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Ask Tess: Why are store-bought deodorants so bad?

Hi Tess,

I was wondering if you could enlighten me on why you think store bought deodorants are bad to use? 


K. Jenkins


Hi K.,

Great question! The reason why I have placed such an emphasis on using natural products is because of the overwhelming toxicity that many store-bought products cause to our bodies. Over time, these toxic chemicals can cause cancers, tumors, bronchial issues and other health related problems. In regards to store-bought deodorant, many of the ingredients have cancer causing properties.

According to the National Cancer Society [1], “Reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast [2].”

Some toxic chemicals to look out for in deodorant are:

  1. Aluminum Compounds
  2. Parabens
  3. Propylene glycol
  4. Triclosan
  5.  Steareths

You can read more about these toxic chemicals, here [3]. Since our skin is our largest organ, we need to take measures to ensure that what we put on it is as natural as possible. Here is a recipe for homemade deodorant that works really well.

Quick Deodorant

  1. Put 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and add 10+ drops of scented oil (you can add more if you would like).
  2. Stir 2+ tbsp of coconut oil until it is the consistency you like.
  3. Smash the mixture into an empty deodorant container.
  4. Let it set a few days and enjoy.

Note: This deodorant should be applied lightly. It is invisible, but works. Read about other recipes for everyday products [4].

It’s important to begin looking at all the ingredients on the back of our products. You would be surprised at how many toxic chemicals are in our everyday products.

Hope this helps,