4 Natural Underarm Deodorants You Can Make
Natural underarm deodorants are substances that prevent odor yet also do not cause any harmful health effects. This is in contrast to the many deodorants and antiperspirants on the market that can claim the first benefit but not the second. This article explains the natural underarm deodorants you can make yourself to fight underarm odor yet remain safe.
Why use natural deodorants?
Have you read the ingredients in a commercial underarm deodorant product lately? Most of them contain chemicals such as parabens, antibacterials, petrochemicals, aluminum, and PEGs. Research suggests that these and other synthetic ingredients found in underarm deodorants and antiperspirants may harm your health.
A 2009 study published in Breast Cancer Research noted that “it is plausible that breast cysts might also arise from antiperspirant use if sufficient chemicals are absorbed over long periods of usage.” Aluminum has been named as a potential health hazard in deodorants and antiperspirants.
A British study, for example, reported that aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate can interfere with the activity of estrogen receptors in human breast cancer cells. PEGs are polymer derivatives that are associated with an increased risk of cancer, birth defects, and organ toxicity.
Parabens are a chemical to look for on ingredient panels. These deodorant additives are used to prevent microorganisms from growing in cosmetic and health products.
However, parabens (including butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben) can be absorbed through the skin, digestive system, and blood, and they have been found in breast tumors. A link between parabens and breast cancer is the subject of ongoing research.
Some research has suggested parabens also may have a negative impact on fertility and reproduction, perhaps in both men and women. Nearly all adults in the United States have parabens in their urine, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
A Danish study that included more than 17,700 adults found that deodorants were the cosmetic product most responsible for contact dermatitis to fragrance ingredients among people with eczema. Interestingly, men were significantly more affected than women.