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April 26, 2018 2 min read

Deodorants: Three Dirty Secrets 

By now, the vast majority of us have heard of the potential health risks of using the everyday, big-brand name deodorants and antiperspirants (ex: Speed Stick).  Many of the most well-known, and patronized, brands contain a myriad of serious chemicals that may lead to endocrine disruption, allergic reaction, cancer, and even a reduced IQ; those are simply a few of the risks.

Speaking plainly, most deodorants are unnecessarily  full of crap. There are shady chemicals in the fragrances and perfumes used to mask your body odour, and even shadier ones often used to reduce or control perspiration (i.e. aluminum). Most cases of breast cancer originate in the outer portion of the breast, near the underarm. While we aren’t ingesting these chemicals through our mouths, it is suspected that we’re actually doing more damage by applying them directly onto the delicate skin of our armpits (a gateway to lymph nodes, glands, hormones, and the blood stream).

There is a simple solution, right? If you don’t want to stink, simply refrain from using these kinds of deodorants and opt for ‘natural’ or ‘toxin-free’ varieties. Sure, they may be harder to find or procure, but they’re out there and they’re way healthier for you.

The bummer is that it really is not as simple as that. Here are 3 dirty secrets that toxin-free deodorants don’t want you to know:

  1. Not Harmless - While the ingredients in the deodorant itself might be safer and ‘natural’, the vast majority still use toxic, plastic packaging. The product overall is not truly toxin-free; most of these are hot-poured, meaning compounds and polymers like BPA, BPS, PVC, etc., easily leech or seep into the deodorant.
  2. Not Effective - ‘Safe’ deodorants don’t use aluminum (carcinogen) or parabens (the most widely used preservative in cosmetics), but they are almost always ineffective as a result. They won’t clog your pores with as many chemicals, but they’re also not going to keep you smelling or feeling fresh.
  3. Not Practical, Not Honest –Natural deodorants, in general, are comparatively expensive, so enjoy paying more for less. What’s worse... commercial marketing and branding practices make it possible for makers to assume the guise of being ‘natural’ under false pretenses. Consider how “100% pure” is actually used as a slogan and marketing tactic, and often not an honest representation of a product’s ingredients (or integrity). Expect no less of deodorant makers until you’ve done some research on them.

The fact is that human beings are designed to sweat, a vital process that allows toxins to escape from our bodies. In a world full of deodorant options, there are relatively few truly natural, healthy products available – but they are out there! Avoid the big, familiar brands that we’ve all known, and likely used, for years. Research alternative brands, with ingredients you can understand and pronounce. Know the packaging process, and the materials employed. Remember that powerful fragrances are completely unnecessary.  Clean has a subtle smell, or no smell. 


Author: Taylor Nason