When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is natural to be concerned about what products are safest to use.
First of all, there are the basic food and drink recommendations given by any pediatrician, such as the avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, smoking, highly-processed foods, and certain fish containing high levels of mercury.
In recent times, there has been more demand for formulas that contain natural, plant-based, and organic ingredients due to the increasing concern of the safety and risks involved with common ingredients used in commercial products.
In this article, we'll talk about the safety concerns of some of the most common ingredients in commercial deodorants, and give you a breakdown of what is in our unscented formula so that you can feel confident and rest assured that it is safe whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The below list of ingredients have been flagged for safety concerns, nevertheless, some of them may be in your commercial deodorant!
Designed to cause a temporary plug in your underarm pores, aluminium salts do an effective job at stopping sweat.
Aluminium can accumulate and does enter the skin, which has raised concerns over its use and its inconclusive evidence that it can cause cancer.
In this study (2), they conclude that daily exposure to aluminium salts disrupts hormones and alters estrogen.
In 2017 a study (9) found that the use of underarm products containing aluminum significantly associated the risk with breast cancer and there were concentrations of aluminium found in breast tissue.
The innate intelligence of the body was designed to sweat to regulate heat, amongst other functions. Allow it to do its job!
A common anti-bacterial chemical and its use were common in hand soaps.
Just like aluminium, it is an endocrine disruptor, which means it disrupts your hormones.
In this particular 2014 study, it was concluded that triclosan is linked with cancer (3)
In 2016, the FDA banned Triclosan from household soap, it's still being used in a whole load of other products, such as cosmetics, children's toys, chopping boards, and healthcare and medical devices (4).
This chemical negatively impacts the environment by its inability to breakdown and for its accumulation in agricultural soils and surface waters (5).
They are essentially preservatives used for their antimicrobial properties. Like the above two common ingredients, parabens are also endocrine disruptors and several studies have shown a link to increased breast cancer (6).
Parabens pose a greater health risk to pregnant women, fetuses, and young children due to the hormonal changes that occur.
The concern with propylene glycol is that it enhances the penetration of other chemicals. It is also linked with harming the immune system according to EWG.org (7).
Commonly used as solvents in personal care products, these synthetic chemicals cross the placental membrane and is a big one to avoid.
A study (8) in 2006 states "Recently, it has been shown that phthalates alter the placental essential fatty acids (EFAs) homeostasis so potentially leading to abnormal fetal development."
Here are all the ingredients used in our unscented formula. Whether it is the sodium-bicarbonate or zinc formula you are looking for, we have listed everything that you need to know.
Shea Butter: Provides a luxurious feel and nourishes dry skin. This ingredient has been commonly used to help with dry, cracked nipples whilst breastfeeding.
Coconut Oil: An external and internal superfood. This gift from nature is used in our formula as an antimicrobial agent warding off harmful bacterias. It is also a skin moisturizer and strengthens the skin barrier.
Coconut oil can safely be taken internally as part of a healthy nutrient-dense whole food diet. Rich in saturated fats, it can help build up adequate fat stores in pregnancy and in preparation for breast-feeding (1).
Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT): Provides a lighter oil and creates texture stability whilst still retaining healing properties. The fractionation of coconut oil is simply made by heating coconut oil above its melting point and left to cool. The solid fraction of the oil is removed from the liquid.
Sunflower Oil: Contains skin-nourishing vitamins B and E.
Cacao Butter: Has a natural chocolate aroma and luxurious texture in our formula. It is very rich in vitamin, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Candelilla Wax: Derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla plant, the obtained wax is the perfect beeswax alternative, making it completely vegan.
Arrowroot: A food-grade valuable thickener containing beneficial minerals and vitamins. Breastfeeding may enhance the production of sweat and can be helped by arrowroot's potent absorbing abilities, keeping you feeling drier.
Zinc Ricinoleate: Derived from castor oil, zinc is the alternative ingredient used instead of sodium bicarbonate. It's deodorizing ability lies in its capacity to trap and absorb odor molecules.
Vitamin E: Used as a natural preservative and provides skin nourishment.
There are essential oils that may be unsafe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, therefore we recommend that you purchase an organic, all-natural, unscented deodorant.
(1) Herbal Medicine Use during Pregnancy: Benefits and Untoward Effects. By Tariku Laelago
(2) Potential interference of aluminum chlorohydrate with estrogen receptor signaling in breast cancer cells
(3) Progression of breast cancer cells was enhanced by endocrine-disrupting chemicals, triclosan and octylphenol, via an estrogen receptor-dependent signaling pathway in cellular and mouse xenograft models.
PubMed, National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2014
(4) Triclosan. Ec.europa.eu
(5) What is Triclosan and Why is it banned? Benedette Cuffari, M.Sc, reviewed by Dr. Mary Cooke, Ph.D. 2019
(6) “Parabens.” Breast Cancer Prevention Partners,
(7) “Propylene Glycol.” Skin Deep®, Environmental Working Group,
(8) "In utero exposure to phthalates and fetal development." Pubmed National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2006
(9) "Use of Underarm Cosmetic Products in Relation to Risk of Breast Cancer: A Case-Control Study" ScienceDirect, 2017