What harmful ingredients are hiding in your - Deodorant] The Conscious Spender

What's In Your - Deodorant

I have been using this brand of deodorant for a few years now. I moved to an aluminium free product over 20 years ago but struggled to find one that either didn’t irritate my skin or didn’t work and pong was still there.

Then I tried this one and loved it. I did try a scented one first off but found the unscented one worked best on my sensitive skin. I have found this product to work well even under strenuous exercise and at work where it can get very warm.

Why is using a deodorant without aluminium better than an anti-perspirant?

Some of the most common ingredients in your anti-perspirant include parabens, triclosan, phthalates, propylene glycol and aluminium. These are endocrine disruptors and can impact on your health.

Aluminium salts block your apocrine sweat glands from producing underarm sweat and therefore you do not have any smell issues, but your glands are not producing sweat. Aluminium free products are focused on blocking the odour and reducing bacteria, hence reducing smell. But they still allow the sweat glands to function.

The sweat glands contain natural anti-bacterial ingredients that can kill off the smell causing bacteria that lives in your armpits. So, when you stop using an aluminium based product you are effectively detoxing your arm pits.

It can take a while for aluminium to be excreted from the body and this happens via sweat, urine, skin, and all channels of elimination. But why is aluminium an issue?

Aluminium is toxic to your nervous system and can impact on brain function. When you have high levels of aluminium you may experience issues with:

  • Insomnia or sleep difficulties
  • Nervousness
  • Emotional instability
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Impaired intellect
  • Aching muscles,
  • Anaemia
  • Digestive issues
  • Liver and Kidney issues.

Aluminium can also stop the body from digesting calcium, phosphorus and fluoride which can then impact on bone density and growth.

There are also several conditions that can be related to high levels of aluminium and these include:

  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PANDAS or PANs
  • Stuttering

Whilst we cannot always totally eliminate heavy metals, we can reduce our exposure to them. Aluminium is found in many different areas of our personal care and in our food supply. So, removing it from your underarms on a daily basis is a good start.

Check out our range in the store, we have a few options including Three Mamas, Woohoo, and Dindi Naturals.




 This article was written by Jan Caton, BHSc-Nat, Owner and Naturopath at Magnolia Apothecary and The Conscious Spender.





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