Why you should switch to natural and organic deodorants

Date Posted:7 December 2016 

There is a lot of talk about aluminum-based deodorants and the possible link to breast cancer. Common sense says that chemicals that are absorbed trans dermally and so close to breast tissue may increase the risk, particularly in those who have a predisposition to cancer. After reading many research articles on the subject, I can see that there is definitely a link and a potential for aluminum based deodorants to increase the risk of breast cancer, but because there has not been a clinical trial which has resulted in an absolute direct correlation, it can not be said 100% that aluminum deodorants cause breast cancer. Many researchers do conclude that chemicals in deodorants and skin care products have an influence on oestrogen and can alter cell DNA. Therefore, you cannot say that aluminum-based deodorants cause breast cancer, but that can contribute to known risk factors. 


Oestrogen and breast cancer

The role of oestrogen in the development of breast cancer is well established, therefore it is entirely plausible that chemicals which are known to alter DNA and impact the endocrine system, could have an impact on the development of oestrogen driven cancers. It was reported by McGrath in a population study, that those who used more antiperspirant deodorants were diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age. 


Blockage of sweat ducts and link to cysts

The active component in antiperspirant deodorant is aluminum salts, which are designed to block the underarm sweat ducts so as not to perspire. As breast cysts arise from blocked breast ducts in the adjacent area, it is possible that the development of breasts cysts may arise from continued chemical exposure to aluminum-based deodorants.


So what does this mean?

You need to make your own mind up when it comes to what sort of products you put on your body. If you have a family history of cancer, and in particular breast cancer, this means you have a genetic weakness in this area, and you need to take extra precautions to reduce known risk factors wherever possible. A person may use an aluminum-based deodorant all their life and never develop breast cancer, but this does not mean that using antiperspirant deodorants does not increase the risk. A person that has a genetic weakness in this area is much more susceptible to hormone disregulating chemicals found in deodorants and skin care products than a person with no history of cancer. Play safe by opting for aluminium free deodorants.


My personal view is this

It is impossible to know if you will ever develop cancer, but your risk is significantly higher if you have a family history, and if you use chemical laden products on your skin and in your home, you should take every means where possible to reduce the risk of cancer developing. These days it is so easy to switch your commercial beauty products for natural products, especially natural deodorants. The cost is really not that much more, with so many great brands out now days catering to all budgets, including Black Chicken RemediesMr Pitts,  Earth Purities, Eco by Sonya, The Whole Boodies and Vanessa Megan, to name the few. 

When it comes to using a natural deodorant, it is very much a personal preference which one you choose. I find that some brands and types of natural and organic deodorant work wonderfully for some, and do not work for others. For example, I know people who absolutely swear by a crystal deodorant, and others for whom it does nothing for. Therefore, I suggest you keep trying different brands and products until you find one that works for you. 

I have just recently switched my deodorant to Mr Pitts natural deodorant paste. I wear this to work every day with no, or minimal perspiration and no smell, which lasts me up until the next morning. Another exciting thing I have just discovered, it lasts me through my long and sweaty gym sessions, with no stink!! That is a world first for me with natural deodorants, so I hereby proclaim my conversion to Mr Pitts natural deodorant paste. It is a bit more expensive than other brands, but one jar lasts 3 months, so in the long run it’s actually much better value. We stock a large selection of natural and vegan deodorants and they can be found here.

Having said that, Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste remains the best selling deodorant in our store. Why? Because this deodorant really works! Packed with high quality essential oils and quality ingredients, it will keep you dry and smelling amazing all day long. 


Natural deodorants for sensitive skin

In case you have a very sensitive skin it may be worth opting for bicarb free deodorant such as Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste Barrier Booster or Earths Purities Pure for Her Bicarb Free Natural Deodorant. These natural deodorants are perfect for sensitive skin and those allergic to bicarb. Both deodorants contain quality ingredients to keep you fresh and odour free, but are made without bicarb, replacing it with remedies that neutralise odour, absorb moisture and replenish skin tissue. Alternative, you can also try Noosa Basics Natural Deodorants and they come in different options including bicarb free deodorant roll on, bicarb free deodorant paste and bicarb free deodorant stick. If your skin can tolerate bicarb, but is irritated by fragrance, choosing an unscented natural deodorant is essential. Unscented deodorants are available in roll on, paste and stick and whether you choose one over the other comes down to your personal preference.




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