.Icon; A fresh ‘Glow’
As the Victorians used to say…“Horses sweat, men perspire and women glow.” I know that not to be true because I’ve had hormonal moments when my body was reacting like a horse, albeit a very feminine one!
I didn’t realise there was a difference between anti-perspirants and deodorants but it’s obvious when I stoped to think about it. Antiperspirants prevent you from sweating or ‘glowing’ while deodorants do not, they simply eliminate odour. Until about ten years ago I only ever used antiperspirants then I was advised to stop - because of the ingredient aluminium (aluminium aids the prevention of sweating) and to try deodorants instead - by an Aunt who had been diagnosed with breast cancer**.
When I made the switch I was a little insecure but soon realised I had nothing to worry about; it did what it said on the packaging. I started using a crystal stick, even though I’ve never been keen on sticks or roll-on’s so I moved on to the Weleda citrus spray, (Weleda also have a loverly Sage and Wild Rose and a handy travel size) and only within the last two years have I ventured to try Neals Yard and Sukin. It’s a scary thing changing up and trying new deodorants, I need not have worried.
Sukin Natural Deodorant
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
Neals Yard Lavender & Alo Vera Deodorant
Organic Pharmacy Deodorant Spray
Bull Dog Original Deodorant
Green People Scent free Deodorant
Deovert Deodorant Corporel
However, I will admit to owning an antiperspirant; just as an insurance policy for those really hot days shooting on location but I rarely use it — two years can pass before I need it again so I tend to buy a new one every time. I actually don’t like using them though. They leave a film on my skin that I have to literally scrub off. I never noticed this before but now I feel it’s really horrible to think it’s physically stopping my body from performing one of it’s natural functions.
Whilst no studies have demonstrated a direct causal link between breast cancer and aluminium, recent opinion has questioned the ascribed safety of using aluminium salts in underarm cosmetics (10, 11, 12, 13). Cell culture studies have shown that human breast epithelial cells can turn into a cancerous phenotype following exposure to aluminium chloride (14), and exposure of human breast cancer cells to aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate can make cells more motile (15, 16). Mortality from breast cancer is mainly associated with tumour spread, which depends on cancer cells developing motility.
Lifetime exposure to oestrogen is an established risk factor for breast cancer and aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate have been shown to act as metalloestrogens, capable of interfering with oestrogen action and under certain conditions stimulating responses associated with natural oestrogen (17).