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Deodorant Help Please

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Alright folks, my sex life might become affected and I can't have that. I have given up deodorant with aluminum in it. I also don't wash with soap all that often. I have tried both Nature's Gate and Tom's of Maine deodorant sticks. I have also tried applying rubbing alcohol to my armpits too. Whether I wash with soap every day or not doesn't seem to change the fact that these deodorants don't work very well for me. My wife has told me she can only smell me when she is close. I want her close as much as possible so I need to find a solution before the weather gets real warm. Btw, I have been eating paleo for over 4 years and haven't noticed any foods that make a difference.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 27, 2011
at 11:35 PM

yes we do absorb mag transdermally as long as the solution is made the right way. it's good stuff :)

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 27, 2011
at 11:34 PM

hey, this Avalon Organics is cheaper and has higher zinc content at 25% http://www.iherb.com/Avalon-Organics-Baby-Protective-Zinc-Diaper-Balm-3-oz-85-g/18758?at=0

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on July 27, 2011
at 11:31 PM

This is what I use, though I don't add any essential oils. It works quite well. I pour mine into an old deodorant tube and store it in the fridge (so it doesn't melt out the bottom), though I'm going to have to stop that next batch because it bothers my husband. Burt's Bees spray deodorant also works very well for me.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on July 27, 2011
at 10:46 PM

+1 to this. I dont use soap either, but totally rock the original Old Spice. Ladies love guys that smell like their dad. :)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 27, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I use this mixture with lavender oil. It can actually hold me for almost 2 days, and I'm unusually sweaty and smelly for a woman. For me this works much better than any commercial brand I've tried

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on July 27, 2011
at 08:01 PM

I don't understand...Do you smell bad? or do you smell musky and sexy?

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 12, 2011
at 02:37 AM

i am the original poster. i tried the walmart equate 40% zinc diaper cream. it works incredibly well.....thank you.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:20 PM

awesome thanks!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 04, 2011
at 12:32 AM

sorry! just seeing this now. THIS kind! http://www.vitacost.com/Thai-Deodorant-Stone-Crystal-Deodorant-Stone

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on April 03, 2011
at 06:49 PM

@w8liftinmom: just added the details above. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/Report_on_Absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

D55aaabb103bee5c86a3d75401830229

on April 03, 2011
at 05:22 AM

I didn't really believe this would work, but I've been doing it for a week or so now and no stink-o. It's a cheap n=1.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 02, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Okay girl, what version? I looked it up and there is a bunch of different kinds!

D4d97c2a81cab97020ad9cb5be898093

(50)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:16 PM

(This is still me, I had to register to leave a comment) :) It actually takes very little cream to do the trick - a very thin, light coating works wonders, and it rubs in pretty well. Since you're not actually trying to prevent diaper rash, you don't need as much! :)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Really? I always blow dry myself after the shower. Definitely doesn't help the funk. I've been using baking soda / coconut oil in the shower. That helps a bit.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I was surprised at how well they work. Some people claim they need to "detox" for a week or two before the alum block works, but for me, it worked right away.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 01, 2011
at 08:34 PM

i use that on my kids butts and works great there! i dont know how i would feel about all that WHITE on my pits though.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Now you guys have me thinking about opening a shop on Etsy and mass producing Paleo-friendly deodorants :)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:18 PM

they don't work for me.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I really enjoy how my boyfriend smells, not in long periods if he's REALLY dirty like from yard work, but it does smell really good for a little while.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:10 PM

What do you make the solution with? If we do in fact absorb Mg transdermally, that would be awesome. :-)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:10 PM

what do you make your solution with?

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:03 PM

she likes how i smell as long as i don't have BO ;). i figure if we lived 500 years ago, no one would notice a BO smell because that is what everyone smelled like. not today folks. it is what it is.

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 01, 2011
at 06:46 PM

no....does it work well?

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on April 01, 2011
at 07:31 PM

This may be unpopular in paleoprimalsphere but I tend to think this one isn't complicated: use commercial deodorant. Or antiperspirant if necessary.

I tend to side with the Kurt Harris' Paleo 2.0 paleo. Neolithic does not = bad. And in the scheme of things, a little deodorant or anti-perspirant is .00000000001 of what your body is exposed to in a day. What you take in nutritionally, movement and sleep are vastly important.

Having said that, body odor is sometimes indicative of a relative zinc deficiency. Increasing high zinc organ meats or adding oysters to your diet once or twice a week (depending on size, activity level, sex - men need more, and a few other factors) could go a long way toward balancing that.

I also find that 40% ZnO ointment, applied directly to the armpits about once a week totally eliminates any issue for me. Some may need more frequent applications and some may find it not helpful at all.

