Deodorants and antiperspirants are as familiar to the bathroom shelf as a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap. Unfortunately, like so many other beauty and hygiene products, the leading brands of deodorants and antiperspirants on the supermarket shelf contain a cocktail of chemicals and undesirable ingredients. Aluminium and paraben preservatives found in many deodorants and antiperspirants can cause skin and gastrointestinal irritations. They can sting, burn and itch; they can lead to sebaceous cysts, enlarged sweat glands, underarm pimples and lung and throat irritation. Deaths from intentional inhalation of deodorant sprays have been reported and though it's unlikely any of us would choose to swallow a can of deodorant fluid, the fact remains it is capable of lethal effects.

Don't worry - it's not all bad news.  It is not our actual sweat that creates an unpleasant smell on a hot day or when we exercise, it is the bacteria and chemicals already on the skin that react with the exuding body moisture. Deodorants control perspiration odours by inhibiting the growth of organisms. Antiperspirants stop the flow of perspiration or moisture by using hydrolyzing metal salt. The most often used are aluminium salts. These can be absorbed into the bloodstream and irritate you from the inside as well as out.

Try crystal and aluminium free deodorants for a BO free, chemical free underarm life.