10 Toxic Skincare & Deodorant Ingredients to Avoid

If you thought the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally appalled, if not more, on its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.

There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of which are being absorbed into your body. These companies have cart blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without government review or approval.

This industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.

Many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and are carcinogenic. I can’t go through all of these harmful chemicals, but here are 10 you should highly avoid.

Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Synthetic colors. If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.

Fragrance. This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But as the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.

Phthalates. A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.

Triclosan. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.

Toluene. A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.

Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

Sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. Be sure to: eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of filtered water and look for products that are certified organic if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals.

Educate yourself and do your research before you buy. Think of something you absolutely love, and the time and energy you apply to it. Use the same, when it comes to your health. You have one life to live and one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.


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Is Bacteria Good For your Skin?

First, what are probiotics?

-"Probiotics" means “for life.” Probiotics, aka “good bacteria,” are living organisms naturally found in our bodies.

-Our bodies contain 300 to 500 different strains of bacteria that make up 95 percent of the total cells in our body.

-Over 90 percent of all good bacteria in your body live in your small intestine, large intestine, and colon.

-Seventy percent of the body’s immune system is connected to the digestive tract, which means a properly functioning digestive system is essential to maintaining overall health.

What does this have to do with my skin?

Our skin is also colonized by a diverse group of living microorganisms commonly referred to as biofilm. Many of them are bacteria, most of which are harmless or even beneficial to us, playing a vital role in the skin's barrier function. Just as with the gut, the health of your skin is directly linked with the balance of these good and bad bacteria. Any disruptions in the balance of these organisms can result in skin disorders or infection.

How does it work?

Probiotics applied topically form a protective shield on your skin, which actually helps stop your cells from “seeing” or reacting to bad bacteria and developing inflammation, which can age your skin and aggravate acne or rosacea. This is known as “bacterial interference,” as probiotics protect the skin and interfere with the ability of bad bugs (or bacteria and parasites) to provoke an immune reaction, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In this way, probiotics promote a natural balance of the skin flora, supplying the same anti-inflammatory nutritive elements to your skin that help your gut while stabilizing its immune system.

Topical probiotics have been also shown to:

-Enhance repair activity and strengthen skin barrier function, making skin more stress resistant

-Restore skin’s natural equilibrium and stabilize skin’s immune system

-Calm redness, sensitivity, and inflammation, such as rosacea

-Protect the skin against bad bacteria that can lead to acne

-Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—yes topical probiotics help fight aging!


Exercise clothing get a real beating. Athletic wear is made to work really well while you are wearing it. But that doesn’t always mean it’s durable. Actually, the fabrics in most workout gear is quite fragile because they are made with high-tech materials that repel moisture, provide compression, and protect from the sun.

Often, we don’t realize the mistakes we are making when it comes to caring for these fabrics that result in short life cycles for our workout clothes. Avoid these fitness-wear faux pas to keep your clothes doing the job they were made to do, so you can focus on that seventh set of burpees (we can almost feel the burn!).


A lot of detergents, and especially fabric softeners, will break down the fibers that make your workout wear stretchy and firm. When you are washing your gym clothes, avoid the urge to add extra soap. You should actually use a little less. As for fabric softeners, just skip that step because the softening agents create a film that sticks to the synthetic spandex fabrics and makes them even harder to get clean. And it will block the pieces’ ability to dry wick. No one wants an invisible layer of meadow fresh grime growing bacteria while you do squats.


You know when you forget a Tupperware in your lunch bag and it gets really nasty? Well, the same thing happens to your gym clothes when you leave them in your gym bag. Left to sit, your sweat and dead skin cells will spend their time making lots of little bacteria babies. And, your gym bag will get really gross. A tip: Once you do empty your gym bag, don’t just chuck the clothes in your laundry pile. Instead, hang pieces over the side of the hamper to air out a bit if you can’t wash them right away.


Even though you do some of your toughest activities when wearing your exercise clothing, when it comes to washing these items, you should think of them like your delicates and wash them separately from your everyday wear. Otherwise the soft fabrics will wear out faster because they are rubbing up against harsh materials such as denim and clothing with zippers or buttons. If you can’t handle doing all those loads, then consider putting your sports bras and tanks in a mesh bag or pillowcase when you wash them.


Because (a) the inside gets the dirtiest, and you want to remove as much gross as possible, and (b) the part that makes your workout wear moisture-wicking or have UV protection often comes from topical treatments on the outside of the clothing. Washing the pieces inside out protects the techy fabric, and it will help these important properties (that you pay extra money for) last a lot longer.


A hot dryer will shrink or warp your stretchy leggings. Also, because the material is made to be fast-drying when you sweat . . . it dries really fast in the dryer. If you are going to put your workout wear in the dryer, choose a low setting. You especially want to separate your gym clothes from your regular laundry when it comes to the dryer because they will spend the last half of the dryer cycle baking. Not only will this wear them out, but it will also cook off all the high-tech properties on the material.


No one likes having hanger marks stick off their shoulders. Because exercise clothing is made of stretchy fabrics or materials with loose fibers, it is more prone to getting, well, stretched (just from good old gravity). Fold your gym clothes and keep them in your dresser; you wouldn’t want to waste all that effort you just put into washing them properly by wrecking them in storage.


If you follow all the right washing steps, then you shouldn’t see pilling, or “knobs,” on your workout wear until the pieces start to actually wear out. But, because these materials do tend to pill more easily, a handheld clothing shaver can come in handy. The little machines are relatively inexpensive, and you can use them on all kinds of pieces that are prone to gathering lint, such as sweaters and winter coats. If you don’t have one on hand, a dull razor will do the trick as will, but it’s just a little more risky. One really important thing to remember: Never wash your stretchy jackets and leggings with towels—they will turn forever fuzzy.


I know you’re thinking, “If I’m not supposed to use extra soap, how do I cut out that musty smell?” If your exercise clothes are really rank from an especially intense workout, soak them in a mixture of water and vinegar before you launder them. You can also put the vinegar right into the wash. If you don’t have vinegar, then a few tablespoons of baking soda added to your laundry load will neutralize the smell, as will a splash of lemon juice because the acid in the citrus will take a bite out of that nasty (and stinky) bacteria.

We know that some days it’s hard just to get to the gym, much less worry about the clothes you wear while you are there. But working a few of these habits into your clothing care routine will really make a difference in the life span of your athletic wear so that when you do win at making time to exercise, you’ll have the right gear to get the job done.


Also, be on the lookout for our new all natural workout gear detergent from the parent company of Pit TKO, Clean Warrior Products.... 

The Difference Between Antiperspirants and Deodorants


While most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring. Deodorants allow perspiration but block odor. Deodorants accomplish this by killing the bacteria that cause odor or masking the odor. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is a more natural process.

Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, and some of us don’t particularly enjoy sweating. The fact is many personal care products that deal with these concerns contains aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. Aluminum-free deodorants are perhaps the best alternative, and these products are growing considerably in both availability and number.

The Dangers of Using Products Containing Aluminum 

Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues, including:

  1. Breast Cancer
  2. Alzheimer's Disease 
  3. Bone Disorders
  4. Kidney Problems

Pit TKO is a All Natural Deodorant that uses Tea Tree Oil to kill the bad bacteria and essential oils for a wonderful scent. In addition, Pit TKO uses Arrowroot, Food Grade DE & Bentonite Clay to absorb moisture.


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7 Toxins Lurking In Your Deodorant

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.

7 Toxins Lurking in Your Deodorant

Just look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant:

1. Aluminum Compounds

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.

2. Parabens

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 estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.

3. Steareths

These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.

4. Triclosan

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.

5. 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.

6. TEA and DEA

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.

7. Artificial Colors

Some artificial colors and bleaches in deodorants can cause serious allergic reactions and are also known carcinogens.





