Debra Lynn Dadd

Natural Deodorant

QUESTION:

I need some recommendations for a good natural and/or organic deodorant. I have been using Tom's of Maine Long-lasting, and though it works great for some, now that summer has hit, it is not working as well for me. Anyone have any suggestions that have worked well for them? Thank you!

POSTED BY DEBBIE T. :: TARR FAMILY :: WWW.TARRS.COM :: OHIO USA :: 06/04/2007 2:26 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

See Fragrance-free Deodorants and Deodorants for Teenage Son.

Readers, any other suggestions?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

The only all-natural deodorant I've found that actually works is the one sold by terressentials.com

POSTED BY ANNMARIE :: VIRGINIA USA :: 06/11/2007 3:15 PM


Salt crystal deodorant works well for me it doesn't stop the wetness but I don't have body odor.

POSTED BY JAIME :: TEXAS USA :: 06/11/2007 3:16 PM


I had the same problem with Tom's of Maine not working for me in summer and workouts. I tried different deodorants with Tea Tree oil in them, but some were too strong and gave me rashes. Finally, I tried Jason's Tea Tree deodorant and it has worked very well for several years now.

POSTED BY SANDY :: FL USA :: 06/12/2007 3:01 PM


I have recently started using baking soda for my deodorant and it works great!

POSTED BY ANNALISA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 06/19/2007 10:54 AM


I like the Kiss My Face lavendar deodorant. It works well for me as long as I don't wear shirts that fit too tight at the armpit --and those are too uncomfortable anyway.

POSTED BY E.B. :: MARYLAND USA :: 06/19/2007 10:54 AM


Terressentials is the only deoderant that works for me too. It doesn't leave white residue and lasts all day and night. It is well worth the price!!

POSTED BY LYNN :: WISCONSIN USA :: 06/19/2007 11:20 AM


The best all natural deodorant out there hands down is made by a firm in Canada called Terra Naturals - www.terranaturals.com. The ingredients are the cleanest I have ever seen, it works great (even in the summer months working out) and I feel very safe knowing I am putting this product so close to my lymph system.

POSTED BY DAVID ZIELSKI :: SEASIDE NATURALS :: WWW.SEASIDENATURALS.COM :: CONNECTICUT USA :: 06/21/2007 11:25 AM


The best natural product I've been able to find is by Queen's House - aloe and mint julep are my favorites - reasonably priced too. Good luck!

POSTED BY CINDY :: SASKATCHEWAN CANADA :: 06/21/2007 11:30 AM


Hi,

I use the Miessence deodorants, my 17 year old son who plays LaCrosse also uses them and he says they work great for him.

I am not that active so my needs are not the same.

He uses the Ancient Spice and I use the aroma free. They are roll on's. They do not leave any residue and they last all day.

Regards,
Erin
www.elyorganics.com

POSTED BY ERIN ELY :: ELY ORGANICS :: WWW.ELYORGANICS.COM :: OREGON USA :: 06/26/2007 3:29 PM


i have tried using vitamin C crystals. it is not the sweat itself that makes us smelly, its the bacteria that responds to the sweat. ascorbic acid seems to kill the bacteria. i originally heard of this in hulda regehr-clarke's book "the cure for all diseases". you dab some on a moist armpit and after getting used to it it seems to do the trick. try it! you may need to reapply depending on the amount you sweat.i don't sweat profusely.
liz b.c.

POSTED BY LIZ :: B.C. CANADA :: 06/26/2007 3:35 PM


We have been using natural deodorant for the past three years and it is effective even in the summer. It seems to work better the longer you use it. The key is to get rid of the bacteria colonies. There are days when I'm in a hurry and forget to use it, and there is still no odor.

POSTED BY FREEDA CANNON :: NATURALLY SUPERB SKIN PRODUCTS :: WWW.NATURALLYSUPERB.COM :: ILLINOIS USA :: 07/08/2007 1:40 PM


Eating 100% organic and using 100% organic skin products, the less body odor I have. I exercise in the am and pm and live in muggy Florida, so sweating a lot is a given. I don't use deodorant everyday, however when I feel I may need some, I use Natural Mineral Salts. They are for men or women; they are non-staining, fragrance free and provide protection for up to 24 hours.

