Arm & Hammer’s “Essential Natural Deodorant, Fresh”

Arm & Hammer’s “Essential Natural Deodorant, Fresh” contains the following, according to couldn’t find a list of ingredients easily on Arm & Hammer’s deodorant page):

  • Dipropylene Glycol: Very commonly used in personal products for skin and hair and in perfumes.  It is also a common ingredient in commercial fog fluid, used in entertainment industry smoke and haze machines
  • Water
  • Propylene Glycol: While it doesn’t seem to this non-scientist that it can be called “natural” it is called “an organic compound” and seems to be  non-corrosive, has low volatility and very low toxicity.  According to Wikipedia it would be “nearly impossible to reach toxic levels by consuming foods or supplements”. It helps skin maintain moisture and works to help bring water-based ingredients to skin.  It’s not all good though, it seems that it does take a lot of energy to make, there may be some small incidences of allergic reaction in humans and it may impact marine life.  For more information, visit Wikipedia’s page.
  • Sodium Stearate: This is the stuff used to make gels. It thickens, can make something creamy.  Tom’s of Maine’s site writes of the substance “This gel gives our stick deodorant its base structure, so it can be properly applied in the manner consumers expect.”
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
  • Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oil
  • Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil
  • Fragrance
  • Triclosan: Used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. However, recent news on the substance is very bad. Minnesota is considering whether to ban its use. It poses some health concerns, pollution concerns and overusing it may help develop more resistent strains of bacteria.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA: Is water-soluable and helps preserve personal formulas.
  • Allantoin (Comfrey Root)


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