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The Pros & Cons of Beard Oils

The Pros & Cons of Beard Oils

Beard Oils help keep the skin beneath the beard moisturized and hydrated. They also help soften the beard, add shine, and a fragrance. 

For the most part beard oils (like their beard balm), gives you a healthy beard and skin.  Oils can moisturize, prevent dandruff, reduce skin irritation, and also give your beard an awesome but subtle scent (if you use essential oils).

There are many oils used in these mixes, but here is a short list of commonly seen oils and extracts. 

1. Argan Oil (aka Moroccan Oil) – able to penetrate the hair and repair damaged follicles. It is known to be a good skin moisturizer, adds shine to hair, and is not greasy.

2. Jojoba – One good thing about Jojoba is that it’s molecular structure is very similar to sebum, natural skin oils. It has a long shelf life and supposedly has anti-bacterial properties. Jojoba is greasy.

3. Coconut Oil – said to be the most effective moisturizer ever. It claims to stimulate hair growth in the follicles, add shine, and soften hair. also claims it prevents breakage and split-ends. It is also known to be very greasy if used by itself; hard to wash out.

4. Grapeseed Oil – Has moisturizing qualities as well as being mildly astringent with antiseptic qualities.

5. Hemp – is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and protein. It has a nutty scent to it so if you use it by itself, the scent may take some getting used to. It’s good for conditioning hair and skin and helps the skin retain moisture.

6. Sandalwood –  used a fragrance in many products. It can help reduce itchiness of skin and helps the skin retain moisture. It is also effective against dandruff.

7. Tea Tree – Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent native to Australia.  It can also help remove ‘build-up’ from product usage or minerals in the water we use. It cannot help new hair grow, but its antiseptic properties help unclog blocked hair follicles.

8. Peppermint – An astringent which can help balance the PH of oily skin and oddly is used to also treat dandruff and dry skin. It is said to stimulate hair follicles and promotes hair growth.  Also helps moisturize the hair shaft, but should not be used full strength.  

9. Lemon – Lemon oil is extremely beneficial for the hair, helping in removal of dandruff and lice, dry scalp treatment, and also for sebaceaous glands that aren’t very active. This oil is best used for oily hair type.

Cons: The cons of using natural oils is primarily due to allergies. 


How to Detox Your Armpits and Switch to a Non-Toxic Natural Deodorant

How to Detox Your Armpits and switch to a nontoxic deodorant

Sweating is a natural process of cooling and detoxifying your body. And it’s an important feature of the body’s most unique organ: your skin. Nontoxic deodorant is one of the things considered the “last frontier” of natural products – people are reluctant to ditch their favorite conventional deodorants or antiperspirants. We understand the reasons people hang on to conventional deodorants and antiperspirants: we don’t want to look sweaty, smell stinky, or feel uncomfortably damp in our armpits.

Unfortunately, your deodorant, and particularly your antiperspirant, could be interfering with your body’s natural attempts to remove toxins and could potentially be causing long term health effects like breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease.  Studies show that mothers who have used an antiperspirant containing aluminum salts (a common antiperspirant ingredient) absorb the aluminum transdermally and even pass the aluminum onto their children during pregnancy.

You can actually change your own body odor!

Did you know that using certain deodorants or an antiperspirant daily can change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits? Consistent use can actually make your sweat smellier (due to overproduction of a bad bacteria) if you briefly discontinue use. Just because your sweat may smell strong if you forget to put on your antiperspirant for one day does not mean that you shouldn’t try to ditch your antiperspirant. In fact, that’s a good reason to try to detox your armpits and transition to a nontoxic option!

First, Detox Your Armpits

Once you correct the bacterial imbalances in your armpits, your sweat should not actually smell particularly unpleasant. You can try our suggestions below to detox your armpits and rebalance the bacteria. If you’re considering switching to a nontoxic deodorant, we highly recommend you try these suggestions as you switch so that your overall body odor is reduced at the same time. Your new deodorant will be much more effective if it’s not fighting conditions that foster bad body odor.

