Debra Lynn Dadd

Deodorant for Teenage Son?


I have difficulty tolerating any kind of fragrance and the problem is, I have a teenage son that will usually only use Right Guard deodorant. Initially, he did use unscented Mitchum but as he got older, found that it was not effective enough for him-he is a very hygiene conscious person and showers often too.

I have explained that these products aren't good for you. He has tried various natural deodorants from the health food store and applied them alone and with baking soda to absorb odors but he breaks out in a rash or it causes a burning sensation. This has been a real conflict between us.

Any suggestions from yourself or readers would be greatly appreciated.

POSTED BY ANNE :: OREGON USA :: 01/29/2007 2:53 PM


I'm hoping my readers will have an answer because I don't have any experience with this, not having a teenage son. But you're not the first person who has asked me this.

Is the baking soda irritating to his skin? Try mixing it with some cornstarch and see if that helps. Have you tried a deodorant stone?

Debra :-)


I think natural deodorant methods are a real challenge to folks. Did the natural deodorants alone not work? Does your son understand that the scent from commercial deodorants is just making him feel better about his hygiene not contributing greatly to the deodorant effect?

I find I'm much less malodorous (I don't even own a commercial antiperspirant anymore) when i take chlorophyl (spelling?) tablets. They also sell this in liquid form.

A lot of people don't like the feeling of being sweaty, not realizing that the sweat itself doesn't have to smell.

I don't know what else to suggest.

POSTED BY ROBIN :: VIRGINIA USA :: 01/30/2007 10:32 AM

I REALLY like Aubrey's E Plus High C deodorant. Both my husband and I use it, and we never smell (unless we forget to use it). I am a pretty physically active person with two horses to clean up after and work with, an avid organic gardener, skiier, etc. It's the only natural deodorant that works with my body chemistry, and it doesn't have a strong smell (I don't like stuff that's too flowery, spicey, or strong smelling). Hope that helps.

All the best,



Combining two deodorants seems to work well. Jason Tea Tree deodorant stick goes on first. Then Kiss my Face Liquid Rock fragrance-free roll-on. Separately they're not sufficient, but together they do a good job.


Try using straight cornstarch, organic would be best. Also, you can get some Natural Beauty recipie books on line, they have oodles of herbal deodorants and the like that you can make for pennies and might help him, one that I think would probably be a good book is Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Every Body by Dina Falconi.

The ingredients may be somewhat strange, but you can find them at health food stores.

POSTED BY V.H. :: OHIO USA :: 01/30/2007 10:50 AM

We use baking soda as deodorant in my family and it is very effective for us too. It irritates my brother's skin by itself as well but he uses a little gentle lotion before applying the baking soda and this seems to work very well for him. It might work for your son as well. Good luck!

POSTED BY FAITH :: OKLAHOMA USA :: 01/30/2007 10:52 AM

I think it's amazing that your son will even listen to your suggestions!

If he is having trouble with baking soda irritating his skin, I would suggest rubbing a small bit of oil (I use food-grade (not massage) sesame or olive oil) under his arms first, then applying a bit of baking soda. You don't need much! I had a problem with red irritation under my arms when I first started using baking soda myself, and the oil prevents my skin from drying out. You could also use your favorite organic body lotion.

I have been using baking soda under my arms for three or four years now, and I would never go back to anything else. Commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants never left me as odour-free as baking soda.


I have very sensitive skin & have tried several natural deodorants also. Most of them have my skin burning & I get red streaks. I also didn't feel that they did a good job of keeping odor at bay(I live in a hot state). Anyway, I decided to try aluminum free baking soda one weekend. It works great! My skin doesn't react to it and I've been, thankfully, odor free. I bought the cotton squares & dip one in and pat it on. Hope this helps.

POSTED BY TINKERBELL :: TEXAS USA :: 01/31/2007 10:58 AM

The best fragrance-free deodorant I have found is called "Indiu Magic," made by Indium Health Products in California. It is a colorless, odorless liguid which comes in a spray bottle, so you don't have to mix or apply with cloth. It also works as well as the strongest commercial product. The URL of this website is, and it is one of my two most favorite sites--the other is Debra's, of course! It is a wonderful resource for anyone battling chronic illness, MCS, or CFS. Hope this helps.

