Deodorants without aluminium - Why natural deodorants?
Why deodorants with natural ingredients?For years, there have been discussions about harmful ingredients in deodorants, which have been linked to effects for Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer, among others. Almost all conventional deodorants available in our drugstores contain preservatives that make the skin more permeable to harmful substances, or aluminium compounds. Since British scientists detected residues of preservatives used in deodorants in breast cancer tumours in 2003, parabens have also fallen into disrepute. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are used as preservatives because of their antibacterial effect. This prompted the Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Vienna to advise against using them for underarm sprays and other cosmetics.
Natural deodorants contain neither parabens nor petrochemicals, which are also said to have negative effects. Petrochemicals include the emulsifiers PEG and PEG derivatives. These emulsifiers make the skin more permeable, so pollutants are more quickly introduced into the body.
Difference between deodorant and antiperspirantUnlike deodorants, which only prevent odour through antibacterial substances, antiperspirants have a constricting effect on the sweat glands. For this purpose, chemical aluminium compounds are used that contract the skin and thus block the sweat glands so that no sweat flows. If you look behind the term "antiperspirant", it hardly seems surprising that this type of sweat inhibition is harmful to us and our body's natural cooling function.
Another advantage of natural deodorants is that they do not contain synthetic fragrances. Potentially dangerous are mainly nitro and polycyclic musk compounds, which are usually harmlessly declared as "Parfum" or "Fragrance". However, these substances can cause allergies and have even been shown to be carcinogenic and mutagenic in some animal studies.
Make your own deodorant: Our simple recipe from the pharmacy for natural deodorants. If you want to play it safe, you can also simply make your own deodorant. It usually only takes a few minutes and a few home remedies. The basic recipe for homemade deodorants consists of baking soda and essential oils. Our tip for a deodorant cream with coconut oil and baking soda is particularly gentle and skin-friendly. The coconut oil has an antibacterial effect and cares for the skin at the same time. Together with bicarbonate of soda and cornflour, you can quickly make a nourishing and effective deodorant cream.
For summer days, our pharmacists recommend a mixture without coconut oil. Instead, you can use shea butter to achieve an optimal consistency despite summer temperatures.
It is important to note, however, that during the conversion from chemical cocktail to nature, the body often needs some time until it can perspire "normally" again and the deodorant can work accordingly. After about two weeks, however, the adaptation phase should be over and you can use the natural deodorant without hesitation.