What kinds of chemicals are in deodorant?



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    The big bad toxins in deodorant are aluminum cholorohydrate and triclosan. Aluminum is a skin irritant, as well as a neurotoxin which is linked to Alzhiemers disease AND breast cancer. Aluminum is more common in antiperspirant than just deodorant, so read the label.

    Triclosan is used all over the place as an antibacterial agent, in everything from toothpaste to pimple cream. Only in the last few years have we come to realize how toxic it really is. It is a chlorophenol, which is linked to cancer and…a million other horrible side effects (check out the article, there are just too many to list).

    You can buy natural deodorant…but I’ve had very bad luck finding one that works. Maybe someone can suggest some brands?

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    It depends on the kind of deodorant. Astringent compounds, such as zinc and aluminum, that are found in deodorants and antiperspirants can lead to skin irritation. Some deodorants and antiperspirants contain chemicals that are possible carcinogens or hormone disruptors. Deodorants and antiperspirants that contain antibacterials, diethanolamine (DEA), formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, fragrance, and parabens should be avoided.

    Here is more information regarding the chemicals that should be avoided when shopping for deodorant:

    National Geographic’s Green Buying Guide recommends Doctor Burt’s Herbal Deodorant, which contains an oil blend of sage, lemon, and lavender. Here is a link: http://www.evo.com/content/burts_bees/48084/herbal_deodorant

    It is also possible to make your own deodorant using baking soda and cornstarch. All you need to do is dab baking soda and cornstarch on while your skin is still damp.

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