Many people know that conventional deodorant is unhealthy but they continue to use it anyway. I totally get it, no one wants to stink, but is it worth the risk? Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it soaks up anything you put on it. The underarm area is especially concerning because of its proximity to lymph nodes and glands. There are many harsh ingredients used in conventional deodorant and antiperspirant and I always avoid all of them.
First, let’s talk about antiperspirant. There are no true non-toxic replacements for antiperspirant. Here’s why that’s not such a bad thing – your body sweats for a reason. Sweating is the body’s cooling system and using an antiperspirant to stop this from happening is going against what you body is made to do (doesn’t sound too natural).
The other reason why antiperspirant should be avoided is because of the harsh ingredients used to make your body stop sweating – more on this in a moment.
Conventional deodorant (without antiperspirant) still contains questionable ingredients. Deodorants work a bit differently, they kill off the bacteria on the skin that mixes with sweat to cause the stink in the first place. They also help to cover up leftover smells with synthetic fragrances. (FYI, synthetic fragrances are the number one thing that the Environmental Working Group says to avoid!)Continue Reading