Non-Toxic Living: Deodorant Edition

Hi everyone & happy Thursday!
You guys know that I love finding healthier alternatives to our every day products. I’m always interested in finding ways to reduce my body burden (the amount of toxic chemicals stored within our body due to the constant exposure through food/every day use of products). This week we’re chatting about antiperspirants & deodorants.

Antiperspirants vs Deodorants 

Antiperspirants contain ingredients, typically aluminum based, to prevent you from sweating by clogging your sweat glands. Deodorants contain ingredients to specifically target the bacteria that causes odor. More often than not, these ingredients are put together.

Sooo what’s the problem?

A majority of antiperspirants/deodorants contain a minimum of 5 different toxic chemicals that over time, have shown to be harmful to our health.

Aluminum: A metal put into antiperspirants, this is the ingredient that clogs your glands & prevents them from producing sweat. Long term use of this metal has shown to be stored within the breast tissue & increase your risk of the formation of breast cancer cells (source).

Triclosan: The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria that forms when we sweat(source).

Parabens: This chemical is used as a preservative & have the ability to act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances within your body (source).

Propylene Glycol: Has been shown to cause damage to your central nervous system, heart & liver if exposed over time. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol (source).

So what should I use?

Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant
Most Affordable, easily acceptable & zero aluminum. This deodorant is labeled as a 4 for toxicity according to the EWG due to it’s added fragrance & propylene glycol.

Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant
Also labeled as a 4 according to the EWG, Kopari is a brand that uses more plant based ingredients. Their deodorant contains no aluminum, parabens, sulfates, BUT contains added fragrance & propylene glycol.

Native Deodorant
Labeled as a 1 according to the EWG, this deodorant is safe, effective & cruelty free! It uses plant based ingredients & plastic free packaging!

What happens when you switch to a cleaner deodorant 

If you’re someone that has used an aluminum based antiperspirant that has clogged your sweat glands for years, your body will most likely “purge” what’s been clogged when you switch over. This means that you might smell a little more than normal! This could last up to a month!

How I handled it:

I would take a baby wipe to my pits during my lunch break at work to make sure I was keep them clean & fresh (lol) then I would re apply my deodorant. Eventually your body will adjust & you won’t notice a thing!

I hope you enjoyed this post & learned something! If you make the decision to switch over your deodorant, comment below! I would love to hear your experience.


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