Natural Deodorants Vs. Non-Natural Deodorants
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, as it still blows me away how many people are using mainstream antiperspirants and deodorants, despite the health concerns aroused by them becoming increasingly documented in the mainstream press. The difference between an antiperspirant and deodorant is that an antiperspirant stops you from sweating and a deodorant deodorises your smell and also works to kill bacteria living in your armpits (common sense when you think about the names antiperspirant = against perspiration and deodorant = deodorise)
Ingredients in Non-Natural Deodorants
The main active ingredient of antiperspirants is Aluminium. Aluminium compounds close the pores in the underarms, stopping them from sweating and thus preventing wetness. There are several reasons why we shouldn’t use antiperspirants. Firstly, it’s not very healthy to not sweat, as this is one mechanism your body uses to get rid of waste from the body. Secondly, aluminium compounds such as aluminium chloride can cause an array of health problems in the body such as Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, kidney problems, dermatitis, bone deformities and seizures. Finally, it is also a known water pollutant, if we use products with aluminium in they can enter the water cycle, damaging wildlife.
Non-natural deodorants also contain some undesirable ingredients, such as parabens and propylene glycol. Parabens in deodorants are another chemical that have been linked to breast cancer. The presence of this in deodorants is concerning firstly because deodorant is applied so close to the breasts and secondly because parabens are what is known as an estrogenic compound. This means that it mimics estrogen and has the ability to send the same messages in the body as estrogen. One of estrogen’s roles in the body is to promote the growth of breast tissue, so an excess might lead to cancerous overgrowth. There are also several other estrogenic compounds used in non-natural deodorants. Propylene Glycol is a neurotoxin that has been known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney and liver damage. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for propylene glycol by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety warns workers to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical –
“May cause eye irritation, skin irritation. Chronic exposure can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.”
But yet, ladies and gentlemen, this chemical is in our deodorants and used by millions (if not billions) of people every day!
Everyone has a different sweatiness, some people sweat buckets, others mere beads of perspiration. How your sweat smells is largely down to what you have put in your body that it has to excrete through its various channels. So if you eat lots of junk food, overdo it on the alcohol or smoke then your sweat will almost undoubtedly be fustier than if you ate and drank healthily. That said, bacteria do live under our armpits (as well as all over us!) and they do contribute to our smelliness too. To help prevent bacterial odour, I urge you to bin your mainstream antiperspirant or deodorant and opt for a natural option.
JASON Nourishing Apricot Natural Deodorant
I’ve reviewed the Madara Eco Deodorant here but today I am going to tell you about JASON’s Nourishing Apricot Deodorant, which I have been trying out recently. Like the Apricot Scrubble, it has a scrumptious Apricot scent and contains Apricot Kernel Oil which, along with Vitamin E, helps to nourish and moisturise the skin for softer smoother underarms. The active ingredients in terms of odour prevention are Zinc Ricinoleate, Corn Starch and Baking Soda which all work to neutralise any odour, and Grapefruit Seed Extract which has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties to help fight against the odour-causing bacteria themselves.
The deodorant itself goes on quite thickly (so don’t press it too hard against your armpit!) and takes a short while to dry, but I have found it effective, and so should I have done as it’s been clinically proven to provide all-day odour protection!