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Last week I was reading an article about aluminium dangerosity in deodorant…

is adidas deodorant safe

And I noticed that more and more brands are using the “Aluminium free” magic words as a marketing campain’s tool.

But guess what…when checking the formulas….we still find a lot of dangerous things in there…

This was my source of inspiration for this post…

Who is using a lot of deodorant??? Sports men and women…they use deodorant at least twice more often as we do…in the morning after the shower…and after trainings or working out…

It leads me to a brand marketed for sport persons…

What is in Adidas’ deodorant formula

adidas deodorant formula review


Is it safe for you to use?

Propylene glycol:

Propylene glycol: Sense organ toxicity hazards; dangerous for those with kidney disorders; may cause transitory stinging and tearing; penetration enhancer so it helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. This is the first ingredient….so it will definitely help other ingredients to penetrate the skin…..please click here to discover more about how fast toxic ingredients penetrate into your bloodstream! Especially when we observe some following ingredients such as triclosan, which cause cancer, hormons disruption and immune deficiencies.


water is a natural ingredient….of course!


Sodium Stearate:

This substance is Suspected to be an environmental hazard


Sodium palmitate:

Sodium palm kernealate is from palm oil…and is a real desaster for environment and present absolutely no benefits for your skin…this oil is used only in cheap soap and cosmetics.

Please watch this video…by following this link….on how consuming cosmetics formulated with sodium palmitate is destroying badly our environment

Sodium arachidate :

is an emulsifier from peanuts, used for example in soaps.


Parfum (Fragrance), are usually only chemestry that can cause cancer and or are neurotoxic. They are also strong irritants.

Sodium behenate:

Is a surfactant or cleaning agent.

Cyanosis tetragonal ova ( guar) gum:

Is a gum from a bushy plant forming a gel. This substance helps to bind ingredients together. This is a vegetal ingredient.

No toxicity or health concern.

According to Environmental Working Group, some could be allergic to this substance.


Sorbitan Sesquioleate

According to, Sorbitan esters, including Sorbitan Sesquioleate, are generally mild skin irritants but nonsensitizers, a study published in Dermatitis entitled “Sorbitan Sesquioleate, a Common Emulsifier in Topical Corticosteroids, Is an Important Contact Allergen” found that although Sorbitan Sesqiuoleate has been considered an uncommon allergen in the past, it is causing reactions in more patients than expected. In a test of 112 patients, ten had allergic reactions to this ingredient. Ultimately, the study concluded that Sorbitan Sesquioleate may be sensitizing when applied to dermatitic skin.

Palmitic acid

Is a natural fatty acid which can be derived from animals or from vegetals. It is presenting low concern about environment toxicity according to Cosmetic Database.

Stearic acid

Is an ingredient derived from nature. It could be animal or vegetal.

It is a thickener, emulsifier as well as softening.

Lithium magnesium

Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate is a synthetic silicate clay consisting mainly of lithium, magnesium and sodium silicates.

In the Cosmetics website, I learned this substance is a nano particle.

A nano particule is extremely tiny….an example, the section of hair is around 80 000 nanometers….and a nano particle is something smaller than 100 nanometers…..

According to campaign for safe cosmetics, Preliminary scientific research has shown that many types of nanoparticles can be toxic to human tissue and cell cultures, resulting in increased oxidative stress, inflammatory cytokine production, DNA mutation and even cell death. They can penetrate cell walls, including organ tissues, and are known to be highly reactive.

And remember….the main ingredient in this Adidas deodorant formula is a penetrating enhancer…..these nano particules will get into your body….into your cells…..extremely easily…..

Sodium silicate:

According to the truth in aging, The Cosmetic Database finds Sodium Silicate to be a moderate hazard ingredient, and is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful, as a human irritant and as a human toxicant. There are concentration limits for Sodium Silicate, and concerns regarding allergic reactions, organ system toxicity and irritation of the skin and eyes. However, ultimately, the CIR considers this ingredient safe based on assumption of low absorption. No studies were found that listed direct negative side effects from the use of sodium silicate in topical application. The American Journal of Contact Dermatitis found it to be a potentially irritating antiseptic.

