via Women’s Voices for The Earth:
What’s so bad about antiperspirants?
Antiperspirants are designed to prevent sweating by blocking our pores, keeping toxins in. Conventional antiperspirants contain an aluminum compound as their active ingredient, and some studies have shown a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as breast cancer. Although this research is not conclusive, it does suggest a possible link to health problems—so why take the chance? Aluminum can accumulate over time in your body if you apply it regularly to your skin (and remember it is not released through your body via sweat). Imagine how many pounds of aluminum stay in the body after using antiperspirant for years! But aluminum isn’t the only scary chemical found in antiperspirants. They often contain these toxics as well:
Parabens: Parabens can be found in every day cosmetic products and personal care products. Parabens have been linked to disturbing the body’s hormonal balance and to mimic estrogen, as estrogen is said to play a part in breast cancer formation.
Silica: Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.
Triclosan: The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide, while the IARC has it listed as a possible carcinogen.
Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.
Why are natural deodorants a safer option?
Sweat is a healthy way for the body to clean itself, and natural deodorants do not prevent sweating. Deodorants work to kill the odor causing bacteria that live on the surface of the skin and they also help to absorb sweat. Luckily, there are a plethora of non-toxic skincare products on the market today. Most of them are made with plant-based ingredients and essential oils (which smell great and are naturally anti-bacterial helping to eliminate stink).