Aluminum in Antiperspirant: Should You Be Concerned?

aluminum in antiperspirant

Antiperspirants should have a warning label!

Have you ever thought about the effects of aluminum in antiperspirant? Before we tackle this important question, let me tell you a story.

When I was a bit younger, I had a sweating problem. This is embarrassing to admit! It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop my underarms from sweating profusely. It didn’t help that I lived in South Florida, a hot sticky climate. It doesn’t take much to sweat here!

I searched high and low for a strong antiperspirant so I could stop embarrassing sweat stains on my shirts. I eventually had to turn to a dermatologist for a clinical strength product. The clinical strength antiperspirant contained high levels of aluminum. This was before I was organic and I had no idea as to the health risks I was exposing myself to. At that time, I thought I had found a gold mine! Looking back, I realize it was the totally wrong thing to do. But why do we need to be concerned about aluminum in antiperspirant?

Aluminum is Natural

Aluminum is a naturally occurring metal in the earth. It’s actually one of the most abundant and one of the most toxic. The forms that are usually found in antiperspirants are aluminum chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, and aluminium-zirconium. Why is it the major ingredient in antiperspirants? It prevents you from sweating and clogs pores that release sweat.

By the way, sweat doesn’t smell. It’s actually the bacteria under your arms which causes the sweat to smell. Sweating is actually good for you because it helps the body release toxins, so aluminum is doing your body a disservice by helping it collect toxins. In effect, it blocks your body’s natural detoxification mechanism.

So picture it, you apply antiperspirant day after day, where do the metals go? Guess where? In numerous research studies of women with breast cancer, it’s been found in the body, especially in breast tissue. In another study, more deposits of aluminum was found in breast tissue closest to the underarm. So does this lead us to believe aluminum contributes to breast cancer? I think the evidence points to yes. Also, most deodorants don’t contain aluminum, unless it’s an anti-perspirant/deodorant. But most deodorants have other problem-causing ingredients too (but that’s another story.)

 

Aluminum in Antiperspirant: More Bad News

 

Here’s further proof that aluminum is the bad guy. When collected in the body, aluminum mimics estrogen. Excess estrogen increases breast cancer risk by stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. This is similar to other chemicals, such as parabens, which mimic hormones and increase cancer risks as well. Most women are exposed to excessive amounts of fake estrogen through the foods they eat (soy), perfumes (phthalates), cosmetics, and plastics. Making it worse is the antiperspirants being used on a daily basis. All this extra estrogen has to go somewhere and the most likely result is breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her life…this statistic is scary! If you knew you could reduce your risk of developing this disease by cutting out the antiperspirant, would you?

 

Why Crystal Salt Deodorants are NOT a Good Choice

So if you’ve decided to be proactive and make the switch, you may decide to use an aluminum salt deodorant, such as the deodorant crystal. I did the same thing. I switched to one these and began to realize, even though it may be a natural aluminum salt, it’s still aluminum! This time the aluminum is potassium alum, which although safer than commercial antiperspirants, is still not completely aluminum free. What the heck are you supposed to use? First off, if you sweat a lot and it has a smell, you may want to consider a detoxification program. It may be your body’s way of telling you: it’s time to get rid of all the nasty toxins! If you cleanse your body internally, you may be able to free yourself of embarrassing underarm odor.

Check out this post I wrote on The Real Cause of Armpit Odor for more on this.

 

My Deodorant Recommendation

Even though sweating is good for you, we still don’t wanna do it! I’ve found the #1 best natural deodorant ever. I am not kidding. I’ve been using it for years and whenever I switch to something else just to try it, I always end up going back. The good thing is, though, it’s a deodorant, yet it keeps my sweat at bay. It’s Holistic Deodorant by Real Purity. I usually buy 2 bottles at once because I love it so much. It’s not only designed to keep you fresh, but the ingredients actually contribute to your good health. Shouldn’t your deodorant do that? Instead of having the risk of giving you cancer?

 

So if you’ve been wondering about whether aluminum in antiperspirant was dangerous, now you have more of the facts. Many websites (and even our federal government) say aluminum is safe. However, the countless studies done proves this is false. If anything even has the slightest chance to promote cancer and safer alternatives exist, would you seek them out? The problem is the breast cancer industry is a multi-million dollar business, so when they rant and rave about “the fight for the cure”, are they really wanting to cure it? Because there’s no money in the cure.

Check out this great article by Dr. Mercola on why you need to avoid aluminum in antiperspirant and how you can prevent breast cancer.

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!

 

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • Michelle

    YUCK! I used to use that prescription stuff too…. :( I seriously hope it didn’t do too much damage and that my active efforts to protect myself NOW will make up for it. Makes me sick to think a DOCTOR would tell me to use it… what happened to “First do no harm”!!?

    Anyway, wanted to throw another couple amazing natural deodorants out there… bubble & bee makes pit putty, which I know works for a lot of people (including my hubby!)…. it did not work AS WELL for me, but I found Salubritas… seriously AWESOME… take that from another really sweaty girl… hahaha No sweat, No smell! Plus… it is a balm, so it forces you to feel your armpit area every single day… :)

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Michelle,

    I tried Bubble and Bee too and the first version didn’t work. Then I tried the Spearmint Pit Putty, it worked for a bit and then quit on me. It was a VERY embarrassing moment when I realized it wasn’t working!! The only one which never fails is Real Purity. Thanks for the suggestions….I will check out Salubritas…you’ve peaked my curiosity!

