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What Is In My Deodorant?

Updated on March 5, 2012

What Is In My Deodorant?

Alright, let's see what chemicals are in my deodorant:

Ingredients: Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether, Tetrasodium EDTA, Violet 2, Green 6.

Sounds very organic. Anyway, now let's do a little research on each ingredient to see exactly what it is.

Dipropylene and Propylene Glycol

These are chemicals that are used as plasticizers. Basically, they have the consistency of jelly and are great solvents. According to the Dow Chemical website, these are used in a wide variety of applications such as: brake fluids, textile lubricants, and as a solvent for insecticides.

Dow Chemical website

Sodium Stearate

Sodium stearate is salt that is a by-product of soap production. Just like soap, it is a surfactant which makes things more "wetter."

Wikipedia page on Sodium Stearate

Fragrance

A mysterious fragrance. I guess it's a trade secret. We'll never know.

PPG-3 Myristyl Ether

It's full name is Polyoxypropylene-3 Myristyl Ether and it is a skin-conditioning agent. It is currently listed as non-toxic by the National Institutes of Health.

NIH database

Tetrasodium EDTA

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid is the long name for EDTA. It is used to prevent chemical reactions with metal ions. It is also used in medicine as a treatment for iron poisoning. It is mildly toxic to animals and humans.

NIH database

Wikipedia page on EDTA

Violet 2 & Green 6

Solvent Violet 13 and Quinizarine Green are synthetic dyes used in a variety of products.

Wikipedia page on Violet 2

Wikipedia page on Green 6

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      shannon-gaertnerewing 5 years ago

      Be careful of those fragrances, people who have hormone sensitivities may find those fragrances affect testosterone and/or estrogen.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      I like this lens. "Mystery fragrance" just shows how much we take for granted in the roducts we buy, like "preservatives".