I really enjoyed the story of stuff, so when they came out with a new video called the story of cosmetics, I watched it.
So I was randomly looking at my deodorant today, and thinking about this. I decided to do wikipedia searches on the ingredients. The first few were pretty boring so I skipped down to something that looked more interesting. Like, tocopheryl acetate. What the bunnyslipper is tocopheryl acetate?
Tocopheryl acetate, also known as vitamin E acetate, is a common vitamin supplement with the molecular formula C31H52O3 (for ‘α’ form). It is often used indermatological products such as skin creams. Some studies have linked tocopheryl acetate to cancer.
What? Linked to cancer? Okay that’s a little creepy.
But wait, right there on the ingredient label it says:
For external use only.
Do not use on broken skin.
Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.
Stop use if rash or irritation occurs.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.
I always looked at warning labels like this, and it never struck me that I was rubbing poison into my armpits. Weird, huh?
No, I’m not saying we should all just go throw out all our deodorants but I personally find the whole thing rather creepy. Hmm. What do you think?