Top 7 Ingredients
by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
The first thing you must do whenever you buy
deodorant or any product that goes on your skin or in your body is to
read the ingredients. They’re usually in very tiny print on
the back of the label. If you have trouble reading small print, carry a
magnifying glass around with you so you can read before you buy. This
is critical because what you put on your skin can be absorbed directly
into your bloodstream. And harmful ingredients in your blood can have
potentially deadly effects on your body.
Here are 7 ingredients to avoid when
choosing your deodorant:
Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum
zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds.
Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body. It
has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and
Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl
and butyl), are all derived from toluene, a toxic
petrochemical derivative. Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It
is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that
repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm. Since 2000,
13 research studies have shown that various types of parabens act like
estrogen in animals and in tissue culture. Estrogen is known to drive
the growth of cancerous cells.
Triclosan is a skin irritant
and may cause contact dermatitis. It may kill healthy bacteria as well
as harmful bacteria. It may contain carcinogenic contaminants. It is
stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.
Talc is classified as a
carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it
contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in
cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label,
there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform
Propylene glycol absorbs
quickly through the skin and is a penetration enhancers. It may cause
delayed allergic reactions. NIOSH says propylene glycol is a neurotoxin
and may cause kidney or liver damage. The EPA says it’s not
fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.
Silica is a skin irritant. It
may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.
Steareth-n (n may be any number
like say 100), may be vegetable derived but is reacted with ethylene
oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.
Instead choose deodorants with ingredients like
vegetable glycerin, natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and
lichen, herbs or herbal extracts, de-ionized water or distilled water,
green tea, aloe vera, baking soda and essential oils.
A word of caution: Plant
extracts listed on labels can already contain parabens and propylene
glycol. These do not have to be listed on the label. Very few herbs
supplied to manufacturers are free of parabens or other synthetic
preservatives unless they are extracted in vegetable glycerine. To make
sure that the products you buy are healthy and free of these harmful
chemicals, call the deodorant manufacturer and ask them for detailed
To receive 5 more important ingredients to avoid
in your deodorant and learn about a truly healthy, chemical-free
Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. is "The Ingredients
Investigator." She has been researching ingredient safety since 1991.
She is the author of three books, including the new, second edition of Dying To
Look Good. To learn more about the safety of ingredients in
your deodorant, visit DyingToLookGood.com.
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