POSTED BY SERENITY :: FLORIDA USA :: 07/10/2007 9:05 PM


I've been using a spray I made myself made with water, baking soda and rosewater with much success. However, I recently came across a VERY interesting link regarding body odour and what actually causes it. An ensuing Google search turned up a lot of similar material, but here is the original article: www.newstarget.com/019777.html

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: This very interesting article basically says that bodies smell because they are unhealthy and gives some tips on what you can do to have a less odiferous body. This makes sense to me, as other things in nature smell good when they are in good condition and start to smell bad as they decay. So here's another example of using a consumer product instead of improving the condition of the body. Thanks, Cindi, for pointing this out.

POSTED BY CINDI D :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 07/10/2007 9:34 PM


Cindi,
How do you make your rosewater and baking soda deodorant? Also, where do you buy the rosewater?

I would also appreciate some feedback on the following from everyone: I have been using a crystal deodorant for a long time and it worked great even when I lived in Florida. However, just over a year ago I had to stop using it because my armpits turned red, I had bumps on my skin and eventually the skin statred peeling. I was pregnant at the time -- not sure if that's relevant. I stopped using it for a while, even went to see a dermatologist who told me it was fungus and I treated it accordingly. My skin cleared, but as soon as I used the crystal deodorant, it all came back: redness, burning sensation... I switched to Tom's of Maine, Apricot, and I loved it, but now I'm getting the same problem. Recently I started applying handlotion on my armpits because I thought maybe the area is too dry from years of using deodorants... I can't tell if it's helping. All I know is that I am wearing Tom's now and it burns ;-( Has anyone had a smilar problem and how did you solve it?

Just to give the whole picture: I am very allergic to chemicals on fruit and vegetables and if I don't wash them VERY thorougly I get severe reactions, i.e. my whole body breaks out and the hives itch, but if I scratch it only makes it worse. I had to be taken to ER twice because the reactions escalated to anaphylaxis.

POSTED BY KLARISA C. :: NC USA :: 07/20/2007 3:13 PM


Tom's of Maine sold out to Colgate, and many of the products have been changed. I can't use them anymore, because their products now contain corn, which causes severe allergic reactions for those of us who are allergic to corn-derived additives. Other ingredients in Tom's have been changed, too, and the products are no longer safe for a lot of people who depended on them.

POSTED BY DONNIE :: MICHIGAN USA :: 07/24/2007 5:57 PM


Klarisa,

here is the recipe. :)

Rosewater Deodorant

1 cup water
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp rosewater

1. Stir baking soda into water and let it dissolve.
2. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes and then stir it up again. There is often still some powder that doesn't dissolve and falls to the bottom, so it needs to be stirred up again.
3. Repeat step 2 until you cannot see any powder left into the water (it should be clear).
4. Add the rosewater and stir.
5. Pour into a spray bottle.

To use: spray 2-3 spritzes under each arm once a day.

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I also found this one, though I haven't yet tried it myself:

Geranium Deodorant Spray

2 tsp zinc-oxide powder (easy to find online)
2/3 cup witch-hazel extract (14% alcohol)
2 tbsp. aloe vera juice
30 drops geranium (Pelargonium asperum) essential oil

In a small bowl, stir the zinc-oxide powder into the witch hazel extract until it dissolves, and add the aloe-vera juice and essential oils. Use in 8 oz dark or solid colored spray bottle(s). Shake vigorously before each use. Apply to CLEAN, dry skin. Allow deodorant to dry before getting dressed.

The original poster said she likes to store this one in the fridge.

Enjoy! :)

POSTED BY CINDI D :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 07/24/2007 6:04 PM


Thank you, Cindi!
Where do you buy the rose water?

POSTED BY KLARISA C. :: NC USA :: 07/26/2007 5:45 PM


i have used avalon organics deodorant that rolls on but it didn't really fight odor too well. so, i started patting on baking soda after i put the avalon deodortant and that seemed to really work good. my arm pits also get sensitive especially to shaving so when i added baking soda, it would irritate, make me itch, and i would have red rashes on my arm pits. so now i try to make sure i don't irritate my skin when i shave; and having a good razor helps. i started using safflower oil on my arm pits and pat just a little bit of baking soda and that has been working for me so far, without the irritation.

i don't have a problem sweating too much, and when i do i don't worry too much about it. If it does bother me or i had just worked out, i just take another short rinse in the shower; but because the baking soda helps with the odor the sweating ceases to be a problem because it doesn't smell bad. also, i notice with some fabrics like synthetic kinds, when i did sweat it was like torture but since i just wear cotton tops now, i hardly realize when i do sweat.

