Your Deodorant – Is There Danger
by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
You just got out of the shower and reached for
your favorite deodorant. You like it because it smells nice and it
keeps your underarms dry and odor free. You've used it for a long time.
But did you ever read the ingredients on the label and wonder about the
safety of the almost unpronounceable chemicals listed in the too tiny
to read print?
If not, you're like most people. You don't expect
to find products on store shelves that contain harmful ingredients. But
beware. The ingredients in many deodorant products could endanger your
Certainly, you've heard in the news recently about
the possible association with deodorants and breast cancer. Maybe
you've even heard about the possibility that aluminum in deodorants may
contribute to Alzheimer's disease. And you may or may not know about
ingredients which act like estrogen and can upset your hormonal
Perhaps you've heard all these things and just
shrugged them off. After all how could companies sell these products if
they're not safe? The manufacturers certainly must test the ingredients
and the products before they put them on the market, right? Well, not
exactly! The law does not require manufacturers to test their products
for safety. In fact, except for colors and a few banned ingredients,
manufacturers can use any raw material they want as an ingredient in
your deodorant. Most of the ingredients used in deodorant and other
personal care products have not been fully tested. Many have never been
tested at all.
The industry, in an attempt to make it look like
it's acting in the interest of consumer safety, formed the Cosmetic
Ingredient Review in 1976 to evaluate the safety of ingredients used in
cosmetics and personal care products. However, in the 29 years up to
June 2005, they performed safety assessments on only about 10% of the
ingredients allowed in cosmetic and personal care products, including
deodorants, and never evaluated one third of the 50 most commonly used
But, you might add, the FDA wouldn't allow
companies to sell unsafe products to the public, right? Well, in
theory! While the FDA urges manufacturers to conduct the tests
necessary to substantiate the safety of their products, the law does
not require manufacturers to test their products for safety. The FDA
doesn't approve deodorants and antiperspirants or any other cosmetic or
skin care products before they reach the marketplace. The FDA can only
have a product removed from the market if they can prove it harmful in
a court of law.
So, what does this mean for you? Does it mean you
should stop using deodorant? What can you do to protect yourself? Well,
you have several options. You can discover the secret to reading
ingredient labels and ascertaining ingredient safety, making yourself a
master of choosing products without harmful ingredients. You can ask
someone who knows to recommend a safe deodorant or antiperspirant. Or
you can get adventuresome and learn how to make your own.
Now, it really isn't necessary to go to the time
and trouble of making your own, unless of course you want to. You can
find healthy deodorant products in stores or online if you know how to
read labels and determine ingredient safety. Once an almost impossible
task for the average person, but no more. Now you can easily master the
art of label reading and interpretation with the book, Dying To Look
Good. It gives you the keys to deciphering the safety of the
ingredients on the label of your deodorant and other personal care
products as well as providing names of healthy products and where you
can buy them.
To discover which ingredients to watch out for in
your deodorant and to find out my top recommendation for a healthy
deodorant, read Deodorant
— Top 7 Ingredients to Avoid.
© 2006 Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C.,
"The Ingredients Investigator" and author of Dying To Look
Good, providing information on how to protect yourself from
harmful ingredients in deodorant and other personal care products at DyingToLookGood.com.