What’s Lurking in Your Antiperspirant?

Hygiene is generally pretty important to everyone, no one wants to be that smelly person, and for the most part we all put on the same deodorant or antiperspirant that we’ve been using for years. Little do we know that daily routine could have some very harmful side effects.

Antiperspirants are said to work best when you have dry skin so that the “active ingredients have a chance to do their job by seeping into pores and plugging sweat ducts“. I don’t know about you, but that statements gives me reason to question what we are putting directly on our lymph nodes for most of our lives.

Today I’ve teamed up with Whiffcraft to teach you all about what is in common deodorants and antiperspirants, and to show you more natural options like Whiffcraft’s Natural Deodorant Paste. Before I get into what can be found in these products, I’ll start with how our lymphatic system works.

How does the lymphatic system work?

The lymphatic system works as a natural built in detoxifier that flushes out toxins, waste, and other unwanted bodily materials. Lymph, the fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, is carried through lymphatic vessels and filtered through lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can be found in your armpits, neck, groin area, and throughout your body. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors and fatty tissues that can store toxins for long periods of time.

Some doctors will say that our skin doesn’t absorb what’s in our deodorant. Although I am not a doctor and have not received any medical training, I beg to differ. I think our skin easily absorbs what is put on it. Think about all of the things skin patches can be used for. Birth control and other medications are administered through patches that are worn directly on the skin for long periods of time. That makes it pretty clear to me that our skin is likely to absorb what we put on it no matter if it is a patch, moisturizer, sunscreen or antiperspirant.

What are harmful ingredients in deodorant and antiperspirant?

There are a few main ingredients that are found in most common deodorants and antiperspirants that are said to be cause for concern. It can also be said that the level of these ingredients are such small trace amounts that they do not have any impact on your health.

The decision is yours to make but I think it’s important to raise the conversation so we can make decision about the products we use and put on our bodies everyday instead of compulsively using the same everyday items that we’ve always used. You can continue this conversation with a previous blog post about what is hiding in our everyday beauty products.

Learn about the toxic ingredients we are putting on our lymph nodes everyday with our deodorant//antiperspirant routines.


Parabens are used as a preservative to prevent bacteria from forming on the product. These same preservatives can replicate estrogen which messes with the hormone sensitive tissue in the breast. Basically this stuff can cause breast cancer.


Aluminium is widely used in antiperspirants because it plugs your sweat glands to prevent perspiration. Like parabens, aluminium messes with your hormones. When your body has difficulty processing estrogen there’s an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer.


Triclosan is a disinfectant that can be found in toothpaste and is used to kill bacteria on the product and on the skin. This same compound has previously been approved by the FDA, but is also classified as a pesticide and a carcinogen by different organizations. This chemical is also lipophilic, that means this pesticide/carcinogen can be stored in your fat for a long periods of time – eek!

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is used to seal out moisture and enhance the absorption into the skin. It is also a neurotoxin that may cause kidney and liver damage with chances of damage increasing with continual use.

What options do you have?

Natural Deoderant

There are many natural options out there, but it can be hard to find one that actually works. I’ve made the switch to Whiffcraft’s Natural Deodorant Paste in Stink Pretty, and have been very happy with the results. So happy that we’ve teamed up together to provide you with a giveaway and a discount code so you have a chance to try it out.

When choosing a natural option it is important to keep in mind that you will not get the same results as an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are meant to prevent you from sweating where deodorants allow you to sweat, but prevent an odour from forming. So keep in mind you are going to sweat, but it’s a natural process of your body. Although we are allowing our bodies to sweat we want a product that stops us from becoming smelly, and I’ve found Whiffcraft to be able to deliver.

Whiffcraft’s formula works as a coconut oil paste. All you have to do is scrape out a pea sized amount and rub over your armpits to form a smooth layer over your skin, much like sunscreen. Allow a few minutes to dry before putting your sleeved shirt on. You should be covered for most of the day, but I do find it helpful to put more on before doing an evening exercise class.

 Common Drugstore Options

You also have the option to continue using common drugstore products. Many brands like Lady Speed Stick, Degree, Dove, and Secret all have different formulas that contain some or all of these harmful ingredients. The choice is up to you, but be aware of what you are putting on your body.

How can you get Whiffcraft’s Natural Deoderant Paste?

