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2 Things You Should Know About Your Antiperspirants

Unless you enjoy watery patches poking out under your arms or your own brand of body odour, applying antiperspirants and deodorants is a daily ritual (usually more than once a day) for most people – but have you taken the time to learn about the chemicals and substances in these products and the effect they are having to your body?

 We now know substances can be absorbed through the skin. For example medical science has developed patches as hormone therapy that specifically enters through the skin. Regarding antiperspirants some of the ingredients can pass through the skin - particularly as the area where antiperspirants are applied (armpits) have lymphatic and fatty tissue.


  1. Let’s discuss the concerns with Aluminium

Aluminium is the ingredient in many commercial antiperspirants that blocks pores to prevent you from sweating. After a single underarm application of antiperspirant about 0.012% of aluminium may be absorbed.1

 Aluminium may or may not be involved in breast cancer. However it does disrupt biochemistry as it’s an antagonist to Iron and Vitamin C, therefore may increase the demand for these nutrients.

 Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust. It is always found combined with other elements such as oxygen, silicon, and fluorine. Aluminium as the metal is obtained from aluminium-containing minerals.

 Small amounts of aluminium can be found dissolved in water. Aluminium metal is light in weight and silvery-white in appearance.

 Aluminium is used for beverage cans, pots and pans, airplanes, siding and roofing, and foil. Aluminium is often mixed with small amounts of other metals to form aluminium alloys, which are stronger and harder. Aluminium compounds have many different uses, for example, as alums in water-treatment and alumina in abrasives and furnace linings. They are also found in consumer products such as antacids, astringents, buffered aspirin, food additives, and antiperspirants.2


  1. Now let’s talk Paraben

Parabens are usually used in antiperspirants and deodorants as a preservative. According to eminent scientist David Suzuki, parabens easily penetrate the skin and the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as a Category 1 priority substance.3 This is substantiated as parabens can mimic oestrogen3 and have been detected in human breast cancer tissue.4 It’s not only the females that are affected, parabens also interfere with male reproductive functions.5 Studies have also indicated that methylparaben when applied to the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.6,7

 When purchasing products consider avoiding products that contain methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben and ethylparaben.


Our range of Aluminium and Paraben free products

 Herb Valley and Wild Pink offer a range of effective aluminium and paraben free deodorants and antiperspirants that treat the bacteria that cause odours without the addition of potentially harmful chemicals. This is achieved by using a zinc compound in place of aluminium and removing parabens. These products are available with natural fragrances. Our range is for the body conscious consumer who wants to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure and still be confident their body odour is under control.





3.         DHI Water and Environment. Study on Enhancing the Endocrine Disrupter Priority List with a Focus on Low Production Volume Chemicals. Revised Report to DG Environment. Hersholm, Denmark: DHI, 2007. 

4.         Vince, G. "Cosmetic chemicals found in breast tumours." New Scientist. Jan 12, 2004. 

5.         Darbre PD and Harvey PW. "Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks." J Appl Toxicol.28, 5 (Jul 2008):561-78.

6.         O.H. et al (2006) Methylparaben potentiates UV-induced damage of skin keratinocytes, ScienceDirectToxicology, Volume 227, Issues 1-2, 3 pages 62-72

7.         Y.o. et al (2008) Combined Activation of Methyl Paraben by Light Irradiation and Esterase Metabolism toward Oxidative DNA DamageChem. Res. Toxicol., 21 (8), pp 1594-1599
vii Vince, G. "Cosmetic chemicals found in breast tumours." New Scientist. Jan 12, 2004.