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Non-Aluminum Deodorants Help Those Who Sweat

March 20th, 2012

There is one very important part of  your body — the underarms.  Have you ever wondered why they smell?  Experts are just now learning about how this affects our health. Your underarms are the part of our bodies where the fluids from the lymph nodes drain.

Body odor is the unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids. Actually it is the  bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids. Ironically, sweat itself is odorless to human beings. It is the rapid multiplication of bacteria with sweat that causes the unpleasant smell – and this is simply perceived as unpleasant because most people have been taught to dislike it. Many people with smelly underarms are finding they get better results when they use a non-aluminum deodorant.

Body odor starts around 14 to 16 years of age in girls and 15-17 years in boys.  People who eat spicy foods, or the obese, plus individuals with diabetes, are more prone to having body odor. Body odor can occur in our feet, anus, genitals, groin area, pubic hair, armpits, and even behind the ears. The odor can have a specific smell to each and every individual. Plus a person’s unique body odor can be influenced by gender, health, medication and diet.

Human bodies have three to four million sweat glands, of which there are two types: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are a type of simple sweat gland located in almost all areas on the body where there is skin. They produce sweat that reaches the skin’s surface via coiled ducts (tubes). Eccrine glands are responsible for regulating our body’s temperature. Apocrine glands are found in the genital area, breasts, eyelids, armpits, and ears.

The Dangers of Crystal Deodorants

February 3rd, 2012

Mineral salts are in the water we drink, and they are also in most of the foods we eat. Miceral salts are actually in the air we breathe as well.  Alum, in its natural form, is the third most abundant element that has been found in nature on earth.  Alum is a basic building block, and its has been part of our environment since the beginning.

However, there are some controversial and potentially harmful aluminums that are found in most many commercial antiperspirants For instance,  aluminum chlorohydrate, a neurotoxin that alters the function of the blood-brain barrier, and also aluminum zirconium.  This is a chemical that is used in most consumer deodorants and antiperspirants, and it can cause allergic reactions in some people. And, crystal deodorants are made of a natural mineral salt that  has been harvested directly from the earth. It is also known as alum.

Crystal deodorants help prevent body odor by creating a thin barrier above the skin so that bacteria cannot form, and it is the bacteria that cause odor. Crystal deodorants are made from natural mineral salts (alum).  Even though crystal deodorants do not use aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, or any other harmful aluminum, some people believe them to be dangerous to the skin.

Deodorants and antiperspirants are the most common products  used to control body odor in recent centuries, as deodorants mask, suppress or prevent body odor.  But they don’t reduce the amount of perspiration the body produces. On the other hand, antiperspirants are made from chemicals made to inhibit the activity of sweat glands. Even as deodorants are considered to be a cosmetic product (only controlling odors), antiperspirants are considered drugs.  Why? Because they affect the physiology of the body, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controls any active ingredients that are used in antiperspirants due to this drug classification.

As of late there have been many claims that crystal deodorants, being promoted as all-natural deodorant alternatives to chemically laden commercial deodorants, are composed of mineral salts, which form a topical layer on the skin. In reality, many of the deodorants on the market today simply mask odor with fragrance.

Many people believe that salts in antiperspirants form temporary plugs in some of the sweat gland openings, and it is this that inhibits the secretion of moisture, or sweat.  Antiperspirants use the main ingredient which is an aluminum-based compound such as Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Aluminum Chloride, Tricholorohydrex Glycine, Aluminum Zirconium, or Aluminum Hydroxybromide orThese are all considered unhealthy ingredients.

It is for these reasons that Herbalix reasearched, tested and developed  the non-aluminum deodorant known as Herbalix Nighttime Detox Cream.

Links Between Mercury in Vaccines and Autism

December 6th, 2011

Once again the link between mercury in vaccines and autism is in the news with new findings by the nonprofit group known as Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD) is proving that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) deliberately manipulated, by covering up scientific data showing links between vaccines containing mercury and autism.

CoMeD obtained critical documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, and has now officially exposed the CDC  and its role in manipulating a key Danish study that showed a clear link between vaccines containing mercury and autism. Now the CoMeD is pressing the CDC to conduct a criminal investigation then make a formal declaration about whether or not there was scientific fraud.

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Herbalix continues to do research regarding the dangers of aluminum in personal care products.  The Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant enables the body to detox from unhealthy toxins like aluminum or mercury.  Recommended by doctors Herbalix non aluminum deodorant — the  Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant — cleanses and deodorizes while you sleep while the  Herbalix Daytime Deodorant provides effective protection all day long.

Breast Cancer Fund Adds Aluminum in Deodorants to “Avoid” List

July 19th, 2011

We are delighted to see that the Breast Cancer Fund has added aluminum in deodorants to the list of  things to avoid, as highlighted in their latest email newsletter.

