Did you know there are several toxins lurking in your favorite deodorant? Find out what it is and why you need to avoid it. Plus, tips on what to use instead.
Did you know that every day you’re exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals? There are over 10,000 chemical ingredients, some of them known or suspected carcinogens, in soaps, shampoos, lotions, make-up and beauty products, and other personal care products.
One of the most harmful chemicals that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant. When you think about it, it makes sense. Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires.
On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies.
How Does Deodorant Work?
Deodorant works by killing the bacteria on your skin. This way when you sweat, there isn’t enough bacteria sitting on your skin to create an odour. Your armpits and pubic area have thousands of hairs. These hairs hold on to bacteria and sweat, which is why, when it comes to body odour, these are the most problematic areas of your body. Not with No Pong
Toxins Lurking in Your Deodorant
Just look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant…
- Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that clogs your pores and prevents sweating.
Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes
with your oestrogen levels. When your body can’t process oestrogen properly, there’s a higher risk
for breast and prostrate 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 as oestrogen 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.
- Propylene Glycol
If used everyday, 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 that can seep into your skin and affect
your liver and kidneys. They’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been
banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
- Artificial Colour
Some artificial colors and bleaches in deodorants can cause serious allergic reactions and are also
Our Favourite Toxin Free Deodorant -No Pong
No Pong contains none of the above
No Pong is a little different to most conventional deodorants, but it’s just as easy to apply.
- It’s more like a lotion or a cream – just apply a pea sized amount to each armpit.
- All natural ingredients that are extremely effective at reducing smelly armpit bacteria
- Ingredients designed to last all day and absorb sweat while allowing your skin to breathe.
- Doesn’t use aluminium salts which block pores, as traditional antiperspirant products are designed to do.
- Subtle, light and refreshing botanical fragrances, which work perfectly well on their own, or in combination with other fragrances.
- Remains with you to keep you smelling fresh and feeling confident all day.