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Novus
05-09-2014, 02:34 PM
Does anyone use natural deodorants instead of antiperspirants? What products would you recommend? I've tried and liked several different products but I'm interested in what works for other people.

I have to use natural deodorants for allergy reasons. Antiperspirants make my skin peel and gives me blisters. I don't know what ingredient(s) I'm allergic to but it's so much awful.

Products I've tried and liked: Nourish, Bubble & Bee Pit Putty, Miessense, Nature's Gate

Products I've tried and did not like: Jason's, Tom's of Maine, Crystal, Burt's Bees, Alba, Geodeo


Earthling
05-09-2014, 03:35 PM
A couple of years ago I wanted to start replacing all my beauty products, lotions, and shampoos with completely all natural products, or try too.

After much trial and error...

HANDS DOWN, the BEST underarm deodorant has been a simple mixture of baking powder, cornstarch, and a few drops of essential oil. I like to use rose.
I use about 2 parts baking soda to 1 part cornstarch, or sometimes 3:1. I just eyeball it. Mix is in a little tub and use a face puff to apply.

I never smell. Swear.

And I have tried, Tom's, salt crystals, everything. They do not come close and they feel gunky. Not even regular non-natural deodorants come close to baking soda and cornstarch. Just remember the essential oil. It really is needed.

Give it try! It's incredibly cheap even if you don't like it :)

Brandis
05-09-2014, 09:10 PM
I read about mixing baking soda and coconut oil with a few drops essential oil. I am too paranoid to try it though. I really don't want to stink.


mars735
05-09-2014, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the recipe, Earthling!

When I was a vegetarian (not vegan), I did not need to use deodorant at all.

mars735
05-09-2014, 09:30 PM
A couple of years ago I wanted to start replacing all my beauty products, lotions, and shampoos with completely all natural products, or try too.

After much trial and error...

HANDS DOWN, the BEST underarm deodorant has been a simple mixture of baking powder, cornstarch, and a few drops of essential oil. I like to use rose.
I use about 2 parts baking soda to 1 part cornstarch, or sometimes 3:1. I just eyeball it. Mix is in a little tub and use a face puff to apply.

I never smell. Swear.

And I have tried, Tom's, salt crystals, everything. They do not come close and they feel gunky. Not even regular non-natural deodorants come close to baking soda and cornstarch. Just remember the essential oil. It really is needed.

Give it try! It's incredibly cheap even if you don't like it :)

Which essential oils do you like?

Novus
05-09-2014, 09:33 PM
HANDS DOWN, the BEST underarm deodorant has been a simple mixture of baking powder, cornstarch, and a few drops of essential oil. I like to use rose.
I use about 2 parts baking soda to 1 part cornstarch, or sometimes 3:1. I just eyeball it. Mix is in a little tub and use a face puff to apply.

Interesting. I just might try it. Thanks!

shea
05-09-2014, 10:10 PM
I use the baking soda, cornstarch, eo, and coconut oil. I'm on my second batch and never had a problem with it. Your probably aware of it but No More Dirty Looks is a green beauty blog with lots of reviews. The comment section is always filled with recs.

Earthling
05-10-2014, 03:35 AM
Which essential oils do you like?

I always use Rose Absolut just because I love the smell. It is expensive, but a very small amount will do. And over 3 years i am still not through a 1 oz bottle. But any less expensive oil should do. Certainly lavender or rosemary might be nice. i would stay away from more warm, pungeunt smells like Patchouli or myrrh. Just be sure they are real "essential oils" and not "fragrance oils" which may be packaged misleadingly. Fragrance oils are mainly of an artificial in nature.

Wannabeskinny
05-10-2014, 07:37 AM
I know you said you didn't like it but I'm so happy since I've switched to Tom's deodorant!

Novus
05-10-2014, 06:06 PM
I know you said you didn't like it but I'm so happy since I've switched to Tom's deodorant!

Tom's was my mainstay for years. It worked okay but then I tried some other brands and liked them much more.

mam1958
05-10-2014, 10:57 PM
I liked to use Ammens powder.

This helps me 2 ways for chafing under my ladies, and as deodorant.

TheSecondHalf
05-13-2014, 04:19 PM
I just tried two products from Lush - T'eo and Guv'ner.