POSTED BY VSIC4 :: NEW YORK USA :: 07/26/2007 5:51 PM


i am looking for a whole body deorant. i seem to perspire under my brest and in the crotch area.

POSTED BY STELLA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/24/2007 12:47 PM


I too love my salt crystal deodorant and have been using different varieties for years. With in the past few months I've developed a rash, burning sensation and peeling. I switched to a fresh new crystal and have tried to rinse it well after each use. But I'm still having a lighter version of the symptoms. I have also been putting lotion on to hydrate, and a bit of olive oil now and again. It seems to have helped.

Thanks to another post I'll be trying a new razor, or maybe finally letting go of my need to shave under my arms altogether.

Have others experienced a rash or peeling using the crystal salts?
Thanks

POSTED BY CECELIA :: ILLINOIS USA :: 09/24/2007 12:59 PM


baking soda works great but it is super irritating here in the dry Southwest. Adding a little glycerin seems to take the abrasive edge off. I pour a small amount into a quarter cup or so of baking soda and stir. Go for crumbly, not pasty. A small amount under each arm and it works all day and the price is right. Thanks for a great site.

POSTED BY DAVE :: NEW MEXICO USA :: 09/24/2007 1:18 PM


i've been using the mineral salt crystal for years, though only need it when i have a busy day of running since i seldom sweat. never any problems such as rash with it though. not sure why that would occur. maybe switch to something else for awhile and then retry later to see what happens?

POSTED BY PARVATI :: OREGON USA :: 09/27/2007 8:36 AM


I have tried many deodorants and finally settled on Avalon Botanicals roll-on. I find it works well for me. It comes in several scents.
Cathy

POSTED BY CATHY :: NEW YORK USA :: 09/27/2007 8:57 AM


Sorry, Klarisa! I don't know how I missed your question the first time!

I get my rosewater at any one of a few ethnic markets in my city. If you have any Indian or Middle Eastern food stores around, that would be your best bet. Some of the better-stocked "regular" (North American style food carrying ones) stores might also have it. Good luck!

btw - I've also found recently that baking soda, mixed in with some melted, unprocessed, organic coconut oil, which then subsequently re-hardens, also does a bang-up job as a deodorant. An added benefit is the job the coconut oil does at moisturizing my underarms. Eat your heart out, Dove "softening" deodorant/anti-perspirant!

POSTED BY CINDI D :: ON CANADA :: 10/08/2007 2:58 PM


I have been using mineral salts with water (crystal deoderant)for approx 3 weeks. I thought that it woulld be nice to use something all natural. I am not allergic to anything and have no allergies until now. My underarms are RED and most of the skin has peeled off(the color can be compared to raw hamburger meat)! Not to mention, they burn so bad that I am having a hard time shaving. The bottle said that the product is all natural and hypoallergenic and can be used by men and women. I used the spray, which ran down my underarms and then on to my stomach area.It didn't keep me dry at all. Now, underneath my breast have broken out in a rash and there are red bumps. I did apply petroleum jelly to my stomach and underarms last night hoping to soothe the burning. It helped alot. I have decided not to wear deoderant EVER AGAIN!!! I would rather use a nice smelling fruity body spray and spray it on my bra underneath my clothes!!
BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POSTED BY R.C. :: TENNESSEE USA :: 11/02/2007 10:27 AM


I just found this interesting offshoot of a website I was perusing. It mentions overconsumption of non-vegetarian foods, among other things, as a culprit of body odour. It also has many natural ideas for dealing with body odour without needing to resort to chemical deodorants. www.ayurvediccure.com/home-remedies/bodyodor.htm

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Wow! What a great list of suggestions!

I agree that what you eat can affect body odor--both from the strong odors of the foods themselves (such as garlic) and also from foods leaving toxic wastes in the body. Body odor can also be a signal of poor health, or that the body is detoxing (a good sign!).

