All Natural Deodorant
A uniquely-effective, deodorant with a naturally light powdery scent with hint of Lavendar & Cedarwood that eliminates underarm odor and absorbs excess moisture. All while not using harsh chemicals.
Himalayan Pink Salt: Pink Himalayan salt not only neutralizes odors but its antibacterial properties kill the bacteria that cause the odour in the first place. YES It’s really pink!
Zinc Oxide: is microbial, meaning it can kill bacteria. The main types of bacteria that cause body odor are Corynebacterium spp. and Staphylococcus spp. Zinc oxide is effective against both!
Kaolin: A soft, mild clay used for its moisture-absorbing properties
Baking Soda: Inhibits odors and neutralizes acid
Arrowroot Powder: Arrowroot is a natural absorbent of sweat, clearly perfect for deodorants, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive armpits.
Some of the most common antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients are ones that we need to research more thoroughly. But with the rise of natural deodorants, it’s become easier than ever to avoid these ingredients.
As mentioned, high levels of aluminum have been linked to chronic disease. While research in regards to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer remains inconclusive at best, there may still be some risk for those who shave their armpits.
Shaving before applying an antiperspirant made with aluminum has been suggested to increase the risk of infection. Nicks and abrasions in the skin can allow chemicals and aluminum to infiltrate lymph nodes and potentially breast tissue, sparking conversation that aluminum deodorant ingredients can lead to breast cancer. While the connection may be circumstantial, many continue to opt out of aluminum in deodorant to err on the side of caution.
Triclosan is one deodorant ingredient that’s been banned from antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. In 2016, the FDA decided to ban this ingredient from consumer products and healthcare settings, citing that it was neither safe nor effective.
The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide. A group of 200 scientists also signed a statement, calling triclosan an endocrine disruptor. Not only is this ingredient toxic to our health, it’s toxic to our environment as it bioaccumulates and threatens ocean life.
Parfum can fall under the name of “fragrance”. As a deodorant ingredient, fragrance is one of the most common irritants – particularly for sensitive skin. Even if you aren’t initially allergic to parfum, you can eventually develop a reaction to it over time. This can lead to redness, inflammation, and sensitized skin.
Parabens are a class of preservatives that help inhibit the growth of microbes (bacteria, fungi, and viruses). While preservatives are necessary to avoid contaminated products, parabens may pose some serious health risks. They can mimic estrogen in the body and potentially increase the risk of breast cancer development. In 99% of breast cancer tissue samples, parabens were present.
Propylene glycol gives deodorant sticks their shape and feel. The trouble is it’s also a potential irritant, that can lead to contact dermatitis and other allergic reactions. According to Healthline, contact dermatitis is “a condition that makes skin red or inflamed after contact with an allergen or irritant.” Propylene glycol is also made from petroleum, making it not so eco-friendly.
Detoxing from Conventional Deodorants
The only downside to a natural deodorant is the process of transitioning from conventional deodorant ingredients to natural ones. Full disclosure: you might have to go through a period of excess sweating and body odor before your armpits adjust.
OUR ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS
Coconut Oil, Himalayan Pink Salt, Zinc Oxide, Arrowroot Powder, Kaolin Clay, Baking Soda, *Cetearel Alcohol, **Candelilla wax, lavender & Cedarwood essential oils (natural anti bacterial properties which cause odor)
*Cetearyl alcohol is a flaky, waxy, white solid that is a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohols, which occur naturally in plant
**Candelilla wax is a wax obtained from the leaves of a small shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica, from the family Euphorbiaceae. This is a natural ingredient used for binding and holding the form of the deodorant stick.