If you’re interested in trying Whiffcraft’s natural options you can enter our Instagram giveaway by clicking the image below or visiting either of us on Instagram.

Learn about the toxic ingredients we are putting on our lymph nodes everyday with our deodorant//antiperspirant routines.

You can also purchase some of your own with this discount code that will give you $5 off of a purchase of $30 or more.


There you have it, there’s the low down on about how your deodorant/antiperspirant can be harming you. It’s your decision if you choose to go a more natural route, like with Whiffcraft’s Natural Deoderant Paste, or if you choose to continue with drugstore brand products. The important thing is that you educate yourself and make a conscious decision about what you are comfortable putting on/in your body.

xo Jannine

Learn about the toxic ingredients we are putting on our lymph nodes everyday with our deodorant//antiperspirant routines.

Learn about the toxic ingredients we are putting on our lymph nodes everyday with our deodorant//antiperspirant routines.

By |2017-10-27T11:14:37+00:00March 17th, 2017|Beauty, Collaboration, Fit, Health|24 Comments


  1. Tessa March 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Hmmm. These always really interest me. I’ve never tried natural deodorant but I don’t know if they would work for me!!! I need something STRONG!

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely a little nerve racking at first. You can opt for less toxic options, rather than going completely natural. The think dirty app is great for checking out products.
      xo Jannine

  2. Toba March 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    i always looked out for these i think they are the best ones out there. come check out my blog i would love to hear your input xx toby http://www.poshandspicy.com

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      I totally agree! I’ll check you out <3
      xo Jannine

  3. Christianne March 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    This is nice, so educational and glad to know all this.

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Thank Christianne, I’m happy to inform <3
      xo Jannine

  4. Chante March 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    That’s so interesting to know! I’ve always wanted to try a natural deodorant, I’ll have to check them out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Chanté xo | http://www.chante-louise.com

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      I was curious for a long time, I”m happy i found Whiffcraft. You’ll love their products <3
      xo Jannine

  5. Maria DeCotiis March 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Great post, I’m going to look into the natural deodorant. Thanks for the great info!

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      No problem, I’m happy to inform <3
      xo Jannine

  6. Stacie LaMothe March 18, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    GREAT post! I have been using natural deodorants for about 4 years now and I’ll never go back! Right now I’m using Bumble & Bee but I’ll have to check these others out!


    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you! It’s so great to hear of other natural ladies <3 Any chance you know of a more natural mascara, eyeliner, or bb cream? I'm still searching for the right product.
      xo Jannine

  7. Deepti March 18, 2017 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    This is such a great post. Really well thought out and well researched. Thanks for sharing. I have never used a natural deodorant, but you really made a case for it and made me think of what I have actually been putting on my body for all these years.

    Deepti xx | http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deepti I’m so happy to be able to show you some information. I definitely recommend trying out the Think Dirty app. You can easily scan items to see their toxicity levels.
      xo Jannine

  8. Andi March 19, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Girl, what an informative post and I am so with you on this. I use all natural products for everything except my deodorant and I should make the switch. Thanks for the helpful info and insight!


    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Andi! I’m happy to help 🙂 I’ve been slowly making the switch and put off switching deodorant for a long time. I’m so happy I found Whiffcraft <3
      xo Jannine

  9. Monika March 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! Nowadays it’s as if everywhere you look there’s something harmful for our bodies…. We all need to stay aware. Thanks for such an informative post.

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      I totally agree, and it can be a little overwhelming at first. I try to switch things over one small step at a time, and it all adds up over long periods.
      xo Jannine

  10. Milan March 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Such an informative post! I never really think what could be hiding in our beauty products. Thanks so much for keeping us aware! xx


    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Milan, I’m happy to educate <3
      xo Jannine

  11. Jessica March 23, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    This will sound totally weird but I actually stopped using deodorant years ago because of the chemicals! My body has since adjusted and I RARELY produce b/o from my pits now, lol. If I were to start using one it would DEF be the crystal roller – my mom uses that!

    xo, jess


    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      That’s so interesting! I’ve definitely noticed a change over the last month of using this product. At first I sweat more than expected, but it’s started to calm down quite a bit.
      xo Jannine

  12. Laura Mitbrodt April 5, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    These sound great, I have been using a similar deodorant called Doms deodorant from Salt Spring Island
    Congrats on getting engaged!!

    • Jannine April 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura!
      xo Jannine

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