Lisa Archer, National Coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Breast Cancer Fund said, “Deodorant — By now you’ve probably guessed that parabens and fragrance should be on your “avoid” list. For deodorant, add aluminum to that list, too.”

The brief on their website mentions how aluminum is found in some underarm antiperspirants. Like cadmium, aluminum is a metal that mimics estrogen and can also cause direct damage to DNA. Studies have not shown a direct causal link to breast cancer risk, but breast tissue has been shown to concentrate aluminum in the same area where the highest proportion of breast cancers are originally diagnosed. To read more, click here.

Herbalix is the only company that manufactures a non-aluminum deodorant called the Detox  Cleansing Deodorant which has been developed to cleanse away buildup and to release waste fluids. It also helps encourage healthy lymphatic flow, and absorbs all types of aluminums, encouraging a reduction in daytime odors.

This natural organic deodorant works to cleanse if  you have been using a commercial deodorant or antiperspirant.  Make sure you check the label to see if it contains any type of aluminum, alum, petroleum or propylene glycol, because if it does, these can all lead to the buildup of chemicals under your arms, resulting in irritation,  or worse.

Studies Say Aluminum and Fragrances in Deodorants Cause Contact Dermatitis

June 15th, 2011

In a new research study from Researcher MV Heisterberg, there are indications that it is the fragrances in deodorants frequently causing contact dermatitis allergy, while cosmetic products are the main causes of fragrance contact allergy. It was after a study was done comparing deodorants and fragrance mixes they contained, when Heisterberg and colleagues determined that deodorants were the leading causes of fragrance allergy, especially among men.

The good news is that fragrance is not required for the function of deodorant. There are many fragrance free deodorants on the market — including Herbalix Restoratives’ Using a fragrance-free deodorant will help prevent contact dermatitis, allergies, and asthma from fragrance ingredients.

Additionally, there is also aluminum in most commercial deodorants, and a percentage of people are also allergic to aluminum and may experience contact dermatitis when exposed to aluminum containing deodorants. Non-aluminum deodorant and antiperspirant is more safe.

A temporary plug within the sweat duct is formed whenever aluminum-based compounds are used as active ingredients in antiperspirants form that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that these aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. As aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer, you should consider using an aluminum-free deodorant, such as the Herbalix Detox Deodorant to remove build-up in the tissue.

Why You Should Use a Non-Aluminum Deodorant

June 9th, 2011

Deodorants and antiperspirants are made from many ingredients, including various forms of aluminum. If you choose an aluminum-free deodorant, it will protect you from the harmful and toxic side effects of traditional antiperspirants that contain aluminum. Aluminum combines with your perspiration and forms plugs that block a percentage of sweat. However some antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which can cause not only cause skin irritation, but also it can cause contact dermatitis, which means painful welts, itchy skin and red rashes.

Today, there are many people who are concerned about aluminum in antiperspirants. Although some studies suggest that aluminum can cause Altzeimer’s, or breast cancer some people have debunked this theory. But for anyone who’s allergic to the aluminum found in underarm deodorants, they would be better off using a non-aluminum deodorant, because switching to a natural deodorant can help prevent irritation.

And, an aluminum allergy is not the only reason you should avoid traditional antiperspirants. Those with sensitive skin also often find aluminum-based products can be irritating. Underarm sensitivity can mean itching, rashes, redness or burning, and after using antiperspirants that contain aluminum, remember that natural, aluminum-free deodorants are very effective in preventing underarm odor.

Where these products differ is that organic deodorants also often contain essential oils with natural antibacterial properties. When switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, one thing to remember is that you will need to apply this type of deodorant more frequently than traditional antiperspirants.

What’s more, we must all remember that if toxins in our bodies are not eliminated through sweating, they can build up in tissue and cause a variety of health problems, including kidney damage.

How Products are Determined Organic

June 6th, 2011

Many companies name their products “organic” but they must be formulated to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and they must be 95 to 100 percent organic. And there’s much confusion regarding what constitutes “organic” versus “natural.”

The California Organic Products Act of 2003 (COPA 2003), for example, doesn’t allow the retail sale of any cosmetic product labeled organic unless it has a minimum of 70 percent organic content. And that is EXCLUDING WATER OR FANCY NAMES FOR WATER and extracts. If a product has been labeled organic but does not meet these COPA requirements, then it cannot be sold in the State of California legally.