Sucrose stearate

This substance presents no concern for health and is a skin emollient

Xanthan gum

Is a substance from natural ingredient. It is a gelifying ingredient.

Triclosan :

Triclosan is a chemical ingredient which can cause liver cancer, according to mayo clinic

Butylphenyl methylpropional

Is a chemical substance used as a fragrance. It has a floral smell. This substance is classified as allergen and irritant in Europe. Therefore, it’s quantity is regulated and limited.

Hexyl Cinnamal

Is a substance derived from jasmine. It is used for fragrance purpose

Sodium myristate:

It is a binder and anti cackling  agent, it is also used as a fragrance. It is a fatty acid with 14 carbon chain which is mimicking some vegetal oil’s fatty acid such as coconut oil or nutmeg.



Allantoin is a natural compounds which has soothing and anti inflammatory properties.

It helps healing rashes and burns.

It is found in all mammals’ urine, except humans and primates. Indeed we don t have the enzyme to transform uric acid into allantoin.

Allantoin can also be extracted from the campher plant, or can also be synthetized.

It has no record of irritation or allergen, it is therefore considered safe to use in cosmetic.

It shouldn’t be ingested though, it is liver toxic.

Hydroxyisohexyl 3 cyclohexane carboxaldehyde

Is known to be an allergen, causing eczema on 3% of the population. Tests have been done only on a short period (2 weeks) on forearms (not on armpits…).


It’s a synthetic perfuming substance which is ranked hazardous in Europe and is part of the 26 allergen fragrance substances. It smells like Lilly of the valley.


It is also a synthetic fragrance used in perfumery. It is ranked as hazardous in Europe. It is mimicking rose smell.

Sodium laurate:

Is considerate to be a safe synthetic ingredient.

Alpha isomethyl ionone

According to the website truth in aging, This substance has been known to irritate the skin and trigger allergic reactions for some people. After evaluating the potential side effects of Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, the International Fragrance Association or IFRA banned the ingredient from being mixed into fragrance products (i.e. perfume, cologne). But you can still find this ingredient in a variety of other cosmetics that are not categorized as a “fragrance.”

Myristic acid:

Is a synthetized ingredient mimicking one of the coconut oil’s fatty acid.

I always consider a huge difference between the synthetized product and the natural compound of a natural ingredient.

The best evidence…..even knowing how to synthetize all the ingredients composing an essential oil, we never obtain the same benefits we would obtain using a natural essential oil by adding the sum of the synthetic ingredients….it doesn’t work the same way…


One more synthetic ingredient used in perfumery..chemicals to substitute natural fragrances cheaply…..

Gossypium herbaceum ( cotton) powder:

This is a natural vegetal ingredient….helping to absorb perspiration.

Sodium citrate:

Is citric acid.

It is used in cosmetics to balance the Ph of the product.


Extr. D and C violet ( ci 60730)

According to an European scientific study, this ingredient is used for coloration and present organ toxicity, genetic mutation, and therefore is not allowed in higher concentration than 0,5%….

adidas deodorant ingredient label

As you can notice on the label, it is well said not to be used on broken skin…

A deodorant, by definition, is used on shaved fragile skin…we may be concerned on how many users are reading this label…and not using deodorant when shaved broken skin???


Conclusion of Adidas aluminium free deodorant…

Ok, this deodorant doesn’t contain aluminium, still it contains a lot of irritants and allergen substances, as well as carcinogenic ingredients. On the top of it, the first ingredient is a penetration enhancer…and deodorant is used on fragile, shaved armpit’s skin…

This is not as safe as could be…

For a easy DIY deodorant recipe, please follow this link about diy deodorant candy flavor.

Check my other challenges for more infos on the safe and unsafe cosmetic.

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