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How safe is it to use deodorant or perfume?

Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 12:06 PM
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It is not good etiquette to smell of sweat or grim, while moving in social circles. It is an embarrassing situation to face. That is why body sprays and deodorants, that we were not even aware of, have become very popular now. Body sprays or deodorants are harmless as long as they are made from natural products, like flowers or fruits. Experts however, do not recommend those made out of chemicals.

Sweating is one of the physical properties of living beings. Bacteria grows in hot and humid conditions. For example, there is more friction and heat, in underarms, feet, groins, etc., regions than anywhere else in the body. They, especially armpits, are breeding grounds for bacteria. Due to the reaction of the bacteria with sweat, an acid called Trans3methyl2hexonaic is produced, resulting in foul smell. In fact, sweat is odorless. It is the bacterial reaction that causes the foul smell.

representative imageDeodorants and perfumes act on the sweat glands and stop sweating. Some people start sneezing, every time body spray or room deodorant reaches their nostrils. Such persons should understand that these do not agree with them and should avoid them. Those suffering from asthma or allergies, face problems because of these. At least 30 per cent population face irritability due to these, according to a study conducted by researchers of University of West Georgia.Perfumes are not allergens. But the body immune system releases certain chemicals, whenever it comes across irritants or allergens. With this, symptoms of inflammation, watering of the eyes and blocking of the nostrils, are caused. But irritants are certain chemicals, that cause several symptoms. These symptoms are almost the same as physical reactions to sprays or deodorants. However, the symptoms caused by allergies are much more severe.

Problems of the lungs, nose or eyes are caused due to sensitivity to foie gras. Headache, difficulty in breathing, rasping, chest cramps, bloating, nose leaking, sneezing, itching of the skin, burning sensation and rash are caused. Those who have these problems, should stay away from products made with foie gras. They should make sure that the lotions, soaps and other beauty products that they use do not contain foie gras.

Almost all deodorants have aluminum chlorohydrate. There is not much harm due to this. But aluminum chloride is very harmful. That is why, American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned kidney patients from using deodorants that contain aluminum. When deodorants with aluminum are used, some portion of the metal enter the body through the skin, causing harm to kidneys. FDA has made this observation. When these products are used, diseases like Alzheimer and Dementia, which result in loss of memory power, occur much earlier than normal. Normally, these diseases are seen in aged people. They lead to dullness, stammering etc. Deodorant is considered as a cosmetic, by FDA. They contain sodium starate, sodium chloride, sterile alcohol, trichloroson, etc., chemicals.

representative imageIf pregnant women are affected by the chemicals in deodorants and perfumes, children will be born with defects, it appears. The kids will mature much earlier than normal. They affect cell changes and hormone balance. That is why the victims mature faster than normal. Anxiety has been expressed over development of breast cancer in women who rub perfumes, deodorants, or sweat-control balms, on underarms. But this has not been proved so far.Skin allergies are common in users of deodorants with chemicals and alcohol. Skin might be subject to scaling. Rashes occur. Likewise, trichloroson is a pest control chemical, that darkens the skin, when products which contain it, are used. It results in severe headaches, migraines, and headaches due to sinus. Those who are allergic to it suffer headaches.

Chemicals used in making perfumes

  • Acetone: Dishwashing soaps and liquids, detergent soaps, nail polish removers contain acetone. When it is inhaled, dryness of throat and mouth, dizziness, nauseau, drowsiness etc., are caused. It works as a Central nervous system depressant.
  • representative imageBenzyl dehyde: It is used in manufacture of detergents, hairsprays, laundry bleach, detergent, vaseline, shaving cream, shampoo, bar soap, and dishwashing detergents. It affects the mouth, throat, eyes, skin, lungs and the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Benzyl Acetate: It is used in perfumes, shampoos, fabric softener, air freshener, dishwashing liquid and detergents. Cough, breathing problems and burning of the eyes are caused due to this chemical.
  • Benzyl alcohol: It is present in perfumes, shampoo, nail polish remover, air freshener, laundry bleach, detergents, Vaseline, deodorants, fabric softener, etc. When used, it causes breathing problems, headaches, nausea, dizziness, low BP etc.
  • Camphor: It is used in perfumes, shaving creams, nail polish removers, fabric softener, dishwashing detergents, air fresheners, etc. It irritates the eyes, nostrils and throat and causes dizziness, confusion and nausea.
  • Ethanol: It is present in perfumes, shampoo, shaving creams, nail polish remover, fabric softener dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, soaps, Vaseline lotions, air freshener, paints and varnishes. It causes fatigue, burning and watering of the eyes, digestive and breathing problems, drowsiness and impaired vision.
  • Ethyl Acetate: Aftershave lotion, perfumes, shampoo, nail varnish, nail polish remover, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid contain this chemical. Eyes and lungs are affected due to this.
  • representative imageLimonene: It is used in perfumes, bar soaps, shaving cream, deodorants, nail varnish, nail polish remover, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid, air fresheners, aftershave lotion, paint and varnish. It is a sensitizer. Washing hands thoroughly, after touching this chemical is a must.
  • Methylene Chloride: It is present in shampoo, varnish and paints. It was banned by FDA in 1988. It is a very dangerous chemical. It enters the fatty tissues and lowers the oxygen levels in the blood.
  • Pinine: Liquid soaps, perfumes, shaving cream, deodorants, dishwashing liquids, air fresheners etc., contain this chemical. It affects the immune system.
  • Turpinine: Perfumes, laundry detergent, bleaching powder, fabric softener, air freshener, Vaseline lotion, soaps, hairsprays, aftershave lotion, deodorants etc., contain this chemical. Mucous membranes in the lungs are irritated due to this.
Some facts
  • At least 95 per cent of the chemicals used in Foie Gras are synthetic compounds extracted from petroleum. It contains benzene derivatives, aldehydes and other poisonous substances, that lead to cancer, birth defects, Central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. United States Representatives meet, 1986, put forth these findings.
  • FDA has proclaimed that out of the 138 variety of compounds used in making products to enhance beauty, alpha terphenylene, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, limonene and linalool.
When did use of deodorants begin?
The first commercial deodorant came in to use, in end of 19th century. The modern deodorant was introduced by Jules Martiner, on January 28th, 1941. He also took a patent for it. After the patent expired, innumerable deodorants hit the market.

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  • Few companies are marketing body sprays made of oil extracted from plant with natural perfume or sweet, soothing smell. It is good to use them by all means. Lemon grass, thyme, lavender and Rose Mary oils can directly be applied in underarms or wrists.
  • Coconut oil is anti-bacterial. When rubbed lightly, the foul smell is lost. When rubbed a lot, it causes discomfort.
  • Baking soda mixed with coconut oil will give good results.
  • Hair growth in underarm region leads to breeding of bacteria. On shaving from time to time, a good result is seen
  • Apple cider vinegar can be rubbed for good results.
  • Alcohol kills bacteria and a little of it can be rubbed on.
  • As Aloe Vera is anti-bacterial, Aloe Vera gel can be applied.
  • Any natural product that has no aluminum, paraffin, phthalates, and alcohol, can be used to be rid of foul smell due to sweat.
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