Our entire line of products began with a deodorant that we made. Our desire and importance on using products that were healthy and not full of toxic chemicals spurred us to create a healthy deodorant, (because no one wants to have a foul odour).
There is so much one can read on the internet about deodorant, there are many studies out to analyze their risks and dangers. Many commercial deo’s have 5 main chemicals in them. Read along as we explore their potential dangers and risks:
Aluminum: the most active ingredient, aluminum works to block sweat from escaping from your pores. Research has shown aluminum is absorbed through your skin and though the verdict is still out on whether aluminum directly links to breast cancer, exposure has been attributed to other health issues that affect the brain, liver, and kidneys based on the fact that aluminum can change estrogen receptors.
Parabens: Parabens are listed as ingredients in anti-perspirants due to their ability to prevent bacterial growth. In our deoderants, we rely on the inherent properties of essential oils to do the same thing. One of the most common ingredients in all products found on the market today, we are widely exposed to parabens and it is definitely concerning given that parabens are strongly linked to being carcinogenic. ‘Researchers from the University of Reading, in the UK, conducted a study collecting 160 samples of breast tissue taken from women who'd had mastectomies and tested them for the presence of five different parabens. At least one form of paraben was present in 99% of the tissue samples, and all five were present in 60% of the samples. This was the first study to show that deodorant chemicals accumulate in human tissues. According to the authors, there was a disproportionate incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant nearest the armpit and significantly higher levels of propylparaben were detected in the axilla region, closest to the armpit. According to the researchers, this is an area where a high percentage of tumors are found. The other four parabens were equally distributed across all parts of the breast.’ (Mightynest 2014).
Propolyne Glycol: This ingredient is linked to being a neurotoxin, as well as liver and kidney damage. Like so many things, it is a petroleum-based product which gives our deodorants their slick consistency. It is used in foods as well, but in this case, its ability to absorb water makes it a suitable ingredient for antiperspirants.
Triclosan: this ingredient is used in so many products such as soaps, body washes, cosmetics, lotions and perfumes to kill bacteria and odours associated with product use. Triclosan is a suspected carcinogenic linked to being an endocrine disruptor. It has shown to accumulates in the fat we carry in our bodies and also in the environment because of the products it’s associated with that get washed away down the drain.
Phalates: Phalates are known as Fragrance chemicals are listed as ‘probable carcinogens’. ‘Phthalates are also known endocrine disruptors (may interfere, mimic or block hormones), development toxicants (can interfere with the normal development of a fetus or child), and a reproductive toxicant (can harm the reproductive system). Phthalates also have the ability to increase the absorption of parabens which enter the body and attach themselves to the nearest estrogen receptor. "Estrogen receptors are all over your body, but certainly, breast tissues have lots of them," explains Dr. Phillipa Darbre, lead author of study of University of Reading paraben study.’ (Mightnest 2014).
Our deodorants are clean and healthy, using natural ingredients. After reading about all these chemicals in commercial products we struggled with using them and hence why we created a healthy version that still leaves you smelling great!
Yours in Passion, Vision, Creation.
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