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The scary truth about deodorant

Deodorant is a must-have, especially as a teen. Hormones are all sorts of crazy, and sweat and weird B.O. is a real issue, but some of the lifelong issues you can get from wearing deodorant can be *seriously* scary.

It’s really important to be aware of the harmful ingredients in your deodorant as well as how they can negatively impact your body. The two major dangers are parabens and aluminum, both of which can lead to serious life-threatening diseases.

Aluminum has shown to be harmful to girls with a family history of breast cancer. The underarm area is where the majority of growth and cancer cells are found. While there's no real proof that it causes cancer, it never hurts to be aware of the risks.

Parabens on the other hand, are found in almost all of our staple beauty products. From hair products to cosmetics, they are hard to get away from, but they can have a scary effect on how our body produces estrogen. And as a teen girl, the production of estrogen is extremely important to female development.

Fortunately, there are so many great options if you want to opt for a healthier deodorant. Here are a few natural options to get you started...

Bubble and Bee
This vegan and all natural deodorant comes in tons of different scents so you aren't pigeon-holed to just one. Why not try them all?!

Lafe's calaims to be a long-lasting natural deodorant which is exactly what we want (and need). Make sure to check out all of their products, too, because if you want it, chances are they've got it.

Tom’s of Maine
This deodorant is a great alternative that you can find at stores you probably go to on the reg like Walmart or Walgreens. Bonus: It keeps you funk-free for 24 hours.

Burt’s Bees
Burt's Bees has such a great rep...for good reason. This spray-on deodorant neutralizes not-so-good smells naturally.

Miessence is a certified organic brand specializing in cosmetics, with a large range of healthy naturally scented deodorants.

Did you know the dangers that were hiding in your deodorant? Will you make the switch? Tell us in the comments below!

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by Bella Torres | 9/13/2017