• badhousebob

    have you guys have tried at least on eof the various deodorant [ salt ] stones on the market? i can’t say they ALL work well … but i know the pure stones work very well.

    • Becky Striepe

      I’ve tried the crystal before, and it didn’t work so well for me, unfortunately. Maybe I wasn’t using it properly? If you’ve got tips, I’d love to try them! I still have the crystal in the medicine cabinet.

  • http://mmmarilyn.net marilyn

    I’ve also used the Crystal and Tom’s on occasion and some days they work quite well, and some days I have to change my shirt when I get home from work because of how well they are not working. Haven’t bit the bullet yet but I do have some of this in my shopping cart at Sephora.com:


    • Becky Striepe

      Marilyn, that article was hilarious. My favorite line was, “half believing that if I could just leave myself alone long enough, body odor would somehow work itself out of my system (I’m a scientist!) and I’d be like some natural, scentless tree sprite. Well, it didn’t, and I just smelled like shit all the time.”

      If you try that $18 deodorant, let me know how it goes!

  • http://gogreenbaby.ca Christine

    Try not using anything. Masking one smell with another can create a “point of no return”; you’ll always need to use it.
    Using deodorant can actually make people smell because the skin can’t breathe. Fresh air, whole foods diet, and the most basic hygiene, should keep anyone smelling fresh.
    I stopped using deodorant ten years ago. There was an adjustment period, in which I was convinced I smelled all the time – which I didn’t – and while my body got rid of what was trapped beneath the skin, but I’ve never needed it since.
    Of course, every body’s different. . .

    • Becky Striepe

      How long was the adjustment period?

  • http://steadyhappy.blogspot.com/ christina

    i’ve been through every natural deodorant and i finally found the best one on etsy. soapwalla is a small company that makes natural products. i love this deodorant & i’ve been through 2 los angeles summers with it and it’s great! IT WORKS!! :)



    the only ingredients:
    Organic jojoba, sunflower, and rosehip seed oils; shea butter; a combination of all-natural and gluten-free vegetable clays and powders; aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate; organic vegan kosher glycerin; a combination of organic lavender, peppermint, sweet orange, bergamot and tea tree essential oils.

    • http://twitter.com/aspiesmom aspiesmom

      Christina, I just ordered some! I had a lumpectomy last Wednesday and my breast cancer is gone (hopefully for good because by sentinel lymph biopsy was negative, thank God. Of course treatment plan will be going on the next months). I am kinda bitter at Arm and Hammer Essentials and its Triclosan. I saw your post after my breast cancer surgery and have been googling ever since. Etsy soapwalla is definitely top of the natural organic anti-cancer heap! My added plus is that it has no aloe (which I am acutely allergic to, so I cannot use Tom’s). I cannot wait to try it! It’s pricey but the life-affirming ingredients are worth it, so I may try DYI some day since I am changing everything to green and organic. :)  

  • http://condo-blues.blogspot.com CB

    I have a hard time finding any deodorant that works all day long. I tried one natural deodorant and it gave me a rash under my arms – not fun. I tried baking soda and that left me stinky. Apparently my body really wanted those parabens in the only conventional deodorant that works for me. I tried the liquid Crystal roll on and it worked! I haven’t tried the Crystal rock which I’ve heard some people had had issues with it so I’m sticking with the roll on.

    • Becky Striepe

      Was the natural deodorant that gave you a rash Tom’s of Maine by any chance? I have a girlfriend who can’t use Tom’s for that reason, but she has used other natural deodorants without problems.

      Which Crystal roll on did you use? I tried one, and it was OK, but not great. I’d be up for giving another brand a go, though!

      • http://twitter.com/aspiesmom aspiesmom

        Is she allergic to aloe? That’s why I can’t use Tom’s

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  • Paul

    Good luck with your natural deodorant / anti-persperant. Unfortunately, none of them work as well as good old Aluminum Zirconium, and unless you want to smell like shit, you should consider using real deodorant, just not on newly shaved armpits, and in SMALL amounts. A little goes a long way.

    But with natural, ALOT goes very ltitle way, and it wont stop you from sweating, which defeats the purpose, at least for me.

    • Becky Striepe

      I’m confused, Paul. This article was about triclosan, not aluminum zirconium. Are you advocating triclosan, as well?

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  • http://olddominionwildlife.com/ Spgass

    I actually was having the same issue.  I’m now recommending Crystal as a natural choice deodorant that works.  See:  http://lowtechtimes.com/2012/04/25/natural-deodorant-that-works/

  • http://twitter.com/aspiesmom aspiesmom

    Surprise, surprise, someone finally filed a class action lawsuit against Arm and Hammer Essentials . I’ve been using it for years and just had breast cancer surgery. I’m jumping on this bandwagon:

    • vacuumation

      Oh my word. How long did you use the deodorant for? I’ve been using it for a couple of years, and have a nagging swollen left Lymph Node/Thyroid and left Breast.

