Natural Label Anti-perspirants and Deodorants – What’s the Harm?

Pit Concern?

There was lots of health media talk last week on the safety of anti-perspirants and deodorants and there affect on health. I want to address some concerns that I have about them.

First of all….  It is an absolute no brainer for you and your family to avoid all conventional aluminum-based antiperspirants and deodorants. The evidence is clear that they are absorbed and will contribute to aluminum in your body.

What About the Natural Labels?

“Crystal” deodorant stones are a popular natural deodorant alternative often used by health-conscious shoppers looking to avoid aluminum and other chemicals common in most antiperspirants and deodorants.  If you are looking to avoid aluminum though, they still may not be your best choice.

Aluminum in crystal deodorant stones is a different type of compound known as an alum, the most common form being potassium alum, also known as potassium aluminum sulfate.  Evidence shows that this aluminum is still absorbed into your body where it may cause serious damage.

Aluminum is a neuro-toxin that has clinically been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as linked to cancer.  Aluminum salts can mimic the hormone estrogen, and chemicals that imitate that hormone are known to increase breast cancer risk.

A study in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (Nov. 2011) points out that: “The human breast is exposed to aluminium from many sources including diet and personal care products, but dermal [skin] application of aluminium-based antiperspirant salts provides a local long-term source of exposure.” These researchers note that nipple aspirate fluids have been shown to contain aluminum at higher levels in breast cancer patients than from healthy control subjects “providing evidence of raised aluminium levels in the breast microenvironment when cancer is present.”

The aluminum is taken into sweat ducts in the top layer of your skin where they act as a plug, stopping the flow of sweat to your skin’s surface.

I must say that I have not applied anti-perspirant for years for the reason of aluminum content as well as the un-natural blockage of detoxification by sweat.

Your under arms contain the largest concentration of sweat glands compared to any other area of the body. This is primarily how your body rids itself of toxins. Underarm sweating serves a purpose in nature, to help eliminate excess salt, and to naturally cool the body off when it is overheated.

When you coat the underarms with silicones, aluminum, and other synthetics, you are preventing your body from utilizing these natural
processes – essentially blocking your body’s primary method of detoxification.

What Do We Use Then?

“Primal Pit Stick” is an extremely effective deodorant made from only three ingredients: Organic coconut oil, baking soda (aluminum free) and organic pure filtered beeswax.

Another alternative is the Aurasensory line.  I haven’t tried it, but the ingredients look good.

Have a deodorant you love and would like to share?  Drop me a line below!


Cat Dillon

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