Are you aware that your skin is actually an organ? It's the largest organ you have and whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. It's estimated that your skin absorbs up to 60% of everything applied to it. Taking good care of your skin means knowing exactly what you're putting on it, and considering how much time we spend grooming ourselves every day, we need to stop and think about the ingredients in the beauty and personal care products that we use. We trust that the manufacturers are looking out for us, but they are only trying to make a profit. That means that we have to look out for ourselves. So be aware and read those labels.
Here is a list of some ingredients in Grooming and Beauty Products to look for and avoid...
Aluminum-Aluminum based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. They block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin's surface. Some research has suggested that these aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. Antiperspirants and deodorants can contain aluminum and synthetic fragrances, undesirable components many people are sensitive to.If you find that your underarms are irritated, it may be an allergic reaction to the aluminum which is toxic to the body. Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues, including: Breast Cancer. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostrate cancer.
Phthalates-Phthalates are a group of synthetic chemicals used to make scents last a long time. They are also used as plasticizers to make plastic softer. You'll find them in a broad range of personal care products and cosmetics, often disguised on ingredients labels as “fragrance.”Studies have linked phthalates with cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, neurodevelopmental disorders, toxicity of the brain, kidneys, liver and lungs, and birth defects. They are also toxic in the environment.Everyone is at risk. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, detectable levels of phthalates were found in every person tested. Children and women of childbearing age seem to be at the greatest risk. Puer Deodorant does not have any synthetic chemical ingredients.
Parabens-Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body washes, moisturizers, shaving creams and gels, and toothpaste. You'll see these on ingredients labels as butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben and/or propylparaben.A growing number of reliable studies link these preservatives with acute and chronic health hazards including: allergies, skin toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and hormone mimicry, tissue irritation, organ toxicity and cancer. This chemical is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer. When you choose Puer Deodorant, you won't ever have to worry scanning the label for parabens because we don't use them----ever!
Propylene Glycol-A petrochemical multitasker used in lotions, potions and moisturizers to retain moisture in the skin. Also used as a solvent to dissolve and combine ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorant. It's a main ingredient in embalming fluid and brake fluid, and also known as antifreeze (that's right, for your car).It's a skin irritant and a common cause of allergies and contact dermatitis. Also toxic to human cells and may inhibit skin cell regrowth, alter cell membranes and cause chronic surface damage. We don't use propylene glycol and never will. Our deodorant is remarkably effective, affordable, and safe for you and the environment!
Triclosen-The use of triclosan is linked to the following effects on human health: Abnormal endocrine system/thyroid hormone signaling. Weakening of immune system. Children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema.Triclosan is a synthetic chemical with antimicrobial properties which destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. When triclosan was first introduced in the early 70's for use in hospitals, it was a good thing, as it is crucial to keep medical instruments sterile. However, over the last decade, with the rapid increase in the use of triclosan products, the chemical is becoming ubiquitous.This chemical is used in a wide variety of household products including soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, deodorant, personal care products, dish detergent, first-aid, kitchenware, toys and even workout clothing! That's a long list when the original intention was just meant for the hospital room.
Formaldehyde-Is an effective preservative, not often seen on personal care and cosmetic ingredients labels, but released by many commonly used preservatives such as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, Dimethyl-dimethyl hydantoin, quaternium-15, and bronopol. All of these preservatives either contain or release formaldehyde, and can be found in face and body moisturizers, cleansers and body washes, sunscreens, shampoos, and conditioners.It is linked with cancer, allergic reactions, skin toxicity, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, mutagenic effects, cell toxicity, skin sensitization, reproductive effects and birth defects. Fortunately, you'll never find any formaldehyde releasing preservatives in Puer Deodorant because we are serious about steering clear of questionable ingredients.
Fluoride-Is an additive found in toothpastes and about two-thirds of America's drinking water, supposedly good for teeth and bones. It may be listed on ingredient labels as sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate. Eighty years ago, fluoride was used as rat poison and was also popular as an insecticide for a while until it was found to kill or injure plants.Fluoride is poisonous when ingested in large enough amounts, but if that's not enough to convince you, it is also linked with developmental issues like lower IQ levels. Constant low-dose fluoride exposure in both toothpaste and drinking water most commonly results in fluorosis, which causes yellowed and mottled teeth. It also bioaccumulates in plants and animals.Who's at risk?- Everyone, but especially children. Double-dosing fluoride with water and toothpaste is particularly risky for children due to their low body weights and tendency to swallow more toothpaste because it's sweet. Chronic overexposure can also cause mouth sores, rashes, bone cancer, and crippling skeletal problems.
BHA & BHT
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane