Are We Sacrificing Health for Freshness?

Are We Sacrificing Health for Freshness?

Sweat the Small Stuff...

The armpit is an organ, cradling life-essential lymph nodes and glands. Unbefitting for an organ, the ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants are largely formulated for corporate profit over consumer health....

Before we spray, roll and rub lotions and potions under our arms, perhaps we should sweat the small stuff by first considering the chemical substances that comprise antiperspirant deodorants.

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In today's society, deodorants have become an essential part of our daily grooming routine. We rely on them to keep us smelling fresh and confident throughout the day. However, have you ever stopped to consider the potential dangers lurking in these seemingly harmless products? While deodorants play a crucial role in our personal hygiene, they may also pose risks to our health and the environment.

One of the primary concerns associated with deodorants is the presence of aluminium compounds, such as aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. These compounds are used to block sweat ducts, reducing perspiration. However, some studies suggest a potential link between aluminium exposure and health issues, including breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and kidney problems. While research is ongoing, it is prudent to exercise caution when using aluminium-containing deodorants.

Some of the most popular deodorants on the market, that also claim to be super sensitive, gentle and so on, contain aluminium. Click here to see ingredients for a major brand with their advanced care formula... and check out the ingredients on your brand.

What about Anti-Bacterial Deodorant?

This is taken from a major brand: "In short, most deodorant is antibacterial deodorant. That means they fight the odour-producing bacteria that exists in your armpit, which in turn helps to reduce body odour. Everyone has these bacteria, so don't worry, it's totally normal. In fact, over 10 million bacteria live in your underarm alone. Soap will help to reduce body odour caused by it, but over time they'll reappear. Using an antibacterial deodorant will help to keep you feeling and smelling fresh for longer."

What does that really mean?

Our sweat-scent is as original as our fingerprint, revealing our gender, fertility, health and diet and diffusing our personal pheromone calling-card. In the 16th century, long before the Age of Deodorant, people were intoxicated by the scent of a loved one moist with fresh sweat.

Many deodorants contain synthetic fragrances to mask body odour. These fragrances often contain phthalates, which are chemicals known to disrupt hormones and cause allergic reactions. Individuals with sensitive skin or chemical sensitivities may experience skin irritation, redness, itching, or even rashes due to these additives. Opting for fragrance-free or naturally scented deodorants can be a safer alternative for those with sensitivities.

Some deodorants, particularly those labelled as "antibacterial," may contain triclosan—a compound added to prevent bacterial growth. Triclosan has come under scrutiny due to its potential to contribute to antibiotic resistance, making it harder for antibiotics to combat infections effectively. Moreover, triclosan can disrupt the balance of beneficial bacteria on our skin, impacting our overall microbiome health. Choosing deodorants without triclosan can help maintain a healthier bacterial environment.

Fortunately, there are safer alternatives available for those concerned about the potential dangers of conventional deodorants.

Natural deodorants made from plant-based ingredients, such as baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils, can be effective at neutralizing odour without the use of harmful chemicals. These products are often free from aluminium, synthetic fragrances, and other potentially hazardous ingredients. However, it's essential to note that effectiveness may vary depending on individual body chemistry. There are so many trusted natural alternatives that really do work, smell amazing and do not cause rashes, irritations and blocked glands.

While deodorants play a significant role in our daily grooming routine, it is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers associated with these products. Aluminium compounds, synthetic fragrances, antibacterial additives, and environmental concerns all contribute to the potential risks. Choosing natural alternatives, opting for fragrance-free options, and being mindful of the environmental impact can help mitigate these dangers. Ultimately, our health and well-being should never be compromised in the pursuit of smelling fresh. We should definitely bear this in mind not just for ourselves, but for our partners, parents and children especially. Lou's husband converted to Fat & The Moon years ago and has Fresh Fit Pits!

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