Here are 9 good reasons you might be dying to smell good.

These 9 ingredients are common in over the counter chemical deodorants.  They’re put on sensitive areas of skin, like near your breasts, and can be absorbed into your bloodstream, with potentially deadly effects on your body.  They can also be passed on to to infants via breastfeeding.

1) Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores.

Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body.   Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

2) Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl), are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical also used as glue and octane booster for motor racing fuels.

3) Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm.

Perhaps most concerningly, a wide range of research studies since 2000 have shown that various types of parabens behave like estrogen, with the potential to upset hormanal balance.  Estrogen is also known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

4) Triclosan is used as an anti-bacterial ingredient, addressing the reason we smell.  However, Triclosan is stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.

The American Medical Association recommends that triclosan and other “antibacterial” products not be used in the home, as they may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics that can allow resistant strains to flourish.

5) Talc is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetics is unregulated.

6) Propylene glycol was originally developed as an anti-freeze, but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants.  It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage.  In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), published by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.

7) TEA and DEA (triethanolamine and diethanolamine) adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser.  They both could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time where DEA can cause liver and kidney damage and TEA can cause allergic reactions.  These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.

8) Silica is a skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.

9) Steareth (N) – where “n” is any number.  It is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

Fortunately, you now have a perfectly safe, and extremely effective alternative in No Pong, so you can throw away the harmful chemical deodorants and actually smell fresher.