is a skin irritant and may cause contact dermatitis. It may kill
healthy bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. It may contain
carcinogenic contaminants. It is stored in body fat and is classified
as a pesticide by the FDA.
Talc is classified as
a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it
contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in
cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label,
there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform
glycol absorbs quickly through the skin and is a
penetration enhancer. It may cause delayed allergic reactions. NIOSH
says propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and may cause kidney or liver
damage. The EPA says it’s not fully investigated for
Silica is a skin irritant. It
may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.
(n may be any number like say 100), may be vegetable derived
but is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human
Instead choose deodorants with ingredients like vegetable glycerin,
natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and lichen, herbs or herbal
extracts, de-ionized water or distilled water, green tea, aloe vera,
baking soda and essential oils.
word of caution: Plant extracts listed on labels can
already contain parabens and propylene glycol. These do not have to be
listed on the label. Very few herbs supplied to manufacturers are free
of parabens or other synthetic preservatives unless they are extracted
in vegetable glycerine. To make sure that the products you buy are
healthy and free of these harmful chemicals, call the deodorant
manufacturer and ask them for detailed information.
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