What is it?Aluminum chlorohydrate is a simple form of aluminum-based salts that is used to provide wetness protection in underarm antiperspirant products. Aluminum chlorohydrate is also widely used in water purification to remove dissolved organic material. Aluminum chlorohydrate is typically mined and purified from the naturally occurring mineral bauxite. Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the Earth's crust behind oxygen and silicon. As previously noted, the primary source for aluminum is from the bauxite ore. In this product, we are using an aluminum chlorohydrate prepared from recycled aluminum (recycled in the USA), which was originally from bauxite ore. Aluminum, like many of earth’s resources, is finite. Using recycled aluminum reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas production as compared with sourcing aluminum from bauxite ore and helps to manage depletion of a global finite resource.
What does it do?Aluminum chlorohydrate is one of the 18 wetness protection ingredients approved by the Food and Drug Association for use in over the counter underarm antiperspirant products. Our clinical studies show that people who use our antiperspirant stick have significantly dryer underarms. than those not using and antiperspirant. While the aluminum chlorohydrate reduces the amount of sweat on the skin surface, the ingredient also creates a skin environment which is hostile to the growth of malodor-producing bacteria to help reduce underarm odor as well.
What are the alternatives?Aluminum-based salts are currently the only ingredients recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration helps prevent underarm wetness. The FDA recognizes a number of forms of aluminum-based salts including aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate(s), and aluminum zirconium salts. Consumers who do not wish to use an antiperspirant product may be interested to know that Tom’s of Maine also produces a line of deodorant sticks and roll-ons, which include a number of aluminum free deodorant options. We feel it is important to offer individuals a choice and trust that they will establish a personal care regimen that is right for them.
What are the risks?We are aware that many people are concerned with the safety of aluminum-based underarm products as a small number of studies have linked the use of such products with the occurrence of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Based on a thorough review of all the literature available, and the recommendations of the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association, we believe that the use of our product is absolutely safe. As recommended by the FDA, you should consult with your doctor about the use of antiperspirant if you suffer from kidney disease. Since the kidneys play an important role in eliminating aluminum from the body, the FDA decided it was prudent to alert consumers who have kidney disease to the fact that their exposure to aluminum from use of antiperspirants might need to be discussed with their physician in order to make sure that the aluminum will not accumulate in the body. As with any OTC product, antiperspirants should be kept away from children.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
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