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Toxic Ingredients In My Anti-Perspirant!

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When it comes to toxic ingredients in your skin care or body care products, you have to be your own advocate…your own Wellness Warrior! There is so much greenwashing going on that even the “green” guys are slipping you a little glycol (antifreeze) in your lotions and creams…derived from natural pants of course!

If you can’t pronounce it….find out what it is…how it’s made…and if it is ACTUALLY natural. Then make educated decisions with your hard earned “green”. Flaunt your purchasing power and show the world what you’re made of! Vote with your dollars and live a healthier, more passionate life. You deserve only the best.

If you are like me, researching ingredients made me feel like a guppy swimming in the great big ocean. How do I know that I’m reading quality information that I can count on to be adequately informed? Find professionals and websites you can trust. Environmental Working Group (EWG) is where we go for everything from food, cosmetics, additives, pesticides, cleaning products, farming, environmental, water, seafood, genetic engineering, sunscreen, and consumer products. We also check Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for many things including all of the ingredients we use in our Eco-Body Care products. Also, check more than one site to confirm or clarify what you’ve read. Read scientific journals, articles, and publications – go to the source instead of believing what you read on a blog (even our blog!) Don’t take our word for it. Read lots of books. Watch lots of documentaries. Equip yourself. The two things you have complete control over is what you put on your body and what you put in your mouth. Be an advocate for yourself!

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Riverstone Studios – Commercial Anti-Perspirant Ingredients

So here’s a peek into what our initial research looks like. These are the ingredients in the antiperspirant brand that I used for over 20 years. I have not added my opinion in any of the following findings, I have simply provided a capsule of the information I found on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Anything in brackets (…) are definitions from the web.

I strongly encourage you to click the links for each ingredient and read for yourself. You are worth it!

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What’s in Anti-Perspirant?

 

Cyclomethicone – is a silicone-based, antistatic solvent used as an emmoliant and conditioner. It is rated as toxic or harmful to non-reproductive organs in humans, suspected to be an environmental toxin, persistant or bioaccumulative (how pollutants enter the food chain) and moderate to high toxicity in humans.

Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachloradrex GLY – Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetic in the USA, restricted use in cosmetics in Canada, limited evidence of toxicity. It is rated as low organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). Animal-based.

Stearyl Alcohol – is used as an emulsion stabilizer and surfactant. It is rated as a high irritant of skin, eyes and lungs, yet listed as low overall health concerns, strong evidence of human irritant (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized), suspected to be an environmental toxin.

C12-C15 Alkyl Bensoate – A combination of benzoic acid and long chain C12-15 alcohols used as a anti-microbial skin conditioner. It is suspected to be an environmental toxin, no other concerns mentioned.

PPG-14 Butyl Ether – is polypropylene glycol ether of butyl alcohol, (a synthetic petrolium solvent) used as a skin conditioner. It is determined safe for use in cosmetics subject to concentrations or use limitations.

Hydrogenated Castor Oil – (to hydrogenate is to cause charge with hydrogen). Uncertain environmental toxin, and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative, regarding organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) it is rated as “classified as a low human health priority”.

Dimethicone – a silicone-based polymer anti-foaming agent, used as a lubricant and conditioner. Recommended restricted in cosmetics, use, concentration or manufacturing restrictions. Classified as to be expected toxic or harmful relating to organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative. Yet “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food”.

Polyethylene Glycol – is a humectant, solvent also known as PEG 7. It is classified as to be expected toxic or harmful relating to organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) and is classified as a medium health priority. There is limited evidence of sense organ toxicity. Yet “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food”.

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil – Sunflower Seed OIl is used as skin conditioner and emollient. Is not suspected to be toxic, persistent or bioaccumulative.

Steareth 100 – is a polyethene glycol ether of steryl alcohol. There is limited evidence of sense organ toxicity, and it is suspected to be an environmental toxin. Yet “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food”.

BHT – is used as a preservative in food and personal care products. It is a known human immune toxicant and allergen, and there is limited evidence of carcinigenicity. It is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful. One or more animal studies shows developmental effects when used in high doses. There is moderate evidence of human respiratory irritation.

Citric Acid – is used to promote skin peeling and regrowth in the case of anti-aging products by adjusting the PH of the skin. It is classified as a low human health priority and is classified as not toxic or harmful.

Alpha Isomethyl Ionone – is a group of naturally occurring and synthetically produced scent chemicals. It is a possible immune system toxicant or allergen, and suspected to be an environmental toxin. “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food”.

Benzyl Benzoate – is used as a solvent and preservative. It is a possible immune system toxicant or allergen, is associated with endocrine disruption. The European Union has labelled it as a wildlife and environmental toxicity. Environment Canada rates it as not suspected as an environmental toxin.

Benzyl Alcohol – is used as a solvent and a preservative. It is associated with immunotoxicity and allergies. Classified as toxic or harmful (only for products for use around mouth, on the lips or aerosols).

Benzyl Salicylate – is a fragrance ingredient and UV absorber. It is a known human immune system toxicant or allergen, (banned and restricted in the European Union). It is associated with endocrine disruption, suspected to be an environmental toxin, yet “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food”.

Butylphenyl Methylpropional – (LILIAL) – a masking, fragrance ingredient that is a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen, persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans and is associated with endocrine disruption. This fragrance ingredient is banned and restricted in the European Union but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

Citronellol – is a scent ingredient derived from plants such as rose, geranium and lemongrass oils. It is a possible immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the European Union but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

Geranoil – is a scent ingredient found in rose oil and geranium oil. It is a known human immune system toxicant and allergen and is suspected to be an environmental toxin.

Hexyl Cinnamal – is a natural and synthetic scent ingredient used in masking. It is a possible immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the EU but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

Hydroxycitronellal – is a common synthetic scent ingredient derived from the naturally occurring scent chemical citronellal. It is a known immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the EU but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

Isoeugenol – is used as a flavouring agent, fragrance ingredient and masking. It is a known immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the EU but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

Limonene – is a scent ingredient and solvent that occurs naturally in citrus fruits. It is a possible immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the EU, there is limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergens (only for products for use on skin), classified as a skin, eyes and lung irritant by the EU, one or more animal studies shows developmental effects at high doses. It is considered to be a wildlife and environmental toxicity in the EU, but Environment Canada does not suspect it to be an environmental toxin and designates it as safe for general or specific limited use in food.

Linalool – is a turpentine, fragrant ingredient, deodorant and masking.  It is a possible immune system toxicant and allergen and is banned and restricted in the EU but Environment Canada classifies it as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.

 

That was enough for me! No need to look too much further! I was convinced it was time to take charge of my life and future. I began looking for natural ways to deal with armpit odour – practically speaking – to replace my age-old antiperspirant forever. It was not long before we began making skin and body care products for our entire family. We have since sold over 2000 deodorants made from 100% natural ingredients – and it actually works!

The information provided in our blog is simply a result of our own research and is provided to encourage you to greater health and wellness. It is not intended to treat or diagnose. Please consult a professional if you have any health concerns or questions.

 

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