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Do you avoid aluminum in antiperspirants?

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Do you avoid aluminum in antiperspirants?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Crystal deodorants are awesome :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Just make sure that Bicarb is aluminium free. Most Bicarb has aluminium in it :)

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on May 11, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Love the Miessence, though I find it reddens/irritates my underarms if I let my skin get dry and use it...plenty of post-shower moisturizing seems to keep it at bay. I switch back and forth between this and a homemade (purchased) coconut oil/baking soda/lavender oil mixture.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Yup, most anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. Think of nicotine patches, Dramamine, hormone replacement patches, etc.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Ditto here. I tried just coconut oil and it didn't last very long, but mixed in with baking soda, it lasts 24 hours. I used to sometimes get a rash if I sweated too much, so that's probably some reaction between the baking soda and the sweat, but if I take a break from it once in a while, no issues. Also, it doubles as a toothpaste.

270aa8629304fefa4911d53ef42568d3

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I use the corn starch/baking soda/coconut oil/essential oil combo in the mornings and really like it. Sometimes before I workout i spray a simple white vinegar/water mix to kill the underarm bacteria. No bacteria = you won't smell. Can't say as much for won't perspire. I save full strength deodorant for important events.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on May 11, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Yes.I use a crystal deodorant and is is very effective. Also VERY long lasting....

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:27 AM

I've been experimenting with using coconut oil by itself. It's working fine so far.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on June 21, 2011
at 05:14 AM

All of the "rock"-style deodorants I've seen have had aluminum in them.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 21, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Ok, I used to sweat sometimes of course, much less than now, mostly with exertion. 99.9% not smelly.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 21, 2011
at 03:15 AM

it's just aloe, baking soda, water and a binder. huh. interestingly, their toothpaste is exactly the same thing, with some oils thrown in! funny.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on June 20, 2011
at 06:47 PM

I've been using this recipe for a few years now, and am confident enough to use it in situations where smelling "proper" is absolutely required. Currently I'm 24 hours out from my last application, and don't smell. Don't know how much of this is diet and how much is the deodorant, but whichever, it's working.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I've also used this for a couple months and it cured the chronic irritation and itch I'd had for years with commercial products. I smell no body odor NOR cloying perfumes.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I've been doing this for 2 months and it works better than regular deodorant. I will never go back.

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0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:58 AM

I ditched all my bathroom chemicals and use olive oil soap, baking soda and coconut oil solely.

As a deodorant I use this recipe - though I rarely sweat or smell any more...

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/03/update-homemade-deoderant.html

...with a few drops of esential oil added.

That works quite well.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I've also used this for a couple months and it cured the chronic irritation and itch I'd had for years with commercial products. I smell no body odor NOR cloying perfumes.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on June 20, 2011
at 06:47 PM

I've been using this recipe for a few years now, and am confident enough to use it in situations where smelling "proper" is absolutely required. Currently I'm 24 hours out from my last application, and don't smell. Don't know how much of this is diet and how much is the deodorant, but whichever, it's working.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I've been doing this for 2 months and it works better than regular deodorant. I will never go back.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 08, 2012
at 05:27 AM

I've been experimenting with using coconut oil by itself. It's working fine so far.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on May 11, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Ditto here. I tried just coconut oil and it didn't last very long, but mixed in with baking soda, it lasts 24 hours. I used to sometimes get a rash if I sweated too much, so that's probably some reaction between the baking soda and the sweat, but if I take a break from it once in a while, no issues. Also, it doubles as a toothpaste.

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8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I would recommend ditching soap and antiperspirant. Keep your diet clean and nature will balance out and leave you smelling quite nicely.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Honestly - no. I am too afraid to smell. My antiperspirant works very well for me and I've had no ill effects from it - so I see no need for a change - I'm sure this will be unpopular - but it's honest.

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870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on May 11, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Based on my reading suggesting that some people can be "blind" to their own odors (I posted a link on a related thread but can't put it to hand right now), I continue to use conventional antiperspirants in social situations (e.g. work) and soap/shampoo when bathing. I use a crystal deodorant for yoga class and nothing before heavy exercise.

I have foregone shampoo at times and was unimpressed with the results.

EDIT: here's reportage in the popular press in 2007 of the research. Some people can't smell their own androstenone: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070916143523.htm and here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071030080645.htm

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Crystal deodorants are awesome :)

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on June 21, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Yes, though I admit it isn't 100% proven. I use Old Spice for now, I don't love the smell but I haven't found anything else that works and is available widely. Tom's of Maine straight up gave me a rash, and Herbal Clear and Lavilin fail very easily.

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:36 PM

I tried the crystal, but it didn't work for me at all. So then I did some research and came across Miessence deodorant. I've been using it for a year, and I am never smelly. I found this researching the Environmetal Working Group's Skin Deep website. This site offers ratings on how toxic beauty products are. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Here is the link: http://miorganicproducts.com/bodycare/aroma_free_rollon_deodorant.php

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 21, 2011
at 03:15 AM

it's just aloe, baking soda, water and a binder. huh. interestingly, their toothpaste is exactly the same thing, with some oils thrown in! funny.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on May 11, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Love the Miessence, though I find it reddens/irritates my underarms if I let my skin get dry and use it...plenty of post-shower moisturizing seems to keep it at bay. I switch back and forth between this and a homemade (purchased) coconut oil/baking soda/lavender oil mixture.

