Hygiene and Beauty Products

There’s a great scene in a Mr Bean episode where the smell etc from perfumes in a large department store cause him to cough and crawl on his knees to avoid the chemicals in the air. It’s good news that the Government introduced legislation banning plastic micro beads from beauty products but there are other ingredients in these products that have huge impacts on the environment and your health (strangly enough). Shall we start with the use of fossil fuel derivatives as propellants in spray deodorants …


Continuing on with this focus on health products - compounds containing Aluminium are used in deodorants to block sweat pores (https://www.nivea.com.au/advice/deodorant/underarm-care/about/aluminium-in-deodorant), however you may be interested to know that aluminium absorbed by the body can be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21157018/

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Parabens are used in many deodorants in personal care products. This preservative has been shown to mimic estrogen in the body’s cells, interfering with the way your body produces hormones.


As a pesticide, triclosan is used to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Many consumer brands add the substance to deodorants to kill bacteria. Combined with water, triclosan can create the carcinogenic gas chloroform.

In studies on animals, triclosan has been shown to alter hormone regulation.

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Phthalates are plasticizers found in children’s toys, fragrances, deodorants and lotions. They’ve been linked asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, obesity, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, male fertility issues and many more problems. The link to altered reproductive development and male fertility issues seems to be the most widely studied.