Did you know that most common deodorants and antiperspirants are considered health hazards? Most deodorants contain harmful synthetic chemical compounds that can harm our health over a lifetime of use. Especially concerning are the aluminum chlorhydrate, artificial fragrances, and petroleum products which have been shown to be health hazards. Therefore one of my key checklist items while attending Expo East was to find natural deodorants to research and try.
With thousands of exhibitors and over 29,000 health industry attendees the Natural Products Expo East 2018 in Baltimore was a great source of information. It showcased the latest ideas in the natural products industry and offered opportunities to access many experts. Posting my Top Ten Trends at Expo East on a previous blog post, identified body care as one of the hot categories with hundreds of products to check out. Obviously, many people are doing research and reading ingredients so companies are embracing the current health trends of people wanting all natural body care products. I spoke with several representatives at Expo East about natural deodorants. Some of my favorite deodorant products are Humble, Sam’s Natural and Brittanie’s Thyme. Since Expo East, I have used them for several weeks now and am extremely satisfied. There are other natural deodorants like Jason and Native available but I have not had a chance to try them yet.
At #expoeast the spotlight is on natural products but you must still read the labels to determine just how healthy, natural and organic the ingredients really are. Not all products that say they are natural are non-GMO and organic so buyers must beware. Some marketers, suppliers, and vendors promoting the health benefits of their products seem to have lower standards than others. It is up to each of us to make informed decisions and be vigilant about what we buy for our families.
Deodorant: A Hazard or Healthy?
First, we will focus on the obvious reasons many people use deodorants. Sweat is a natural body function typically triggered by heat as a cooling mechanism. Being nervous can also trigger perspiration. Unfortunately, perspiration under the arms combined with bacteria can create body odor. The benefits of deodorants can include being antibacterial, antiperspirant, anti-stain and helping to prevent body odors. Some deodorants can be made with a natural product while others are full of synthetic chemical compounds. Natural ingredients in deodorants may include activated charcoal, arrowroot, baking soda, beeswax, coconut oil, cornstarch, essential oils, jojoba oil, salts, and shea butter. These sound more like ingredients on a recipe than a list of harmful ingredients.
Many antiperspirants and deodorants often contain synthetic chemical compounds that may include: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG–14 Butyl Ether, Fragrances and Perfumes, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Gelatin Cross-polymer, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Maltodextrin, and other petroleum products. Being synthetic chemicals most of these ingredients can be harmful irritants and toxic to our body. Independent information on the internet can help educate people to know what ingredients are in the many deodorants sold and better alternatives.
As you do your research on deodorant ingredients and read the information on the Internet you will learn that the majority of deodorants contain harmful chemicals compounds that can harm our beauty and health. It seems obvious that the companies selling deodorants have little concern for the long-term consequences of their chemical products. Remember…read the labels to choose your products wisely.
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