Fashion trends come and go, but when it comes to ingredients that are potentially harmful or beneficial to your body, knowing what’s in and what’s out of the self care products you use is vital to peace of mind and living life greener and cleaner.
One of the top trends today is finding a natural deodorant that works. We spoke with Dr. Vicki Rapaport, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist, to see why our Raw Sugar Deodorant made with naturally derived ingredients is her choice for a clean deodorant. Top on her list, was our list of clean ingredients. Here’s a quick breakdown of the essential elements in our Deo, and what we intentionally left out. If you’re wondering if you really need to ditch the Aluminum now… read on.
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According to Dr. Rapaport, if you want to clean up your self-care routine, ditch the Aluminum, Talc, Parabens and Propylene Glycol. “Aluminum plugs up sweat ducts, blocking the ability of sweat to reach the skin surface. Healthy sweating is our body’s way of reaching homeostasis and regulating body temperature. Parabens are hormone disruptors and Talc is a known cancer-causing agent.” Propylene Glycol is used mostly as a barrier to hold moisture in the skin. In addition, there is scientific evidence that it can, over time, cause neurological issues. Buh-bye.
On top of clogging your sweat ducts, there’s the whole aluminum/breast cancer conversation. While evidence that it causes breast cancer, remains inconclusive, it has been the focus of major health studies linking it to breast cancer, kidney damage and Alzheimer’s disease. And here’s a fun fact – those yellow stains on your white shirts? Aluminum. When it mixes with the salt in your sweat it leads to yellow stains that are nearly impossible to remove.
Simply put, the possibility of any negative side effects from your daily self care routine is enough to remove these controversial ingredients from any product being absorbed into your body. And when you have healthy, effective alternatives that work, it’s a no brainer.
“I love and medically approve the ingredient list.”
Dr. Vicki Rapaport, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Hello Pit-Perfect Ingredients. What’s IN our Deo formulas.
What Dr. Rapaport really loves about Raw Sugar Deodorant made with a curated list of effective, naturally derived ingredients that work and love your skin and body at the same time. “Arrowroot extract is a natural powder from the arrowroot plant that has incredible moisture and oil absorbing properties which decreases the appearance of sweat.” In fact, Arrowroot has been used for healing medicinal purposes around the world for over 70,000 years for things like fighting off bacteria, skin protection, an antidote for poison and boosting immunity.
According to Dr. Rapaport, “Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial agent – and since bacteria is what causes the odor of sweat, by curbing the bacteria, you can actually curb the odor.”
Magnesium Hydroxide is a naturally occurring mineral and, in our Deo, is a healthy alternative to Aluminum and Baking Soda. Dr. Rapaport calls Aluminum “the big bad NO-NO ingredient” that she tries to get her patients to stop applying. “We don’t know what years and years of application of Aluminum really does to the body.” Magnesium reduces and absorbs the bacteria that causes body odor while allowing your body to release healthy sweat and still stay fresh.
Zinc is another safe and effective deodorizing mineral – it absorbs water molecules and masks the scent of body odor and can help soothe irritated skin.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has been used in dermatology for over 50 years. It helps prevent damage from free radicals and helps calm and soothe your skin.
Essential Oil extracts add a luxurious scent element to Raw Sugar’s Deodorant formulas. And the bonus? Raw Sugar Deodorants come in 100% Biodegradable packaging, so they help keep our planet fresh too.