A few years ago, I remember shopping around for some beauty products and needed to restock my current deodorant at the time. I remember seeing an Arm & Hammer deodorant with a label that displayed "aluminum free" on it. Since I had never paid attention to the ingredients in my deodorant before I figured that this particular deodorant must be good. I mean, who wants to apply anything with a metal substance under their arm?? That was my thought process, so in the shopping cart it went and since then Arm & Hammer's Essentials® Solid Deodorant Unscented became my go-to deodorant of choice.
While doing a bit of research about natural deodorants I found out that there are some differences between antiperspirants and deodorants even though the terms are often used interchangeably.
1. Deodorants allow perspiration but kill the bacteria that causes odor from perspiration.
2. Antiperspirants stop perspiration from occurring.
I think most of us know of the first two points but these other two, I was not aware of.
a. Antiperspirants contain aluminum.
b. Deodorants typically do not contain aluminum. “Typically” being the operative word here.
Common sense would tell us to just use deodorants instead of antiperspirants, right? Well, here’s the problem; nowadays deodorants are manufactured to not only kill bacteria but also to stop perspiration. In other words, deodorants are now being manufactured to work just like an antiperspirant; aluminum and all. No bueno. As it turns out, most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain a variety of harsh chemicals that can pose a risk to our health. One of those harsh chemicals being aluminum (among other things) that can be toxic and dangerous to our health.
Hey guys, it's been a while but I had to pop back on the scene to let you all know that I'm taking an indefinite break from The BeautyXchange. To be honest with you not only do I feel like I'm on a different journey and direction but coupled with that I am starting graduate school in a couple of weeks. So, needless to say between work, my kids, and school I'll be juggling more than usual. Of course, I can't leave without expressing how thankful I am to all of you for your readership, comments, and interactions. Not sure when/if I'll be back but until then.... Take care....Gigi