY deodorant recipes are always an option as well.