During the summer (which practically speaking is about 6 months in atlanta), I use actual antiperspirant as I have a personal preference clean, dry shirts:p

Best to you.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on July 27, 2011
at 10:46 PM

+1 to this. I dont use soap either, but totally rock the original Old Spice. Ladies love guys that smell like their dad. :)

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D4d97c2a81cab97020ad9cb5be898093

on April 01, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I know this sounds crazy, but I use Weleda Baby diaper cream. I had a similar problem with body odor, which went away immediately when I started using the diaper cream. A tube of it lasts me about 4 months, so the $12 price tag is worth it. After all, it's the zinc that kills the stink! :)

Here's a link to check it out: http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/calendula-diaper-care.aspx

PS - I get mine at Whole Foods, so I'm sure it's readily available.

D4d97c2a81cab97020ad9cb5be898093

(50)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:16 PM

(This is still me, I had to register to leave a comment) :) It actually takes very little cream to do the trick - a very thin, light coating works wonders, and it rubs in pretty well. Since you're not actually trying to prevent diaper rash, you don't need as much! :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 01, 2011
at 08:34 PM

i use that on my kids butts and works great there! i dont know how i would feel about all that WHITE on my pits though.

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 12, 2011
at 02:37 AM

i am the original poster. i tried the walmart equate 40% zinc diaper cream. it works incredibly well.....thank you.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 27, 2011
at 11:34 PM

hey, this Avalon Organics is cheaper and has higher zinc content at 25% http://www.iherb.com/Avalon-Organics-Baby-Protective-Zinc-Diaper-Balm-3-oz-85-g/18758?at=0

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6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I'll copy and paste this recipe from the last time I shared it:

  • 4 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • [I added 1 Tbsp of an antibacterial pharmaceutical, which you would probably want to leave out and/or replace with extra oil or water.]
  • essential oil(s) of your choice, if you choose. I can't recall how much I used. Just keep adding drops until it smells nice.

Blend well and store in a jar or other airtight container. This made enough to last for months. If you ever find it's not spreadable, just wet your finger before you apply it. A little dab'll do ya.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on July 27, 2011
at 11:31 PM

This is what I use, though I don't add any essential oils. It works quite well. I pour mine into an old deodorant tube and store it in the fridge (so it doesn't melt out the bottom), though I'm going to have to stop that next batch because it bothers my husband. Burt's Bees spray deodorant also works very well for me.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 01, 2011
at 06:51 PM

the thai crystal!!! im in love! i have stinky underarms (and, strangely, my feet have never had any odor at all) and none of the "natural" deodorants have ever worked for me. someone got me the thai crystal and its amazing. also, cheap and lasts for two years. sometimes when im working hard at the gym, ill notice i get stinky again, but when the sweat dries, so does the smell. really cool. i got mine from vitacost. highly recommended.

ETA: http://www.vitacost.com/Thai-Deodorant-Stone-Crystal-Deodorant-Stone

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 04, 2011
at 12:32 AM

sorry! just seeing this now. THIS kind! http://www.vitacost.com/Thai-Deodorant-Stone-Crystal-Deodorant-Stone

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 02, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Okay girl, what version? I looked it up and there is a bunch of different kinds!

2
63830d754cd527bef193b353e3c7681d

on April 03, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Apple cider vinegar. You smell like vinegar for a short time and then the smell goes away.

D55aaabb103bee5c86a3d75401830229

on April 03, 2011
at 05:22 AM

I didn't really believe this would work, but I've been doing it for a week or so now and no stink-o. It's a cheap n=1.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on April 01, 2011
at 07:07 PM

I spray a magnesium solution (think magnesium oil diluted with water) into my pits after a shower. I think it works much like rubbing a salt crystal in terms of smacking down odors, and I believe that I'm picking up transdermal magnesium at the same time.

Win win!

I kept it simple and off-the-shelf, my local healthfood store had this in stock and I just pour this into a mister undiluted. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/CRR008/ItemDetail

deodorant-help-please

The magnesium chloride and magnesium acetate mix is what appealed to me, i suspect that a mix of organic and inorganic magnesium salts helps make sure that I can absorb AMAP.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:10 PM

what do you make your solution with?

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:10 PM

What do you make the solution with? If we do in fact absorb Mg transdermally, that would be awesome. :-)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on April 03, 2011
at 06:49 PM

@w8liftinmom: just added the details above. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/Report_on_Absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:20 PM

awesome thanks!

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 27, 2011
at 11:35 PM

yes we do absorb mag transdermally as long as the solution is made the right way. it's good stuff :)

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0e2772604bdb3627525b42d77340538b

on April 01, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I use a mixture of baking soda, coconut oil, and eucalyptus oil and it works great. I only get stinky if I sweat a lot and put off showering afterward for too long.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 27, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I use this mixture with lavender oil. It can actually hold me for almost 2 days, and I'm unusually sweaty and smelly for a woman. For me this works much better than any commercial brand I've tried

1
A2194c13a36a628f15edd29970fc4937

on April 03, 2011
at 05:40 PM

I second Apple Cider Vinegar. I use it every day.

1
Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I had the same problem. Even after showering and scrubbing, there would still be an odor. I used the alcohol rub for about a month or so and made sure to rub on a bit of coconut oil as I rubbed it all over as a moisturizer, then a little fingertip dab of baking soda while the pits were still a bit damp and voila! I suffered heavy BO since...oh...junior high probably. That's 36 years! This is the cheapest and best solution ever!

