Choosing a deodorant

by Chris.

in Health

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Most people wear deodorant everyday. Daily use of anything should involve some research into what it is that you are applying to your body.  Here’s a look at modern deodorant options.

Aluminum is a neurotoxin

The 1988 incident of a truck accident dumping 20 tons of aluminum sulfate in Camelford, England, is often cited as evidence of the dangers of aluminum.  Now, 20 years later, the town has more instances of brain disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease than their neighbors.

Aluminum in antiperspirants and deodorants

Antiperspirants work by plugging your sweat glands so sweat produced by the body is not discharged through the skin.  Sweating enables our body to detoxify itself and cool itself off–it is a completely normal and necessary bodily function.  On top of this is the fact that all major antiperspirants on the market contain aluminum.

Deodorants on the other hand don’t always have aluminum in them (always check the label–see below for what to look for in labels).  Deodorants work by killing or stunting growth of the bacteria that cause odor.

Reading the label

With brands changing recipes for deodorants it’s hard to keep an up-to-date list of which ones should be avoided.  As a result it’s important to always read the label.  Aluminum might appear by itself or within a compound like aluminum sulfate.

Then there are crystal deoderants that use alum, a compound of aluminum.  They claim the molecules in alum are too large for our skin to absorb, but with little available research results available this might be a concern for some.

Another concern is parabens.  This class of chemicals has been linked to breast cancer and is found in many deodorants.  Check the label!

Homemade deodorant

With the questions lurking about what’s in deodorants some are choosing to simply stay away from them.  Many people can actually go without deodorant, only washing with soap and water in the morning and after excessive sweating like exercising or walking.  We’ve spent so much time trying to cover the odor up that we don’t realize that sometimes there just isn’t that much odor there.

However everyone’s body is different and that isn’t always an option.  A second alternative is to make your own deodorant.  A pinch of baking soda (clean baking soda–read the label and make sure there aren’t any added preservatives) mixed with a little water and rubbed onto the underarm is a very popular choice.  The soda should be completely dissolved with the final consistency of liquid being a little slippery.  A very small amount of essential oil mixed in can also provide a fresh scent.

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2 Responses to “Choosing a deodorant”

  1. This is a good, informative article. If you have odor problems, there are natural deodorants out there that are long-lasting and effective. I’ve used a bunch of them, but I’m most loyal to Lavilin. I think it’s better than the other natural deodorants out there and it’s reasonably priced. You can easily find it on Amazon.

  2. Hey Chris,

    Do you ever use Lavilin? http://www.lavilin.com

    I’m looking for a good all-natural product and I’ve been told by many people that Lavilin is an excellent choice. I’ve also come across good reviews online, so I think it’s worth a shot. What do you think?

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