Is Your Deodorant Safe?

Propylene Glycol is a chemical found in personal care, even in the all natural Toms of Maine deodorant. Proplyene Glycol products acts as a penetration enhancer that keeps products from melting in heat and/or freezing when it is cold. It is found in items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, acne treatment, moisturizer, toothpaste, deodorant, nail polish, mascara; basically anything you could possibly use on your body.  Proplyene Glycol alters the structure of the skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate deep beneath it while increasing their ability to reach the blood stream.  This chemical is categorized as a “moderate” health issue and it has been shown to be linked to cancer. Proplyene Glycol has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans in a concentration as low as 2%, the industry review panel recommends cosmetics can contain up to 50% of the substance. Developmental reproductive issues, allergies immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption are a long term result of this chemical entering the circulation system.

When looking at ingredient lists, look for names like 1,2-Dihydroxypropane; 2-Hydroxypropanol; Methylethy Glycol; 1,2-Propanediol; Propane-1,2-Diol. Those that contain propylene glycol include:

Clarins Extra Firming Starter Collection

Colorsilk by Revlon

Noxzema Bikini Clear Shave Gel

Hawaiian Tropic Deep Tanning Creme Lotion

Clairol Herbal Essences

Toms Deodorant

 you can see the full list of 1,041 here

So take a look at the ingredients of the products that you use and search for propylene glycol or the other names it is often called. I try my best to only use safe, natural products.

1. The Groin

BO Busters

Use fragrance-free cornstarch powder to keep the area dry.

Wear natural fiber or wicking clothing.

Go commando when you can.

Avoid covering up odor with perfumes, which don't kill the odor-causing bacteria.

2. The Underarms

BO Busters

Use underarm deodorants that contain alcohol or other agents that kill bacteria or rub a crystal rock deodorant composed of mineral salts.

Use an antiperspirant which reduces moisture. (Tip: apply antiperspirants at night when you sweat less for maximum absorption into pores.)

Shave, wax, or laser underarm hair.

Avoid using harsh body soaps that wash away the natural barrier that protects against bacterial growth.

Avoid masking odors with synthetic fragrances.

3. The Feet

BO Busters

Wear socks made of cotton or other wicking material that can absorb perspiration.

Use dehydrating foot powder and footpads that contain activated charcoal that absorbs odor.

Use a tea soak 30 minutes every day for a week to allow tea tannins to constrict sweat pores.

Go barefoot or wear open sandals when you can.

Try adding a few drops of essential oils such as tea tree, sage, and clove to a footbath containing arrowroot and baking soda.

Rub some rubbing alcohol on feet at bedtime.

4. The Mouth 

BO Buster

Floss and brush teeth twice a day and after meals.

Rake the tongue with a tongue scraper from the back near the gag reflex down to the tip.

Rinse with mouthwash.

Soak dentures daily.

Eat more parsley.

Treat gingivitis early to prevent full-blown periodontal gum disease.

5. The Scalp

BO Busters

Wash hair regularly (oily hair more often than dry hair).

Use a hair dryer to dry hair thoroughly.

Don't tie back wet hair.