  • Tamaramartin73

    I heard using milk of magnesia works.  I am in the same boat as you.  Thank you for this article.

  • Kathy

    Try magnesium oil on arm pits that are not newly shaven. I was surprised at how well it controlled odor. I use 4 squirts rubbed between my hands, applied to my arm pits, waited a minute until it dried, and reapply. No odor all day! And, magnesium is so good for your body!

  • Jens Sweet Plantains

    I actually use just plain old baking soda, with a few essential oils just ’cause I like the smell (also, tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, so it helps with the smell). I found that it works better than any natural deodorant I’ve tried in the past.

  • Lynn Autino Murphy

    Ava Anderson Non Toxic Organic Deodorant….check out our ingredients at: http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/lynnmurphy

  • Sugar Mew the Cat

    I know I’m late to the party, but Crystal Stick Deodorant was also the first crystal deodorant I ever tried & maybe I didn’t do it right, but it didn’t seem to work for me & I was always confused by its raving reviews. Not to be discouraged, I tried Naturally Fresh Roll-On “Fragrance Free” & “Tropical Breeze” & the Spray Mist “Ocean Breeze”. I thought these crystals were keeping me Naturally Fresh, but my friend said they were keeping me Unnaturally Rank (how embarrassing!!). So I tried Desert Essence solid but I didn’t like the scent. Then I tried Tom’s roll-on but that was no good. Then I tried Lafes, which I think was decent. Then I tried Nourish Organic solid & it was OK at first but then I started to not like the scent. Lately I’ve been using “men’s” deodorant, Axe & Old Spice, because they have a few “feminine” fragrances I like. Unfortunately, they aren’t clear because they have dye (blue, green, violet, etc), & I guess dye is bad for your body, & also the dye would stain my shirts!! I don’t know how guys wear these deodorants & don’t end up with dye-stained shirts! So, I started looking for an AFFORDABLE (not $13+) CLEAR (not dyed) SOLID (not gel) DEODORANT (not anti-perspirant). I looked at all the deodorants at Walmart & I only saw 2 truly CLEAR SOLID deodorants. One was Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant “Fresh”, which I bought knowing it had triclosan, but NOT knowing triclosan was linked to breast cancer. So, I’m returning it unopened. The other clear solid was Speed Stick “Musk”. Unfortunately, I don’t like the scent but I might just try it anyway, & it was rated a 3 on ewg.org.

  • Amy Chastain

    Hi! I have used Bubble & Bee deodorants & they are really all natural & work pretty well. I love the geranium & lime, although my DH hates it. I also like the orange & vanilla. They are a bit pricey though, at $10.85 for a 2oz jar of “putty” or 2.5 oz stick. BUT if you don’t like the smell you buy, they will send you another (you pay shipping) & you get to keep both or they will work w/ you on a “flavor” of your choice. If you don’t like B&B, you could always go to the EWG Skin Deep site & look some companies up there.

  • Joanna

    Be safe and smart – go for Lavilin. It’s gotten some of the best impartial reviews in the industry and is consistently great.

  • Kyra

    I just recently purchased Arm and Hammer Essentials Deodorant with Natural Deodorizers (it seems they’ve changed the label), and I don’t see Triclosan anywhere on the label. Have they changed this or replaced it with something worse? Thanks.

    • Norma

      It’s still listed; third ingredient from the bottom of the Fresh scented one.

      • salma

        I also just recently bought the Arm and Hammer Essentials Deodorant with Natural Deodorizers and it does not contain any Triclosan. Here are the listed ingredients:

        Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium
        Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil,
        Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin)
        Oil, Fragrance, Ethylhexyglycerin, Octenidine HCL, Tetrasodium Edta, Allantoin.

        I guess they reformulated the product and replaced Triclosan with these two ingredients: Ethylhexyglycerin and Octenidine HCL–Hope its ok to use now!

        • JamZam

          I was wondering the same thing. I just bought some for my husband and I don’t see the Triclosan listed now.

  • Jaz

    Hello, thanks for posting this! I enjoyed reading it and found it to be very informative. I just purchased a tube of Arm and Hammer Essientials deodorant with natural deodorizers. Smells great and works well for me, I don’t see any Triclosan in the ingredient list so i guess they took it out :) just thought I’d let you know in case you maybe want to go back to it. I picked mine up at Walmart for under $3, worth every penny! Other natural deodorants just masked my odor.

  • Elliott Balsley

    They must have changed the recipe, because the Arm & Hammer Essentials deodorant I bought recently does not contain Triclosan. Here are the ingredients: Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandid) Oil, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin Octenidine HCL, Tetrasodium EDTA, Allantoin.