Whenever I’m at the drugstore, I like browsing through the deodorant & antiperspirant aisle just to see what’s new. However, every time I open the lid of a deodorant, I’m instantly hit with an overpowering fragrance. Chances are, these drugstore deodorants/antiperspirants are probably using fragrances formulated at 3% or higher – a major NO-NO!
What you can do:
Do the sniff test. If you open the lid and the scent is overpowering (sometimes you can already smell the deodorant with the lid on), you can assume the fragrance levels are far too high.
You can further verify by looking at the ingredient label. If fragrance is not listed in the last two lines of ingredients, you can assume it’s included at high levels. Sometimes, it will be difficult to tell what percentage the fragrance is at because manufacturers can add more ingredients at the top, burying the fragrance and pushing it further down the list.
Look for ingredient labels that lists out the essential oils used, that way you know exactly what you’re getting. Avoid products that just say ‘fragrance or parfum’, as it potentially could include a number of hidden toxic chemicals as they are likely synthetic blends.