Because it is something the vast majority of us use everyday, it is hard to think of it as harmful or toxic. After all, if it’s something we all use it can’t be that bad, right? There is a lot conflicting information out there about the safety of deodorants, and we’re here today to break it down and tell you what you need to know.
Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptians were the first to apply scented products on their skin and use natural deodorants.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the difference between different types of deodorant.
Deodorant contains chemicals such as triclosan that kills the bacteria when you sweat and thus prevents odors from forming.
Antiperspirants are designed to reduce our body’s ability to sweat by using aluminium to block our sweat pores.
We might not like to admit it, but sweating is actually a natural detox process that expels harmful toxins from our bodies, so we should most definitely be thankful for it. This is why it makes more sense to use a deodorant rather than an antiperspirant; that way our bodies will be able to expel odors without leaving toxins to accumulate within the body.
Since our skin is actually our largest organ, we need to pay close attention to what we put on it as chemicals can very easily get absorbed into our bodies. In fact, up to 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed and deposited into our system. Aluminium and other heavy metals can interfere with out body’s estrogen receptors and cause hormonal disturbances. For women especially, the glands in your armpits and the glands in the breast are closely linked, and anything that gets put in the armpit can be absorbed into breast tissues. That being said, the cases of harmful effects of aluminium have only been reported in aluminium that is ingested through our food rather than aluminium on our skin. There is not enough evidence available to determine whether antiperspirants have the same effect.
Our verdict? Deodorants often get demonized, but there’s actually no scientific backing behind claims that they cause Alzheimer’s or breast cancer. They are both extremely complex diseases and their causes have not yet been determined. That being said, by using deodorant daily you are exposing your body to direct contact with strong chemicals daily, which is worrying in itself. If you prefer to go the more natural route and avoid speculations altogether, there are some great natural alternatives out there.
You can buy natural deodorant here. Better yet, you can make your own:
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup baking soda
1 tsp any essential oil (lavender, peppermint, jasmine, or citrus oil)
- Mix in essential oil with melted coconut oil.
- Add in cornstarch and baking soda, and mix until smooth.
- Store the complete deodorant in a jar or in an empty, clean deodorant tube for a mess-free application.
Have you tried using natural deodorant before? What are your thoughts?