T'eo is a solid. The wax on the back started to crumble pretty quickly and it was a bit sandpapery as a solid so I went ahead and crushed it as someone in the comments recommended (on the Lush website). Super itchy. Don't care for the fragrance but I am not stinky. Applying it isn't easy because it sort of crumbles. I feel like a lot of product would be wasted if you didn't crumble it in a tin and use a brush

Guv is a powder. It smells like a dude. Not for use with sleeveless or small straps as it leaves a very zombie like green tint to your underarm. I mean, if that's your thing, go for it but it looked noticeably weird. It's supposed to be sweat absorbing and I didn't notice being particularly damp. Couldn't get past the smell or itchy and it's super messy to apply. They should just sell brushes or tell you you need one (or a puff or something) because I can't imagine how you'd apply it otherwise.

I know people who just love both of these products, but after giving them each about a week, trying them in combination, and even combining with coconut oil (again, I think from the comments on the website) - I give up.

Next, I plan to try the deodorant cream from Soap Wallah on etsy. I've heard nothing but good things.

Novus
05-13-2014, 09:44 PM
TheSecondHalf - So sorry the Lush products were such a disappointment. I love all the stuff I've tried from there but have never tried their deodorants. Also....green?!? :p WTF? :lol:

I looked at the ingredient label of the Pit Putty (the product I'm currently using) and realized it's pretty much what a lot of you have been recommending here - baking soda, essential oils, etc. That makes me even more motivated to try a homemade version.

Uggla
05-16-2014, 02:53 AM
I use deodorant from etsy.com/shop/soap in pumpkin pie scent.

I like it a lot, I have been using it for a few years now.

You can choose from a variety of scents and it is 100% vegan and organic.

alexhanney08
05-23-2014, 03:07 PM
There are many natural deodorants available in the market now. I always use natural deodorant or anti-perspirant roll-on/cream on my underarms. I don' want to use deodorants that has harmful chemicals. You can also make your own deodorant at home. It is easy and fun to do.

nonameslob
05-23-2014, 03:18 PM
Are there any natural deodorants that also act as an antiperspirant (to an extent, at least)? I tried Tom's many years ago but discovered the sweat was more of my problem, not the smell, but I would love to try again since it is one of the few traditional personal products I still use...

Lunula
06-03-2014, 02:19 PM
I have used the salt stick (Crystal) for years and it works great for me. I tried many of the other deodorants and nothing was as effective as the salt. I have used the crystal as well as the roll-on, and both work for me. I don't have major sweat issues and was always concerned with the chemicals in antiperspirants.

Desiderata
06-03-2014, 02:29 PM
Didn't see this thread before now - just wanted to say thank you, Novus, for listing out all the things you've tried. My husband has the same issue as you and I'm so curious as to what the culprit ingredient is. (Tom's of Maine stick deodorant causes the peeling issue, but their roll-on is fine.) We'll have to investigate the other brands that have worked OK for you. Thanks again.

Novus
06-03-2014, 02:44 PM
Are there any natural deodorants that also act as an antiperspirant (to an extent, at least)? I tried Tom's many years ago but discovered the sweat was more of my problem, not the smell, but I would love to try again since it is one of the few traditional personal products I still use...

I tend to only get really sweaty when it's crazy hot and humid. On those days, I find that an occasional dusting of powder helps soak it up. Gah, that sounds gross. :p :lol: (I use Burt's Bees dusting powder because talcum powder tends to give me a rash.)

Didn't see this thread before now - just wanted to say thank you, Novus, for listing out all the things you've tried. My husband has the same issue as you and I'm so curious as to what the culprit ingredient is.

Glad you found this thread helpful! Interesting that your husband has the same problem. I agree that I'm definitely curious what the culprit ingredient is. I've tried to narrow it down by comparing ingredients with other products that I have problems with but have never figured it out.

alexhanney08
06-16-2014, 01:18 AM
Natural are the best for our skin. I recently buy a deodorant that has no preservatives and natural. It is the jasmine scent from N. But I hate the smell of it and it stinks on my shirt so I decided to make my own powder deodorant. I make it by using coconut oil, cornstarch and baking soda.

amy1234
06-19-2014, 08:34 AM
thanx for sharing this post with us , i really learned many things while reading post of many users

circa83
06-27-2014, 11:46 AM
I've been using plain baking soda, just put a little in my hand and pat/rub it onto my armpit. I decided to ease off antiperspirants the last time I got this painful knot under my arm, which had happened to me a couple of times over the years. I found out that the body's basically detoxing through funky sweat, and antiperspirants are just sealing all the bad stuff in. So I started using this Arm and Hammer brand that was just a deodorant, but I later found out it had an ingredient that could be toxic. That's when I decided to try just straight baking soda and it does the job. I still use an antiperspirant on occasion, but for the most part I use baking soda.

berryblondeboys
06-27-2014, 11:52 AM
So glad people resurrected this post - I missed it.

