We all use a deodorant every day, but have you ever stopped to think what's hiding inside?
Lots of people are making the switch to natural deodorants amidst concerns around certain ingredients such as parabens, phlalates, and artificial fragrances, as well as concerns around aluminium salts that block the sweat glands. So without further ado, here are 3 reason you should ditch the stick (or spray) and make the switch to natural.
1. Aluminium has been linked to health issues.
Aluminium salts contained in antiperspirants are made up of extremely small molecules that can potentially be absorbed through the skin into your body. This aluminium can then accumulate in the body and potentially cause harm.
Aluminium accumulation in the body has unfortunately been linked to breast cancer, liver toxicity and Alzheimer’s disease. Whilst evidence is not entirely conclusive, many health experts agree that this ingredient is best avoided, and safe alternatives used.
2. Phthalates, Parabens, Triclosan and more.
Phthalates are contain in the majority of commercial deodorants, and have conclusively been shown to be endocrine disruptors (which means that they mess with our hormones). These days we all know about the impotence of avoiding BPA (a phthalate), but there are a whole host of other similar chemicals hiding in our everyday products which should also be avoided
Parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body's hormone system and Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. A 2004 British study detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied.
Triclosan is another chemical best avoided (it has actually been banned as an antibacterial agent in hand soaps and hand sanitisers in Australia). One study on mice found that Triclosan impaired muscle function. The authors noted that the findings provided strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.
3. Sweating is good for you!
Sweating (literally!) releases toxins from the body, and many have raised concerns over the health of antiperspirants which block sweat glands and stop this process.
Rest assured, you won't end up a sweaty mess without antiperspirant, whilst natural deodorants don't block your sweat glands they still contain moisture absorbing ingredients to keep you dry (our contains tapioca starch, magnesium hydroxide and diatomaceous earth - all good for absorbing moisture!).
What's the best kind of natural deodorant?
A good deodorant need to contain ingredients that will kill bacteria and / or neutralise odour, and ingredients that will absorb moisture. Other useful qualities are ingredients that moisturise the skin and of course something that smells nice!
Some examples of common ingredients use in natural deodorants are:
- Bacteria / Odour - Baking / Bicarb Soda, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Hydroxide.
- Absorb Moisture - Arrowroot, Cornstarch, Tapioca Starch, Diatomaceous Earth.
- Moisturise Skin - Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil.
- Smell nice! - Varying essential oils.
Unfortunately whilst there are many effective natural deodorants on the market, most of them contain baking soda, which causes adverse reactions (itching, rashes, redness) in a large portion of the population. This is not dangerous, but it's certainly unpleasant!
Good and Clean's (best) deodorant (ever)!
For all the reasons above, we've been working hard to create the best natural deodorant ever! We've chosen the most effective ingredients, and combined them with fresh essential oils to make it smell great!
Not only is it 100% natural and packaged in eco-friendly packaging - it WORKS!
As always, 10% of sales are donated to your choice of environmental conservation project.