Have you looked at the ingredients in your deodorant?
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Deodorant is one of those things that we have all been using since most of us hit puberty; at least we should be. Did you know that conventional deodorant is connected to various health conditions, including cancer? Something we all use every day, it should be good for you. Not always!
You might not know this, but I am a BRCA gene carrier. It is because of that; I am very aware of the products that I use. That includes products both in and around my house as well as on my body. After all, I know I already have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Therefore, I make sure that I am aware of the toxic ingredients that I use daily because of that already high risk. Well, deodorant is something we all need daily, lol.
What is in your deodorant?
Like I said, ingredients matter, and when it comes to deodorants, here are a few ingredients to be on the lookout in the ones you are using.
- Aluminum - This ingredient blocks your pores abilities from sweating. This is often found in those that claim to keep you dry all day. While this sounds appealing, it has been linked to conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and things like heavy metal toxicity, which can contribute to a whole other host of complications.
- Parabens - These have the potential to mimic estrogen and interfere with the body's hormone levels by mimicking the estrogen in the body.
- Paragons - These are endocrine/hormone disruptors. These are in as much as 99% of breast cancer tissue samples that have been studied over the years.
- Propylene glycol - This is a common ingredient often used as a fragrance, skin conditioner, or absorption enhancer. It has been linked to organ toxicity and skin irritations. It has also been shown to help improve product penetration. This property helps to carry other potentially harmful ingredients in the product through the barriers in the skin.
- Phthalates - These are endocrine disruptors linked to permanent congenital disabilities.
- Triclosan - This is a commonly used antibacterial agent and preservative ingredient. It has been linked to such things as liver toxicity, skin allergies, as well as thyroid dysfunction.
- Fragrance - Aka as an endless wording for various mixtures of chemicals to make things "smell good," but they are also linked to skin sensitivities and irritations. They are among the most toxic ingredients you'll find, even on "natural deodorant" labels, because this is one of those "ingredients" that is not regulated at all.
You can find out more about these ingredients and more by looking them up on the EWG site! It is an excellent resource for checking on various products and ingredients, so you know what you are using daily.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirants what's the difference?
Deodorant is a common term and used quite frequently interchangeably with antiperspirants. While this is the case, the two actually work differently when used on the body. Deodorants allow an individual to sweat, while antiperspirants are designed to keep you from sweating.
The reason this is important to know is that when it comes to your armpit and the sweat glands, they play an essential role in your body. Sweat glands under your arms expel not only sweat from your body but also fats and proteins. During the process, when the bacteria on your skin comes into contact with those, that the odor occurs. The aroma we all try to avoid by using deodorant, to begin with.
Making the transition to natural deodorant!
Okay, I want you to read this next sentence carefully. All-natural deodorants are NOT created equally. There are several on the market that claim to be natural and therefore better. With any product you buy or use, I would suggest doing some research. As I mentioned above, I like to use the EWG Skin Deep database. I also like to use the THINK DIRTY app regularly. I keep both on my phone, so I can scan barcodes and look up ingredients when I am out shopping.
My favorite natural deodorant!
I have tried many natural deodorants from Toms to Native, and even the Crystal ones, and the one brand that has topped them all, not only in cleanest ingredients but also for doing the job, has been Primally Pure.
Their line of deodorants offers clean, natural, safe, and non-toxic ingredients into products that work.
I tend to go back and forth between the Blue Tansy and the Charcoal while my husband uses the Charcoal, and our daughter likes to rotate between the Charcoal and the Lavender. This is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant, so you will still sweat, but that is a good thing for your body.
As with transitioning from any product to another, especially if you are used to using ones with more conventional ingredients, I suggest giving them 30 days for your body to adjust fully.
When it comes to Primally Pure, though, I honestly haven't found a product of theirs that I don't like. Some of my other favorites are the Blue Tansy Body Oil, the Blue Tansy Beauty Cream, Their Lip Balm (our daughter's favorites), the Dry Shampoo, the Body Butter, the Nature Spray (goodbye nasty bug repellent) and of course, the Everything Spray!
Give them a try to help you make the switch to a cleaner deodorant and more!