7 Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant

We love to smell great, in fact,  it is estimated that 90% of Americans put on deodorant daily. That is a lot of deodorant being applied to armpits daily! However, this seemingly safe daily hygiene can have serious consequences for your health, if you choose the wrong products. And it’s very easy to do so as the majority of the deodorants today have harmful ingredients, that a very little amount of people understand. Here are the 7 harmful ingredients in your deodorant that you should avoid.

1. Parabens

(methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl)

Parabens are a very common ingredient that is found in everyday cosmetic products and your deodorant as well. You may have seen “paraben free” labels, and it’s a good thing. So why is everyone so down on parabens after it has been used for nearly 70 years? During a study done in 2004, parabens have been linked to breast cancer.  They are said to disturb the body’s hormonal balance and to mimic estrogen, as estrogen is said to play a part in breast cancer formation.

Dangers for health: linked to breast cancer. 

2. Aluminum compounds

(Aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly)

Aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells.

Dangers for health: linked to breast cancer. 

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3. Silica

Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen (capable of causing cancer).

Dangers for health: cancer, allergies/immunotoxicity

4. Triclosan

Triclosan is another ingredient that can irritate your skin and cause contact dermatitis. Your body contains good as well as bad bacteria, but triclosan kills both. The FDA classifies triclosan as a pesticide, while the IARC has it listed as a possible carcinogen.

Dangers for health: skin irritation, contact dermatitis, cancer. 

5. Talc

IARC, claims that if Talc contains asbestiform fibers, then it is considered a carcinogen. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in deodorants is unclear as it is not regulated in cosmetic products. 

Dangers for health: linked to cancer. 

6. Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.

Dangers for health: delayed allergic reactions, possible kidney, and liver damage. 

7. Steareth-n

The “n” stands for a number. So the label may say, for example, steareth-1. It is actually derived from vegetables, but it is reacted with a known carcinogen, ethylene oxide. 

Dangers for health: linked to cancer. 

Other ingredients:

Fragrance – skin irritation, harmful to the environment, allergies and organ system toxicity. 

Deodorants to Avoid:

Most common deodorants on the shelves like Axe, Secret, Old Spice, Dove, Right Guard typically contain at least one of these ingredients.

To help you, Skin Deep has a database that contains over 69,000 products and examines them based on 50 toxicity databases and gives them a safety rating. You can find if your deodorant is on the safe side or if it’s a serious health concern. Otherwise, just this list to avoid these harmful ingredients.

Beauty requires sacrifices, but none of them should be your health. There are plenty of deodorants out there that don’t contain harmful ingredients and get the job done naturally. You can even make your own deodorant at home. If you need help in finding healthy alternatives or have any suggestions on which deodorants are safe, share with us below.

Also Read: 4 Best Natural Deodorants

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check out Mineral Jar Deodorant Organic Aloe Vera, Bergamot & Lime Scent 2oz By GM on Ebay. It’s a entirely natural deodorant without Parabens, Aluminum Compounds, Silica, Triclosan, Talc, Steareth-n, Propylene Glycol or Fragrance.


KORINA Natural Deodorant works wonders and does not contain any of the harmful ingredients listed in the article above. Check it out on KorinaNaturals.com

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John Stephens™

Tried this stuff and it’s great!


Mia, thanks for recommending Korina Naturals. I got some deoderant in mail and it is the best deodorant ever!

Ashish Mittal
Ashish Mittal

Great article. Most of us do not know the harmful effects of deodrant for our skin. Often, we don’t check the ingredient composition of the products we are using. Thanks for sharing this article and creating awareness.


Can I use Lavanila deodorant from Sephora?

Danielle Leger
Danielle Leger
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Heavy Weapons Gamer

Is a little ok to ingest because as a joke I licked a little in front of my friend then i drank water with it.


silica , in its natural state..is the very foundation of our lives. our bodies could not have been created without this substance. it is not an “irritant”. it has been mixed with other irritants.


What about propylene glycol (vegetable derived) like in the Tom’s deodorants?