Deodorant facts you didn’t want to know (1)

There is this famous anecdote involving Jennifer Lawrence (of ‘Hunger Games’ fame), her best friend Laura Simpson, and Brad Pitt, at the Oscars. When Simpson ventured backstage to meet Brad, she staggered, as an overpowering scent assaulted her senses…She asked Brad about the cologne he was wearing and he said he didn’t wear any, but just smelt good, naturally! Brad doesn’t need a ‘Pitt’ stop? That’s cool!


Nothing can be compared to the embarrassment of sweaty underarms, except perhaps the unpleasant odor that accompanies it! No wonder, every day begins with a generous spray of your favorite deodorant. The sweet fragrance gives you a heady feel of freshness and confidence. Deodorants are invariably ‘armed’ with antiperspirants. So, no more annoying sweat stains or  mortifying body odor. Aha, what a perfect way to start a day! Think again.

Deodorants are among the array of personal care products you use on a daily basis. Most of us choose a deodorant depending on how good it smells, or on how effective it is in masking bad odor. Even though you meticulously sniff through a range of deodorants and antiperspirants before buying one, you fail to smell anything fishy. This is because you haven’t looked at the list of its ingredients yet (if you ever look, that is). Most of the conventional deodorants have a list of toxic and dubious chemicals in them. Very often, there is not a whiff of truth when a deodorant is labeled, ‘Natural’. ( helps you identify and avoid such toxic ingredients in deodorants.) Take a look at the top toxins.


This is the primary ingredient in most antiperspirants. It is added to block the pores and prevent natural sweating. Aluminum is a heavy metal and it interferes with the estrogen receptors of the breast cells. Since estrogen promotes the growth of both cancerous and non-cancerous cells in the breast, using aluminum-based compounds in deodorants may be a risk factor in the development of breast and prostate cancer. Of course, no definite link has been established yet, but researchers continue to study this possibility. Read this: Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer

This chemical is an artificial preservative and is the most harmful of additives. You use them in a plethora of skin care products like lotion, sunscreen, and shaving products, and in many cosmetics like lipstick, concealer and foundation. All forms of this chemical end with the name, ‘Paraben’ and promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

Propylene Glycol
This is a drying agent or humectant found in deodorants. It is a neurotoxin that can cause skin and eye irritation, gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, or even kidney and liver damage. Beware! Even the ‘natural’ deodorants contain this chemical.

This is an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent used in manufacturing processes as an antimicrobial agent. It is an established endocrine disruptor and is suspected to be a carcinogen. Shockingly, triclosan is detectable in blood, human breast milk and urine samples. What this toxin is doing in a deodorant is anybody’s guess!


There are other chemicals you must watch out for. But the good news is that natural and safe deodorants are just a click away! Is that hard to believe? We promise you that the next part of this article will be an eye-opener. You just wait!

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