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This one's for the pits - those armpits!

About to freshen those armpits before hitting the road? WAIT!!! There's a secret your big brand deodorant isn't telling you!

Today we are going to dive deep into three main ingredients used within most antiperspirants and the unknown health risks they pose!

So before you apply that deodorant take a peek at the notes below and compare. If you see any of these ingredients you know what to do next - show that product where it belongs, the trash!

It's time to say goodbye to big brands that care more about profit than their customers safety and health. So when you're looking to replace that deodorant with one that keeps you fresh and healthy - check out the many small stores on Etsy!

Products found there are not only handmade but also care about the health of you and the planet!

1. Aluminum: This tends to be the primary ingredient in most big brand antiperspirant deodorants. This metal is utilized to help "block" the sweat glands to help encourage a decrease in a person's sweat. However, aluminum can pose serious health issues from Alzheimer's disease to breast cancer.

When aluminum "blocks" your sweat glands the accumulation of the toxic load from the sweat isn't perspired and can cause a long-term buildup that can lead to cell mutation. And because of the connection between the armpit and your lymph nodes, this lack of sweat release can be a factor when it comes to the formation of cernan breast cancers - specifically in the upper outer quadrants of the breast (closest quadrant to the armpit where the lymph nodes are located.)

2. Propylene glycol: A petroleum based substance found in many big brand antiperspirants to help maintain the soft and sleek consistency of the product. This ingredient is used as a penetration enhancer (why it is found in many self-care products) which means it can also increase the absorption of any harmful chemical if combined in the same product - due to it being a major skin sensitizer.

Due to this, this ingredient has been linked to health concerns like:

- Cancer

- Reproductive Complications

- Developmental Abnormalities

- Neurotoxicity

- Endocrine Complications

- Skin Allergies: irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and non-immunological contact urticaria (hives).

3. Phthalates: Also known as "fragrance", this plastic chemical is utilized to help keep consistency of products as well as assist in the dissolving of other ingredients. Phthalates have been linked to several health issues and are a known endocrine distributor and human carcinogen. Once entered into the body it acts as a fake estrogen which conflicts with your natural hormonal function - this can lead to complications such as.

- Infertility

- Decreased Sperm Count

- Cancer: Breast, Prostate, Ovarian

- Liver, Kidney, and Lunge Damage

- Endometriosis

- Asthma

- Allergies

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