At Green Theory, we believe that the one thing that you should have complete and total control over is what you choose to expose yourself to throughout the day. Yes, nobody wants to smell like body odor….I’m right, right? Please say “yes”. The question then becomes “what’s the price you’re willing to pay in order to not stink?” and then whether one could effectively get what they want (not repelling people like Pig Pen) without the potential sacrifice to our health. As they say, knowledge is power and, with that in mind, we would like you to meet the synthetic chemicals in your commercial deodorant and get to know them a little bit so that you can make the best decisions for your health.
Aluminum: These are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. They essentially clog up your sweat glands to prevent sweat from reaching the skin. The problem with aluminum is that it’s a neurotoxin. Although it is the most prevalent metal in the Earth’s crust, no one living thing uses it for any biological process due to the negative effects it has on the nervous system. Studies have suggested that aluminum may cause changes to the estrogen receptors and DNA in breast cells and possibly increase the risk for breast cancer.
Parabens: These are preservatives found in many personal care and cosmetic products. Parabens seem to mimic the role of estrogen in breast tissue cells. In two separate studies, parabens have been found in breast tissue samples. One found that parabens were found in 99 percent of the 160 samples collected from 40 mastectomies. The other study found parabens in 18 of 20 collected breast cancer tumors. While nothing definitive can be said from these two studies, caution is certainly warranted.
Proplyene Glycol: Originally developed as an anti-freeze, proplyene glycol made its way into personal care products to prevent them from drying out. It’s a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage. In fact, at the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
TEA & DEA: Used to adjust the pH in products, they’re both restricted in Europe due to their carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects.
Triclosan: This is an anti-microbial chemical that studies have shown disrupts thyroid function and other hormone systems. The American Medical Association has recommended these products not be used in the home due to their contribution to creating super bugs.
There you have it! All the information you have to make an informed decision on which type of deodorants you choose to use on a daily basis. Is it worth the risk? What do you think? Natural deodorants with 100% all natural ingredients have no harmful chemicals in them. Our unique blend of ingredients and probiotics naturally kill off odor producing bacteria while the bentonite clay pulls out harmful toxins leaving you not only smelling great but actually healthier! Join the movement and take control over your personal care products.