Body odour, or good ol’ fashioned sweat is a scent that many of us would do anything in our power to prevent due to the social stigma that translates to poor personal hygiene. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that describes individuals who suffer from excessive sweating. A popular treatment that has been making headlines is injecting the armpits with Botox that can last up to 9 months. However, the cynic in me is apprehensive about such a recommendation in light of the Breast Implant Illness controversy that is gathering waves across the world. As a child I had a babysitter who had really bad body odour and because I liked her so much, I connected it as a positive scent until I was a teenager and quickly learned it wasn’t terribly desirable. Connecting a memory or a person with a certain scent really is a powerful thing! Do you have a similar story?
As a young teenager my mom always steered me away from spray deodorants opting for more ‘health-friendly’ roll-ons. However, research is far advanced since I was 16-years old (OMG – A decade ago!) and scientists are finding out that it’s the ingredients that are responsible for health issues, rather than the delivery method of the deodorant itself.
Aluminium compounds are the predominant active ingredient present in deodorants, which temporarily mask sweat by blocking the sweat ducts. With the armpit located in such close proximity to the breast area, the potential longterm damage can result in a buildup of chemicals in one area. Aluminium chloride or aluminium chlorhydrate have been identified as two harmful carcinogenic metals that can negatively influence oestrogen levels (mutation of the cells) and are present in many big brand deodorant products. There are numerous reasons as to why men and women develop breast cancer and having researched many studies online, I am shocked to see that websites such as NationalBreastCancer.org outright list deodorants as a factor that DOESN’T increase or cause breast cancer.
Parabens (preservatives) is another buzz word we hear beauty bloggers and YouTubers chat about but like many things, it’s just another term that is thrown around without an explanation. The body can often mistake parabens for oestrogen that has been scientifically proven to disrupt the hormonal balance and ultimately increases the risk of developing certain cancers.
Every year as I become older and hopefully wiser, I have to remind myself not to be so naive when I see a reputable brands’ cosmetic product on a shelf. We live in a world whereby profit triumphs everything and it’s your duty to be well informed about what you put into and onto your body. Below I will list a few nasty chemicals to look out for when you are out cosmetics shopping:
- Any aluminium ingredients
- Steareths – Reduce the interactive forces between molecules of other liquids so that an emulsion is formed.
- Triclosan – Act as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
- Propylene Glycol – An anti-freeze chemical used to prevent cosmetics from melting in high temperatures.
- Ethanolamines (TEA, DEA, MEA) – Ammonia compounds that create the foaming effect in cosmetic products and control pH levels. It permits water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients to blend together.
- Artificial colours – Synthetic chemicals that are toxins often causing skin irritation or rashes.
In the past six months I have developed random patches of dermatitis around my body and around my armpit has unfortunately been one area. Spending the hot summer in Spain meant having a deodorant was a necessity, so I went on a search for a deodorant that was as pure as chemically possible.
Instituto Español Pieles Atópicas – This roll-on deodorant has been a lifesaver for me and I really wasn’t expecting it to be because I believe I paid below €5 for it. It is free from aluminium, parabens, colours, scents, alcohol and isn’t tested on animals. I will definitely be picking up a new one when I go back to Spain for Christmas.
Pure Deo Co – Lavender Natural Deodorant – This is an Aussie brand that I picked up in TK-Maxx for €6 since I’m running low on my trusty roll-on mentioned above. As you can see the ingredients are very pure and for once, easy to understand! The only downfall to this product is the powdery after feeling that it creates and could potentially be an issue for dark clothes. The scent is extremely authentic, not that synthetic laboratory aroma.
Don’t forget to check out the video below – One of my favourite YouTubers, Sukkari Life, a young Saudi Arabian woman who lives a vegan lifestyle, sharing healthy tips and tricks to live a more natural life.