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Remember a long time ago when they told us ladies our deodorant could cause breast cancer? Or was that just antiperspirants? Aluminum got a bad rap, and then the whole thing just sort of disappeared. Here’s the skinny: deodorants and antiperspirants usually contain harmful junk that we absorb through our skin with daily application. Some researchers are going to tell you this stuff is extremely toxic and should be avoided by at all costs. Some are going to claim the effects are negligible. We all know it just depends on who is footing the bill of said research project.
“Here’s the skinny: deodorants and antiperspirants usually contain harmful junk that we absorb through our skin with daily application.”
So is it dangerous or not? We don’t really know, but we can come to a sort of educated guess. Let’s start with deodorant versus antiperspirant. Deodorants should simply mask your smell or blend with it pleasantly, while antiperspirants should temporarily plug your sweat ducts and eliminate odor by stopping you from sweating altogether. When I’m shopping for deodorant, I don’t really consider antiperspirants as an option. I don’t want to stink just as much as the next gal, but sweating is an important part of eliminating toxins. Not to mention that aluminum is the number one active ingredient in antiperspirants, and that was about the only thing anyone ever agreed was in fact bad for us.
Common ingredients in deodorant that are harmful include but are not limited to Propylene glycol, Phthalates and Triclosan. I urge you to do more research on these and other cosmetic ingredients. It can be helpful (and entertaining in a weird way) to investigate what ingredients are banned in other countries, as the US is extremely lenient with regulations regarding your health. At this point we find ourselves looking through all the deodorants at the local health food store wondering why the supposed natural products include the bad stuff too. Sometimes the more you know, the harder it is to find the right product, but don’t sweat it! Here are a few promising brands- Aubrey, Weleda, and Dr. Hauschka. For you adventurous spirits, there’s always the DIY world too! Just sayin…
Here are some of my suggestions: