Antiperspirant Dangers

Most skin care products are loaded with toxic chemicals.

Grrrrrr…right? I mean, I just want to wash my hair—not scrub the grease off of a 50 year old stove!

Since I believe in taking small actionable steps towards healthy goals, I’m not gonna ask you to toss out your entire medicine cabinet—that’s just plain silly.

But I AM going to ask you to click the video to find out more.

(Claire Bear makes another appearance in this video, plus all the bloopers at the end. We seriously need to start incorporating our three other girls.)

Antiperspirant vs. deodorant smack-down—get it here! {click to tweet}

Video Transcript

Today we’re talking about the #1 most toxic skin care product you’re using today that you must stop using immediately!

Hey, It’s Mariah from, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in and today we’re talking about skin care products.

Unfortunately most skin care products are filled with toxic chemicals, detergents and preservatives such as formaldehyde and parabens.

Parabens have estrogen like properties.  Studies show that when the body’s exposure to estrogen increases, so does the risk of breast cancer.

Since it’s totally overwhelming to do a complete overhaul of your entire medicine cabinet, I recommend starting with this ONE product.


Antiperspirant uses aluminum to block sweat glands, keeping sweat from getting to the skin’s surface.  Aluminum has been shown to affect estrogen just like parabens previously mentioned.

Many people think we sweat out toxins, but actually sweat only has trace amounts of toxins such as ammonia and urea.  We sweat to prevent our bodies from overheating. The last thing you want to do is block your body from performing a natural function.

So, what do you do if you don’t want stinky pits?

1.  Use deodorant instead of antiperspirant.  Deodorants don’t contain aluminum which blocks sweat glands.

2.  Make sure your deodorant is free from parabens and propylene glycol.  Even some of the deodorants marked natural contain propylene glycol which changes the structure of the skin and  allows chemicals to penetrate deep inside the skins surface and eventually into the bloodstream.

Propylene glycol is rated a moderate health issue by the Environmental Working Group, and “moderate” is too high for me.

Here’s my faaaaaaavorite brand.  Crystal Essence roll-on deodorant in lavender and white tea.

P.S. If you want an awesome chemical-free lotion, I got ya’ covered. 

Now, I want to hear from you.

What’s your favorite all natural deodorant and why?  Or better yet, do you make your own?

Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers to your health,




  1. Joy

    I use the same brand but prefer the fragrance free one. I will say, though, that I do stink after a workout or on a hot day. Maybe your lavender one would help mask that, but I don’t do well with fragrances so I just deal with it. Usually after a shower (with my hippie soap) my stink is gone. At least I hope so…

    • Mariah Dolan

      Joy, you make me laugh!

      Yes, definitely stay away from fragrances if they bother you.

      What’s in your “hippie” soap? I’d love to know! I tried making my own soap once and it was a disaster 🙁

  2. Adrienn

    Just checked mine, it is free from parabens but contains aluminum 🙁
    Although I don’t use it every day I will bin it asap.
    We don’t have Crystal Essence over here, but I will find a good alternative I’m sure.

    • Mariah Dolan


      If yours contains aluminum it’s more than likely an antiperspirant. At the very least, try and find one that says deodorant. (Glad to hear no parabens though 😉 )

  3. Annie

    Great tip I had no idea those chemicals were in those products! As always love the outtakes!

    • Mariah Dolan

      Yes, it’s extremely frustrating that so many skin care products contain so many chemicals. Little by little, we’re trying to find better alternatives. Of course as soon as I know, I’ll let you know!

  4. Nikki

    Uggghhh. It is so frustrating that these chemicals are in EVERYTHING!!! At least it feels like it! I am on the hunt for new deodorant ASAP.
    I have to know does your little Claire run around saying “You Stink” all the time now? My boys were laughing hysterically at that!

  5. Silvia

    Thank you. I just bought an antiperspirant last Saturday made of Aloe Vera thinking it would be a good option… now I see it has Propylene Glycol as the main ingredient… Thanks for the information! I will be searching for a new one!

    • Mariah Dolan


      I’ve found deodorant the most frustrating skin care product to deal with. Even the “natural” ones contain un-natural ingredients. The one I recommend isn’t perfect either, but it’s my favorite so far.

      Making your own would be the best, but I don’t use enough deodorant to justify buying the ingredients—especially if I end up not liking it.

      I’m sure I’ll end up making my own once our four kids start using it. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

  6. Linn

    I am not sure how accurate it is that the crystal deodorants are naturally high in aluminium, but it was enough to scare me off! I have tried all sorts since, but the coconut oil is by far the best.

    • Mariah Dolan

      Linn, I’ve tried tons too. It’s really difficult to find one without harmful ingredients in it.

      I haven’t tried making my own yet, because deodorant isn’t something we go through rapidly and I didn’t want to invest in a lot of ingredients just to have them sit around. I’m sure I’ll make my own once all of our kids start using it.

      Do you make your own? You mentioned coconut oil. If you have a recipe you like, that works—I’d LOVE to know!

      • Linn

        I simply use 100 % coconut oil. As coconut oil has anti bacterial properties it works remarkably well. I rub a little under each arm in the morning and might repeat later in the day if need be. I learnt this trick from someone on twitter and have been very grateful ever since!

  7. Nicholette von Reiche

    OMG I don’t even know which part of this video I love the most. The amazing information, the awesome product share or your cute little girl scene at the end.

    Love your video’s! Keep em coming!

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