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natural deodorant (mineral salt, crystal, etc)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by ihavezippers, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. ihavezippers

    ihavezippers Active Member

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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.
     
  2. sixn2thirds

    sixn2thirds Member

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    Find the spray version. It works MUCH better.
     
  3. DJosef

    DJosef Senior member

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    My fav: Talc and a drop of perfume. And keep your armpits shaved. It just works. :)
     
  4. prozach1576

    prozach1576 Senior member

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    I swear by Nancy Boy spray deodorants.
     
  5. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    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.
     
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    texas_jack Senior member

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    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,
     
  7. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    The crystal has to be a scam. Can anyone explain how it is supposed to work?
     
  8. prozach1576

    prozach1576 Senior member

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    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.
     
  9. texas_jack

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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.
     
  10. michaelyork

    michaelyork Senior member

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    thats just like using hot water and soap.
     
  11. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    all I can tell you is that if I don't use it I smell, If I do use it I don't.
     
  12. Harold falcon

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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.
     
  13. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    There is only one ingredient. It is a salt.

    Google it motherfucker
     
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  14. Harold falcon

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    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.
     
  15. DJosef

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    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.
     
  16. Harold falcon

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    Lol, I thought the whole point of using this magic crystal was to avoid using aluminium? And who the hell could think rubbing rock salt under your arm would absorb odours?
     
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    It just has the active alum ingredient of many other antiperspirants but in a different form, I don't get the point either. The particles are absorbed into the sweat glands to clog them and prevent sweating so it's not really absorbing odors.

    The best "natural" one I've tried is Herbal magic, compared to almost 10 others tested. The active ingredients are algae, baking soda and hops to name a few. It doesn't really prevent sweating though.
     
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  18. DJosef

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    No really. I'm so NOT joking. Try talc. Just try it once. No perfume, just a generous amount of talc, so you get the point. :)
    It was good enough for generations of men, and I don't think our grandfathers smelled so much worse than us in their heyday. Plus, it's cheaper than most good deos, and smells better than most cheap ones.
     
  19. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    You don't think our grandfathers smelled worse than us? I bet you're wrong.
     
  20. DJosef

    DJosef Senior member

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    Yea I exaggerated a bit, the early XX. century was definitely musky with showers every other day, or every week in certain families.
    My point is, the smell was not due to lack of technology, but rather the widespread lack of application thereof.
     

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