Choosing deodorant can be tricky, especially when you’re looking for a safe deodorant. You hear that certain ingredients are deadly, and other ingredients are super good for you, and it’s just becoming impossible to remember which is which. Before you accidentally buy the wrong kind of deodorant, we wanted to put together a guide of ingredients to look for to buy safe deodorant.
The Good Things
If you’ve ever been sunburned, you’ve probably heard of aloe. It’s natural, it’s effective, it’s wonderful.
- Arrowroot Powder
This little miracle powder is a great moisture absorbing agent.
- Baking Soda
Probably the most effective safe ingredient in neutralizing odors and absorbing moisture. However, be aware that baking soda allergies are rare, but they happen.
- Coconut Oil
If there’s something coconut oil can’t do, when haven’t found it yet. Coconut oil moisturizes, soothes irritated skin, and is anti-microbial.
- Corn Starch
Absorbs moisture in a clean and natural way.
- Essential Oils
The safest method for adding natural fragrance to deodorant.
- Kaolin Clay
Another great moisture-absorbing agent.
- Witch Hazel
Helps shrink pores (instead of clogging them) to reduce sweating in your pits.
- Zinc Oxide
Anti-microbial ingredient that keeps your pits clean. Just make sure that it says “Non- Nano Zinc.”
Some Bad Things
Unfortunately parabens are an extremely common ingredient in most cosmetic products, including deodorant. It’s not proven that parabens cause breast cancer, but the fact they’re linked is enough to be concerned.
Clogs sweat ducts and temporarily stops sweat flow. Like parabens, aluminum gets absorbed by your skin and can mimic estrogen cells, which yes, can cause breast cancer.
Hamper your body’s natural ability to control odor and bacteria.
- Propylene Glycol
Another common ingredient with considerable health hazards. This chemical is considered a neurotoxin, which means it can cause kidney and liver damage.
A known carcinogen when it contains asbestiform fibers. Currently, talc is unregulated in cosmetic products, so it’s impossible to know if asbestiform fibers are included.
Typically found in car washes, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers, sulfates may give a squeaky-clean feel, but can also strip away your skin of natural oils.
Stick with these guidelines and you can deodorize stress free! We don’t mean to make you terrified of conventional deodorant, but for us, life’s better with unnecessary risks.