It makes sense to me that a healthy body would have a pleasant odor and wouldn't need a deodorant product at all.

POSTED BY CINDI D :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 11/05/2007 2:26 PM


I tried a variety of "natural" deodorants (& spent a lot of money doing it), finding none that really worked.

THEN a friend suggested I try vinegar. AMAZING and CHEAP!!! It has worked better than anything else for me!!

I put some white distilled vinegar in a little spray bottle. The trick is to put it on before dressing and let it dry---the vinegar smell disappears when dry. My friend said she once put lotion on top of the dried vinegar and it seemed to take away the effectiveness, so I've been careful not to get lotion or anything else on that area. Otherwise, it's simple, inexpensive and carefree!! Yea!

POSTED BY C.J.M. :: MICHIGAN USA :: 11/08/2007 2:21 AM


Hi,
It has been really interesting to read people's posts on this site.

In regards to natural deodorants, I live in Australia and have had many hot jobs where if I didn't sweat I think I would be a little worried about how my system was working.

I gave up commercial aluminium based deodorants some years ago and was horrified when I discovered huge lumps in my armpits. I stopped shaving and used diluted lavender oil for a while. Just to find out if the lumps came from shaving or the possibility of my body expelling years of chemical build up I went back to the deodorant products without shaving. Again I stopped using them and the lumps came back for a short time.Has anyone else had this kind of reaction? Can someone explain the science behind it?

I will not use any of that type of product again and live with my hairy armpits trimmed when necessary.

Have had no adverse reaction to 'crystal deodorants' but have always bought them from market stalls rather than major brands in shops.Have found they don't always work all day but hey, I work outdoors and never encounter air-conditioning except when shopping briefly.

I'll try the vinegar, seems like a great suggestion.

Like the website, all the best.

POSTED BY E.E. :: NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA :: 11/24/2007 12:17 PM


I've tried a number of natural and organic products. However with an exceptionally super-sensitive body/system, including 5 auto-immune diseases and MCS & EI, have not been able to tolerate anything for long. The most recent product I found, that I'm currently using and find effective, is from a local family-owned Nutrition Centre-Health & Wellness store.

Quote: Lafe's Natural and Organic Deodorant Stick, Unscented, with Organic Hemp Oil and Aerobic Oxygen. Ingredients as listed: vegetable glycerin, purified water, sodium stearate, Steareth-20, ethylhexylglycerin, patented aerobic oxygen, certified organic aloe vera, certified organic hemp oil, coriander essential oil, witch hazel extract. Lafe's Natural BodyCare, Austin, TX. web: lafes.com

POSTED BY ANN-TIQUE ROSE :: BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA :: 11/27/2007 11:04 AM


I use plain baking soda. I dust some on and pat off any excess. Excessive baking soda can irritate the skin in the same way sand can so be sure to get rid of any excess. I worked through the summer for me and is really cheap. Dont use it on resently shaved skin though since baking soda is a salt. you can also mix it with water to make a paste if you want but im lazy and just use it as a powder.

POSTED BY LP :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 12/03/2007 8:44 PM


EWG's Skin Deep Report has been mentioned in other topics here. It is the basis of Consumer Report and other articles about how hazardous our personal care and cosmetic products really are. Most importantly, we need to check out the benefits and hazards of each product. On my Organic Natural Enterprises website (below) there is a link at the top called "Ingredients." From there you can click on "Toxic Ingredients", "Open the Chemical Ingredients Glossary" and then in "Search," type the name of any ingredient to check for toxicity. You can also just scan the list of "Toxic Ingredients." Safe ingredients willnot show up; some which "may" irritate, such as sodium stearate, are listed by intox.org as "practically nontoxic" but keep in mind that it is a salt, and any salt can be "toxic" in some situations yet be a wonderful ingredient. I applaud the wonderful ideas shared in the posts above and will try some of them.

POSTED BY FRAN :: NATURETOYOU (ONE) :: NATURETOYOU.NET :: TX USA :: 12/11/2007 12:06 PM


update on previous comment: baking soda in powdered form still causes irritation for me even with glycerin added. Here's what works: use exactly 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, add about 1/4 teaspoon water, rub hands together to mix and apply to both armpits. With the level of hard water here this appears to be the right amount to control odor without irritating skin. The quantity seems to be key and the water makes it more evenly distributed.

