Toxic Ingredients In Deodorants

Toxic Ingredients In Deodorants

Deodorants and antiperspirants are personal care products designed to help control body odor and reduce underarm sweat. Many deodorants contain harmful chemicals that have raised health concerns. Here are some toxic ingredients found in deodorants and their associated health risks.

Toxic Ingredients In Deodorants

1. Aluminum compounds (aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium)

Aluminum salts are commonly used in antiperspirants to block the sweat ducts and prevent underarm perspiration. Some studies have suggested that long-term use of these products might be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and kidney damage.

2. Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben)

Parabens are preservatives commonly added to personal care products, including deodorants, to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Some studies have raised concerns about the potential endocrine-disrupting effects of parabens, which might interfere with hormonal balance and potentially contribute to breast cancer.

3. Phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP)

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as solvents and plasticizers in various industries, including personal care products. Some phthalates, such as DEHP and DBP, have been linked to hormonal disruption, reproductive toxicity, and developmental effects. However, the use of some phthalates, such as di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), has been banned in cosmetics due to their known health risks. Other phthalates, like dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), are still used in some personal care products.

4. Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent commonly added to various consumer products, including deodorants, toothpaste, and hand soap. It has been linked to endocrine disruption, developmental toxicity, and potential cancer risk. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified triclosan as a pesticide and is currently reviewing its safety for use in various consumer products, including deodorants.

5. Fragrance

“Fragrance” or “parfum” is a term used to describe the mixture of natural or synthetic ingredients that provides a scent in personal care products. Some fragrances can contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as phthalates, musks, and allergens, which might contribute to respiratory problems, skin irritation, or hormonal disruption. The specific ingredients in fragrance blends are often proprietary and not disclosed on product labels, making it challenging for consumers to avoid potential health risks.

To minimize potential health risks associated with toxic deodorant ingredients, consider using natural alternatives made with plant-based ingredients or essential oils for scent.

I make my deodorant (here’s the recipe), but if you’re looking for something pre-made, Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant is completely nontoxic and it works.

Look for products that are free of aluminum compounds, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, and synthetic fragrances. Always read labels carefully and perform a patch test before using any new product to ensure it is safe for your skin.

Natural Deodorant Recipe That Works – 3 Ingredients

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The information here is provided for informational purposes only. It is not presented with the intention of diagnosing or treating any disease or condition. It is in no way intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. (Read more)


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