Is it just me, or does it seem like right now everyone’s talking about natural mineral deodorants? Whether it’s your friends, your favorite bloggers, your fitness instructor, or your most liked beauty columnists from your favorite beauty and health magazine, it seems like everyone’s giving them a try. If you aren’t already familiar with the world of natural mineral deodorants though, it can sure seem confusing!
There’s so many out there? Do they actually work? Do they smell good and most importantly will it prevent underarm odor from occurring when I sweat?
Here at The Complete Herbal Guide, we’ve always been big fans of natural deodorants and are proud to test them and let you know what we really think of them. This week I tried a mineral deodorant called Earthly Mineral Deodorant in citrus scent, but before I let you know what I think I want to discuss the difference between natural and regular deodorants for readers who are unaware of the differences and how regular deodorants can actually do more harm to the body than good.
What Toxins Are In Regular Deodorants?
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clog your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.
This chemical is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act like estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.
These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.
The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.
If used every day, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.
TEA and DEA
Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
Some artificial colors and bleaches in deodorants can cause serious allergic reactions and are also known carcinogens.
Almost every scented product has “fragrance” or “perfume” listed among its ingredients. And it’s impossible to know just what chemicals are concealed by those seemingly benign terms because scents are protected under trade law. “It could be phthalates, or it could be substances that cause allergies or skin irritation
Where Do The Toxins from The Regular Deodorants Go?
“When you eat something, it’s broken down by your liver and digestive system,” says Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University. “But when you put something on your skin, there are times when it can enter your bloodstream without being metabolized.”
She says rubbing something on your skin doesn’t mean all—or even any—of it will make its way into your bloodstream; it depends on the chemical. But blood tests show that many of the substances commonly included in deodorant products can, in fact, worm their way past the epidermis and into the body.
Research also shows that some compounds used in deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells, which are prevalent in the underarm area, says Philip Harvey, Ph.D., editor in chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors, which could react to some of those same deodorant ingredients, Harvey says.
For all these reasons, experts like Harvey and Patisaul are worried certain compounds in antiperspirant and deodorant could cause or contribute to developmental or reproductive issues, as well as cancer.
Why I Love Earthley Wellness Mineral Deodorant
Earthley Mineral deodorant is made of:
- Apricot Oil
- Mango Butter
- Candelilla Wax
- Magnesium Chloride Flake
- Arrowroot Powder
- Lemon and Orange Essential Oils
I love the fact that this deodorant is made of all natural ingredients and that it does not contain any toxic components that could have a harmful effect on my health in the long-run.
Does it work?
I put Earthley Wellness Mineral Deodorant to the test. In the morning I use the deodorant and then I went to the gym. I worked out for two hours. I ran the treadmill for an hour and a half and then worked out for the remanding 30 minutes.
The entire time I remained dry and I did not become stinky under my armpits at all. It also did not leave any white flakes on my clothes as other deodorants have left in the past. I was very pleased with this deodorant and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a safe alternative for underarm odor protection.
Also, from the 14th – the 18th of January the deodorants are actually 20% off with the code: deo20