Should we be using Aluminium in our deodorant?
Last month Soft & Gentle released the UK's first 0% aluminium anti-perspirant deodorant and this got me thinking what is so bad about aluminium? After some thorough research I learnt some interesting facts. Aluminium is used to form a temporary plug in the sweat ducts, hence why it is used in deodorant. This doesn't sound too bad. However, some research suggests that aluminium that is applied near the breast can be absorbed into the skin and cause estrogen like effects. This can promote the growth of cancer cells, and therefore contribute to the development of breast cancer. That doesn't sound so good right? Having said that, there is no conclusive evidence linking aluminium and breast cancer and so there is no real concern. This does however make me consider using a more natural based deodorant.
The aluminium free deodorant from Soft & Gentle* uses plant based ingredients for natural protection. It is free from allergens, parabens and alcohol and rather than aluminium, horsetail is used to tighten underarm pores and sage is used to help soften the skin and neutralise body odour. They work exactly the same as your typical deodorant but with the natural goodness. There are three scents available, which are all very lightweight and fresh, for just £2.99 for 150ml from Superdrug.
What do you think of natural deodorants?