Monday, 14 October 2013

Deodorant 101 & Breast Cancer Awareness

I wanted to write something supporting the fact that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but instead of just telling you about all of the different BCA beauty products that have been brought out (which I will at the end), I've decided to tie this together with another important and informative post that also includes a review! I'm going to talk to you about why the ingredients in deodorants are harmful and my thoughts on a natural deodorant I've been trialling. 

First up it's question time: Do you know what the difference is between an anti-perspirant and a deodorant? There is a big difference and a lot of people aren't aware of it. Anti-perspirants completely stop perspiration from occurring. Deodorants allow perspiration but work by killing bacteria that cause odours. 

There are 4 ingredients that one should try to avoid:
1. Aluminium is the primary ingredient used in antiperspirants (not deodorants though). It is a metal that helps block sweat escaping from your pores. Research suggests that if they are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, it may be absorbed by the skin and cause oestrogen-like effects. Since oestrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested it could contribute to the development of breast cancer. 
2. Parabens are preservatives used in both deodorants and anti-perspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of oestrogen in the body's cells, and therefore could lead to breast cancer. Parabens are often present in skincare as well so make sure you check the ingredients list before you buy your next moisturiser!
3. Propylene glycol is common in both, and can cause redness and irritation. It can also cause adverse reactions in infants, pregnant women and those with kidney problems, because they are unable to process and eliminate it from the body. This ingredient can also be found in your skincare.
4. Phthalates are another group of chemicals that are used to maintain fragrance, but research has shown that they disrupt the hormonal system and interfere with reproduction. 
More research needs to be done on the risks of these ingredients, but there's enough to make me feel like I need to switch to a natural alternative.

I've been on the hunt for a completely natural deodorant that is free from all of these ingredients above that also actually works and keeps me odour-free. I've been using this Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant from Jason which I picked up from a health food shop in London called Panacea. It contains naturally sourced corn and rice starches to neutralize odour and also tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract that have antimicrobial properties which help fight odour-causing bacteria. I am really happy with this product and so glad I decided to switch to this healthier option. It actually smells really nice compared to the conventional deodorant! It does keep me odour-free all day, but I don't think it gives as long lasting a protection as normal deodorants - therefore, when I go to the gym I do make an exception and use a normal deodorant if I absolutely have to, but at all other times I have permanently switched to this one! This particular deodorant from Jason is also on sale at the moment so check out the website here

I really hope you've learned something from this post and please do spread the word about the risks of deodorant to friends and family. Also do follow us on twitter at @MI_Marylebone and retweet or favourite this post! Let's raise awareness!

Now for this year's Breast Cancer Awareness beauty products:


1. Positively Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Palette, from £13, by Stila
2. Nailwear Pro+ in Viva Pink, £4, by Avon
3. Pink Ribbon Slant Tweezer, £22, by Tweezerman
4. Limited Edition Super Strong Daily Shampoo, £10.75, by Paul Mitchell
5. Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Survivor, £16, by Bare Minerals
6. Pink Ribbon Hand Relief, £19, by Aveda
7. Think Pink Beauty Heroes, £36.50, by Elemis
8. Argan Daily Moisturiser, £25, by Douvall's
9. Red Roses Cologne, £78, by Jo Malone
10. Limited Edition Hand Treatment, £35, by Creme de la Mer
11. Breast Cancer Awareness French Pink Set, £35, by Bobbi Brown
12. Pink Diamond Styler, £135, by GHD
13. Blue Rose Limited Edition Pink Candle, £42, by Timothy Dunn
14. Almost Lipstick in Pink Honey Ribbon, £16, by Clinique
15. Silky Moisturising Body Lotion, £28, by Darphin
16. Drink Up Hydrating Lipbalm in Pink Guava, £16, by Origins
17. Nail Polish in Pinkie Pink, £11, by Nails Inc
18. Evelyn Lauder Dream Solid Perfume Compact, £60, by Estee Lauder

I've got my eye on that Origins lip balm and Bobbi Brown blusher! If you fancy learning more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how to get involved then click here to watch Elizabeth Hurley talk about the campaign. 

Happy reading,


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