What’s in your other deodorant?

*** Thanks go out to Bethany Long, UNCW for this excellent compilation of what you can expect in the “other” deodorants on the market!

Some of the ‘natural’ deodorants are not so natural after all.


Tom’s Original Unscented Stick

  • Propylene Glycol
  • Water
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Organic)
  • Glycerol Laurate
  • Hops [CO2] Extract
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Organic)
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Lemongrass Oil (Organic)


Degree Dry Protection Deodorant (Shower Clean)

Active Ingredients:

  • Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex (18.2%)

Inactive Ingredients:

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
  • PPG Botyl Ether
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Polyethylene
  • BHT


Old Spice Original Classic Antiperspirant and Deodorant

  • Aluminum Zirconium Tetrcholohydrex (16%)
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Talc
  • Dimethicone
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Polyethylene
  • Silica
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Behenyl Alcohol



Dove Original Clean

Active Ingredients:

  • Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY(18.5%)

Inactive Ingredients:

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • C18-36 Acid Triglicerie
  • Microcrystalline Wax
  • Silica
  • Glycerin
  • Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Vegetable Oil (olus)
  • Glyceryl Oleate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • BHT
  • T-butyl Hydroquinone
  • Citric Acid


Crystal Body Deodorant Original Stick

  • Natural Mineral Salts (Ammonium Alum)


Ozone Layer Deodorant

  • Shea butter (infused with oxygen)
  • Beeswax





What Is That?

Propylene Glycol

  • A synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water
  • Frequent exposure can irritate skin
  • “Generally recognized as safe”


Ammonium Alum

  • Inorganic Salt
  • Too large to be absorbed


Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex

  • Small molecular mass that easily cross through the skin/blood barrier and enter your body
  • A toxic aluminum (first recognized as a human neurotoxin in 1886)
  • Linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease



  • A type of synthetically manufactured silicon



  • A simple sugar alcohol
  • Moisturizes and improves smoothness


Glyceryl Laurate

  • Monoglyceride produced from glycerin and lauric acid which is made from vegetable oils




  • A lipophilic organic compound
  • Debate surrounds the link of BHT to cancer risk, asthma and behavioral issues in children


Dipropylene Glycol

  • Mixture of 3 isomeric chemical compounds
  • Used as a plasticizer


Stearyl Alcohol

  • Organic compound known as a fatty alcohol
  • Low toxicity



  • Silicon based polymer
  • Used as a moisturizer
  • May cause burning, stinging, redness, or irritation



  • Chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon
  • Mostly comes from quartz
  • Used to absorb water


Ascorbic Acid

  • A naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties
  • A vitamin C derivative
  • High doses can cause a number of health risks

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