In order to see if a product is safe to use, go to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – which is an effort launched to protect the health of consumers. They are working to secure regulatory and legislative reforms to eliminate any of the unsafe chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

There are also a number of brands claiming to be “certified by EcoCert” that do NOT meet the legal requirements for organic in the U.S. They must contain at least 95 percent NATURAL (not organic) ingredients. The organization was created in 2002 by ten cosmetic laboratories working on job specifications for cosmetics companies. Products that bear the organic or environment friendly logo contain mainly natural ingredients.
What’s more, the natural ingredient must be naturally derived or come from renewable resources such as plants; they must not be tested on animals and they must be packaged using recycled materials.
According to the Natural Products Association (NPA), an organization that advocates on behalf of consumers, retailers, and suppliers of natural products, if you are part of the natural products industry, consumers need to be educated to maximize their own health and well-being. The association has developed the Natural Products Association Standard and Certification for Personal Care Products, which is basically a set of guidelines that dictate whether a product can be deemed truly “natural.” The NPA natural standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, sustainability and responsibility.
• Natural Ingredients – meaning a product labeled “natural” should be made up of only, or almost only, natural ingredients and be manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain the purity of the ingredients.
• Safety – a product labeled “natural” should avoid any ingredient with a suspected human health risks.
• No animal testing – A product labeled “natural” should use no animal testing in its development.
• Sustainability – A product labeled “natural” should include or use biodegradable ingredients as well as only environmentally sensitive packaging. These “allowed ingredients” must be made from a renewable resource found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral), with no petroleum compounds.

• Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) — when used in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) good manufacturing practices (GMP) and contain no residues of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by FDA or EPA or has been reviewed using criteria in this Standard.
Standards help consumers become more educated about processes as well as the ingredients that are considered natural, versus organic, giving them the information needed to easily identify which personal care products meet the standard for natural, and make the best decisions when choosing skin care products including organic deodorants.

These types of standards help consumers become more educated about processes as well as the ingredients that are considered natural, versus organic. This gives them the information they need to easily identify which personal care products meet the standards for natural. Then they can make the best decisions when choosing skin care products including natural organic deodorants.

Are Food Dye Concerns Related to Aluminum?

March 31st, 2011

Have you seen all the recent news concerning food dyes posing risks including hyperactivity in children? We believe this may in fact be related to aluminum in the dyes. Manufactures have been using aluminum and alums salts as food colorings and as inexpensive fillers in drinks, food, medicines and even cosmetics for years. Any governmental guidelines for the uses of aluminums in the US is almost non-existence, which is what has led to the outbreak of news. As follows:
New York Times.

Food coloring is just the tip of the iceberg as aluminums are ubiquitous, and products containing man-made aluminum should carry a warning to safeguard all of us – from children to the elderly.

Aluminum toxicity is not new, and it is arguably one of the world’s most serious ecotoxicants. Recently scientists worldwide have been studying the impact of aluminum accumulation and its resulting burden on the body. In fact, in February Herbalix attended the Ninth Keele Meeting in Ontario, Canada in February — “Aluminium and Life: Living in the Aluminium Age.”

Through our extensive research of the underarm (axilla) and aluminum, we have developed the first of its kind non-aluminum deodorant called the Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ for nighttime use, made with certified organic ingredients. Formulated to attract, absorb and cleanse bacterium and metal ions, including aluminum, from the underarms, detoxifying ingredients work at night and provide six to eight hours of safe and efficient absorption of accumulated debris and odors.

An aluminum-free deodorant, The Herbalix Restoratives’ Cleansing Detox Deodorant absorbs excess sweats, allowing the release of impeded waste fluids such as alum salts, allows healthy lymphatic flow, and cleanses the skin of all types of aluminums, while encouraging a reduction in daytime odors.

Toxins are filtered through the body’s waste but some are not released as easily and are stored in the body; specifically in one area – the underarms. Even if a person doesn’t use deodorants or antiperspirants, aluminum is abundant in our world, found in air, food, water, fertilizer, body care products, automobiles, medicines (vaccines), and food dyes. In addition, numerous studies have shown that various ingredients in everyday household products, and even personal care items, are linked to everything from cancer to learning deficits, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Cancer Studies on Lymph Nodes Prompts Use of Detox Cleansing Deodorant

March 23rd, 2011

There are a number of people who are re-thinking what is causing breast cancer, and true naturalists have already switched to non-aluminum deodorant, just to be safe. Why? It has to do with lymph nodes — those little bean-shaped organs of the lymphatic system. Also known as lymph glands, the lymph nodes function to collect waste from the bloodstream. The lymphatic system circulates the interstitial fluid called lymph to your cells and tissues. Those studying the non-aluminum deodorant market have long suspected that alums clog the lymph nodes, and could be linked to cancer.

