With the introduction of deodorants and antiperspirants into the market in the last decade, the personal care business has enjoyed enormous growth. These products keep you fresh, cool, and sweat-free while also imparting a pleasant odor. The basic principle behind deodorants is that they prevent bacteria from growing on the skin and mask the odor through fragrance, whereas an antiperspirant not only masks the bad odor, but also reduces the amount of sweat produced by reducing the amount of water available on the skin’s surface with astringents.
Perfumes have traditionally been used for scent. The commercial’s outright deceptive and false promises have aided the deodorant sector into establishing a solid grip all over the world. The ingredients of these perfumes which include harmful contaminants are not completely mentioned on the product label. As a result, they have been discovered to have a variety of negative effects on human health. Contact dermatitis, contact urticaria, photo allergy, and photo toxicity are some of the negative effects of perfume use. Cosmetics can cause lung disease, damage to reproductive organs, skin allergies, excessive hair problems, headaches, and cancer.
Fragrance items, such as deodorants and other cosmetics, emit and generate a complex blend of chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic. Ingredients in scented products come into close contact with the skin, nose, eyes, mouth, and respiratory system, potentially causing major health issues. The problem of scented items is sweeping the globe, causing negative health impacts. Cosmetic fragrance ingredients must meet the same safety standards as other cosmetic ingredients. They must be safe for consumers when used according to the guidelines on the label or as people customarily use them. While more research is needed to determine specific chemicals and mixes that are linked to the impacts, it is known that the products are generating negative effects on a significant (33%) percentage of the population. Furthermore, the consequences might be rapid, severe, and disabling.
To recognize the possible damage that deodorants pose to health and the environment, we must first understand the chemicals that go into their production. The majority of deodorant active components are dissolved in alcohol because it offers an acute cooling sensation and dissipates quickly. The contents and formulas differ depending on the form in which the product must be provided; however, the main ingredients are as follows:
- Aluminium: Aluminum-based chemicals are used to block sweat glands and prevent sweat from reaching the skin’s surface.Even though studies haven’t found a clear link between aluminum-based compounds and breast cancer, they still pose a great risk.
- Parabens: They are a type of preservative found in cosmetics and personal care items that works similarly to estrogen in the body. Estrogen is known to cause breast cancer, which is why the use of parabens in different forms, like Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, or Butylparaben, is strongly linked to the rates of breast cancer in women near the underarm area.
- Propylene glycol: Originally designed as an anti-freeze agent, propylene glycol is now utilized as a humectant in deodorants and antiperspirants to keep items from drying out. It is a neurotoxin that has been linked to contact dermatitis, kidney and liver damage. It can cause irritation of the eyes and skin, irritation of the digestive tract, nausea, vomiting, headache, and depression of the central nervous system.
- TES and DEA: Triethanolamine and Diethanolamine are banned in Europe due to their carcinogenic qualities and are used to modify the pH of deodorants and antiperspirants. Both TEA and DEA are harmful to human health. They can cause allergic reactions and damage to the liver and kidneys.
- Triclosan: Medical Association has suggested that triclosan and other antimicrobial agents be avoided in the home since they increase microbial resistance to antibiotics and may allow new resistant strains of germs to thrive.
- FD & C Colors: These are FDA-approved artificial colors for food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, some of which are produced from coal tar and are known carcinogens and skin allergies.
- Talc: Talc, also known as hydrous magnesium silicate, is a soft mineral that is used as an absorbent and a color additive. The number of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic grade talc is unregulated, so there is no way to know whether the talc mentioned on the label contains or does not contain asbestiform fibers.
Almost everyone uses an antiperspirant or deodorant. Products like deodorants, body sprays, gels, sticks, roll-ons, and powders are available in the market. Then there’s the matter of aluminum, parabens, and other harmful chemicals, as discussed, in antiperspirants and deodorants, which might cause cancer and other health problems. Deodorants and antiperspirants are damaging to our health and the environment; our bodies become immune to them, and they eventually fail to produce the desired outcomes. As a result, going natural is the best option. There are several plant oils and extracts that have antimicrobial activity and sweat absorbing power (such as coconut oil, Bergamot (bergaptene-free) essential oil, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder), so anyone can make their own odor-concealing deodorant and feel completely confident and safe.
Despite the fact that there are many perfumes in the market, the majority of them are synthetic fragrances created from synthetic chemicals and thus have some detrimental effects on people who have toxic sensitivities. When wearing synthetic scents, those with asthma and allergies are more likely to develop health problems. Natural perfumes, on the other hand, are safe for all sorts of people, as well as other animals and the environment. Furthermore, natural scents have powerful healing effects that can assist to improve a person’s whole health, including the body, mind, and soul. Wearing natural perfume is a customary luxury that has been practiced since ancient times. Originally, fragrances were manufactured entirely of natural components, and physicians used natural fragrance oils to prepare various types of medications. However, the benefits of natural perfumes are numerous. Natural fragrances are non-toxic. Natural fragrances do not contain harmful toxic substances like parabens, petrochemicals, and phthalates, which can cause a variety of serious health problems. They are free of allergens. As natural fragrance oils are often hypo-allergenic, natural perfume mixes are mild on your skin, and natural scent sprays are gentle on your lungs as well. You don’t have to worry about adverse reactions like skin rashes when you use natural scents. Synthetic perfumes typically conceal the skin and smell strange when mixed with body odor, but natural fragrances smell more distinct and pleasant with the body. As no toxic chemicals such as petroleum derivatives and phthalates are used in the preparation of natural scents, natural perfumes are gentle on the environment, including water, soil, and air. They are completely eco-friendly.
Aranyam offers a great range of natural fragrances extracted from the elements of nature like flowers, mitii, herbs, and trees. We offer the purest of natural fragrances using the ancient principles of the Attar Ayurveda and Puranas. Our range of perfumes is safe for the skin and the environment. No artificial chemicals or other poisonous ingredients are used. They are entirely natural, with no synthetic additives. The best thing about our perfumes is that they are not tested on animals. There is no risk of skin irritation or other health problems, unlike the use of other chemical-based deodorants or perfumes. Aranyam has gained a commendable reputation in the world of perfumery across India. You can check out our luxurious collection from our online store. So, immerse yourself in the goodness of mother nature with Aranyam’s Attar perfume!