PHOTO CREDIT: JOSEPH ŠLAICH
Deodorants have been long since been linked to a lot of health problems, and although the evidence isn’t conclusive, why put the harmful chemicals on your body, daily or weekly, when you can easily replace it with a natural and organic deodorant which will do your health a world of good? Here are the toxic ingredients, the organic replacements, and the best organic deodorants on that market:
Toxic ingredients in your deodorant:
Aluminium: this blocks sweat ducts to avoid odour. It interferes with oestrogen, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
Silica: has been linked to respiratory diseases
Phthalates: this has been linked to a myriad of health issues, including birth defects and disruption of hormone receptors. (It is also used in a lot of beauty products.)
Parabens: synthetic preservative that also disrupts your hormones. Also linked to breast cancer.
Triclosan: used to kill of bacteria, but not in a healthy way. The FDA warns that it has links to disrupting Thyroid hormones.
Propylene Glycol: is a neurotoxin related to kidney and liver damage. Also linked with a negative effect on the central nervous system, heart, liver.
Steareths: used to weaken harsh chemicals in products and to get them to amalgamate.
Tea: adjusts the skins pH level. It has already been banned in Europe as it is carcinogenic.
Organic (and safe) Ingredients/alternatives:
Arrow Root: There are so many benefits to arrowroot, that it’s hard to list them all. The most significant in terms of deodorants is that is balances pH. It also absorbs moisture.
Coconut Oil: Everyone has heard of this one! It’s so easy because you can literally create your own organic deodorant at home. Just apply it straight to your armpits!
Shea Butter: soothing, natural, and calming – adding shea butter to your deodorants is a great way to have smooth skin.
Baking Soda: When creating a natural deodorant / buying one, it’s important that it has baking soda in it.
Primally Pure is one of the best, cheap, organic deodorants without any harsh chemicals. However, below, I have listed a few other non-expensive, natural deodorant brands which will rock your world! (Yes, I did just say that.)