Does Smelling Good Cost Your Health?

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


Who would not love smelling good? A deodorant makes you smell like the scent of your choice in a splash. Well, not promoting deodorants here, but would it cost your health to smell good? So many claims and speculations have been out and about on this very topic for quite some time now. Some claim deodorants can put one at risk of breast cancer. Though there is no scientific evidence to prove this, there is a concern that the aluminum-based active ingredient in antiperspirants gets absorbed into the skin, which, if used regularly, can affect the estrogen receptors in breast cells. Let us check out a few facts and break myths if we spot one. Together, shall we?

1. Antiperspirants – Do We Know Them as a Whole?



Antiperspirants, or simply sweat controllers, aid you in keeping a sweat check and not smelling bad as such. These are made of aluminum-based ingredients, which by forming a temporary plug in the sweat duct, stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. But one sad or rather bad thing is when a deodorant high in aluminum gets splashed onto the skin, it can get absorbed. This absorbing tendency is not so very good for women as it can cause their estrogen levels to fluctuate. So, a better way off for all is to stay off antiperspirants with a label that says aluminum in the ingredient list.

2. Natural Deodorant – Is It Really a Thing?


Natural deodorant is consistently growing larger in popularity in recent times. Do they do justice to what they claim? Well, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, conventional antiperspirants are safe. Natural deodorant masks up the smell, not sweat, which means your skin is not exposed to harsh chemicals on a daily basis, and that stands as a plus. This win-win situation certainly justifies their popularity, agree?

3. Is Breast Cancer Risk From Using a Deodorant Real?



Aluminum in deodorants, though it takes part in messing up estrogen levels to an extent, does not have much of a serious effect on a woman’s body as causing cancer. Moreover, no study has proved this claim whatsoever. So, this myth that is speculating does not have to worry you much. But, to be on the safer side, why not opt for a natural alternative, considering we already have it?

4. How Can a Natural Deodorant Do You Good?


Natural deodorant helps build a better pit microbiome. They comprise three main components: coconut or tea tree oil, which acts as a disinfectant and has anti-bacterial properties. Soothing smells from essential oils such as lavender and sandalwood. And the one last naturally absorbent ingredient that helps keep the skin moist – baking soda, arrowroot, or cornstarch. Overall there is no harm in using this natural set of magic that helps you build your charm!


Speculations do go around all the time, but this speculation, my friend, does not have to put you to worry. On that note, we advise you to be aware of the ingredients that come with deodorants. Doing a quick check can prevent you from being at risk. Smell good by using safe goods.

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