Why we all need to swap to natural, plastic-free deodorants
18 May 2019
Are antiperspirant deodorants harmful?
How much do we really know about the deodorant we are using every single day? For example, did you know antiperspirant deodorant has been linked to breast cancer? How the ingredients inside of it are actually toxic? And how most plastic deodorants are not even recyclable.
It's surprising we are still using the stuff really isn't it? BUT how are we supposed to know this, with these huge brands cleverly covering it up and "greenwashing" their marketing?
Linked to breast cancer?
Here at A Waste Free World, we spend hours researching each product we stock and want to tell you all the reason we have switched to plastic-free and natural products. It wasn't long ago we found about the harmful effects of deodorant, which sounded a little something like this:
"A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk forbreast cancer.
According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast -- the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. " - webmd
And kidney disease?
Deodorant containing aluminium has also been linked to kidney disease:
"The connection with kidney disease and antiperspirants began several years ago when dialysis patients were given a drug to help control phosphorus levels in their blood, called aluminium hydroxide. Unfortunately, it was discovered the patients couldn't get rid of the aluminium fast enough from their body and were more likely to develop dementia."
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) now mandates that antiperspirant labels with aluminium chloride contain a warning that reads: "Ask a doctor before using if you have kidney disease." - cleure.com
Wow, a warning label on deodorants, that's how harmful they can be! It doesn't take any more convincing on our behalf as to why you should switch to a natural deodorant, and a big bonus is the one we stock also comes plastic free!