To Deodorant Or Not To Deodorant

We are so excited to be hosting our first Wellness Seminar Series guest speaker, Ashleigh Rivers, who owns Rasa Whole Body Health. She will be at KORE Wellness on Saturday, March 26th to talk to us about the dangers lurking in our everyday skin care products.

In anticipation of this talk, I thought I would start up the conversation with a little discussion on deodorant. Owning and training people in a gym for the last 7 years, an un-air conditioned gym at that, you would think that I would be a huge advocate of deodorant.


Let me remind you that our core purpose is giving our clients the active and healthy lives they thought was only in their dreams. Let me also remind you, that we are KORE Wellness, which means that we strive to do much more than just getting you stronger and looking better in your bathing suit. All of this being said, I would much rather smell a little body odor than put you at risk of potential hormonal issues or an elevated risk of cancer.

Now there are plenty of experts out there who will say there are no direct links between between the use of aluminum as an anti-perspirant and health risks. I would like to note that until 2015, the experts were also saying that the evidence was also inconclusive about trans fats and their health risks. Last year, the FDA recanted this position, banning all trans fats by 2018.

Here are some of the alarming facts from deodorant / antiperspirant research, and why I choose to use an all-natural deodorant product, especially as a female.

1 . Anti-perspirants contain aluminum. Aluminum acts as a plug for your sweat ducts.

  • When aluminum was reclassified from a medicine to a cosmetic in 2007, manufactures no longer were required to list the percentage of aluminum in their products.
  • Some of the most popular deodorant bands like Dove clinical and Michum contain 20% aluminum.
  • Long term exposure of aluminum may cause alterations in your DNA which could potentially support cancer development.
  • Studies have shown a high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrants of the breast (where antiperspirants are applied). It is likely that the chronic skin exposure to aluminum is a possible risk factor precursing cancer.
  1. Some deodorants also contain Triclosan, an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, in order to kill bacteria which cause odor.
  • Triclosan can pass through your skin into your bloodstream, which can disrupt hormonal function.
  1. Most deodorants contain parabens, which are common preservatives used in many cosmetic products.
  • Parabens can interfere with hormone function and may be linked to breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.

So what are alternatives?

There are tons of natural deodorant products on the market, they will keep you smelling good but allow you to sweat (your body’s natural air conditioner).

Want more information?

Come see Ashley talk about healthy alternatives to antiperspirants and other cosmetic products on March 26th from 11-12 at KORE Wellness. It is free and open to the public. Ashley will be providing samples of some of her own homemade products so you can try them out!

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