What The Heck Is In My "Natural" Deodorant? | Toxic Deodorant Ingredients

What the heck is anti-freeze doing in my 
"Natural" Deodorant?

Many people are trying to reduce their exposure to toxic and synthetic ingredients. One of the first things people switch when transitioning to natural products is their deodorant - and rightly so, applying and re-applying deodorant to such a sensitive area allows the chemicals absorb and accumulate into the body.

Reaching for a natural deodorant in the grocery store isle may seem like the easiest way to switch to a safer alternative, but wait! Did you read the ingredients? Do you know the toxicity of the ingredients?

Just because a personal care product states "Natural" or "Organic" on the label does not mean that it don't contain anything toxic. Green-washing consumer products is a mainstream marketing practice.

A product may contain some natural and organic ingredients but this does not mean it is synthetic-free and safe. You could be just wasting your money.

Two of the most common grocery store brands of "Natural" deodorant contain one big toxic ingredient and it's the first ingredient!

Tom's of Maine Natural Original Deodorant Stick Unscented

Ingredients: Propylene glycol, water, sodium stearate, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glyceryl laurate, Humulus lupulus (hops) [Co2] extract, organic Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ascorbic acid, organic Cymbopogon flexuosus oil.

Jason Natural Deodorant Stick Fragrance Free

Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Aloe Vera leaf gel, calcium starch Octenylsuccianate, sodium stearate, silica, Ethylexyglycerin, Soyethyl Morpholinium Ethosulfate, Cetearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, natural Vit. E, Green Tea Leaf extract, Clary Sage Extract Rosehips Extract, Zinc Ricinoleate, Allantoin, Bisabolol.

Without getting into the details of the other synthetic ingredients often listed as "derived from something natural" in these popular natural deodorants, just reading the first ingredient in each of them should have you putting your cash back in your pocket and looking for something else.

Both of these "natural" deodorants are in a base of propylene glycol, a synthetic ingredient also used in anti-freeze and as an airport de-icing fluid!

Propylene glycol is a suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin! It also functions as a penetration enhancer, it can be more harmful when paired with other chemical additives bringing them deeper into your body and bloodstream and breaking down cells when applied topically. Even low concentrations as low as 2 percent can provoke skin irritation in some people. Propylene glycol penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against contact to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. - That's the pits!

Why the heck do they even bother to waste organic and natural ingredients drowning them inside a chemical base?  Who knows?

So what the heck should you buy?

First of all, be sure to always read the ingredients. If you don't understand what the heck they are, then don't buy it. It's that simple.

There are safe deodorants you can buy and you can even make your own from simple organic ingredients.

Here are my recommendations for the safest deodorants you can buy
 (take a look at the ingredients for yourself!)

Bubble & Bee Pit Putty

Ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic lemon essential oil, organic clove essential oil. That's it... No "Bad" Stuff!
Certification: 100% USDA Certified Organic by UDAF

Other great options are an aluminum-free crystal deodorant or organic coconut oil massaged into the underarms will kill the bacteria which causes sweat to smell.

Stay tuned for how you can 
make your own simple deodorants!


  1. I agree that propylene glycol has no place in natural deodorant, but saying there is anti freeze in it is blatant misinformation.

  2. Blatant misinformation? Propylene glycol is indeed used in place of ethylene glyocol in commercial applications as an anti-freeze.

  3. indeed, propylene glycol is sprayed on the wings of jet airliners before takeoff in winter conditions as a de-icer. That's a fact, and it's not known to be environmentally friendly, although in small releases probably not the end of the world. Its the accumulations you have to worry about, which when applied as an underarm deodorant will eventually build up in your glands for sure. Having said that, propylene glycol is also a "food grade" additive. I know because I once read the ingredients of one of those disgusting Vodka Mudshakes you can get in the liquor store, and there it was listed as an ingredient. I wouldn't put it under my arms or ingest it if I could help it though. I'm surprised those brands use it as an ingredient. I stopped wearing deodorant altogether about ten years ago because I heard you would absorb all those potentially toxic substances by applying it - and you know what? I'm not smelly nor do I sweat. I think the constant application of these products blocks your pores and causes your body to sweat more to flush it out and causes more of that smell anyway. When I stopped using it, BO went away. Maybe I'm a special case, but I feel that's true. But if you do use these products I think the advice in this article is really good, you want an all natural product so you don't absorb toxic substances every day over your lifetime. It certainly helps to be able to filter out the greenwashing by those product brands listed. I've used the Herbal Choice Mari brand mentioned (for shaving cream) and I'm extremely pleased with that brand for being good quality and all natural.

  4. Our food and personal care products have some pretty nasty stuff in them these days, that's why it's so important if people want to reduce their exposures to toxins that they read the ingredients in everything especially food and products that will come in direct contact with the skin.

    I agree Cretos, I also rarely wear deodorant, I posted this for several readers who asked what is the safest deodorant and if these two specific brands were "organic".

    I also found that while I sweat like crazy, it has much less of an odor since I gave up using and eating products with toxins. Deodorant very likely blocks pores which can block your body from properly detoxifying and often just "mask" your odor rather than kill the bacteria.

    Regardless of all that, the majority of people do not want to give up their products all together, so choosing the safest brands and reading ingredients is very important.

    I must try the Mari shaving cream for my husband, he currently uses Dr. Bronners castile soap. :)

  5. propylene glycol is main ingredient of almost all cosmetic products ,and its toxic ,so one should use natural home made deodorant


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