Toxic: 7 ingredients you need to avoid in a deodorant

It’s a product we use on daily basis and yet one we should be most careful about. Deodorants can be quite bad for your skin and avoiding common toxins has never been more important, as we all strive to maintain good health and wellbeing.

You'll want to see your chemistry teacher again! Where is he to ask him what's wrong with deodorant?

The best thing is to read the labels and find a deodorant that works and is as natural as possible. Luckily there’s now plenty of options.

To make it easier for you, we've selected some ingredients that can be harmful to your skin.

If in doubt, check EWG website. They have listed thousand of ingredients and products according to their levels of toxicity

1. 1. Fragrances

Fragrances in deodorants can have multiple dozens of undisclosed ingredients. And if you don’t know what’s in it, it’s better to avoid it.

Fragrances may contain tetrasodium EDTA, made from sodium cyanide (a toxic salt), and formaldehyde (a carcinogen). More worryingly, fragrances can have multiple dozens of undisclosed ingredients. And if you don’t know what’s in it, it’s better to avoid it.

2. 2. Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol in deodorants breaks down the natural protection of the skin

It allows penetration of the skin. It does so by breaking down the natural protection of the skin and being able to enter the bloodstream with other substances that accompany it.

3. 3. Synthetic dyes

Synthetic dyes can be skin irritants and hormone disruptors

Synthetic dyes such as FD & C Yellow and D & C Green are made from coal tar and can be skin irritants and hormone disruptors.

4. 4. Diazolidinyl Urea

Diazolidinyl Urea in deodorants can cause skin irritation and allergy

Diazolidinyl Urea is a common ingredient to prevent bacteria, but it is also known to cause skin irritation, especially in those with sensitive skin.

5. 5. Parabens

Parabens in deodorants an irritate the skin and cause allergies

Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, iso) can irritate the skin and cause allergies and have been shown to be a hormone disruptor in several studies.

6. 6. Octoxynol and Nonoxynol

Hormone disruptors in deodorants must be avoided at all costs if you are pregnant or have a young child.

Octoxynol and Nonoxynol are hormone disruptors that should be avoided at all costs if you are pregnant or have a young child.

7. 7. Triclosan

Triclosan in deodorants must avoided, as studies have shown that it can cause liver damage and is a hormone disruptor.

One of the most well-known ingredients to avoid, as studies have shown that it can cause liver damage and is a hormone disruptor.

Tina Reese

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