Aluminum-Free Deodorant: Better Safe than Sorry

Ever since cosmetic manufacturers began developing products, they’ve offered antiperspirants and deodorants containing aluminum. Antiperspirants contain aluminum salts. True deodorants do not. Because the consuming public considers them to be the same product, companies have included some of these ingredients in both.

An antiperspirant works to block moisture — all moisture. Deodorants allow perspiration but seek to destroy the odor generated by sweat glands. They do this by killing the bacteria that causes the odor.

So What’s The Problem?

We all want to be “fresh as a daisy,” but we don’t all want to smell like tulips. Just about any odor or protection product you’re likely to purchase over the counter or from your door-to-door cosmetic saleslady may include chemicals that are not necessarily good for your health. If aluminum is included in such a product, it is likely to cause a reaction in the user. Sometimes it is merely an irritant. Other times, there is an allergic reaction. Either way, it’s not good for your skin. You want and need essential oils and natural fragrances. You don’t need the toxins. The toxicity of aluminum is well established.

But There’s Something Else

There is evidence that the aluminum affects the body, resulting in seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone formation disorders, and kidney problems.

The introduction of toxic metals to our bodies is not new, of course. One need only remember the scares about mercury in tuna, and the government’s assurance that certain chemicals are within tolerable limits for the human body. Ask anybody about arsenic in the drinking water, for instance. Some feel that fluoride in the drinking water is hazardous to the public, though that certainly is open to discussion.

What isn’t open to discussion is the observed and documented impact of aluminum in underarm deodorants and antiperspirants. Irritations may not be merely the normal excretion of moisture. They may well be the toxic interactions with your body. And when science ties it to a list of maladies, however brief, why take a chance?

What Should You Do?

If living at the South Pole isn’t an option, you might accept the fact that some folks will react to the aluminum in the cosmetics they use. An aluminum-free deodorant is one step toward safety. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


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