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 27, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I use magnesium oil right after the shower (supplement and deodorant in one, yipee), it seems to slow the stink, but doesn't remove it for me if it already there. If I'm stinky I put about 1 tsp. of witch hazel in my palm and do a quick rub down on each side, and then a wipe with a wet paper towel or wash cloth, and then reapply magnesium oil.

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22424c9eef944ade83d4e4ffda907056

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on July 27, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Arm and Hammer has an aluminum free deodorant. I'm sure it has other weird crap in it, but no aluminum. It has worked alright for me.

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Ac78806ee1d419975d1751159b6fc383

on July 27, 2011
at 04:31 PM

UARMSOL deodorant powder works even when you have to sweat ! I've used the deodorant for years now and have had no problems with it. This deodorant is so amazing. A sprinkle pinch of the powder is all you need after shower. The deodorant powder contains no chemicals, no oils, and no masking of anything. Uarmsol removes the worst smell you have. My armpit used to smell funky, almost like cockroach smell, now i am free from any odours. Even when i sweat i have no odours. I'm loving it and i would recommend for anybody who has any armpit odours. Also you don't have to shave your armpits or worry about after sport smell !

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 04, 2011
at 02:58 PM

I haven't seen this mentioned, and it borders I suppose on TMI, but something else to consider, as I see you are male, is shaving or at least trimming. Any hair you have is holding bacteria (typically the source of the odor unless you're in ketosis which can mean strong BO, too), and that's a lot of surface area compared to bare skin. I know in the US, it's not fashionable for men to shave their underarms, but I think most women secretly (or not so secretly, if you recall a Carlos Mencia sketch about "What women want" - it was on YouTube last I knew) prefer a clean shaven man.

Anyway, I use the crystal deodorant. Someone mentions a Thai crystal, but it comes marketed under different names. It works best IMMEDIATELY after showering, and even better if you apply some rubbing alcohol first. Basically, it's a big crystal of a mineral salt, all natural, no fragrance. And anything you use will work better if you're trimmed or shaven, because it will make better contact with your skin. Not all modern inventions are bad, and not all leftover evolutionary traits (like body hair) are useful. We've only retained some of those traits because they don't cause significant harm, not necessarily because we need them for survival.

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3b803506ca7d7b5796bc16ee5b9f11d3

on April 04, 2011
at 06:14 AM

Lavilin is aluminum and alcohol free, hypoallergenic, etc. Find it on Amazon, or http://www.microbalanced.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

For me it works wonderfully, I use a small dab every 3-4 days depending on activity/sweat. It isn't cheap, but lasts a few months.

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on April 04, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Old Spice. Their regular deodorant does not contain aluminum and works well. I have had no success with Tom's of Maine, Lavilin, and other aluminum free products purported to be deodorants!

Arm and Hammer Essentials is another effective product that does not contain aluminum, but it does contain triclosan which is very biologically active and so I do not recommend it.

0
A480640a53eb5dc8966f49141942f705

on April 03, 2011
at 08:12 AM

I use Eau de Toilette. Not paleo at all, but it smells good.

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03281912f1cb9e4e771a8a83af302e3a

(1204)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I like baby powder. I don't see that answer around the boards, but it works for me.

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on April 01, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I never wear deodorant, but if I start to stink after a workout or something, I'll put a hair dryer on high and nuke all of the odor-producing bacteria from orbit. Dries everything out and sanitizes without any chemicals. I suppose you could then apply a scent of some sort, but I don't.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Really? I always blow dry myself after the shower. Definitely doesn't help the funk. I've been using baking soda / coconut oil in the shower. That helps a bit.

0
D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

(1231)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:27 PM

try tea tree oil.

0
2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Dead Sea salt sticks work well for me and last for ever.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on April 01, 2011
at 06:52 PM

She should like how you smell! Regardless, I've noticed the same thing - its mostly because these deodorants don't prevent sweating, and sweating is what causes the odor.

What I do, if I notice I'm a bit more fragrant than usual, I'll run to the bathroom at the office quickly, wipe down with a paper towel and some water, and usually that will be good till the end of the day. (For example if I take a walk over lunch.)

Good luck.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Now you guys have me thinking about opening a shop on Etsy and mass producing Paleo-friendly deodorants :)

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:03 PM

she likes how i smell as long as i don't have BO ;). i figure if we lived 500 years ago, no one would notice a BO smell because that is what everyone smelled like. not today folks. it is what it is.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I really enjoy how my boyfriend smells, not in long periods if he's REALLY dirty like from yard work, but it does smell really good for a little while.

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Have you tried an alum block?

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on April 01, 2011
at 07:18 PM

they don't work for me.

5de6c215713504a05f8578c59753d8a8

(81)

on April 01, 2011
at 06:46 PM

no....does it work well?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I was surprised at how well they work. Some people claim they need to "detox" for a week or two before the alum block works, but for me, it worked right away.

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on April 03, 2011
at 05:19 PM

go swimming in a pool

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