POSTED BY JUDITH :: VIRGINIA USA :: 02/01/2007 3:57 AM

My husband is also very athletic and, fortunately for me, open to trying new things. One day I replaced his regular deoderant with the Terressentials brand. (He uses the Zen Spice). He likes it and feels it works better than the drug store variety. I'm not MCS, but am very sensitive to chemical fragrances. When he used to use the drug store variety, I could smell the deoderant fragrance if I was standing 5 feet away from him. Not so with the terressentials; I don't even notice a fragrance. I use their fragrance-free line--its just wonderful.

POSTED BY JULIE :: MARYLAND USA :: 02/02/2007 6:39 AM

Occasionally I use pure virgin coconut oil like the kind from or a health food store brand as a deodorant. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitical, and it's quite nurturing for the skin -- and excellent to cook with too. Although it's an oil, it absorbs well if you wait a short while after applying, and it works great! If you scoop too much vco out of the jar, rub it into your damp hair [after shampooing]. Coconut oil is a wonderful conditioner.

POSTED BY HELEN :: NEW YORK USA :: 02/05/2007 5:55 PM

Using Debra's link to Skin Deep, a website that lists and rates the chemicals in products, we recently switched to Ban liquid roll-on. It has three ingredients, one being water, and no fragrance. So far it works really well with no skin reactions.

And thank you, Debra for that link!! We've been crawling through it for all sorts of products.


My son, who is 16 and plays LaCrosse uses the Miessence deodorant. He uses the Ancient Spice, which he says works well for him. I also sell this line of products. I have had many customers say the Miessence deodorants are the best "natural" deodorants they have tried. For $6.95, it's worth giving it a try. They do have baking soda in them so I'm not sure if this will be an issue for him or not.

There are 3 options: 1) Ancient Spice 2)Tahitian Breeze
3) Aroma Free

Here is the complete ingredients list for the Miessence Ancient Spice Deodorant:

Purified water (aqua), organic aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, non-gmo xanthan gum, organic lime (citrus aurantifolia) essential oil, organic bergamot (citrus bergamia) essential oil, organic vanilla (vanilla planifolia) extract, frankincense (boswellia carteri) essential oil, organic clove (syzygium aromatica) bud essential oil, organic cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum) leaf essential oil. 79% Organic Product. 100% Natural Product.



I use organic coconut oil. His skin MAY break out at first, but that is because the oil also is a very strong don't worry. Just make sure he is not allergic to coconut.


My 17 year old was exercising two hours a day and he always smelled nice. He used Aubrey's Men's Stock Herbal Pine Deodorant. It not only smells clean, but it smells like cologne. I have noticed that when you switch from regular deodorants to natural ones you may notice more odor at first, but that is because the sweat glands have been blocked. It may take a week or two before you notice the true effect. During that time you can apply twice or bath more often. Having a cleaner diet with less animal products, more fruits & vegetables and water can help someone smell better.

For women rose water is an astringent and can be used for deodorant. I use it in combination with Aubrey's A High C roll-on and it works great for me.

POSTED BY KATHY :: FLORIDA USA :: 06/04/2007 3:39 PM

The product that works best for me are the deodorants from Young Living Essential Oils. The others I tried from the health stores just didn't quite do the job. Women may find the following interesting. I switched from antiperspirants to natural deodorants after a discussion with my nutrition doctor about antiperspirants blocking the sweat glands and holding the toxins in the breast tissue. About 3 years later I had a clear mammogram; whereas, after several other mammograms I would need further testing and procedures because something would show that need to be checked. I would credit a change in eating, supplementation, plus eliminating the antiperspirants for the improvement.

POSTED BY VICKIE :: OHIO USA :: 06/06/2007 4:05 PM

I, too, have had irritaion with the baking soda. However, if I use a natural OTC deoderant stick (whioh, alone, doesn't work at all for me), followed by baking soda, it works great. I work in a green house, year round, and it works like a charm. I'm as amazed as anyone. No odor...I swear.


Hi everyone,

I have 2 active teenage sons. One uses a deadorant stone with arrowroot powder (looks like cornstarch) and the other one uses a deadorant made by Jason. He felt the stone and arrowroot did not do a good job and switched to the Jason product.

