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I am a big proponent for reducing the environmental toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Making baby steps is great, and usually the first step people take is to switch out their person care products. Deodorant is definitely a big one to change as it gets applied right onto our lymph nodes and there are so many known toxins in most conventional deodorants. Let’s go over the main things you need to avoid, and what our options are!
Toxins to Avoid in Deodorant
- Aluminum:Aluminum toxicity is most commonly related to Alzheimer’s disease, but it is also involved in ALS, Parkinson’s, kidney and liver dysfunction, dental cavities, anemia, and peptic ulcers. Aluminum can also be passed from the mother to their unborn baby in the womb.
- Parabens:One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. You may actually be seeing now that some products claim to be “paraben free!” on their labels. Parabens are easily absorbed into your skin and they are known to mimic estrogen! There is a strong link between parabens and breast cancer because of the effects it has on humans. (source)
- Propylene Glycol: This is part of a group called PEGs, which are known carcinogens. You’ll see propylene glycol in anti-freeze, to cake, to beauty products. Yes you read that right: an ingredient used in anti-freeze is also found in food!
- Triclosan: A common anti-bacterial used in many products, but it has been proven to not only be ineffective but unsafe. Triclosan can actually make some bacteria resistant to antibiotics. (source)
So What Deodorants can we switch to?
- I went on a wild goose chase for years to find the best deodorant. Nearly every deodorant that we tried either didn’t work well or it gave us a bad reaction, or we realized that it still had questionable ingredients. We use Poofy Organics now, and we’re never going back! Poofy has many scents to choose from, plus they have a sensitive DEO, as well as some powders or sprays!
- Some do fine with magnesium oil or even milk of magnesia. I don’t recommend this for those that are trying to limit magnesium due to adrenal exhaustion though.
- Make your own! Most recipes will involve baking soda, coconut oil, and some essential oils.
- The other major brand I’ve heard great things about is Primal Pit Paste, which you can find in most health food stores at this point.
- Take a look on the Skin Deep Guide on the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how your current deodorant ranks and find other options. They have about 60,000 total products listed!