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6 Alternatives to Toxic Deodorants

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6 Alternatives to Toxic Deodorants

By Natural Solutions

Why most deodorants stink—and six alternatives that work. Of all our daily grooming habits, swiping a deodorant stick or squirting antiperspirant under our arms may be the one we dare not neglect. Hot yoga classes and subway etiquette practically demand it. But when it comes to choosing a BO buster, we should care just as much about how it affects us as it does others—and that means avoiding the harmful ingredients many deodorants contain.

Why? Unlike soaps or shampoos, “these cosmetics are not rinsed off,” says Philippa Darbre, breast cancer researcher at the University of Reading in England. “The entire application is left on the skin each time, allowing for the accumulation of chemicals in the underarm and upper breast area.”

The sensitive skin in these areas eventually absorbs this chemical overload—some of which is toxic—into the underlying tissue, where it can wreak havoc in the body.

Beware of these primary offenders:

Aluminum compounds
Found only in antiperspirants, aluminum zirconium and aluminum chlorohydrate work by blocking pores that release sweat. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone.

Propylene glycol
Because this ingredient functions as a penetration enhancer, it can be more harmful when paired with other chemical additives. The ingredient—even in concentrations as low as 2 percent—provokes skin irritation in some people, yet manufacturers can create a product with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants.

Used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, triclosan reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. Triclosan also exhibits endocrine-disrupting properties in marine animals—which should concern everyone because it also has shown up in human breast milk and blood.

Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing.

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5:58AM PDT on May 14, 2014

Here is an article I found that goes into great detail about the toxic chemicals in deodorants and has an extensive list of the healthier natural alternatives on the market.

12:33PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing - I use Simple - deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face creams etc. and fragrance free washing powder, washing up liquid and fabric conditioner. My allergies are under control, but some of the products do have parabens in, which concerns me.

5:29PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thank you.

5:26PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thank you.

6:50AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

My family uses purebodyscent deodorants which are free of all of the toxins above and do not contain hydrogenated oils which are found in lots of deodorants. This brand is extremely effective. My aunt has hyperhidrosis and this was the only deodorant that worked for her.

3:00AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thank you :)

12:07AM PST on Jan 7, 2014


7:30AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

I stopped using deodorants, after shave, shaving cream. I use only soap, tooth paste and sometimes perfume on my clothes only. I use almost no detergent, I find balm for washing machine useless, just a stupid comfort idea, also the same for hair balm. I will buy every one of these but organic once I'll get a good job in a couple of months. Also it's important the place where you live. I live in The Netherlands where the humidity is high and the temperature rarely goes higher than 28 degrees Celsius. I don't sweat often(unless I do some sports but that is a different case) and I ate 90% organic food in the last 6 months. I asked people around me if I smell bad, nobody believed that I don't use any of that stuff anymore haha (I have a girlfriend). And btw, now I cannot go inside a perfume shop or cosmetic shop, it's far too smelly, too artificial so my senses are awaken :). Go organic and clean! My next step is to incorporate water filter in the water system from the house. Also every bottle that I use is glass-based; no plastic, no aluminium. Only the plastic keyboard which is a Lenovo Thinkpad one, so good plastic combined with glass-fiber and carbon-fiber. These small details count. I want to be a model for my children in the way that I can show to them face-to-face and not make them to read my history.

11:05PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

great tips

6:27AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

I use Thai Cristal and have used the Origins one (which I think it is pretty darn good but refuse to pay that much for it). I read another article that gave two do it yourself deodorant and I think I am going to go for it!

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