So, how do you put on a baking soda and corn starch deodorant? Both my husband and my teenaged son are allergic to something in deodorants, even Tom's.

CanadianCutie
06-29-2014, 01:06 PM
I've seen some recipes online for a cream/paste style you can make at home using baking soda and corn starch, and I think a little shea or cocoa butter. That way it's a little messy to apply than the powders.

patriciasmith
07-01-2014, 06:03 AM
I use the baking soda, cornstarch, eo, and coconut oil. I'm on my second batch and never had a problem with it. Your probably aware of it but No More Dirty Looks is a green beauty blog with lots of reviews. The comment section is always filled with recs.

Would like to thanks for sharing this with us...It really an amazing method for the natural deo..I'm eager to try this .. :) :)

Magicsusan
07-01-2014, 10:04 AM
This is a chilly way to wake up, but I make mine into a sausage shape and keep it in the fridge. I rub it in my armpits and wrap it back up and put it back in the door. (I have a shelf for non-foods- seeds and stuff...)

nonameslob
10-01-2014, 09:52 PM
Ok ladies, I've has this thread in mind for a while now. I went backpacking recently, and my pack was quite heavy so I left the antiperspirant at home. I didn't sweat or smell nearly as bad as I thought I would! :flame:

I was running out of my antiperspirant, so I decided to bump down to deodorant. Not a lot of choices, but I ended up getting the Crystal roll on (lavendar scent). Will see how this goes, and if I'm happy I'll try making up my own with corn starch next time. I keep a huge thing of corn starch on hand as dry shampoo, just need some essential oil! Here's hoping...

Suzanne 3FC
10-02-2014, 02:33 PM
I haven't tried Crystal, but I'll give it a shot since so many of you like it. I like natural deodorants, too. I have found that one of the benefits to aging is that I sweat a lot less now :)

marigrace
10-02-2014, 03:13 PM
Cornstarch,with a bit of baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You can also grind some dry rose petals and add those in for some added luxury. The backing soda alters the ph which suppresses bacteria and odor.

faiora
10-02-2014, 07:38 PM
My favourite is a deodorant cream made by soapwalla. It comes in a little blue jar, and you stir and apply it with your finger. I love the way it smells, the way it feels (smooth and dry), and it doesn't leave residue on my clothes.

That said, if I shower in the morning (especially after a workout), I find I can get through a regular-length day without deodorant. So I try not to wear it unless I'm going somewhere after work, or on days when I showered the night before instead of in the morning (which is often the case).

I've tried a lot of other natural deodorants, like the salt sticks and talcum and so on. Some of them work, but usually only for about 4 hours and then I smell worse and feel far grosser and slimier than if I hadn't worn anything at all.

shea
10-04-2014, 02:07 PM
I decided to buy instead of make some more. I'm loving it. It is Meow Meow Tweet Deoderant Cream in lavender. The texture is just right, a little bit goes a long way, and it has been working great.

ReNew Me
10-06-2014, 09:21 AM
First of all, if you shower daily you shouldn't stink, at least not to where someone who isn't actually sticking their nose directly in your armpit can smell that you haven't used any type of deodorant. Yes, there's going to be some aroma, that's natural. It's going to be musky or sharpish, or a combination of the two, but it shouldn't be horrendously offensive. If it is, you need to see a doctor or something.

Second, just to make absolutely sure, there is no such a thing as a natural antiperspirant, it's not possible and any company that tells you otherwise is full of it. Making your body not sweat is about as un-natural as you can get. The only way perspiration can be stopped is chemically or through Botox shots for people suffering from excessive perspiration.

Third, when you go off commercial antiperspirants/deodorants you're going to run into a brief period (two weeks to a month) where your body sort of has to get used to your pits sweating and smelling naturally again. Hang in there and trust the process. Once you go through this stage things level out and you'll discover you're living with all new armpits. Seriously, I kid you not. My husband and I've just gone through the phase and I am constantly surprised how mild we now smell and honestly, love the hubs to death but when I met him that man had some hard core wicked funky pits. Not anymore.

