Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant — Part II - Green Tidings

Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant — Part II

Deodorant is one of the most common skin care products found in households around the country, and many people are unaware that dangerous and harmful ingredients are used by some of the most well-known brands. We explained a few problematic ingredients that are common in many of today’s skin care products in a previous post, so be sure to catch up on that information if you haven’t yet read it. In today’s post, we’ll cover a few more ingredients in your deodorant that could be harming your health.

When you’ve finished reading this post, browse the Green Tidings catalog and order our all-natural deodorant to ensure that you’re taking the best possible care of your body. We’re your one-stop shop for natural skin care products online, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about our products.

Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant

TEA and DEA 

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are both commonly found in soap, conditioner, dyes, makeup products, and a variety of other cosmetic products. The former is primarily used as an emulsifier, while the latter is used to create appealing fragrances and adjust pH levels. Numerous studies have shown that up to 68 percent of DEA found in hair dyes, lotions, and other products can linger on the upper layers of the skin, even after the product has been washed away. Both of these compounds have been linked to various forms of cancer, and the European Commission has actually prohibited their use due to these health concerns.

Artificial Colors

Artificial colors and dyes are used less frequently now than they have been in the past, but some manufacturers still choose to utilize small amounts of them in their deodorants. While it’s difficult to speak broadly about the health effects of artificial colors in deodorants, some of them have been linked to serious allergic reactions, irritation, and some forms of cancer. We never take chances here at Green Tidings, and our all-natural deodorant is always manufactured in small batches without the use of artificial colors and dyes.


While seeing the word “fragrance” used once in an ingredient list would understandably give you the impression that there is a single fragrance being used, the word “fragrance” is actually used to refer to many different ingredients that are used to create the product’s scent, even though they are not listed separately. Like artificial colors, fragrances are difficult to discuss in broad terms because they are usually trade secrets that are not subjected to close scrutiny. That being said, there are some common ingredients that have been found in some of the industry’s most popular products that have been linked to serious health problems. Hormone interference, skin irritation, cancer, and reproductive disruption are all potential side effects of continued artificial fragrance use, so make sure to check your labels for the word “fragrance.”

Butane and Isobutane 

These two gasses are common ingredients in spray-on deodorants, shaving creams, and other pressurized products. Butane in cosmetic products has been banned in Europe, and its use has been restricted in Canada. No such restrictions have been put in place in the United States, though it’s likely that they will be put in place in the coming years. The effects of isobutane (an isomer of butane) on the body are still being studied, but butane has been linked to cardiac problems in teenagers.

We hope that this two-part guide has helped you understand just how problematic some of today’s most popular cosmetics can be. Instead of introducing harmful chemicals into your body, try switching to our all-natural deodorant that is made with non-toxic, non-chemically derived ingredients. Order the natural skin care products your body deserves through our website today!

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