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We’re excited to announce the first-ever MADE SAFE certified deodorants from Neal’s Yard Remedies!

Deodorant exists in virtually every single one of our makeup bags and medicine cabinets. The problem is that conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants can commonly contain some toxic ingredients, which is why we’re so excited to present a new, safer option in these certified products from Neal’s Yard Remedies. Examples of toxic chemicals in deodorants include:

Aluminum: Aluminum is a common ingredient in anti-perspirants that works by “plugging” sweat ducts to stop sweating. Aluminum can cause genomic instability, meaning it can increase our cells’ tendency to mutate; mutations can increase the chance of tumor growth.

Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical, used in deodorants to kill odor-causing germs on the skin. Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can mimic hormones or interfere with hormonal signaling,[i] and is also associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The plethora of health concerns associated with triclosan, both to people and aquatic life, has led the FDA to ban its use in hand soaps. However, the chemical is still permitted for use in other products, like deodorant.

Parabens: Parabens are ingredients used primarily as preservatives, and have the capability to be absorbed through the skin. Parabens are hormone impersonators, mimicking estrogen in the body, and are linked to breast cancer.

Fragrance: Companies are legally allowed to keep fragrance formulations a secret, although they can contain hundreds of ingredients, many of which are toxic. Common fragrance ingredients include synthetic musks, linked to hormone disruption; phthalates, also linked to hormone disruption, especially in males, and early onset puberty, which is associated with breast cancer later in life.

Butane and Isobutane: These gasses are used as propellants in aerosol deodorants. Isobutane is an isomer of butane, meaning it’s a compound with a different molecular structure. Butane is prohibited from cosmetics in the European Union, and restricted in Canada. It’s linked to cancer, birth defects, and nervous system harm.

Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) deodorants are certified MADE SAFE, which means they don’t contain these chemicals—or any chemicals linked to human health or ecosystem harm. The company uses essential oils, instead of synthetic fragrance, in all four deodorants for its fresh scents: rose and geranium, lavender, lemon and coriander, and peppermint and lime. NYR has created both spray-on deodorants and roll on deodorants, and none of them are anti-perspirants. That means their products will allow you to sweat, which is your body’s way of naturally controlling temperature and ridding toxins.

All of Neal’s Yard Remedies’ products are also certified organic, so you can rest assured their ingredients meet the highest levels of purity.

Find MADE SAFE certified deodorants from Neal’s Yard Remedies here.


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