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Natural deodorants – no aluminium, no chemicals.

Everyone says natural deodorants are safe because they don’t have aluminium…
So how do you choose a deodorant or antiperspirant without chemicals? Do you trust labels that say “aluminum-free deodorant”?
So let’s take a look at the chemistry in deodorants..

From time to time, the topic of safe deodorants that you can use without worrying about your health comes back. Safe, i.e. those that do not contain aluminium salts, i.e. aluminium. Few of us know that in many deodorants, in addition to aluminium salts, we can also find phthalates, triclosan and parabens. But aluminium is the main culprit, linking it to endocrine-disrupting effects and breast cancer.
In recent years, there is more and more talk about the toxic effect of aluminium on the human nervous system and attempts to show the relationship between the use of cosmetics containing aluminium salts with the formation of breast cancer. 

The fact is that aluminium is one of the ballast elements that have the ability to accumulate in living organisms. This reason is worrying, especially when it comes to the second fact concerning the absorption of aluminium – it turns out that it is better absorbed through the skin than through the alimentary tract, which gave grounds for negating the safety of cosmetics containing aluminium salts, i.e. antiperspirants, which remain after all. on the skin for hours.
Another argument for a more cautious approach to antiperspirants is the fact that when epilating the delicate skin of the armpits, it is often damaged, which allows aluminium particles to penetrate it more.

Deodorants differ from antiperspirants – deodorants mask the effects of sweat, and antiperspirants reduce perspiration, which means they are enriched with chemicals that block sweat. Deodorants are mainly a mixture of antibacterial substances, fragrances and alcohol. Therefore, antiperspirants last much longer than deodorants and are more invasive, the effect of using an antiperspirant lasts until it is washed off the skin.

And it is in antiperspirants that we most often find the main culprit, i.e. aluminium. It is included in the INCI composition under the names: Aluminum Chloride, Aluminum Sulphate, Aluminum Chlorhydrate, Aluminum Phenosulphate, and Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex.

What deodorants to choose?
Natural deodorants are a 100% safe proposition – they do not contain aluminium salts, phthalates, parabens and artificial dyes. They are hypoallergenic (provided that we are not allergic to selected essential oils, which are sometimes found in the composition of natural deodorants) and effectively eliminate the growth of bacteria responsible for unpleasant odours.

There are many offers of mild deodorants on the market, based on natural plant extracts. However, I recommend that you carefully look at the labels of cosmetics, because unfortunately the inscription on the label “without aluminium” does not always mean that you will not find aluminium salts there …

For allergy sufferers and people with sensitive skin under the arms, I recommend unscented natural deodorants (they will also be suitable for pregnant women).

 


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What about this alum?
Alena was very loud once upon a time, and there was no end to delight until someone announced to the world what the popular crystal consists of 😉

Alum (crystal/stone deodorant) is considered a natural alternative to antiperspirants with aluminium salts. The crystal that is interesting in appearance, however, actually consists of ammonium aluminium sulphate, which is … a chemical compound containing aluminium.

This is a typical example of a warning against blindly believing everything that is written on the labels. In this case, we get information on the packaging that the alum does not contain aluminium, but the situation is slightly different. So if you want to avoid aluminium-containing deodorants, you should also avoid alum.