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  • Crystal

    It’s not hard to find a natural solution for deodorant… All deodorant does is cover scent. I think the hard thing, which wasn’t really addressed here, is that these natural alternatives aren’t going to prevent or control sweat. It would be nice to believe that having a damp spot under your arms is socially acceptable, but it’s really not. I’d like to hear whether there is any kind of natural alternative to anti-perspirant.

    I like this site though, two green thumbs up! ;-)

    • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

      That is an excellent point, Crystal!

      One thing I did notice….shortly after I gave antiperspirants the boot, I started sweating a bit less. Strange, right? I don’t know if other folks have had this experience, but I definitely get less sweaty now that I just use deodorant, especially since starting a rotation with several types.

      I’ve also noticed that certain fabrics show sweat less and make me sweat less. Everyone’s body is different, but you might start keeping track of what tops make you sweatier.

      There’s also always layering, if you can! A tank top or t-shirt under what you’re wearing helps prevent sweat marks on your outer garment.

      • http://www.paystolivegreen.com Patrick

        I had the same thing happen to me. Once I stopped using antiperspirants, I no longer sweat as much. I also stopped getting stains on my armpits from all the chemicals in deodorants. Another thing that I notice is that I don’t smell as bad either. Sweating under our armpits is a natural body function that antiperspirants tries to stop. Let you body function as it should and only try using natural deodorants or homemade methods to reduce moisture.

  • http://strawberryhedgehog.com Tracy

    Have you tried Arm & Hammer Essentials Unscented Deodorant? I am in love with it! Smells like orange and a hint of coriander from essential oils. Fragrance free, aluminum free, and hard to come by – paraben free. Our temps have been hovering around 110 and finally now getting down to 100 and this stuff keeps me smelling good for hours! I’ve found it far more effective than other conventional deodorants (non-antiperspirants) and other “natural” deodorants. Thanks for the great list!

    • Becky Striepe

      Oh wow, I hadn’t tried this one! I’ll look for it online. I like to have at least one heavy hitter in my rotation for long days like craft markets.

    • Melissa

      I was using it too and loved it! Thought I found something good but TRICLOSAN AND PROPYLENE ARE VERY DANGEROUS CHEMICALS. Its not all natural like it says it is.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/janealgc Janeal Godfrey Christensen

    My husband and I have been looking for a natural deodorant as well, so at a marathon expo and ran across this deodorant both and picked up their card: http://www.sweetsweat.webs.com Hope it works!

  • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

    Thanks for the link, Mandy!

    The study linked above is actually referring to benign breast lumps, not cancerous ones. It’s heartening to hear that the aluminum/breast cancer link isn’t conclusive, though! I certainly have fretted some about that, since I used conventional antiperspirant for ages before making the switch.

    I totally hear you on worrying about being stinky. If you’re thinking about experimenting with a more natural deodorant, you might try stashing one in your purse to reapply mid-day. It makes a huge difference!

  • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

    It really is tricky! Even if you have certain ingredients in your head that you’re trying to steer clear from, it’s sometimes tough to find products free of those things. It’s frustrating that harsh, questionable chemical ingredients are the norm in conventional beauty products.