What The Heck Is In My "Natural" Deodorant? | Toxic Deodorant Ingredients
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.
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!
make your own simple deodorants!