    -Robin

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    Thanks for the info, I know that ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ antiperspirants have been growing in popularity but I wasn’t quite sure why. I did try the “Jason” brand a few months ago but it smelled funny and stained some of my clothes purple! I’ll check out the one you recommend here.

    -Karen

  • http://allnaturalannie.com/ Annie

    Great post! Opting for a truly healthy, natural deodorant is one of the most important yet hardest switches to make. It’s really hard to find a good one so it’s awesome to find out about more good options. Thanks Robin!
    Annie´s last blog post ..DIY Air Freshener

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Lauren W.

    I’ve been thinking about this topic for the past month. I’m glad you posted a blog post about it.
    Lauren W.´s last blog post ..Specific Beauty Skincare Giveaway

  • http://www.eftcoachingbyphone.com Sue Burness

    Great article Robin!! You’re doing a wonderful job of bringing this kind of information to the public. Most people just don’t know about the risks and the options.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks! At first I thought this topic has been overdone, but then I thought, no, there’s so many women (and men, for that matter) who are unaware about these very serious risks. I hope I’ve reached more people and helped them make a change.
    -Robin

  • http://gayleswishlist.blogspot.com G.

    Yeah, that aluminum everywhere sucks – I’m using the brand Jason natural deo, found at whole foods.
    G.´s last blog post ..Saturday Nails

  • http://battysbath.ca/ Battys Bath

    This is a great post. I wish people were more aware about the harmful aluminum in their deodorants..I do my best to warm people but I always get the “oh you’re just being a crazy hippy” lol open your mind people! there’s a good reason people are starting to come out of the wood works and turn organic! Cancer is spreading like wild fire…I wish it was easier to get people to be more open minded about what they put in and on their bodies.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Battys,

    Thanks for commenting! I am in total agreement with you….you starting telling people about toxins and they say, “Oh, don’t scare me!” Well, they NEED to be scared! Like you say, all this cancer is coming from somewhere! Like minded people just need to stick together and continue to spread the word!

    Peace!
    Robin

  • berta

    Hey , first of all , thanks for the article , it was of great help :)
    I just wanted to ask a question . See , I sweat , like A LOT .. And I have tried normal deodorants , but they do not work at all on me ! I still have huge pit stains no matter what , and it is totally embarassing ! So I recently started using clinical antiperspirants , which stop the sweating but sting quite a lot when you put them on … So i found out , just like you wrote here , that they’re quite harmful .. But I liked not worrying about pit stains :/ Do you have any recommendations as to what very strong antiperspirants I could use , that don’t harm my health please ? Thanks :)

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hi Berta,

    I’m glad the article helped you! I cannot recommend any antiperspirant that will not have harmful ingredients. I’ve found that the natural ingredient baking soda completely eliminates excess sweating….but at the same time some people may develop irritation after using it. I know I did! You might want to try some natural formulations which include baking soda, such as Bubble and Bee. I also used to sweat profusely until I began using Real Purity, which may also be an option for you. You may also want to look into finding out the reason why you’re sweating so much. It may be a detoxification issue. I hope these suggestions help and let me know how they work for you!

    -Robin

  • Mike Hammond

    There are a few issues you need to tidy up in this article, so your readers have all the correct information. You’ve made quite a few irresponsible mistakes. Your intention is good – giving people information. But please, check your facts first. It’s the responsible thing to do.

    First, let’s be clear that deodorants and anti-perspirants are two different products. Deodorant does not “keep sweat at bay”, but masks or prevents odour from bacteria breaking down in the armpit. Anti-perspirants are designed to stop sweating.

    And aluminium doesn’t actually have any links with cancer – that was a hoax.
    Take a look at the UK’s Cancer Research site for exact information on that issue – http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/deodorants/deodorants-and-cancer

    There was thought to be some relationship with Alzheimer’s Disease. But even this has proved to be false by the Alzheimer’s Society themselves – http://alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=99

    I hope you can see your way clear to furnishing people with the correct information, in order that they can make clear, informed choices for themselves.

    Thank you.

    M Hammond.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    I appreciate your comments. In the article while I did say my deodorant kept “my sweat at bay”, I was not implying that deodorants do this. I was merely stating that my deodorant does something out of the ordinary. I truly do not sweat when using it…perhaps some of the natural ingredients keep me dry. I’m well aware anti-antiperspirants are the only product which reduces sweating. As for your claims that aluminum has no link with cancer or Alzheimer’s, I (and many others) do not believe this. I choose to be proactive. I choose to educate people about the risks of aluminum and let them make their own choice of whether they want to use it or not. This reminds me of how smoking was not considered unsafe in the 1950s….until further studies were done and it was found to be incredibly damaging and toxic.

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  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Battys-

    Thank you!!! I will share!

    -Robin

  • Jessie

    Thanks for the article! I came across this several months ago and did some more research on aluminum. Scary stuff!

    I tried Holistic Deodorant by Real Purity and thought it was OK, but I also tried a product called Lavilin and thought it was a lot better. Found it when I was doing research on natural deodorant alternatives so figured I’d give both brands a shot and see which I liked better. Nothing against Holistic Deodorant by Real Purity, just thought Lavilin was really, really good. I’ve just bought a few more for my family – let’s hope they like it too!

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com/about?rel=author Natural Organics

    That’s great to know about Lavillin. I’ve heard of it…everybody’s body chemistry is different. I happen to ADORE Real Purity and I have some serious funk. LOL Thanks for commenting!