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I worry about applying all those chemicals to our under-arm pores every day...sometimes twice day. Is anyone using safer/non-toxic deodorant <b>that actually works</b>? I remember trying one a long time ago from a health food type store, but it didn't stop me stinking AT ALL when I sweat, so I switched back to the chemical ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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So funny - I just came here to post the SAME question. I've used a Thai Crystal deodorant for years. It worked for a long time, but at some point just didn't work anymore. I tried other brands, roll-ons, the mist, all of it. It was getting so bad I had big wet spots on my shirt every day...even fairly cool days. And I was smelling. So I switched back to regular antiperspirant the other day and...wow...what a difference. I'm completely dry. But, I also hate putting that stuff under my arms.<br><br>
I hope someone has a good suggestion!
 

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I've been using the Crystal Rock for a few months now, and love it. Same thing as the Thai crystal, though.
 

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Bubble and Bee makes an AWESOME deoderant that actually works. Here's the web address:<br><br><a href="http://www.bubbleandbee.com/servlet/the-111/Geranium-Lime-%27Pit-Putty/Detail" target="_blank">http://www.bubbleandbee.com/servlet/...t-Putty/Detail</a><br><br>
She has two scents of the pit putty, I use the one above. It's spendy, but worth it IMHO. She does have two other types of deoderants, I think. I really like Stephanie, too. She's super nice and makes all her stuff in small batches.
 

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You can try using baking soda - some people find it too harsh to use on its own and so mix it with coconut oil. Just apply it when your armpits are clean, and I find it works great.
 

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I used the crystal but it stopped working when I was pg so I tried baking soda. Too rough for me. So back to Secret I went. Now that it's getting to be Summer again I want to try something more natural. I might try that coconut oil with the baking soda. Thanks!
 

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I have been using Lafe's Deoderant Spray for about a year now and I love it. It is water, dissolved mineral salt (like the crystal) and organic aloe vera.<br><br>
Here is my understanding of how the mineral salt deoderants work. They are not anti-perspirants. They will not stop you from sweating. They only help minimize the bacterial growth in the sweat so you won't smell. There is also a trick to using them - you must be stink-free when you put them on. If I don't take a shower in the morning, I swab my underarms with witch hazel before I spray. The spray takes a few minutes to dry, but I prefer it over the crystal rock because once you contaminate the rock with bacteria it will quit working.<br><br>
The spray does not work as well if I wear a sleeveless or polyester shirt. Natural fibers like cotton and silk help wisk the sweat away.<br><br>
You will never have yellow stains on your shirts if you switch to mineral salt deoderants.<br><br>
If you want to stop sweating, a mineral salt deoderant is not the way to go, but maybe there are other types of natural deoderants that will stop the sweat.
 

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I stopped using any deodorant months ago & so far, no smell & only minimal amounts of sweat (same as I got with chemical deodorant)... it kind of made me wonder if the deodorants really work or people just *think* they do? But I've never been a heavy sweater so that could be it too. It did seem to take a week or two for my body to 'regulate' being deodorant-free.
 

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Deodorant crystals give me an itchy rash under my arms. I've been using Tom's of Maine's deodorant; it's calendula scented, and I love it. Now, I'm not an athlete, so I can't say it works well with profuse sweating, but it's working well for me.
 

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I like the crystal, have been using it for years, though I usually drop and break them before they're mostly used up. It definitely helps. As long as I wash my armpits daily and use the crystal, I'm fine. In the summer, I like shower-to-shower powder (for all over) and sometimes make my own with cornstarch and some baking soda. The cornstarch is softer and I think the baking soda helps deodorize. A good mix and you can add fragrance if you like.<br><br>
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I use the unscented kiss my face roll on whatever. I'm not sure how untoxic it is but I DO know it isn't an anti perspirent. It just kills the smelly bacteria. I don't sweat much so thats all I needed anyway. it has a weird smell for being unscented but it goes away fast. It works even when I'm already smelly but I usually wipe my pits down before applying anyway.<br><br>
baking soda works just fine on me though too... its just annoying putting on.
 

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I don't use an anti-prespirant, just a "deodorant" (More like anti-odorant )<br>
I use a pinch of ascorbic acid powder with a bit of water and just wipe under my arms. Not only keeps me stink free for the day, but also gets rid of any stink that might pop up. Only issues I have are: staining armpits(tends to bleach the armpits of my clothes if I use too much) and burning (again, if I use too much). I also sometimes get a warm? scent when its hot. Other than that, best stuff I've used. Seriously, its the only thing that works for me.
 

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I like Funk Butter from OyinHandmade. It is similar recipes to pp's, but I don't have to mess with making anything. They make it in a few different scents.
 

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the crystal doesn't work for me either, at least not for long durations.<br><br>
there is a roll on available, I think it may be local I don't know... but it's an almond and aloe. it's a deodorant only (the only thing I'll use).<br><br><a href="http://www.vitacost.com/Alvera-All-Natural-Roll-On-Deodorant-Aloe-Almonds" target="_blank">here</a> it is... the other scents or combos don't work for me, only this one...
 

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I had great luck w/ the Oyin Handmade in the past- have the ingredients coming to make my own finally. (only stopped using it because the cost and found some Tom's super cheap) I have been using Tom's for the last few yrs but it doesn't work that great to be honest. As of this last week I have been using a bs scrub and then alcohol which has actually worked perfectly- but I don't know if it is safe to use- seems I have read conflicting info.
 

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I love the funk butter, too. It works really well for me (and traditional deodorants did not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">).
 

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I'm loving Oyin's Funk Butter, have been using it for 3 months now.. I got a little rashy I think from the abbrasivness of the baking soda but seemed to have helped that by putting some shea butter lotion on before I put on the funk butter.. Also the price is cheap....$5 for a tin, I'm actually going to buy some for my friends....
 

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I started out using baking soda, and like a PP said, it works great but I think I did have a few weeks' worth of adjustment period. After awhile, though, it started really irritating my skin and I switched to raw coconut oil. It works great! I use it as an all-over moisturizer, so I just extend that to under my arms and it's all good.<br><br>
DH uses a 1:1 mix of baking soda and corn (or potato, or whatever's available) starch, and it works very well for him and his sweaty man pits.
 

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i like toms of maine deo. dh says it doesnt "work" but he likes to be dry and he likes the strong scents. i do not! i do sweat but as long as i put it on after i shower there is no stink!
 
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