Monday, 16 February 2015

Soft and Dry Solid Stick Deodorant Powder Fresh

There is something to be said about getting older.  Not caring what others think or say, a true sense of self-confidence (not the kind that comes with putting others down or posturing to show confidence and superiority) but a true self confidence.  Founded on the realization of self worth.... and self-awareness, wisdom and a change in hormones. One of the biggest changes I have noticed, besides the mass amounts of wisdom that I did not possess in my earlier years which may have prevented me from making some of the choices that I made.  There is something to be said about hindsight and what not.  If I only knew then, what I know now.  But I digress, the biggest thing has to do with hormonal changes and changes in my skin.  That change of hormones hasn't been too significant as of yet.  I am not perimenopausal or anything.  However, a change that I have found interesting and to tell the truth, rather pleasant.. is that lack of a need for antiperspirants.  I am not in denial or anything at my own stench, I just don't sweat like I used to.  With that slowing down of the sweat glands is the lack of need for antiperspirants to combat the ever flowing stream running through the arms of my blouses.  I am not the only one though, this is a common side effect for aging, according to my research.  Most days I don't wear anything at all.  Other days, when I know I am going to be busy or getting a lot of exercise I will use deodorant, for some perfection or piece of mind.   I have found, however, that it is getting increasingly difficult to find deodorants for women.  There are all kinds for men but fewer and fewer for women.  I used to love the Adidas for women with the cotton technology but they have discontinued that one for some unfortunate reason.  So I have been forced to buy the Soft and Dry for lack of a different option at that time at the local drug store I happened to be in at the time.  There are other brands that are much better compared to this one, out of the 12 ingredients, 10 are considered to be toxic of varying degrees with some of those ingredients being pretty nasty.  As an alternative to the aluminum filled antiperspirants and this product there really isn't much of a difference in potential harm.  Here are a few of the better products if anyone is interested in a better option with less nasty ingredients.

Soft and Dry Solid Stick Deodorant Powder Fresh

Soft and Dry Solid Stick Deodorant Powder Fresh
Dipropylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol
Sodium Stearate
Fragrance (parfum)
PEG-6 Methyl Ether
Red 33 (Ci 17200)
Benzyl Salicylate
Butylphenyl Methyl-Propional


Dipropylene Glycol:  is a synthetic solvent.  It is used as a viscosity decreasing agent, fragrance ingredient and a solvent.   It is considered to be an irritant to the skin, eyes, and lungs.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin.  It is not expected to be a carcinogen or mutagen.

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:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

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

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. 

PEG-6 Methyl Ether:  PEG-6 is polyethylene glycol either of Methyl Alcohol.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  There are also concerns over contamination with Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane, of which both are very toxic chemicals.

Triclocarbon:  is an antimicrobial and anti fungal chemical.  It is considered to be an endocrine disruptor.  It is also considered to be an environmental toxin.

CI 17200:
is also known as Acid Red 33, it is a disodium salt and is used as a colourant.  It is considered to be a mutagenic.

Benzyl Salicylate:  it is an ester of salicylic acid of benzoyl alcohol.  It is used as a masking and fragrance agent.  It is a known allergen and immune system toxin.  It has also been linked to contact dermatitis.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin, though not suspected of being bioaccumulative.  It is also an endocrine disruptor (hormone disruptor).

Butylphenyl Methyl-Propional:  is used as a masking or fragrance ingredient. There are moderate concerns regarding its toxicity.  It has been shown to effect estrogenic activity by increasing the proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin as well as an endocrine disruptor.

Citronellol:  Citronellol is used in perfumes and insect repellents.  It is produced by hydrogenation of geraniol. This ingredient is subject to restrictions on use in fragrances under standards issued by the international Fragrance Association. They are also known to be powerful allergens and sensitizers.

Geraniol: is a lipid and an alcohol.  It is derived from citronella oil, rose oil and palmarosa oil.  It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a fragrance ingredient.  It is a known human immune system toxicant and is one of the EU's Banned and Restricted Fragrances.  Now as I write this I want to make it clear that the information surrounding this seems pretty limited.  The most information I have found against this ingredient is that it is an allergen for those who suffer from perfumes.  I am not sure who it was that funded the banned list and why citronella was on it.  However I will keep looking.  As far as my research has lead, it appears to be a fairly good ingredient, unlike a lot of the chemical ones that appear on most labels.  If anyone has any other thoughts, enlightenment or information on this ingredient, please leave a comment.