Thursday, 30 May 2013

Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by Coty ~ Developed By Athletes? Really?

 I came across this product years ago in my quest for more naturally derived products.  At the time they had a men's as well as a woman's deodorant.  They eventually quit making the men's, which is unfortunate, my step-father used to wear it and loved it.  I still use the woman's, and although it's not perfect, it's not too bad either.  It smells nice, keeps me dry ( I am not one who sweats a lot) and I should add I am not one for female vanity   I am older now and I really don't sweat that much.  It goes on really nicely too.  I don't like the gel sticks or the roll on.  I prefer the hard white sticks.  Out of the 22 ingredients listed on this product 11 are considered to be toxic.  Though admittedly, these ingredients considered to be toxic, appear to be pretty minor.  Most are considered safe for humans but may be possible environmental toxins.  The ingredients to really watch out for in this product are Propylene glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Stearic Acid, Triclosan (this is a pretty bad chemical), and EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730).  In perspective, there are these 5 ingredients that I would say watch out for.  Out of 22, having 5 be of high toxicity is not so bad at all... in comparison to others on the market I mean.  I use this product, I have yet to find a salt deodorant that does not hurt my skin.   At the bottom of my blog, I have left a link for those who may be interested in this product.

Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by Coty

Propylene Glycol
Sodium Stearate
Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by CotySodium Palmitate
Sodium Arachidate
Sodium Behenate
Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum
Sorbitan Sesquioleate
Palmitic  Acid
Stearic Acid
Sodium Magnesium Silicate
Sucrose Stearate
Xanthan Gum
Sodium Myristate
Sodium Laurate
Myristic Acid
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Powder
Sodium Citrate
EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730)


Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.

Water: is water and pretty self explanatory

Sodium Stearate: is a sodium salt of stearic acid, it is a naturally occurring fatty acid.  It is used as a viscosity increasing agent and a surfactant.  Though it appears to be of low toxicity to humans it is on Environment Canada's Domestic Substance List for concerns that it is an environmental toxin.

Sodium Palmitate:  is a sodium salt of palmitic acid.  It is used as a emulsifying agent and a viscosity increasing agent.  Overall, it is generally deemed to be safe however  there is concern that it is an environmental toxin.  It is also an eye irritant in high doses.   

Sodium Arachidate:  this ingredient is used as a buffering agent, viscosity controlling agent and a surfactant.  There is not a lot of information on this ingredient and its toxicity.  

Parfum (Fragrance):  Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources. However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving. Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.

Sodium Behenate:  this is the sodium salt of behenet acid.   It is used as surfactant.  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans and to the environment  however, there appears to be little information regarding this ingredient.

Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum:  this is a resinous material derived from the groundensoperm of cyanopsis terragonoloba.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, viscosity increasing agent and a binder.  Though it is considered to be safe there are incidences showing immune and  allergenic effects.  It is considered to be an occupational hazard.

Sorbitan Sesquioleate:  this is a synthetic chemical based on sorbitol and modified oleic acid.  It is  a possible contact allergen.

Palmitic  Acid:  this is a naturally occurring fatty acid.  Vegans beware, this product could be derived from animals.  It is used as a surfactant, fragrance ingredient and an opacifying agent.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin.

Stearic Acid: Another really nasty ingredient. It is a saturated fatty acid found in both animals and vegetables.  It is considered safe when used in amounts below certain levels.  If slight to higher doses are used it has been shown to cause cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, and effects to the nervous system, respiratory system,  as well as skin irritation.

Sodium Magnesium Silicate:  this is a synthetic silicate clay consisting of magnesium and sodium silicate.  It is used as a bulking and binding agent.  This ingredient appears to be pretty benign.  It does not appear to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sucrose Stearate:  this is a mono-ester of stearic acid and sucrose.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and an emulsifying agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment.

Xanthan Gum:  is a sugar based polymer produced by bacteria.  It is used as a viscosity agent.  It is generally considered to be non toxic and safe for humans and the environment when used in this form.  However, there are specific concerns related to it.  Xanthan gum is considered to be a workplace hazard material, due to respiratory issues.  It is also not a food ingredient that should be given to pre-mature infants as it can cause necrotizing enterocolitis (tissue death in the bowels).   It is also made from known allergens such as wheat and corn.  Some people may experience an allergic reaction from food sensitivities if they consume this ingredient.  It is also known as a powerful laxative.  However, these concerns are limited mainly to congestion not the use in personal care products.

Triclosan:  this is a pretty nasty ingredient.  It is an antibacterial, and preservative.  It is able to kill bacteria without destroying its cell wall.  It is good to state that the over use of this ingredient may cause resistant strains of bacteria.  It is also known to produce other toxic chemicals when it reacts with chlorine in water.  It is considered to be an endocrine (hormone) disrupter  an environmental toxin (being both persistent and bio accumulative), it is a known allergen, an irritant, and contains possible impurities.

Sodium Myristate:  this is the sodium salt of myristic acid.  It is used as a cleansing agent and an emulsifying agent.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin, there is also multiple additive exposure concerns and limited information.  

Allantoin:  is a naturally occuring nirogenous compound.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  Vegans beware, this product may be derived from animals.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sodium Laurate:  this is a sodium salt of lauric acid.  It is used as an emulsifying agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment. However, there are concerns over multiple, additive exposure sources,  it is used in food with very limited information available on its toxicity.

Myristic Acid:  this is a naturally occurring acid.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient and a surfactant.  Vegans beware, this ingredient may be derived from animals.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin and is on the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.

Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Powder:  this is a fancy way to say Levant cotton native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sodium Citrate: it is the sodium salts of citric acid.  It is used as a emulsifier and is often used as a chelating and pH balancing agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.  

EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730):  this is classified as an anthraquinone color.  It is used as a colouring agent.  There is evidence that it is a skin allergen or irritant, and cancer causing.

Here is the link if anyone is interested in trying this product.



  1. Hello. I came across your blog while doing a search for this product. Did you know it's been discontinued by it's manufacturer (Coty)? Evidently, the market just wasn't there for a non-aluminum deodorant that actually works and feels nice. Event though your research shows some negative attributes, at least it doesn't contain aluminum (from my research, is worse than anything you have listed).

    I also came across a petition to try to get Coty to bring it back (probably futile, but what the heck):

  2. Hi there, thanks for your comments. I did not know that they were also discontinuing the woman's line. Though I am not surprised since they got rid of the men's line a few years ago. I really liked that deodorant, and found that it worked really well, for me anyways. I would love to sign the petition. Thanks so much for the link.

  3. It contain BHT now on the newest version. In canada.