What's in the bottle Mr?

Comic of ladies looking at the ingredients on a deodorant tube

So you may be already using, or thinking of using a natural deodorant and that is great... well we think so anyway. But we understand that down the track you may be second guessing your deo choice and think about journeying back to the "dark side" (that's the side that makes odour control products and puts nasty az synthetic stuff in it to make it work but doesn't tell you that it might just f' y'all up on the back end.. "oh did we forget to tell you that... so sorry")[that was the dark side odour control speaking not us]. 

Ever see those old az cigarette ads promoted by "doctors"... yeah this sh#t must be all good... a doctor uses them...classic! Ads often say what products do for you but often not what the products do to you! 

Old cigarette advertisement

Mmmm, yummy throat vacation courtesy of a cigarette, this big business ad has got your back.... or maybe it's just got your throat in a few years down the track! Did they know that they were F'ing some of those folks up along the way... did they care?... did they Givash?!!!   So where's all this going... well right about here actually... we know what a typical roll on antiperspirant will do for you, heck the carefully crafted ads will tell you that.... but what will it do to you in time?!!! Well we can find out by diving down into the ingredients a bit...so here we go with the ingredients of a typical roll on antiperspirant...

Aqua, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Parfum, Persea Gratissima Oil, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol

Some ingredients are cool like good old Aqua, and Press Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil)... but WTF are some of those other things...hmmm... gonna grab a few and look a little deeper (hold your nose 'cause here comes the cold water)

Aluminium Chlorohydrate: Aluminium is a common ingredient in antiperspirants and can be absorbed and accumulate in the body. Long-term exposure to aluminium has been linked to health concerns like breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Research suggests that aluminium may have some toxicity at the cellular level and could contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Long-term exposure to aluminium may also affect bone health and contribute to bone disorders like osteoporosis. Additionally, exposure to aluminium, including aluminium in antiperspirants, may lead to hormonal imbalances, which can have a range of effects on the body, such as irregular periods, weight gain, acne, and even increase the risk of certain types of cancer. It can also cause mood swings, irritability, and even depression, impacting someone's physical and mental well-being. (Source: Journal of Applied Toxicology)

Parfum: Many synthetic fragrances, which are often labelled simply as "parfum," contain phthalates that can disrupt hormone production and function, potentially leading to a variety of health problems. Long-term exposure to phthalates may increase the risk of developing hormonal imbalances and associated health concerns, such as altered development of the male reproductive system, asthma, allergies, obesity, and other adverse health outcomes. (Source: Environmental Health Perspectives)

Trisodium EDTA: Trisodium EDTA is a chemical used to enhance the stability and effectiveness of other ingredients in the deodorant. However, it can also have negative health effects. Trisodium EDTA may irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system and may be toxic if ingested. Moreover, it has been shown to be a skin penetration enhancer, which means it can increase the absorption of other potentially harmful chemicals in the product. Although not classified as a carcinogen, trisodium EDTA may act as a co-carcinogen by enhancing the effects of other carcinogens. This means that long-term exposure to trisodium EDTA may increase the risk of developing cancer. (Source: International Journal of Toxicology)

BHT: BHT is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics, but there is some evidence to suggest that it may be linked to health concerns like cancer and hormone disruption. Studies have classified BHT as a possible human carcinogen and have shown that it can affect endocrine function in several animal models. Long-term exposure to BHT may increase the risk of developing hormonal imbalances and associated health concerns, as well as an increased risk of cancer. (Source: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology)

So one lump or 2 of BHT with a side helping of Aluminium Chlorohydrate?! So, get that in ya...or on ya...if you dare! No actually maybe don't. But hey, what you do is your business we just want to make sure our crew (that's you guys) are next level informed.

Hope that was useful. Be well...and be aware.

Kind regards



Mike Bremner
GIVASH Founder

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