Tip #4 – Deodorant with No Aluminum Chlorohydrate!

Written by admin on March 4, 2011. Posted in Healthy Home, Yummy Mummy Secrets

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT gee I wonder if this crap is bad for me while you spray yourself over with your current deodorant filled with Aluminum Chlorohydrate?

One thing I really wanted to avoid during pregnancy and still now is anti-perspirant/ deodorant with Aluminum Chlorohydrate. During pregnancy I simply went without because I couldn’t find one that didn’t have it. (I challenge you to visit your supermarket and scan the back of your favourite deo and those of all the others on the shelf, even the roll on’s, and find one that doesn’t have Aluminum Chlorohydrate). Better yet, visit this site Cosmetics Database and type the name of your current deodorant into the search bar. You’ll see a summary of all the ingredients used in your product and a rating out of 10 for the toxicity of that ingredient including it’s health risks and an overall score out of 10. 10 being the worst. If your label deodorant isn’t in that database (as there’s mostly American brands) look on the back of your bottle and type in the ingredient one by one to find out exactly what you’re spraying on yourself. Your jaw will drop. Alternatively, Google it.

Here’s a few links to examples:

4 out of 10 doesn’t sound bad but when you look at the ingredients and the potential impacts to your health, you really start thinking “I need to find a zero product!” You can  access this database using the toolbar at the top to search for Makeup; Skin; Hair; Eyes; Nails; Babies, Oral Care & Sun Protection to find products with the lowest ratings and buy those. It lists least toxic to most toxic. I stopped using Loreal Revitalift Day & Night Cream after visiting this site for the first time!

Now why is Aluminum Chlorohydrate a problem? Well it’s one of many. There’s a plethora of ingredients with nasty sounding names in deodorant (BENZYL SALICYLATE, TRICLOSAN, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE etc). Many people don’t realize that the chemicals and ingredients in many beauty products and hygiene products do pose a risk. Hmmm. I was preparing to launch into a lot of research on these ingredients but I don’t think I will. Suffice to say, you’re spraying these substances on your body and there’s concern that they pose a health risk (neurological toxicity, reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation, cancer) …so why do it?

Why when there’s a healthy alternative?

Naturally occuring Potassium Alum

Crystal Spray Deodorant contains Potassium Alum and purified water. That’s it! ZERO on the Cosmetics Database. “Potassium alum is a naturally occurring sulfate mineral which typically occurs as encrustations on rocks in areas of weathering and oxidation of sulfide minerals and potassium-bearing minerals….Potassium alum is an astringent/styptic and antiseptic. For this reason, it can be used as a natural deodorant by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria responsible for body odor. Use of mineral salts in such a fashion does not prevent perspiration. Its astringent/styptic properties are often employed after shaving and to reduce bleeding in minor cuts and abrasions, nosebleeds, and hemorrhoids.” Wikipedia

Crystal Body Spray - No Aluminium Chlorohydrate!

I cannot tell you how amazing this product is, you just have to go and try it for yourself. It smells devine, it doesn’t leave white marks on your shirt, it stings a tiny bit after you’ve shaved but barely noticeable. Myself and my hubby use the liquid Crystal Body Spray with Chamomile & Green Tea bought from our local chemist, Giant. During my pregnancy (and since) my body odour definitely changed for the worse and now it’s non-existent! You HAVE to try it. But like it says above, it doesn’t stop you from sweating but the pongy smell is totally gone!

I originally tried the Crystal Body Deodorant Wide Stick which is nowhere near as good at the aforementioned spray. The stone crumbled apart after some use. Go with the spray.

If you try it and don’t like the Crystal Body Spray (which would be surprising) look for labels that state the lack of things like aluminum, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, triclosan, hydroquinone and anything with a name that contains benzene, methyl, ethyl or paraben. These are the elements that worry most researchers who fear the products could be  hazardous.

At the end of the day, we’re built to sweat. We’ve evolved this way over tens of thousands of years! Sweat serves a purpose to expel toxins from our bodies. Stop it and there could be serious health consequences. It doesn’t surprise me there are suspicions it leads to breast cancer as blocking the sweat glands directly affects the lymph nodes in your armpit. Especially women who apply antiperspirant to open pores directly after shaving. Breastfeeding mothers should also consider the aluminum chlorohydrate and other chemicals so close to their little baby’s face a hazard.

Read the labels on your personal hygiene and makeup products and make some healthy changes for the better. Keep a watchful eye on your baby’s products too. Even if a product touts ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ always make it a habit to be aware of each ingredient.

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