It is true that everyone loves to smell good. For some, this means applying a lot of deodorants daily. Most times, conventionally sold deodorant contains a variety of harmful chemicals, such as aluminum, Propylene Glycol, parabens, triclosan, and steareths. Although these chemicals sometimes help us get rid of discomforts from our lives, it is important to know that they are threats to our health. While we work towards eliminating the toxins in our foods in order to maintain good health, we should also be mindful of the chemicals we put into our bodies.

This is because the skin absorbs these chemicals, and they indirectly cause havoc to our health.

Grab your deodorants right now, and check if they contain these seven harmful ingredients.

1. Parabens

These are very common ingredients found in deodorant as well cosmetic products. They cause hormonal imbalance and mimic the female hormone, estrogen. Parabens cause precocious puberty, cancers, breast lump, and organ toxicity.

2. Aluminum Compounds

These compounds temporarily stop sweat from flowing, by acting as a plug within the sweat ducts. Aluminum compounds can be absorbed by your skin and can interfere with the body’s natural hormones. This may result in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Silica

Silica is a skin irritant. Sometimes, it becomes contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is capable of causing cancer, allergies, and immunotoxicity.

4. Triclosan

Irrespective of the fact that this compound is a preservative and anti-bacterial agent, It damages the immune system, irritates the skin, and causes asthma, cancer, and inflammation.

Unfortunately, this pesticide kills both the good and bad bacteria contained in the body.

5. Talc

According to IARC, talc contains asbestiform fibers which are carcinogenic. Although it is not regulated in cosmetic products, its quantity in deodorants is not clear.

6. Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is a common ingredient that is hazardous to the health.

When combined with other chemicals, it can be deadly. This substance is toxic to the nervous system. Also, it causes allergic reactions, kidney damage, liver damage, and testicular cancer. What’s even more shocking is that most deodorants contain more than 40 percent propylene glycol.

7. Steareth-n

This substance is commonly used as an emulsifier in deodorants, personal care product, or other personal cleaning products. The “n” stands for a number. It could be steareth-1, steareth 21, or any number. Although it is considered a low hazard substance, it can cause cancer if it reacts with ethylene oxide.