At Shield, we’re here to keep you moving with confidence. And with superior sweat protection at the heart of everything we do, we’re proud to make anti-perspirant and deodorant products that keep millions of people staying fresh while on the move. But have you ever stopped to wonder what’s inside them?
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS WE USE
It’s only natural to care deeply about what you put on your body. Rest assured, at Shield, the safety and sustainability of everything that goes into the products you use is our absolute priority. Each and every ingredient is rigorously assessed by our experts before we use it. We never compromise, and nor should you.
You never stand still, and neither do we. We’re obsessed with continually improving our products, and we constantly check out the latest science to make our products work better, be more sustainable, and keep you happy by staying fresh and smelling amazing. Just like our products, we won’t let you down.
So let’s take a closer look at some of those ingredients that keep you moving with confidence, and make all of our products work as hard as you do.
It’s a fast-moving and ever-changing world out there. But one thing always remains the same: our commitment to bringing you the safest products. When we’re choosing which ingredients to put inside them, we’re always led by the science. As well as doing our own safety assessments and setting our own rigorous standards, we always follow the relevant local and international safety regulations, and respond to the changing needs of customers like you.
From the busiest city street to the most remote mountain top, wherever in the world you are, you can be sure of Shield. We keep a close eye on the latest scientific developments and new legislation, and constantly review and update the ingredients we use. We also know that you don’t get to be the best by simply standing still. So we’re always evolving our products to bring you the latest innovations. We do whatever it takes to provide you with the best possible protection from sweat and nasty odours – and all so you can keep on moving with confidence.
INGREDIENTS WE USE
What goes into our products? It’s a fascinating question, and one we’re always happy to answer. Let’s take a closer look at some of those ingredients, understand why we use them, and find out how we know they’re safe to use.
Why and how do we use it?
Now for a quick history lesson. Aluminium salts have been used for over half a century as the active ingredient in anti-perspirants to control sweat and body odour, while aluminium itself has been used for much longer – hundreds of years, in fact.
Is it okay to use?
Absolutely. Various health authorities around the world and our safety scientists agree that anti-perspirant products containing aluminium salts are effective, extensively evaluated and safe for regular use. In 2020 the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded that aluminium is safe for use in anti-perspirants at the concentrations currently used. So it’s good news for you, and bad news for sweaty armpits. Find out more about Unilever’s use of aluminium salts in anti-perspirants.
Why and how do we use them?
The quick answer is ‘to smell great!’ Fragrance plays a big part in the sensory experience our products provide, giving you the confidence to keep moving without worrying about smelling sweaty. Amazingly, nearly 3,000 fragrance ingredients are used across the consumer goods industry, which are carefully regulated by authorities and the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).
Are they okay to use?
The fragrance ingredients we use are completely safe and meet all the requirements of the IFRA Standards, the globally accepted risk management system for the safe use of fragrance ingredients. They’re basically the ‘Fragrance Safety Guardians’, and at Shield, we always carefully follow their recommendations.
Where it’s required, we list our fragrance ingredients in the ingredients list on our product packs. In Europe and the US you can find a full break down of our fragrance ingredients on the ‘What’s in Our Products’ webpage (Unilever’s ingredient disclosure platform).
Why and how do we use it?
You may have heard about palm oil. It’s highly versatile and efficient, producing more oil per land area than any other equivalent vegetable oil. We use palm oil and its derivatives as a feedstock to help produce a number of ingredients in our products. These ingredients are important raw materials, which help to give the product stability and improve its texture so that it feels pleasant on your skin. Given it’s an essential ingredient, we are working hard to secure a supply of only 100% physically certificate sustainable palm oil.
What’s the latest?
Experts have said that the problem isn’t palm oil itself, but the irresponsible sourcing of it that leads to deforestation. Sustainably sourced palm oil is the answer to the problem, and we’ve been driving change in the industry for many years. Our parent company, Unilever, takes environmental responsibilities very seriously. Our ambition is to make sustainable palm oil commonplace, and we’re working with partners to drive lasting change, both within our own supply chain and across the wider palm oil industry. Find out more about how our parent company, Unilever, is doing good things to transform the palm oil industry.