So, here are 2 choices. anna hackman,


Vinegar! Simple and cheap, at the end of each shower, just spray under armpits and rinse once. Within a few days you should notice how well this works!

POSTED BY JBRIG :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 08/07/2007 11:10 AM

Re; Baking soda as a deodorant.

Baking soda is an excellent natural deodorant, but can be irritating if too much is used at once (under the arms). If a strong soap is used in conjunction with it, or the soap is improperly rinsed, then this might be part of the problem, too. Hygiene obsessed teens often overdo the soap/shampoo ritual. I would suggest rinsing the underarms with water only, and reduce the amount of baking soda applied (a damp armpit is best!). If your teen perspires profusely, too much baking soda can cause an acidic condition, causing a rash.

Hope to hear about some empirical results.

Note: Naturalists and wildlife photographers often coat themselves with baking soda, so that their scent cannot be detected by their wild subjects.



I just wanted to let Erin know that sodium bicarbonate is baking soda, and that is listed as one of the ingredients in the Miessence deodorant. I know this is kind of a old topic, but I'm looking for something to replace my Burt's Bees Herbal Deodorant Spray and stumbled onto this page.

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions, I'm going to be trying some of them.

POSTED BY AUNDREAM :: IOWA USA :: 06/02/2008 2:11 PM

Mennen makes an unscented antiperspirant...very good..and i don't sense any fragrance or odor from it..available at CVS

POSTED BY IRA :: NEW YORK USA :: 06/05/2008 12:55 PM

I just intuitively tried using organic extra virgin coconut oil directly on my armpits starting yesterday morning, and found my armpits are actually staying dry and odour free, despite it being 32˚C (90˚F) with 51% humidity.

I've been trying it as a moisturizer and taking it orally, and thought, why not? And it\'s 9:00 at night and still no smell!

Everything else I've tried, including the crystal, commercial stuff, and other natural brands, and none have ever worked this well. I'm never going back!

POSTED BY RHONDA :: QC CANADA :: 07/10/2008 10:27 AM

My husband has always been perhaps a bit overly concerned about the whole deodorant issue and has had a hard time giving up toxic deodorants. After much experimentation, we finally found one that really works well! He uses Aubrey Organics Men's Stock Natural dry herbal pine deodorant spray. Contains denatured alcohol, witch hazel extract, arnica extract, calamine, vitamin E, calendula oil, and pine oil.


Our son is heavy metal toxic, especially aluminum, so we are careful not to use antiperspirants with aluminum. We tried many products but have settled on Thai. They have a roll-on and a rock/crystal form. All of us use it....fragrance free!

Our endocrinologist told us boys should not use tea tree oil or lavender oil products (can cause unnatural breast enlargement in men). We validated this information from two other sources.


POSTED BY L.A. :: FL USA :: 07/29/2008 6:43 AM

Several people have mentioned using crystal deodorants. These contain potassium alum (some contain ammonium alum instead). We decided against using these because of concern about the aluminum content in alums. Although they don't contain the nasty aluminum chlorhydrates that regular antiperspirants have and the advertising makes a big deal about this, they are not truly aluminum free. The chemical formula for potassium alum is KAl(SO4)2*12(H20). The Al is the aluminum. It may be that it is so tightly bound in the alum form that it is not a concern for absorption. But we were could not find any data to support that theory and we were afraid to take that risk as our son has heavy metal toxicity already (lead and mercury) and we didn't want to add aluminum to the list.

POSTED BY ALEXIS :: WISCONSIN USA :: 08/01/2008 12:55 PM

Thank you all for sharing your experiences. I have a question concerning wetness, which seems to be my problem as I get older. (Thankfully it is odor-free.) Most of the posts deal with the deodorant issue. Do any of you find that your solutions are effective at controlling perspiration? One person who recommended coconut oil mentioned not feeling much wetness. Does the coconut oil stain your clothing?

A friend recommended using straight rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. The idea is that it kills the bacteria, but I would think that would control an odor issue, not necessarily a wetness issue. Debra, what are the concerns with using alcohol?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: See Q&A: Safety of Rubbing Alcohol

POSTED BY DV :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 08/07/2008 8:17 AM


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