A recent study found that many women with early breast cancer may not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal from the armpit of suspicious cancerous lymph nodes. Researchers have reported in this study that is to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that for 40,000 women a year in the United States, some 20 percent of patients, taking out cancerous nodes has no advantage whatsoever, because the cancers are already being treated, or killed, by chemotherapy, rendering lymph node removal unnecessary.

There are up to 600 lymph nodes in your body all of which are important in the functioning of the immune system. They can be independent or in groups of nodes around the armpit area and groin, and located in the neck and collarbone. These axillary lymph nodes act as filters of viruses, bacteria, and other disease causing microorganisms. Nodes are divided into two types, superficial and deep lymph nodes. Essential organs of the immune system, lymph nodes supply unfiltered body fluids to the lymph node for the filtration process. Then these filtered fluids are collected by the efferent vessels and emptied into the cardiovascular system.

Major sites for initiation of autoimmune system responses, the nodes are not usually sensitive to touch, but they can become swollen, inflamed and painful under certain conditions. The size of lymph nodes is important to determine the medical condition.

Many studies have surfaced linking the preservative parabens with breast cancer, including one 2004 study. (Source: The Journal of Applied Toxicology.) The research and medical communities can’t agree on whether or not the parabens or aluminum salts in antiperspirants are truly dangerous due to the fact that they are only following cosmetic claims.

A number of people are interested in new products coming into the market that can reverse damage done from using underarm products with aluminum — Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ is manufactured by Herbalix Restoratives, a company who does not require any type of synthetic preservative system in any of their products. The Cleansing Detox Deodorant is 100 percent paraben-free, and it has no metals – meaning it is a non-aluminum deodorant - and also has no propylene, phthalates, emulsifiers, dyes, fillers, or other synthetic ingredients.

New Research on Breast Cancer and Aluminum Levels

March 19th, 2011

Today Dr. Mercola has posted an article in his newsletter and on his website, entitled, “New Studies Reveal Alarming Hidden Cause of Breast Cancer” and it is fascinating to see that finally there’s reference to aluminum as a possible cause as well. For years scientists have researched this, and many consumers are now seeking non-aluminum deodorants.

The author of the article, Russell L. Blaylock, MD, CCN, cites a recent study saying, “A recent report from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences in Urbino Italy, found that fluid taken from the nipple of cancer patients contained significantly higher levels of aluminum than did nipple fluid taken from women without breast cancer—approximately twice as much aluminum. (Source: Mannello F, et al. Analysis of aluminum content and iron homeostasis in nipple aspirate fluids from healthy women and breast cancer-affected patients. J Appl Toxicol 2011; Feb 21, (ahead of print).)

Lately there is much concern among many scientists and doctors,even as researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, are not – to date- aware of conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the development of breast cancer. But because aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants and deodorants form a plug in the sweat duct under the arm and stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface, some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds which are frequently applied and remain on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause hormonal, or estrogen-like effects.

It has been proven that estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, and now, more scientists believe that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants, and in what has been called natural organic deodorants known as crystal rock deodorant, may contribute to the development of breast cancer. They are not natural or organic.

Dr. Philippa Darbre, who studies links between antiperspirants and breast cancer, has found that the alum salts are absorbed into the sweat ducts and the surrounding skin. She also has found the alum leeches down beyond the arm pit area leaving dead cells. (Source: Aluminum In Breast Tissue: A Possible Factor In The Cause of Breast Cancer).

This report talks about the fact that levels of aluminium and iron-binding proteins (ferritin, transferrin) were measured in nipple aspirate fluids (NAF) from women with (Cancer) and without (No Cancer) breast cancer. The mean levels of aluminium and ferritin were significantly higher in Cancer than in No Cancer NAF and a positive correlation was found between them in the Cancer NAF. Raised levels of aluminium and modulation of proteins that regulate iron homeostasis could therefore provide biomarkers of women at higher risk of breast cancer.

After carefully sourcing scientific data, we have concluded: 1. Most of us are unaware of the presence of aluminum. 2. Aluminum intrusion is part of our daily lives. It is found in a myriad of products and the only way to prevent aluminum from getting into our bodies is to avoid products containing aluminum, when possible. Simply being aware is a beginning. On a daily bases we are allowing too much excess aluminum into our lives. It is important to avoid products with man-made aluminum in them. If for no other reason but monetary gain, the use of aluminum or its components certainly contributes to the cost of health care.

Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant is the only one of the market that can assist in cleansing aluminum from the body through the underarms. A better alternative to crystal rock and crystal body deodorant type products, because it is aluminum-free, Herbalix Restoratives™ ( is now marketing the first Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ for nighttime use. Clinically tested, this is truly an organic natural deodorant with all natural ingredients including coriander, seaweed and coconut oil, all of which help to attract and absorb bacteria.