“List”en To Me… Top 5 Deodorant & Antiperspirant Facts

Hello my lovely readers!

Fall is here!!!  Cooler weather, leaves turning colors, pumpkins, sweaters, the list can go on and on.

Yet our focus this week is on deodorant??  No matter what the season we all wear deodorant or antiperspirant EVERYDAY!

There are so many brands to choose from, right?  You see the commercials of the most popular brands then you walk in the store and just assume that what’s on the shelf is safe.  Well you would be very surprised or maybe not at what exactly you are putting under your arms.  So, here are my top 5 facts about deodorants and antiperspirants…

Top 5 Deodorant & Antiperspirant Facts

1.  Aluminum – Seriously BAD STUFF!  Found as the ACTIVE ingredient in antiperspirants, as seen in the photo below.  It is a METAL, that is being applied to skin to block the sweat pores.  Yeah, no thank you!  It is has been linked to BREAST CANCER and ALZHEIMER’S.  Google it.  You’ll see websites, studies, actual testimonies from people who have been affected by this known CARCINOGEN & NEUROTOXIN. It is best to avoid this ingredient all together.

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ALUMINUM – Active Ingredient

2.  All The Other Chemicals – Just the fact that it says chemicals plural should be ALARMING!  This includes PARABENS, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE, PHTHALATES, TRICLOSAN.  These can be found in the ingredients of not only antiperspirants but also deodorants.  Click HERE to read more details about these chemicals.  Curious aren’t you?  Go ahead, go get your deodorant or antiperspirant.  Take a look at what you are putting on your body!

3.  Target Market – Ever wonder why there are brands for women and brands for men?  Is it really necessary?  If I’m not mistaken, it’s all used for the same purpose.  The companies that produce these major brands realize that we are a visual society, that color and shape are what appeals to us as consumers more so than the actual ingredients used to make the product.  Don’t be FOOLED!  THE INGREDIENTS ARE WHAT MATTER THE MOST!

4.  We LOVE Sweat – Did you know you have over two million sweat glands?  Amazing, right?  Just think about all the TOXINS that are being FLUSHED OUT of your system when you sweat.  It’s internal cleaning.  Think about that last workout or run and how great it felt when you were done.  Is it unsightly?  Yes.  Is it messy?  Yes.  BUT SWEATING IS REFRESHING!!!  Now, the key to underarm sweat is to keep the odor at bay.  Sweat itself has no odor, it is the skin bacteria that mixes with the sweat that causes the body odor.  There are SEVERAL natural ingredients that can STOP that body odor, such as aluminum free baking soda, arrowroot and tea tree oil.  So, go ahead, keep sweating away, we’ve got you covered!

5.  Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Deodorant – IT REALLY WORKS!  It is been a staple in our home and one of the most sought after Ava products.  This product is highly hand crafted – hand cut, measured, prepared, poured and capped in Rhode Island where this amazing company it based!  The SHORT list of SAFE & EFFECTIVE ingredients make this the BEST CHOICE!

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Ava Anderson Non-Toxic – Deodorant

The toxic burden that we are putting our bodies through on a daily basis can be changed.  You CAN choose safer and effective products that are HEALTHY for you!

This is why I LOVE my Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products, FREE from harmful chemicals!  If you are interested in learning more about Ava Anderson Non-Toxic and/or are ready to try these safe, organic, effective products for yourself, your family, pet or home please click HERE!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!

xoxo, Shane

What ingredients did you find in your deodorant or antiperspirant?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.

“List”en To Me… Top 5 Ingredients To Avoid

Here we are again, every week just gets better and better!  Last week we started a new topic – Toxic Chemicals.  Sounds so glamorous, right?  Don’t let the name fool you, click HERE to read the facts and statistics that will shock you!!

This week its going to get even better.  Go grab your face moisturizer or hand soap or deodorant or shampoo.  Seriously, go get it right now!

Now, turn it over and read your ingredients.  Scary, right?  Can you even pronounce half of the ingredients that are listed?  Well, on that note, let me take this time to help you decipher those words so you are FULLY AWARE of what you are using on a daily basis.

Top 5 Ingredients To Avoid

1.  Fragrance – Good smelly stuff, right?  I DON’T THINK SO!

  • That word alone can encompass so much, it’s considered a “trade secret” in the beauty/cosmetic industry.  By using this one word, companies can legally hide HUNDREDS of ingredients!
  • You need to watch out for synthetic fragrance as most are carcinogenic.  It’s a fact that 75% of the time that “fragrance” or “parfum” is listed PHTHALATES are being used, which is a chemical compound in the form of a plasticizer (think soft plastic, storage bags, food containers) and lubricant (mostly found in cosmetics).

2.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – Check that shampoo immediately!!!

  • It is derived from coconuts, how could that be bad?  It is the manufacturing process that turns it into a known CARCINOGEN – environmental factors that lead to cancer, changing your cell’s DNA.
  • SLES can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. You will never see 1,4 dioxane on a label, as companies are not required to list carcinogenic contaminants.

3.  Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, Ethyl) – Usually sneak in at the end of the ingredients list, still a BIG concern!

  • These are PRESERVATIVES used in cosmetics and personal care products for decades to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Linked to breast cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, and developmental defects.
  • A California medical study of BPA and methylparaben combination turned healthy cells into cancer cells, and rendered Tamoxifen drug ineffective.  Click HERE to read full article.

4.  Aluminum – What??? In our personal care items???  Go check that deodorant and antiperspirant!!!!

  • It is a NEUROTOXIN – causing damage to nerve tissue.
  • Metals in the body are bioaccumulative, when absorbed into the skin over a long period of time can lead to major health issues.
  • Linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

5.  Synthetic Colors & Dyes – FD&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, Red 33 – But it is such a pretty (TOXIC) color!!!

  • We are talking PETROCHEMICAL CARCINOGENS – made from coal tar, which is a mixture of many chemicals, derived from petroleum.
  • These colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some are combined with aluminum substrate.  As discussed above, aluminum compounds and many heavy metals are toxic to the brain.
  • In the UK products with synthetic colors and dyes are required to have a warning label, however most manufacturers clean up their products, using only natural coloring, before distributing throughout the country.

This information should be taken seriously.  You should be looking at every product in your home and checking for the ingredients listed above.  You need to be very concerned about the toxic chemical burden that we are putting our bodies through on a DAILY basis.  Think about it, even if health and wellness is not your top priority this information should still motivate you to make a step towards change!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


Do you read your ingredients?  If so, which ingredient made you question a certain product and did you stop using it?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Reference: AANT – Did You Know? Brochure