Don't sweat it, our Deodorants are all Natural!
Over the years, there have been numerous reports about the safety of deodorants and roll-ons, especially when it comes to aluminium that is present in most traditional deodorants. So let's look at the facts that we have gathered in regard to this issue.
The most concerning element for most people has been around what risk aluminium poses. Aluminium is included in anti-perspirant products as it is a metal that has the ability to block our sweat ducts, and therefore, prevent sweating. Having read a number of articles, it seems as though aluminium has been accused of causing not only breast cancer, but some people have also reported a link to Alzheimer's. The studies that have been done are inconclusive, meaning that it is not clear whether aluminium does in fact pose health issues. However, you probably don't want to expose yourself to any potential risk.
Parabens are another common ingredient in deodorants. Parabens are used to preserve products. When we use products that contain parabens, they are absorbed by our skins. In turn, they are thought to disrupt hormones which could ultimately lead to cancer over a long period of time. Again, the evidence regarding this issue is unclear.
Triclosan is an ingredient you may not have heard of, but if you scour the ingredients on many skin care products, you are likely to find it. It is an antibacterial chemical that is used to kill bacteria on the skin. When used, traces can be found in most people's urine and the main issue with it is that it disrupts hormones and gene function. It has also been detected in aquatic life, in which it is known to cause thyroid dysfunction. The FDA has banned triclosan from being used in soaps, as it has not been proven safe.
Phthalates are a type of petroleum based chemical that are in our everyday products, including deodorant. They are used to make products more flexible and to make fragrances stick. They can disrupt the endocrine system, especially in men. Studies have also linked them to a higher rate of asthma, cancer, autism and many other health issues. Unfortunately, it will be almost impossible to avoid them, as they are just about everywhere, even in our food. Nonetheless, we can make a conscious decision to remove them from our life where possible.
Every scented product, including deodorants, contain a vast number of unknown chemicals to produce a fragrance that will be pleasant to the user. While it may smell great, those chemicals are not good for us and many people tend to have allergic reactions to fragrances in products. Therefore, it is best to use products that contain fragrances from natural sources.
Butane and Isobutane are gasses used as propellants in aerosol deodorants. They have been prohibited in the European Union and restricted in Canada, as the inhalation of this gas can be toxic. Make sure it's not in your deodorant.
In essence, the risk of using that conventional deodorant or roll-on may not be worth it in the long-run. With so many natural alternatives, you may be better off and I would recommend at least giving them a try. Have a look at our natural collection of roll-ons, they may surprise you.