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natural deodorant (mineral salt, crystal, etc)

post #1 of 21
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I didn't see a thread dedicated to natural deodorants, so...  I got a crystal deodorant from Mom's organic grocery, I don't think it is "the" crystal deodorant I've seen many people praise, but the one I have been using seems ineffective and I wonder if I'm not using it right or maybe this brand isn't as good as "the" crystal deodorant.  I don't have particularly strong BO, and I shower after exercise so I'm not looking for something that needs to be industrial strength to combat heavy sweat.  Still, my crystal (which is basically a polished rock-sphere similar to marble which you wet and rub under your arms) allows some BO smell through after a couple hours of application---and when I put it on, I don't get any sensation that I am actually putting anything on my body besides the water rolling off the crystal (the water doesn't seem to be pulling any minerals/nutrients/stuff from the crystal)---its like the Emperor's New Clothes/placebo in deodorant-form, I'm rubbing this rock on my underarms daily like an idiot because the packaging and everyone else tells me it works well.

 

Can anyone recommend a natural deodorant that they've found effective? if nothing else I'll try "the" crystal deodorant.

 

I've also seen some posts on the forum that shaving your pits is effective in reducing BO, so I'll give that a try.  Another post recommended rubbing alcohol in your pits once a week.  Anything I can do to increase the effectiveness of these more human-body-friendly products would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 21

Find the spray version.  It works MUCH better.
 

post #3 of 21
My fav: Talc and a drop of perfume. And keep your armpits shaved. It just works. smile.gif
post #4 of 21
I swear by Nancy Boy spray deodorants.
post #5 of 21
Shaving will cause stubble when it begins to grow back. Use nair for 8 mins before you get in the shower at night, and put aftershave on your underarm when you sleep. I've been doing it for 11 years.

Tom's has an unscented deo that is more effective than crystal.
post #6 of 21
I use the crystal that comes in a pink container. I don't remember the brand. I dry my armpits and then gently wet the crystal, rub on underarms and then lay down and let it dry for a minute or two. Works for me. If I don't use it I stink in a couple hours so I know it's working.

No, I don't shave my armpits. That's just weird,
post #7 of 21
The crystal has to be a scam. Can anyone explain how it is supposed to work?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post

Shaving will cause stubble when it begins to grow back. Use nair for 8 mins before you get in the shower at night, and put aftershave on your underarm when you sleep. I've been doing it for 11 years.
Tom's has an unscented deo that is more effective than crystal.

The Tom's unscented deodorant is completely worthless. It actually makes me smell more quickly than wearing nothing at all, and I do not have bad body odor.
post #9 of 21
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The crystal has to be a scam. Can anyone explain how it is supposed to work?

No, it actually works the same as normal deodorants. It uses bacteria inhibiting salts to prevent smell. The only difference is that it doesn't have an extra scent to cover body odor.
post #10 of 21

thats just like using hot water and soap.

post #11 of 21
all I can tell you is that if I don't use it I smell, If I do use it I don't.
post #12 of 21
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No, it actually works the same as normal deodorants. It uses bacteria inhibiting salts to prevent smell. The only difference is that it doesn't have an extra scent to cover body odor.

What are these "bacteria inhibiting salts?" As far as I can tell I've never seen a deodorant crystal with a list of ingredients.
post #13 of 21
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What are these "bacteria inhibiting salts?" As far as I can tell I've never seen a deodorant crystal with a list of ingredients.
There is only one ingredient. It is a salt.

Google it motherfucker
post #14 of 21
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There is only one ingredient. It is a salt.
Google it motherfucker

I just did google it. There seems to be a dearth of reliable information on the ingredients. That does not bode well and I'm calling shenanigans until someone provides a reputable source that it works. Consumer Reports doesn't even have a listing for it.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

What are these "bacteria inhibiting salts?" As far as I can tell I've never seen a deodorant crystal with a list of ingredients.

Actually, most of the ones I saw came with an ingerdients list. Usually it is Potassium Alum, but I've also seen a Himalayan rock salt bar which was, obviously, Sodium Chloride.
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