The Dangers of Chemical Deodorants

If you look at the ingredients on your antiperspirant deodorants, you may not recognize or be able to pronounce them.  They are added in there to prevent wetness and control odor.  The active ingredient in most deodorants is Aluminum Ziconium Tetrachlorohydrex gly and Propylene Glycol, these have some surprising side effects to watch out for.  You should always read the ingredients of everything that you buy, even in some natural deodorants.  I purchased a more natural deodorant the other day, and did not read the label because it said “natural” on it.  BIG mistake on my part, I should heed my own advice!  It had Propylene Glycol in it and Boy was I surprised!!




1.  A skin irritant, a poisonous neurotoxin that accumulates in your body


2.  Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, when it is absorbed it can disrupt our delicate hormonal balance.  This can lead to an estrogen sensitive cancer.  It can also lead to early puberty in children.  Aluminum blocks toxins from escaping through the armpits, causing them to accumulate in the lymph nodes near the breast.  When can result in an estrogen sensitive cancer.  Our bodies have lymph nodes that run throughout our bodies to detox, and release toxins.  So when we block our sweat glands, they cannot release the toxins and have no where to go, but to stay inside our bodies. 


3.  Increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease




1.  It can damage the central nervous system, liver, heart, and can cause kidney damage.


2.  Chronic exposure can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and central nervous depression.


Propylene Glycol is used to soften cosmetic products because it has a slick consistency, for ease in gliding it on. It also keeps substances from drying out and was originally developed as an anti-freeze.  It is also found in some processed foods, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, and leave-in styling products.


When we sweat, we produce bacteria buildup under our arms, then it results in offensive odor.  Especially if you eat spicy foods, also onions and garlic.  Our arm pits do not get exposed to air too much, we can’t walk around with our arms up all day, LOL  ; )




Avoid eating spicy foods, Caffeine, alcohol , processed foods including onions and garlic

Take B Vitamins and Vit C, these encourage the elimination of toxins through urine.

Magnesium – when you have low levels of magnesium it contributes to sweating and body odor. When you take magnesium, take it with calcium because your body will absorb it better.



1.  Drink lost of water, it will keep your internal body temperature lower


2.  Cook with olive oil to encourage digestion.  You will sweat less when your body does not have to work as hard to move food through the digestive system.


3.  Season your food with sage, or you can make it into a tea.  You can purchase a large tea ball.  By drinking and eating sage will reduce the activity of your sweat glands over time.


If you type in “How to make your own natural deodorant” into your search engine, you will find a host of recipes that may or may not help.  Everyone has a different chemistry make-up, so what might work for you, it may not work for me.  I found this one and thought that it might just work.  I have not tried it yet, but I will.

Mix equal parts of all 3 ingredients:  Coconut oil, Cornstarch, and Baking soda  Then apply

You can soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply it to your arm pits.  Let it dry then mix a 50/50 mixture of cornstarch and baking soda to absorb moisture.  The apple cider vinegar is an antiseptic to kill bacteria.  I have not tried these yet, but will give it a good go.

You can purchase an all-natural deodorant, just read your ingredients.  They will cost you about $4 to $8, find one that will last a long time and stop odor and wetness.  I am still looking for a good one that works well, I will tell you all!

You can buy crystal body deodorants, they are made out of mineral salts called “Allum” not to be confused with aluminum zirconium (which can be absorbed by the skin). 

Crystal body deodorant is fragrance and chemical free, and lasts a very long time!  It won’t stop perspiration, but it will prevent odor by inhibiting bacterial growth.  You would just wet it and apply it, then let it dry.

A word of Caution, don’t smell it, because it absorbs odor!  My poor little fella made the mistake of smelling it and it didn’t smell like roses.  : (


The bottom line is always read your labels.  If you use these deodorants don’t swipe too many times.  I know someone that actually swipes 10-20 times per arm pit.  That is going overboard and should be avoided! 

1.  Don’t apply right after you shave, because your pores will be wide open, and will leach into your body quicker.

2.  Don’t apply it before bed, because it will be on you for almost 24 hours. 

3.  Never apply on broken skin


I still use these antiperspirant deodorants, but trying to find an all natural one that will block odor and wetness.  When I find a good one, you guys will be the first I tell!


I wish you all many Blessings!


Eat Right For Your Life,