Are The Dangers of Antiperspirants Valid?
There is a lot of movement over the past couple of years for men starting to use all natural deodorants as opposed to their classic antiperspirants. Much of the popularity of the natural movement was brought on by the perceived dangers of the aluminum compound that was found within antiperspirants.
To be a bit more specific, there was misinformation around the idea that antiperspirants were causing breast cancer – which is a pretty serious accusation. Needless to say, we did a bit of research to find out what we could dig up on this claim.
The results surprised us:
According to cancer.gov, they found that research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), were unable to conclusively find evidence that linked the use of antiperspirants on your underarm and breast cancer. Now they did go on to further state that they found women in particular who shaved and applied an antiperspirant earlier may have found some correlation that was intriguing between antiperspirants and breast cancer – but it still wasn’t enough to fully substantiate a conclusive link.
Going Beyond Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum compounds aside, another important factor that men are making the switch to natural deodorants is due to the fact that they are made of all natural ingredients and therefore don’t contain chemicals like parabens, chemical based fragrances, triclosan, and a few other nasty ingredients.
While the use of parabens is largely on the decline within the mens personal care realm, they are extremely easy to spot. If you look at the ingredient label, you will simply want to look for anything with the suffix of “paraben” such as…
…to just name a few.
Will A Natural Deodorant Stop Sweat?
The most common point of frustration when it comes to deodorants and antiperspirants are the expectations of performance.
Guys, listen here:
Deodorants and antiperspirants are two completely different things.
Your typical stick of Old Spice, Degree, or any other huge brands are both an antiperspirant AND deodorant. This means that they will both block your sweat glands through the use of the active ingredient (aluminum compound that we covered earlier) and deliver a great smell throughout the course of a day.
The deodorants that we will be covering below are used to fight the bacteria that makes you smell, but you will still sweat. Therefore if you have a very active lifestyle, these sticks will not block your pits from getting moist. Now there are ingredients within the deodorants that act as an astringent on your pores (i.e. witch hazel), but they simply don’t block your pores altogether like antiperspirants.
What Is An Essential Oil?
One of the most common ingredients found in many of the natural deodorants today contain some form of an essential oil.
Whether you are seeking out that classic barbershop smell of Sandalwood or are going for a more traditional woodsy scent, essential oils can lead the way when it comes to fragrance choices.
Typically derived from seeds, peels, timbers and more, essential oils are the life of the party for many natural deodorants.
But it gets better:
There has been a tremendous amount of research over the years with the goal of rediscovering the benefits of essential oils.
For instance, did you know that Tea Tree oil is considered to be a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal?
This pairs perfectly with natural deodorants in order to eliminate odors without having to rely on overly harsh chemicals.
Should you ever be looking for benefits of any particular essential oil found in any natural deodorant, a quick Google search (i.e. ‘[ESSENTIAL OIL] + benefits’] should provide endless information around the oil and its primary uses.