No More Antiperspirant Toxins on My Skin

I used antiperspirants my entire adult life – just like everyone, always trying to smell nice, not sweaty. All that time I assumed things on store shelves were thoroughly tested for safety. We have the FDA of course, so I made the erroneous assumption everything was safe.

How clueless I was! I advise you to do your own research and look into the safety of your cosmetics and your personal care products. You may need to see it for yourself to believe it, like I had to.

Does the FDA regulate cosmetics and personal care products?

The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market

FDA.gov

Personal care products fall under the larger umbrella “cosmetics”.

Under the law, some of the products commonly referred to as “personal care products” are cosmetics. These include, for example, skinmoisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants.

FDA.gov

Only 13 chemical substances are banned in the US.

Only 10% of cosmetics and personal care products are tested.

When we use deodorants and especially antiperspirants we put known toxins into the pit of our arms, right by our lymph nodes. Toxins layered on our skin, covering our pores, right where our lymph nodes are — nobody can convince me that this is a healthy practice. .

When I realized how many toxic substances are in antiperspirants I was shocked and stopped using them.

What do you think happened?

No, not stinky armpits. 😂

I was surprised that even though I used no antiperspirant, my armpits did not sweat. Seriously!

How long did I not sweat?

What would you guess?

A day? A week? A month?

Over two months!!! My armpits did not perspire. Even though I was outside in the heat, worked in the garden during summer, worked out, I DID NOT SWEAT where antiperspirant had stopped my body from sweating previously. My back would sweat, my forehead, my neck, but not my armpits where I had always applied antiperspirant in the past.

So, you might wonder what is wrong with that? After all, none of us want smelly armpits, right?

… Think for a moment!

Sweating is a way that your body cools itself. And even though the kidneys and liver are mainly responsible for cleansing our body of toxins, the body also sweats out toxins through pores. If we don’t sweat, our body can’t cool itself and remember, lymph nodes are right in the armpits, so sweating would also mean longer exposure to those toxic chemicals on your skin and less chance of cleansing your body of toxins.

Toxins covering our skin and clogging pores can’t possibly be good for us. Toxins we are exposed to have negative health effects, possibly creating long term problems and promoting disease.

Realizing how detrimental exposure to toxins can be, I promised myself to not use antiperspirants again and to examine the chemicals present in products I put on my skin.

👎🏼 But nobody wants to be 👃 STINKY, 🤭 right?!

So what did I do?

Worried about applying toxins to my skin, I learned how to make a natural deodorant from scratch myself.

Next: DIY Deodorant Recipe

https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/fda-authority-over-cosmetics-how-cosmetics-are-not-fda-approved-are-fda-regulated

7 Comments Add yours

  1. terrepruitt says:

    Wow. I am such a sweaty person . . . it is annoying!

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    1. Chris says:

      Consider yourself lucky. It is healthy for you. A good deodorant should help with scent but not stop you from sweating as sweating is natural and good for you.

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  2. hcmorris77 says:

    I use coconut oil (for the smell) and baby powder (to absorb sweat), as I do sweat.

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    1. Chris says:

      That’s awesome. I believe we think alike. After my initial shock I started doing the same. I made my own deodorant. I use coconut oil as well but baking soda and arrowroot instead of baby powder. I wrote the recipe down and was about to post it. I love finding like-minded people who care about health and a toxin-free life. Thank you for your great comment. I hadn’t thought of using baby powder before. Do you live in the US? We constantly see lawyer commercials that encourage suing Johnson and Johnson over their baby powder. After years of selling it here it was found to contribute to cancer. The company knew and sold it anyway. Now there are lots of lawsuits from people whose health was ruined by it. Please make sure the baby powder you use is safe. If you live in Europe you’re probably safe. The laws in the EU are much stricter. They ban over 1300 chemicals — the US bans 11 at the moment. Sad that profits seem to be more important than people’s health. —I did write a lot. 😂 Thanks again for your comment.

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      1. hcmorris77 says:

        I actually use a mixture of baby powder (dollar store brand and only to use it up), baking soda and Vanderbilt body powder, from Avon. Once the baby powder is gone, strictly baking soda and body powder. It’s my understanding that avon has its own set of standards outside of U.S. standards and yes, I live in the U.S.

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      2. hcmorris77 says:

        I had ovarian cancer but it’s been too long and they won’t include me in the lawsuit…I was 18

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      3. Chris says:

        I am sorry you’ve gone through so much at such a young age. So you’re well aware of those commercials. I find it wrong that they won’t include you in the lawsuit. It’s criminal that things are sold that damage health. I used to use Avon for many years. I know what they sell in Europe has to comply with European standards. Since all that research I have found a company that has the highest standards. Arbonne bans over 2000 chemicals in every country, including US. I like that they won’t sell anything that’s not proven safe. It makes me feel good using it. I will write some about that in my next blog article. We need safer products. I want to shout it from the rooftops. People (like you) get sick and have to deal with terrible diseases when much of that could be avoided.

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