Our routine, after a shower we use a product called Liquid Rock. It comes in natural scents or unscented. He doesn't like scented products in general so we went with unscented. I also made up for myself an underarm powder I'll use on particularly sticky/humid days made of equal parts baking soda and cornstarch with a few drops of vanilla extract and a few sprinkles of cinnamon all shaken up in a small jar. I didn't have any citrus essential oils when I made it up but after using the cinnamon/vanilla I've kind of come to like it.

Just an aside, once you start moving away from scented products you start realizing how "chemically" most people smell. It's bad. Scented soap/shampoo/hair care/colognes/laundry detergent and fabric softener then air fresheners in houses and cars, scented cleaning products people use on floors and furniture. And EVERY ONE of those scented products has it's own chemical load (usually of pthalates) our bodies are dealing with, whether it's absorbing it through our lungs or skin.

Good book out there called "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" for anyone interested in learning more about the chemical assault our bodies deal with daily, particularly if you want to think about how toxin load may be one of the factors contributing to obesity (as in, our bodies literally sock chemicals INTO body fat to prevent us being poisoned as certain chemicals are lipolic).

curlypudge
10-06-2014, 04:53 PM
II am a huge fan of just plain baking soda too! Just kind of rub it on. It really works as a deodorant. Some folks have had some reaction to it I guess, so they mix in the cornstarch.
I think some people just smell/sweat more than others. I shower every day, but have always been a heavy sweater and this stuff is really great. And I love the fact that it isn't scented. Just don't bring it on a plane, it looks kind of suspicious, white stuff in a plastic baggie:)

Wannabeskinny
10-08-2014, 10:51 AM
Great post ReNew Me! I have found the same with shampooing - I went from shampooing every day to shampooing only once a week. It takes an adjustment period where your hair over produces oil and then it calms down. It's much much better for your hair. I'm still working on finding a natural shampoo I like but that's another thread for another time.

I use Tom's natural deodorant and I have enjoyed making the switch from antipersperant to deodorant. Truth be told I was never sweated a lot so I don't even know why I was using antiperspirant for so long! With Tom's I do have to reapply during the day maybe once or so but I'm fine with that. The thing that bugs me with Tom's is that the dispenser sides are a little sharp and I have to make sure I have enough rolled out so that the sides don't scrape me. Also, I've noticed that if I have just shaved the deodorant stings a little. Is that normal or should I experiment with other types?

nonameslob
10-08-2014, 12:26 PM
ReNew Me - thanks for sharing that!

Wannabe - I would love to have that natural shampoo discussion. Maybe another thread would be worthwhile? :)

I'm on week 2 of using Crystal. I expected an increase in sweat the first week, but it's been the opposite! I've gotten quite sweaty during workouts and don't notice much wetness or odor under my pits. I've still been shaving daily, but I have zero irritation on my armpits...so obviously it was mostly caused by the antiperspirant I was using.

Now I am contemplating letting my pit hair grow *shock and horror* It's fall, no one except my boyfriend and me will see my pits, and I'm kind of interested to see how it goes. However, in the past, not shaving for a few days made my pits stinkier. So I am curious if this is still the case now that I am "off" antiperspirants! Today is day one of no shave October :D:lol:

Wannabeskinny
10-08-2014, 01:16 PM
ReNew Me - thanks for sharing that!

Wannabe - I would love to have that natural shampoo discussion. Maybe another thread would be worthwhile? :)

I'm on week 2 of using Crystal. I expected an increase in sweat the first week, but it's been the opposite! I've gotten quite sweaty during workouts and don't notice much wetness or odor under my pits. I've still been shaving daily, but I have zero irritation on my armpits...so obviously it was mostly caused by the antiperspirant I was using.

Now I am contemplating letting my pit hair grow *shock and horror* It's fall, no one except my boyfriend and me will see my pits, and I'm kind of interested to see how it goes. However, in the past, not shaving for a few days made my pits stinkier. So I am curious if this is still the case now that I am "off" antiperspirants! Today is day one of no shave October :D:lol:

Hair holds on to moisture and aroma so if you let your hair grow out significantly then yes it will smell more. Not that it's a bad thing. I let my hair grow out and only shave about once a month in the winter, only once a week in the summer. But I'm blonde and my hair is very fine, it's not too bad.