Natural and organic is the way to go and lately, this lifestyle has grown in popularity.
If you’re eager to go natural, you’ve already started to clean up your diet, going cruelty free in the beauty department, you have also begun to think about what else you can make progress with. Maybe you started purchasing non-toxic cleaning products and you’ve also tried out some natural deodorants but you got pretty bummed about it. Swapping out personal care products can be the most intimidating!
If you walk into any organic market or high-end cosmetic store, you’ll find shelves stocked with alternative deodorants and antiperspirants. What’s the difference between those two?
Antiperspirants are designed to keep you from sweating and their two main ingredients – aluminum and zirconium are added to temporarily plug your sweat glands.
Deodorants mask and neutralize underarm odor, but they won’t prevent you from sweating.
Most antiperspirants also contain the following common ingredients: parabens that act as hormone disruptors, triclosan, which is a known pesticide, and artificial colors and bleaches that can irritate the skin.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking.
Now, here’s the question – did all the deodorants you’ve been using until now contain aluminum and did that effect your health in any way?
All the major research into aluminum antiperspirants since the early 2000s has suggested that they’re not a problem, according to Dr. Susan Massick, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
This study from 2004 shows that if you apply a lot of Old Spice leads to DNA damage. Some researchers suggested that the aluminum in the deodorant might be the culprit, and that aluminum-bearing deodorants might be causing breast cancer in women since underarm antiperspirants are applied near the breast. Several scientists have suggested a possible connection between their use and breast cancer.
Some studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly during shaving. Those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells.
After creating a statistic about the health issues of the people using aluminum antiperspirants, scientists thoroughly debunked the idea that women who use aluminum-based antiperspirants get breast cancer more often than those who don’t. This study published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology examined all the existing research into health issues surrounding aluminum and found no evidence that using this type of antiperspirant leads to breast cancer.
So for the chemical to cause cancer it has to actually enter the body in high doses. A small daily dab of aluminum to the armpit just doesn’t do that. To really purge aluminum from the body, you’d have to get rid of more than just antiperspirant.
People who are truly at risk for aluminum related cancers are for example, the industrial workers at smelters and other plants where’s a high concentration of aluminum-laces dust in the air.
Considering that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, the idea that antiperspirants might somehow contribute to the disease is a serious claim.
So if you have a chance to potentially reduce your risk of illness by changing up your deodorant, wouldn’t you?
Further concerns about antiperspirants and kidney diseases were raised many years ago. Dialysis patients were given a drug called aluminum hydroxide to help control their high phosphorus levels in their blood. Since their kidney weren’t functioning properly, their bodies couldn’t remove the aluminum fast enough and it started accumulating.
In reality, it’s almost impossible to absorb enough aluminum through the skin to harm the kidneys but the FDA requires antiperspirant labels to carry the following warning: Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.
Now, we both know that making the transition from conventional antiperspirants to natural deodorants can be a stinky process. We all want to avoid using toxic chemicals, but no one wants to give up smelling fresh and clean in the process. Luckily, you don’t have to!
We at Basic-Naturals prefer the natural way of deodorizing our bodies and have created this amazing product roll on deodorant which is free of aluminum, alcohol and artificial fragrance. This formula is designed for most skin types including sensitive skin. This quick drying formula will eliminate and protect against body odor even in the most intense workout.
Choosing the right organic deodorant product for you requires a little understanding.
Natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. As we were saying earlier, common antiperspirant ingredients (aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium) block your sweat glands from producing sweat. Natural deodorants work by killing bacteria and neutralizing odor so that your sweat doesn’t smell bad.
Natural deodorants also contain plant-based moisturizers. Ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and mineral-rich clay can actually improve the condition of your pits, leaving them smooth and less prone to irritation.
Keep in mind that some natural ingredients work better for some people than others. Baking soda is an amazing deodorizer but some people with sensitive skin find it a bit too harsh for their underarm skin and may want a baking-soda free variety.
People who sweat heavily may prefer an organic deodorant that contains more heavy duty sweat-absorbing powders – kaolin clay and/or cornstarch.
The bottom line is this: there is a natural deodorant that will work for you! Don’t throw in the towel if you’ve gone the natural route and haven’t been impressed yet. You may just need to try different formula’s until you find the right one for you.
The best way to choose a product is to stay informed. Read the labels on products and learn more about the ingredients used in the brands that you use. So don’t forget to check out our roll on deodorant. It might be just perfect for you!