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What’s in Your Deodorant?

By Fredrica Syren:

For most of us, deodorant is part of our daily routine. We can’t imagine life without it. It’s considered a lifesaver and a reassurance. I have gone from using regular store bought deodorants to natural kinds, but lately I learned about the hidden dangers of the active ingredients in modern day deodorant. Unfortunately, lots of deodorants on the market today contain potentially hazardous chemicals that can cause all kinds of health problems.

There have been numerous articles written about potential harmful ingredients in conventional deodorant. Here is a list of some in question:

  1. Aluminum — A primary ingredient, this metal is used to help block the sweat from the pores. Itdeodrant has been linked to both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and is a known hormone mimicker.
  2. Paraben — I have written about paraben before because it is an ingredient in many different body products. It’s a preservative that is added to prevent bacterial growth. Paraben easily penetrates the skin and is a well-known hormone disruptor for both men and women. Research has shown that paraben has been detected in human breast cancer tissues.
  3. Triclosan — This is another hormone mimicking ingredient found in many deodorants.
  4. Propylene — A petroleum-based substance, it has been linked to developmental abnormalities and is hormone mimicking as well.

The problem with all these ingredients is that we put them on our largest organ, the skin, where they are easily absorbed into our blood steam and internal organs, and may put our health at risk. When we wash off our deodorant, it goes down the drain and into our environment where it can pollute wildlife, soil and water. If you are like me, a person who sweats and has no interest in smelling bad but won’t put health at risk, there are options. First, you can buy a chemical-free deodorant. Here are some options:

I recently started making my own deodorant. I have to say that, at first, I was very skeptical. But to my surprise, I’m super happy with it. It does keep me dry and smelling good — without any plastic trash left behind. The recipe is from Wellness Mama, and I add a few drops of lavender oil to it for a nice smell.

Here is my youtube video of making your own deodorant.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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One comment

  1. I’m a guy and use Pachy deodorant that she mentioned in the article. I work out and run and I never stink. They seem to be an open and honest company too. I wouldn’t go with Toms cause some have propylene glycol.

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