Natural Deodorant: Does It Really Work?

Kim Conte

Many people are worried about using commercial deodorants and antiperspirants because of the skin irritations and health risks associated with such products. (Aluminum, an ingredient that makes up to 25 percent of some deodorants, has been linked by some health experts to cancer and Alzheimer's disease.) But is there an alternative? Lots of the natural, aluminum-free deodorants I've tried have left me STINKY. Here, CafeMoms get honest about whether natural deodorants work for them...

1. Crystal Deodorant Stone (like the Rock Salt Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone, $8.88)

Here's what Violino had to say about using the crystal:

I've used the crystal deodorant for about three years now. You can buy it at any health food store, some drug stores, and in more and more supermarkets. It runs about $6 and lasts for years. Literally. The average I believe is six years. You just wet the stone, and then rub it on under your arms. You can also use it on your feet! The salt crystals allow your skin to breathe. So you still sweat, but there is no smell, and it doesn't stain your clothes. The salt actually absorbs the odors from your skin (a.k.a the bacteria that lives there stinkily ever after) and neutralizes it. So when you do sweat, it's splendidly stink-free. I strongly recommend using the crystal. It's much cheaper and healthier: You don't clog your pores and risk getting nasty, dangerous staph infections. Also, the Breast Cancer Awareness Society strongly recommends using the product as non-cancer causing. Most antiperspirant and deodorants contain aluminum chloride, which causes cancer of the breast and lymph nodes. SCARY!!!


2. Bumble & Bee 100% Organic Deodorant Stick, $8.95 (contains no parabens, aluminum salts, or propylene glycol)

Here's what Tadziosmom had this to say about using this product:

I've been using Bumble & Bee deodorant stick (Lemongrass & Rosemary) for about three months. I got it online. There is plenty of deodorant left, and The person that told me about it initially said it's long-lasting and even after three months there's plenty of deodorant left. The best thing about it is that smells fabulous and the other aluminum-free deodorants I used didn't last all day long like Bumble & Bee does! I tell people about it all the time, and I love to smell myself with this stuff on! I recommend it always. I was attracted to it because I didn't want to smell but I still wanted to let my body do it's job through my armpits and get the toxins out! So I feel healthy and smell yummy all day long.


3. Make-Your-Own Deodorant

Here's how Mghtymffn makes her own:

I've been making my own for about two years now. I combine 1 part baking soda, 1 part cornstarch, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, add all of it together, put it in a old deodorant container and place in my fridge. It will last me about a month, sometimes two. The baking soda and tea tree oil eliminate odor and bacteria, and the cornstarch helps with wetness. It definitely works for me. I would never use commercial deodorant again. However, you still will experience some wetness, but it does not smell like BO. I would definitely recommend it.


4. Trader Joe's Unscented Deodorant With Cotton

Here's what rkoloms had to say about using this stick:

I've used it for four or five years. I buy it at Trader Joe's. It costs less than $5 and lasts a year. It works by killing odor-causing bacteria. It is different from regular deodorant because it does not contain aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and other health risks. It definitely keeps me from smelling bad. I didn't shower or use it today (crazy morning running around!), and I don't smell! I would absolutely recommend it!

Have you used natural deodorant? Did it work for you?

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