Simple, natural ways to detox your armpits & reduce body odor


Have you ever noticed that your sweat smells particularly strong when you wear certain shirts? It’s not just your imagination! Wearing natural fibers (versus synthetics) can make a huge difference in the smell of your sweat! Look for 100% cotton, linen, or bamboo rather than polyester, rayon, or other synthetic blends.

By wearing natural fibers, you’re more likely to smell fresher longer and get more use out of the same shirt.

Unfortunately, people tend to wear synthetic fibers when they’re sweating the most, during a workout. Yoga pants made from polyester or spandex or nylon running shorts can be great for stretching and wicking moisture. But wearing them for long periods or every day can contribute to bad bacteria overgrowth and upset your body’s microbiome. Plus, synthetic fibers can be heavily treated with chemicals, including formaldehyde, in production. 


Certain foods will actually change the way your body odor smells. If you want to test the way foods can change your body odor, try removing typical offenders like caffeine, alcohol, pork and foods fried in unhealthy oils. In general, a clean and balanced vegetable focused diet will help you maintain a neutral body odor, though beware garlic and onions, which may make your sweat smell strong. The best foods for combatting body odor are leafy greens.


Bacteria loves moist environments, which is why it can thrive so well in your armpits on a hot day (and produce odors). When you step out of the bath or shower, make sure you dry off well, paying particularly close attention to your armpits. Not only will doing so make an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow, but it will also allow you to apply a deodorant more effectively. In a pinch, you can wipe off excess sweat with a paper towel if you want to keep your armpits dry and are not able to wash with soap and water (for example, while traveling, after exercising, or at your office).


Staying hydrated helps your body remove everyday toxins in an efficient way and can help prevent body odor. Make sure you’re drinking safe, clean water for the best benefit.


The chlorophyll in leafy vegetables is what makes them a good defense against body odor. If you’re looking to add extra support to your diet, taking a daily chlorophyll supplement is a good way to help your body detox properly. Probiotics and probiotic-rich foods are another way to ensure your microbiome is balanced and healthy.


Healthy acids like apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon help neutralize bad bacteria that may be growing in your armpits, causing a foul odor. After you shower, you can use a cotton ball to apply either of these acidic foods to your armpits. Allow to air-dry and follow with a deodorant (optional). Witch hazel is another liquid you could apply the same way to get similar results.


If you’re looking to take your armpit detox a step farther, you can try a clay mask. You can mix it with apple cider vinegar & apply the paste to your armpits. 

Tips for using Nontoxic Deodorant

  • detox your armpits as you transition to a nontoxic deodorant (see above)
  • remind yourself that a little sweat is good for you; if you’re not sweating, you’re not efficiently removing toxins from your body
  • tune in to your body odor – if it starts to change, you can take steps to neutralize it again by following our method of detoxing your armpits (see above)
  • if you shave your armpits, shave at night and apply deodorant in the morning to avoid irritation (typically caused by slight exfoliation and reaction to baking soda)
  • you may need to rub deodorants into your underarm skin to avoid caking or staining your clothes
  • if applying a deodorant with your fingers, use a small (pea-sized) amount and warm up with your fingers to soften it so it absorbs well


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Beard Grooming Tips

Beard Grooming Tips

Beard Grooming Tips

----• Choose The Right Time •----

As in all things in life, choosing the right time to comb your beard can make the difference between ending up with a smashing looking beard or just a mediocre one.

The best time is after applying a moisturizer. Using a quality beard oil, such as KING Beard Oil, is the first step since this will give the hair some weight and it will be so much easier to untangle the knots which occur daily in our beard.

A proper moisturizing will prevent any pulling and breaking hair as you comb. 

Once you have applied the beard oil, the comb will slide through with ease and make the whole process pleasant and with great results.

The time to avoid combing would be soon after finishing the shower when the hair is still wet. 

