//Why it’s Time to Swap for a Natural Deodorant

Why it’s Time to Swap for a Natural Deodorant

I’ve said it many times: we’re all surrounded and exposed to many toxic and harmful chemicals out there. But did you know that the product we use daily is one of the most dangerous out there? I’m talking about deodorants and antiperspirants and why we all should switch to natural deodorant.

The first thing we do when we step out of the shower is roll on our deodorants. But with that, we absorb seriously harmful, toxic and cancerous chemicals such as Aluminum, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates and Triclosan. What do these ingredients even do you may ask.

Let’s find out:

Aluminum

Found in most conventional deodorants, aluminum is a type of metal that is used in antiperspirants. It blocks the pores so that sweat doesn’t escape. It’s been linked to breast cancer for women, and also been linked to an increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, it’s the primary ingredient in most deodorants.

Parabens

Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are used in deodorants and many personal care products such as shampoos, soaps and lotions. One of the worse things about Parabens is that it’s easily absorbed through the skin, which means if you use it; it’s in your body. Parabens are also known for causing disruption of hormonal balance.

Propylene Glycol

A common ingredient found in antiperspirants, this chemical is petroleum based and is used to give cosmetics the texture needed. It can cause damage and harm to the central nervous system, liver and the heart.

Phthalates

Also used in many personal care products, Phthalates is easily found in conventional deodorants. It can be linked to a higher risk of birth defects, which suggests a link to hormone disruption.

Triclosan

Another common ingredient used to make commercial deodorant, and its function is to kill off the odour. But at what risk? It’s considered as a pesticide by the FDA but continues to be found in many of our personal care products.

Is there a Solution?

So what do we do? Do we stop using deodorants all together? Surely, after knowing about all the chemicals and toxins, we can’t go back to using commercial deodorants. Ever heard of natural deodorant? Made from natural ingredients that fight off odour, keep you feeling fresh and soft, without exposing you to chemicals. Doesn’t that sound better?

Toxic-Free & Natural Deodorant

Many people use natural ingredients to make their own toxic-free deodorants. One option is to use organic and raw coconut oil, mixed with baking soda and arrowroot powder to make a homemade and simple deodorant that works for many people. The issue with this recipe is when the weather gets hot and your deodorant melts – uh oh! Beeswax is used as an ingredient to hold everything together, and you can pour it into an old deodorant container, and once it cools, you can apply it as you would any deodorant.

But maybe you’re not into making your own deodorant, but still want a natural alternative. Perhaps you’re too busy to figure out which recipe will work for you. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a huge range of toxic-free, effective and natural deodorant that will keep you happy and fresh. Pick your scent without having to worry about dangerous ingredients.

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By | 2017-08-11T15:29:00+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Organic and Natural Living|Tags: , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Zahra Khosroshahi

Zahra is a Ph.D. student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), looking at the representation of women in contemporary Iranian cinema. When she’s not consumed by films, she likes to write about environmental and health issues. It all started with their family business www.LivingLifeNatural.com where her research turned into a lifelong passion and mission. Zahra believes that we all need to take better care of our shared and only home. To get to know her better, check out her Instagram @zahra_livinglifenatural.