No to toxic deodorants.

Deodorants are a vital part of everyone’s daily grooming, & have become a big part of basic hygiene in society today. Despite that, hardly anyone stops to think about what the ingredients in their deodorant are & how they might affect our health.

Today’s deodorants promise 24 Hour odour removing & anti-perspirant qualities – but it’s now known that many of the chemicals used in normal deodorant are actually harmful to the body & are toxic – such as such as aluminium chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colours, and Talc.

It’s now also being understood that these chemicals can change the way the body functions & actually increase the amount (& smell) of our sweat.

Let’s take a look at each one in detail to understand why it might be bad for you:


Aluminium compounds are normally what is added to the deodorant to make it “anti-aspirant”. they block the pores of your skin to that sweat cannot get to the surface of the skin. But they can also be absorbed into the body, & several celebrities have come out boycotting it due to the link to causing breast cancer.

2. Parabens

These are a class of artificial preservative used in most cosmetics worldwide, but they have been recently banned in a lot of places because they disrupt our hormones & even increase the risk of hormonal cancers.

3. Polypropylene Glycol

This substance is added to stick & roll-on deodorants to prevent the product from drying out. Although it was originally used for industrial purposes, & even cautions against skin contact on its Material Saftey Data Sheet(MSDS), it has somehow crept its way into our cosmetic products. It’s a neurotoxin that is known to cause dermatitis, kidney damage & liver damage. Acute reactions to it include eye/skin irritation, nausea, headaches, vomiting.

4. Fragrance

There are a whole host of chemicals which fall under this category – which are not very well regulated. Phthalates are one class of these which has been linked to disruption of hormones in the body.

5. Triclosan

Triclosan is a major part of many anti-bacterial products used today but has been recently banned by the FDA due to its cons weighing out its pros. Although it is effective, it also is known to be a hormone disruptor & over time, they could even encourage anti-bacterial resistance to antibiotics, often making their users more prone to illness.

6. FD&C Colours

Synthetic colors added into several products to increase the appeal etc. Although not directly harmful to the body, some of them can cause allergies in some people & are derived from Coal Tar, which is a non-renewable source.

7. Talc

Talc is a soft mineral synonymous with personal care products, in fact even predating deodorants, in the form of talcum powder. Talcum powder has now been shown to cause cancer, with a landmark lawsuit which ended up with one woman being awarded $110 Million in damages for Talc causing her cancer.

This post was upcycled from the TreeWear India blog.

Let deodorants no longer be a die-odorants. Take a sustainable step now.

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