Combing wet hair can lead to loss of hair and if you don´t have a thick growth, it will make the beard even less dense.

Also, avoid combing the beard after using the dryer. The same applies here as with the wet hair. 

While the hair is hot, the routes become weaker and any combing at that time would pull some hair from the routes.


----• Choosing The Right Tools For Your Beard •----

Some men might think that it´s fine to use an ordinary comb but nothing is further from reality.

The size and distance between the teeth of a comb should be appropriate to the size and density of your beard to get the best possible results.

A small beard with soft hair would not need much spacing between the teeth of the beard comb. 

On the contrary, if the beard hair is long and dense, you should not use a comb with very closed teeth.
The material that these combs are made of plays a key role. The beard hair generate lots of friction and produce static.

A cheap plastic comb will electrify beard and you will end up with a lot of stray hair.

Using natural material comb such as a Bamboo comb will stop any friction or static occurring.

--------------• Combing Your Beard •-------------

Combing the beard gently instead of going too fast will give you the best results.

You must avoid any aggressive combing or passing the comb very fast through the beard.

To get the best results, it has to be done slowly, untangling any knots that you may find.

It is important to comb from top to bottom and from side to the center. 

This way, you are also taming and educating your hair to grow in the desired direction

Importance of all natural deo

If you’ve tried a natural deodorant, and found it just doesn’t work like the regular stuff, I’m telling you, you just haven’t found the right one. Everyone’s body is unique and we each perspire differently, so one deodorant that works for one may just not cut it for the other. Not to mention, finding a deodorant that works for you can be a timely and costly endeavor. This is why I wanted to share a review for a natural deodorant that I am so pleased with, but before I get to that, let’s start with why using a natural deodorant is so important.

Firstly, antiperspirants are used to prevent sweating entirely, which is an alteration of our body’s natural physiology. Deodorants on the other hand, deal with preventing smell, by neutralizing it and killing the bacteria that actually cause the odor. Most antiperspirants are made with a deodorizing agent as well, which is why these two terms are used interchangeably. Most deodorants and antiperspirants on the market unfortunately contain harmful ingredients that may be ‘safe’ at first, but then can eventually lead to toxicity and other health issues.

Hazards of Aluminum

There are many chemical ingredients within deodorant and antiperspirants that include perfumes, additives, parabens and other toxins. Specifically, aluminum in the form of aluminum chlorohydrate, is the main component that is used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. It is easily absorbable into the human body, as it seeps into the skin and into the sweat ducts in order to keep the armpit from releasing moisture by blocking, clogging, or closing the pores. While seeping into the skin, the aluminum is also able to enter our bloodstream and into our brain. Daily use of these aluminum-based products will result in chronic exposure to this harmful substance, which is highly detrimental for our health. Studies have shown that increased levels of aluminum has been linked with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and is associated with cancer, particularly breast cancer.

Our bodies produce sweat to naturally expel waste products or other toxins from the body and to keep us cool. When we use antiperspirants that hinder sweat, these toxins accumulate in the armpit and can travel and cause damage to the adjacent breast cells. Aluminum has also been studied to alter DNA, as it binds to it and can change it, which also damages the nearby breast cells. It’s interesting to note that the majority of breast cancers occur in the area closest to the armpit (the upper outer quadrant).

Making the Switch

Most of you may be thinking that natural deodorants simply don’t do the job like the others, and no one wants to emit embarrassing, unpleasant odors, but natural deodorants do work. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for your body. A good, natural deodorant should consist of only natural ingredients. For example, they may include therapeutic-grade essential oils and extracts, moisturizing, natural oils, baking soda and/or corn starch. Many natural ingredients are antiseptic and antibacterial, without the use of harmful chemicals.  I want to emphasize that when choosing a natural deodorant it is VERY important to read the labels! Make sure the ingredients are all natural, as some ‘natural deodorants’ can still contain aluminum, along with other natural components.

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