POSTED BY DAVE :: NEW MEXICO USA :: 05/19/2009 2:47 AM


I just joined and really like the feedback. I am the tester of all products for my family. I use Alvera, the aloe and almond. I buy this from Amazon which so far has the best prices. My husband wears it so I know it works on men. I have recommended it to lots of people and they have continued to use it. It last forever and is aluminum free. It is not expensive compared to some I have tried. I never have a problem with odor.

POSTED BY PAMELA :: FLORIDA USA :: 05/22/2009 6:11 AM


I had a hard time finding something that worked when I started using Natural Deodorants. I tried making my own using Baking Soda and Cornstarch. It was hard to find the right balance. Too much baking soda and I would get a rash, too much cornstarch and I would smell. I discovered the Honeybee Gardens Powder deodorant and have been using them for a couple of years now. I love that it's affordable, premixed ratios, and is scented with natural fragrances. It simply contains baking soda, arrowroot powder, cornstarch and natural fragrance.

I apply a small amount of natural body lotion to my armpit and then pat on the powder (over the bathroom sink). A minute or two later I rub it around with my fingers to prevent clumping and am good for the day. I shower in the mornings so if it's been really hot or I've been working hard I can apply a alittle more powder before bed and it absorbs the odor (love that). They make a floral feminine fragrance (green can)or a new Bay Rum for men (white can). I alternate between both scents, as Bay Rum is quite unisex. These powders work great as a foot/shoe powder too! I carry both scents at Natural Joy.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURAL JOY BEAUTY :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 05/26/2009 10:07 AM


Klarisa, you can purchase Rose Water at Mountain Rose Herbs.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURAL JOY BEAUTY :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 06/02/2009 8:58 AM


The (Organic) distilled vinegar works great for me and I tend to perspire mod-heavy. Even with deodorants an odor and stain was left on clothing. With the vinegar (I wipe it on with a cotton cosmetic pad - will have to try the spray). It dries quickly, no odor or stain left on clothing. In very hot weather I have to reapply one or two times. Stops odor and moisture.

POSTED BY SJ :: SHIRLEY JACOBSON :: 620 CREEKBEND LANE :: WASHINGTON USA :: 06/02/2009 8:59 AM


Have you tried the Home Health Herbal Magic Roll On Deodorant? You can find this on iherb.com. I've tried all the natural deodorants and this is the only one that works for me. Otherwise, a baking soda paste works wonderfully and is super economical:)

POSTED BY CEL :: GREEN YOUR LIFE! :: WWW.GREENYOURLIFE.BIZ :: WISCONSIN USA :: 06/03/2009 7:43 AM


I'm surprised there has been no mention of propylene glycol. It is in most deodorants I find on health food store shelves, and is not an ingredient any of us should be using. You can find out more about it at EWG's Cosmetics Database (cosmeticsdatabase.org).

I've long used a small spray bottle of distilled water with a few drops of pure essential oils of tea tree and lavender. Lately, it has not worked as well, (I have some health issues), and have been looking for a new deodorant. I carelessly bought a Desert Essence solid - not discovering til I'd used it for a week (very effective and no annoying fragrance) that it had propylene glycol. Every so often I forget that there's no safety in simply shopping health food stores' personal product shelves, and forget to check the database.

Next, I bought a "Hugo Naturals" Sea Fennel & Passionflower solid deodorant from Whole Foods. No propylene glycol, no aluminum, no alcohol. It works, but I cannot stand being constantly inundated with fragrance every minute of the day - even from pure essential oils. (Why is everything so loaded with scent??) However, now that I've remembered to check the database, I learn it has one questionable ingredient: alpha bisabolol. It's going in the trash.

So, guess I'll study the database and go from there. If you search with the word "deodorant" you'll get a long list. Clicking on the little "hazard score" link at the top of that column will sort the results by their safety ranking. My goal is always a "0" rank. I find it odd that Tom's of Maine has a couple ranked "0" - since I stopped trusting them long ago.

Off I go to read - in hopes of finding my perfect deodorant.
Ellabella

POSTED BY ELLABELLA :: COLORADO USA :: 06/03/2009 7:47 AM


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