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7 Reasons You Should Switch to Natural Deodorant

Reader's Digest Logo By Lindsay Cohn of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 7: <p>According to Sophia Gushee, a non-toxic living expert and author of <a href='https://www.amazon.com/D-Toxing-Ultimate-Guide-Reducing-Exposures/dp/0991140109'>The A to Z of D-Toxing</a>, there are a number of harmful ingredients found in conventional formulas. Aluminum—the active ingredient in antiperspirants that keeps you dry—has raised the most concerns for its potential link to everything from breast cancer to Alzheimer's. Other questions ingredients include: parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, and triclosan. (It's worth noting that both the <a href='https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet'>National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration</a> say traditional deodorants are safe.)</p>

Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants contain potentially harmful ingredients

Looking for a greener alternative to conventional antiperspirants? Here's why you should consider going the natural route.

According to Sophia Gushee, a non-toxic living expert and author of The A to Z of D-Toxing, there are a number of harmful ingredients found in conventional formulas. Aluminum—the active ingredient in antiperspirants that keeps you dry—has raised the most concerns for its potential link to everything from breast cancer to Alzheimer's. Other questions ingredients include: parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, and triclosan. (It's worth noting that both the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say traditional deodorants are safe.)

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