Have you ever wondered what is in an aerosol deodorant? Probably not. And I'm guessing that most people, including me, don't care too much. However, the topic of toxicity of ingredients in cosmetics is met with a great deal of interest by the general public.
And it should. Recently a lot of concerning messages have been popping up, calling certain ingredients toxic and carcinogenic. These are some serious accusations, so here’s a small breakdown of ingredients used in general care products:
Triclosan is used in deodorants to kill odor-causing germs. It’s an antibacterial chemical.
This chemical can mimic hormones or even interfere with hormonal signaling.
Triclosan is getting a bad rep because the hormonal disruptive abilities are supported by scientific studies and other health concerns, both to people and aquatic life, has led the FDA to ban its use in hand soaps. Research shows that triclosan reduces the amount of plaque, gingivitis, gum bleeding and caries of the dental crown by several to several tens of percent.
This is a common ingredient in all care products. Phthalates make other ingredients more flexible and prolong the life of fragrances in products. The primary issue with phthalates is the ability to disrupt the endocrine system (basically the hormonal regulator), especially in men. It’s important to know that deodorants containing this chemical expose you below the tolerated daily limit, but using aromatic and aerosol deodorants products are significant sources of phthalate exposure
Now this is a popular one to hate. The internet is full of paraben-bashers.
Parabens are used primarily as a preservative. The parabens used in care products have the capability to be absorbed through the skin. When absorbed, they mimic estrogen in the body (Parabens are hormone impersonators). At least, that is what is claimed by ‘No-Paraben’-producers. There are no scientific findings confirming these claims just as there isn’t about its link to breast cancer.
Another commonly used in deodorants and personal care products. You can spot Diethanolamine on your ingredients list by its full name or DEA. Although this product comes with warnings that it may be carcinogenic, normal amounts can be used safely without any carcinogenic side-effects.
The most famous one: Aluminium closes off your pores and is carcinogenic. Social media was flooded with this narrative. Although it is true that the chemical closes off your pores (making it an anti-perspirant) the amount in care products is safe to use.