Sweat and Stink
Having been to Paris is July, I am not at all opposed to masking body odor. I am opposed to using ingredients that could be harmful. The deodorant aisle is full of ingredients I stopped using a long time ago. For a long while I stopped using anything under my arms at all (gasp!), but during my third pregnancy I had some body odor that I normally would not have…. so I started making my own. If you are a DIYer there are a gajillion recipes online to make your own. It’s not difficult and you can get most of the ingredients pretty easily. I encourage you to try it, if that’s your cup of tea.
Ingredients to avoid
- Propylene glycol- this again? It’s in EVERYTHING, isn’t it? Even our food! Allegedly it is “safe” in small amounts, but if it’s in almost all skin products and a lot of processed food, then you aren’t being exposed to it in small amounts are you? What is it? It’s a petroleum based ingredient that softens the product (makes it easier to apply) and, in my opinion, is a cheap way to cut corners in the name of your health.
- Triclosan- I have talked about this ingredient before and how it’s actually classified as a pesticide and a hormone disrupter.
- Phthalates- are another ingredient that I avoid. Phthalates are used in skin care products, synthetic fragrances, and plastics that help dissolve the other ingredients in the formula. It’s used to create a better consistency. This ingredient is another chemical that can be a hormone disruptor.
- Aluminum- it is what gives antiperspirants their ability to stop you from sweating. I have never found an antiperspirant that did not have aluminum in it. It’s very effective in blocking your sweat glands. Grocery store antiperspirants can contain up to 25 percent aluminum salts by weight. The problem is that there isn’t a whole lot known about the effects of aluminum does to us. Some think there is a link to breast cancer or cancer of the lymph nodes. I don’t like it, I don’t use it.
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