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2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

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on June 20, 2011
at 07:33 AM

With much trepidation, I stopped using conventional deodorant a few months ago. I was using the "prescription strength" and still felt like I stunk at the end of the day and I knew it was full of toxic chemicals. I had tried natural deodorant like Tom's, but it never worked for me. To my amazement, I didn't need to use deodorant all winter long. Then when spring came, I tried 2/3 apple cider vinegar and 1/3 water in a spray bottle, applied after showers and it works better than any deodorant I've ever tried. I always thought I was cursed with super stinky pits, but honestly I think it was the residue from the chemical deodorant. Now, even with Crossfit and 90 degree heat, I don't stink.

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on June 20, 2011
at 04:04 AM

Antiperspirants irritate my pits and make my always-sweaty underarms sweat more, which ruins my clothes with aluminum-salts stains. So yes, I avoid them!

Luckily, I don't have much odor to my sweat.

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:54 AM

I've been using the rock crystal (or spray version of it) almost exclusively since early fall of last year, and I was convinced I wouldn't be able to deal with it when high temps hit, but I'm doing fine with is and still love using it. The trick is to put it on IMMEDIATELY after showering, maybe including a spray of rubbing alcohol, then rinse and rub the rock, then rinse it and put it in its holding tray.

I've been sweating profusely working out in the veggie garden and haven't missed actual antiperspirant/deodorant, even though the crystal stuff doesn't inhibit sweat. I wasn't expecting that, so I am very pleased. The rock crystal also seems to last a very long time.

EDIT: At another forum, someone just posted this recipe, and she said it works really well:

6 tablespoons of corn starch 2 tablespoons of baking soda 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 10 drops of tea tree oil 1 clean, empty stick deodorant container 1 mixing bowl 1 fork to mix everything together

Fill the container with it and let it solidify overnight.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on June 21, 2011
at 05:14 AM

All of the "rock"-style deodorants I've seen have had aluminum in them.

270aa8629304fefa4911d53ef42568d3

(148)

on May 11, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I use the corn starch/baking soda/coconut oil/essential oil combo in the mornings and really like it. Sometimes before I workout i spray a simple white vinegar/water mix to kill the underarm bacteria. No bacteria = you won't smell. Can't say as much for won't perspire. I save full strength deodorant for important events.

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A82d8cbea04392ebcb1a819bddc4a259

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Yes~ Also watch what kind of lotions, soaps and hair care products you use as well as toothpaste ;-)

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B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

on June 20, 2011
at 03:52 AM

I avoid antiperspirants all together because they in effect make me perspire more, smell bad, make my armpits break out and stain my clothes. I use a salt deodorant and wear breathable fiber clothes, so yes.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Yes. I tried Tom's of Maine deodorant, but it wasn't strong enough. I now make my own by mixing coconut oil and baking soda. It works better than commercial deodorants.

I've also dropped conventional soap (I use Dr. Brenner's) and I use Tom's of Maine fluoride-free toothpaste. I figure the fewer "extra" chemicals I'm getting, the better. 8)

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on May 11, 2012
at 12:04 PM

I use bicarbonate of soda, just rub some into your armpits, works amazingly well, doesn't stain your clothes and no element of risk to health

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Just make sure that Bicarb is aluminium free. Most Bicarb has aluminium in it :)

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on May 11, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I would recommend to use aluminium free deodorants as chemicals are harmful for skin. So take care of your skin while eliminating odor.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on May 11, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Yup, most anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. Think of nicotine patches, Dramamine, hormone replacement patches, etc.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 21, 2011
at 03:50 AM

Yes, I avoid, mostly. I've had the same unscented stick for about three years I think. The one I had before this one got that old too and I ended up throwing it out before it was gone. I just hardly ever use it. And I don't like the natural ones; they're too smelly and sticky.

I've never tried the crystal, but I've been meaning to pick one up, BECAUSE, ALAS, since I started eating meat a few months ago, I'm way stinkier! I was a vegetarian for a million years, and I was NEVER very sweaty or smelly. I'm not real thrilled about the change. I'm pretty sure I'm healthier now though, so I'll take it.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 21, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Ok, I used to sweat sometimes of course, much less than now, mostly with exertion. 99.9% not smelly.

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20c518f9d33b0d04c7a19b8bb7487695

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on June 20, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Depends on where I am planning to go and if it is hot, otherwise I use salt crystal.

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898eee83590f6acbde47fccadffa368e

on June 20, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Yes, I've been using a salt crystal deodorant for over a year now. Completely effective and natural, and also hypoallergenic.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:05 PM

I switched to plain deodorant, primarily to reduce the amount of stuff I put on my skin when I went no 'poo. Also, when i had previously noticed, that the anti-perspirant actually made me sweat when I wasn't actually doing anything. I would actually start sweating within an hour of application. i guess the main reason that I stopped using it was to sweat, and therefore smell, less throughout the day.

I don't use any soap, and only use baking soda or apple cider vinegar to wash my hair, but I still find I need to use deodorant, otherwise I tend to smell a bit after a while. I'm going to go on a camping trip later, and go no deo for a week, and see what happens.

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:13 PM

Yes. I haven't used an antiperspirant since college, and I'm 31 years. This had nothing to do with paleo, just plain old alternative health stuff.

I use Aubrey Men's Stock with good results, and I'm a sweaty bastard:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=aubrey+men%27s+stock+deodorant&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=6883705616415914607&sa=X&ei=Ljn_TYyMDoz1gAfZyIHeCw&ved=0CGAQ8wIwAA

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