how toxic is your deodorant?

Deodorant and antiperspirant are something that people use on the daily. We apply these products directly onto our skin every single day without fail, well I hope so anyway. However, how safe are these products we put on our skin? Shop bought deodorants often contain nasty toxins that can be harmful to our bodies, some that you may be unaware about.

Now I am not saying its time to ditch the antiperspirant and release your body odour onto the world. That would not be a good thing for others around you. I just want this article to make you more aware on what you decide to put onto your skin.

Check your deodorant for these harmful toxins

Parabens –

Used as a preserving agent to prevent bacterial growth. Parabens are common ingredients in standard skincare products and cosmetics. So, there is no surprise that parabens are also occasionally used in deodorants and antiperspirants.

The most common parabens used in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. There is no definite evidence to support the hypothesis that parabens contribute to breast cancer in any way. However, the fact that these are understudied chemicals is enough to warrant some serious questions regarding their safety. It’s probably best to keep an eye out for this additive when shopping for your next deodorant.

Aluminium –

Aluminium is commonly found in deodorants, it is used to block the sweat-ducts and stop you smelling. Studies have found that the body will store the aluminium compounds within the breast tissue which can cause “gene instability”. It has been linked to the development of breast cancer in many people. This was scary for me to find out, because when checking labels aluminium is something many of us would ignore, including myself.

Reducing your exposure to products containing aluminium is an effective prevention tool to reduce your risk of developing breast cysts and cancer. Along with reducing the risk of gaining dementia, as studies added that aluminium contained products increase your risk of brain disorders. You should take precautions if you shave your armpits and are using an antiperspirant on this broken skin.

Triclosan –

I know, I didn’t understand what this ingredient was and that deodorants have this added to it. The FDA has labelled Triclosan as a pesticide. How crazy that a pesticide is included in our beauty products. Definition of Triclosan is that it is a common antimicrobial agent which is used in deodorants. However, it contributes to messing with your skin’s microbiome which can lead to further skin allergies and irritation. Microbes are fundamental to your body’s health and play a key role in maintaining a healthy body odour. Messing with this, can change the way your body maintains a healthy odour.

Studies say that if you struggle with thyroid or other hormone imbalances, it’s wise to read your deodorant’s label and check for this harmful ingredient. There are no clear, proven benefits to adding Triclosan to your underarm, odour-reducing regime, so really, I think it’s best to avoid any deodorants with this added.

Some ethical solutions to consider

Create your own deodorant

If you don’t feel like shopping around and reading hundreds of labels, why not create your own at home? It can be cheap, easy and not harmful in anyway; you’ll know exactly what goes into your deodorant. Your deodorant can be both anti-bacterial and moisturising without toxins, in addition to that it can be cost-effective and environmentally friendly as you eliminate the manufacturing.  

Zero Waste Deodorant from Trash is for Tossers

  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. shea butter
  • 1-2 drops of essential oils (your desired scent)
  1. Mixture together over a double boiler until smoothly combined and melted.
  2. Once melted, add your chosen essential oils, mix together and then pour into a jar  
  3. Place in the fridge until hardened and then it is ready to use.

Toxin-free deodorants

I have been using Earth Conscious deodorants for quite some time now. They are completely natural, cruelty free and vegan. Earth Conscious deodorants are aluminium and paraben free, allowing your body to perspire as nature intended. The deodorants are not harsh on the skin at all, in fact they help to keep your armpits moisturised whilst keeping odour at bay.

Some other toxin free options include:

I hope you have enjoyed learning about store bought deodorants and the toxins that they contain, always be mindful on what you purchase and use on your skin because it is essential in maintaining a healthy body. Maybe you might give this natural deodorant a try, I did and I loved it! Been using mines for a while now and although it does take up a bit of time, it is worth it in the end.


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