Deodorant protection with or without aluminium?When it comes to protection against bad odours and sweat, we differentiate between deodorants and antiperspirants. While deodorants eliminate odour from your sweat without reducing perspiration, antiperspirants contain aluminium salts that reduce the activity of sweat glands in particular.
Why aluminium?The aluminium salt ACH is a water-soluble compound made from aluminium. To date, it is one of the most effective substances in preventing perspiration and is therefore widely used in deodorant protection.
How does ACH get into our bodies?Aluminium is the most common metal in the earth’s crust and enters our bodies naturally in drinking water and many foods. Packaging and certain medications that contain aluminium may result in an increased intake. In light of this, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) set a weekly limit of 1mg per kg bodyweight. However, this is no reason to panic as studies carried out to date have found that the amount of aluminium absorbed from cosmetics and deodorants is extremely low – the exact value is currently being determined in a comprehensive European study.
What is the risk from aluminium residues?In addition to the World Health Organization, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) looked into the issue of aluminium in antiperspirants: so far, no link has been found between aluminium intake and the incidence of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BLV) came to a similar conclusion.
What does this mean for me?
Whether you’re looking for reliable antiperspirant protection or a delicate fragrance to mask the smell of sweat, fenjal’s wide range of products includes the right deodorant protection for every skin type. But if you still want to avoid aluminium salts despite the research finding that they are safe, you can rely on the 48-hour protection of new fenjal Sensitive Deodorant Roll-On with allantoin and oat extract.