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Friday, February 25, 2011

DEO for the BO

As I've already stated I'm a Product Junkie.  But when I found out I was pregnant I had to reassess the products I was using either due to actual warning labels on the products warning against using while pregnant or actually taking advice from my very knowledgeable mother (only when it comes to natural health of coarse).  She always was on me about using natural deodorants because they are formulated without aluminum.  Of coarse I blew her of because "what does she know, & besides those natural deodorants don't work, & how embarrassing are sweat stains?!"  Well when I became pregnant I wanted to not only put the best foods into my body I wanted to be sure to only use products on my body that wouldn't be harmful to my baby.  The Ban deodorant I was using was not only harmful to my baby but myself, so it had to go.  After listening to my mother & doing a little research on the good ol' world wide web I found that the aluminum in deodorant isn't the only toxic chemical it is formulated with but just 1 of 20...

I've done the research for you and complied all the most important & alarming facts I've found.  Take it as you will-but hope you read the following & make the change:

"Use deodorant instead of antiperspirant, since sweat is normal and blocking the pores is not. Especially avoid aluminum, which is found in high levels in the brain plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease. And with deodorants, avoid phthalates, which are plastics used to help the fragrance stay on our skin and block endocrine function, especially in the male fetus. Parabens, which are used as preservatives in these products, should also be avoided since they could be linked to breast cancer."
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Mehmet C. Oz., M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

Most contain aluminum zirconium, which is toxic to the nervous and reproductive systems, a chemical called BHT, which is believed to be a hormonal disrupter and neurotoxin, and various chemicals that give your deodorant stick that distinctive smell. You'll also get another dose of propylene glycol, which helps the deodorant go on so nicely but is linked to irritation and immune toxicity.
The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps by Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith

“Studies are now showing that continuous exposure to toxic chemicals in personal hygiene products, such as antiperspirants, may be related to allergic reactions, Alzheimer’s, and even breast cancer in women. This may come as no surprise considering the fact that most deodorants are made up of aluminum chlorohydrate, as well as up to 20 other toxic chemicals.
Chemical exposure in antiperspirants is not limited to aluminum. There are many other poisonous chemicals, including anti-freeze, in the conventional stick of antiperspirant. Paraben, also a common ingredient in many deodorants, has been linked to higher risks for breast cancer, due to the estrogen-mimicking effect.
Studies done by the U.S. Toxicology Program in 1997 found that hormone disruptors such as PropTEA and DEA, other normal ingredients found in deodorants, were reported to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in animals.
Other chemicals such as FD&C colors, triclosan and quaternium compounds have been found to lead to cancerous diseases, dermatitis, allergies and asthma-like symptoms in both animals and humans. Over 90% of the chemicals used in fragrance additives to common personal-care products come from petroleum.” Dr. Edward Group

So I already said that natural deodorants dont work-so what do you do? Well I have found one that does and I've been using it for close to 2 years now.  Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant.  Its 100% Natural & comes in 4 fresh scents. The Healthy Deodorant provides long-lasting odor protection & has soothing essential oils & antioxidants that have even cured my HORRIABLE razor burn! There is NO aluminum, NO parabens, NO: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, or sulfates.  I've tried the Pure Vanilla & Vanilla Lavender scents. I liked the Pure Vanilla but feel that the Vanilla Lavander works better on odor. The other 2 scents are Vanilla Coconut & Vanilla Grapefruit.  They are available exclusively at Sephora.  If you plan on ordering online at sephora.com & want to try either the vanilla coconut or vanilla grapefruit keep in mind, I remember one of them smelled like kitty litter!  But the pure vanilla & vanilla lavender smell lovely!So stop using those toxins & get HEALTHY!


  1. Amy, your posts are so helpful. They really make me want to treat my skin & body right! This is exactly the kind of information I've always wanted-- all in one place! Thanks :0)

  2. Do you think Sephora at JCP will have this? I don't feel like spending an extra $32 worth of stuff just to get free shipping!

  3. Thanks Caitlin! Im so happy that your enjoying my bloggy-blog :)

    Dain-Sephora @ JCP only has the Pure Vanilla scent. But if thats the one you wanted, then perfect! But Im going to pick up Corrie @ school on Thursday & could run in and pick you up any scent you wanted at the Sephora down there. Let me knowww!

  4. soo after reading this I ran to the closest CVS and started checking new labels for a new deo...I found Tom's of Maine all natural apricot scented deo and so far so great! Thought I would share with everyone :) I've never shopped at sephora or anything of the sort so I guess I'm a drug store girl and thought if anybody else out there was too they could try this!

  5. YAY Courtney glad you found a safer deo :) Josh & I use Tom's of Maine toothpaste bc that along with Burts Bees toothpaste are the only ones that dont contain sodiam laurel sulfate which is known to cause cancer. But thats a whole other bloggy blog post haha!

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