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Harmful Chemicals in Deodorants

Harmful Chemicals in Synthetic Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Part of our daily hygiene is putting on deodorants or antiperspirants to keep us fresh-smelling all day. After all, we don’t want to embarrass ourselves especially when we’re stuck in an elevator full of people, right? But what do you really put on your skin every day? Remember that our skin is the largest organ in our body and whatever we absorb through our skin goes directly to our bloodstream. So check your deodorants or antiperspirants and find out whether or not it contains these toxic chemicals that are known to cause health problems in many people. There are many types of deodorants that do not contain harmful chemicals.

Many people that want to avoid chemicals in their deodorant also wish to use a a natural face wash and chemical free shampoo as well. We highly recommend Fundamental Face Wash and Fundamental Shampoo, as they are truly chemical free.

Danger of Aluminum in Deodorants

Read the fine print at the back of your deodorant; does it contain words such as aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, or any aluminum compound? Then this means that you better find another deodorant. Aluminum can be absorbed into our bloodstream and has been linked to Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. According to studies, people with Alzheimer's disease have high concentrations of aluminum in their brain cells.

Aluminum is placed in deodorants because they block the ducts in our sweat glands. This prevents us from perspiring. A study from Reading University shows that breast cancer cells are found in tissues that are close to the underarms and the cysts that develop in these areas have aluminum content that is 25 times higher than normal.

Danger of Talc in Deodorants

Asbestiform fibers present in talc make this substance a carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc with asbestiform fibers as causing cancer. Although not all talc have this kind of fiber, talc is not regulated when it is used in cosmetics. That is why we should be wary about products that have talc in them.

Danger of Propylene Glycol in Deodorants

Propylene Glycol is usually included in deodorants because it hastens the penetration into the skin of other substances. Some say that people develop allergies to propylene glycol but these allergies are not usually linked to propylene glycol because the reactions are delayed. Propylene glycol is also considered a neurotoxin because it can damage the liver and the kidneys. However, the EPA has not yet linked it to cancer.


Parabens are preservatives included in synthetic deodorants and antiperspirants. Parabens come in different names, such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl parabens. These substances come from toluene which is derived from petrochemicals. Toluene has been known to disrupt reproductive function. Parabens also act like estrogen which is suspected to hasten the growth of cancerous cells in the body.


Skin can get irritated when it comes into contact with silica. Crystalline quartz might also be included in silica and this is a carcinogen, too.


Although this substance is derived from a vegetable, it is mixed in with ethylene oxide, which can cause cancer in humans.


Chemical deodorants use triclosan to gain antibacterial properties. Since odors come from bacteria, triclosan is included to combat them. However, triclosan is a pesticide classified by the FDA. It may kill both good and bad bacteria in the body. Triclosan may have carcinogenic or cancer-causing properties as well.



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