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Has anyone made and/or used zinc oxide-based deodorant?

Answered on October 28, 2014
Created July 02, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I don't actually sweat overly much, but I do have what I would characterize as evil underarms that overcome whatever deodorant I apply. This slays me because my mother and father don't really need to use deodorant at all (like roses!), and when my husband sweats it just smells like man in a good, non-BO way. I used to be a regular antiperspirant sorta gal, then moved on to men's antiperspirant. These work ok, but made my underarms rough and despite packaging claims otherwise, stained my clothes yellow, which is not cool when you're talking items that require hand-washing like silk or cashmere. I am also not a fan of the aluminum thing - Alzheimer's runs strongly on my maternal side, and I figure why take the chance, especially if I don't need the antiperspirant effect?

For the past year I have given the coconut oil-baking soda variations a go, and while they work well enough, after a couple of weeks I get the most awful rash and cracked skin. This seems to happen regardless of the amount of baking soda used. I ended up switching on and off between that (Miessence was pricey but nice) and the crystal stuff, which is a PITA to wait to dry, works for a decent amount of time, but I still get yellow stains (and they're not really "aluminum-free").

In the past several weeks I've gone through five different "natural" deodorants, none of which work particularly well unless reapplied every few hours.

I've seen talk of using products like Lavilin or Now Foods zinc oxide-based cream, or just straight-up diaper cream with at least 20% zinc oxide - has anyone here (preferably someone with evil underarms) used it with success? Do you find that it stains? Made your underarms unhappy otherwise? I saw one reference to it here in a thread on deodorants and was looking for some more commentary and experiences...

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:52 PM

You don't find oil stains on your shirts after, like on white T-shirts?

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Thank you for the answer! I purchased a couple of zinc-based products so we'll see how they fare against stink, lol.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Intriguing! I'll give it a shot.

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on July 04, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Once a day after a shower. It doesn't seem to bother my clothing a bit. No stain or discoloring.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yes, it burned mine like crazy...fine one day, then suddenly red and angry. I have heard people talking about magnesium...perhaps I'll give that a go - thanks!

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Hmm - how often do you have to do this? Does it seem to get on your clothing and discolor them if you start sweating?

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I do have a crystal product that worked mostly for preventing odor, but those things are still aluminum salts...it doesn't plug up ducts and sits on the skin, but I still don't like it! Paranoid maybe, but there you go. Thank you for the suggestion, though.

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I have used a tiny amount of 40% Zinc Oxide (CVS brand Diaper Rash creme) and it works amazingly well. I am perimenopausal, live in Florida and sweat like no one else I know!! I have horrible BO and I am steering clear of aluminum based products which includes BTW Tom's of Maine! I was so surprized this cheap and very simple solution is all I needed. Works better than any deodorant I have used, including the clinical strength stuff. The zinc is white at first then slowly absorbs leaving my pits smelling like a clean babies bottom!!

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Thank you for the answer! I purchased a couple of zinc-based products so we'll see how they fare against stink, lol.

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on July 02, 2012
at 10:57 PM

I use milk of magnesia.Super cheap and works really well.

The coconut oil base with baking soda killed my pits and I could never get the ratio correct so I looked u alternatives and found a much better option.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Yes, it burned mine like crazy...fine one day, then suddenly red and angry. I have heard people talking about magnesium...perhaps I'll give that a go - thanks!

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on July 02, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Try lemon juice or rubbing half a lemon under your arms. Instant odor killed. I am guessing that the bacteria under my arms (that produce the smell) are acid hating, so the lemon juice fixes it right up.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Hmm - how often do you have to do this? Does it seem to get on your clothing and discolor them if you start sweating?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 04, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Once a day after a shower. It doesn't seem to bother my clothing a bit. No stain or discoloring.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 07, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Intriguing! I'll give it a shot.

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on July 02, 2012
at 03:58 PM

I went through a similar problem over the last year. Loved the coconut oil/baking soda until I got a HORRIBLE rash. I tried Tom's unscented natural... I might as well have not put nothing on. I can sweat a lot, but I don't produce much smell.. What I've ended up with is the crystal "rock" I got at CVS, which twists up like a stick. I really really love it. I usually apply it shortly after showering, and by the time I make it over to start dressing (just a few minutes) it is dry. I also have had no issues with staining (which I had REALLY bad problems with using the coconut oil mixture).

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I do have a crystal product that worked mostly for preventing odor, but those things are still aluminum salts...it doesn't plug up ducts and sits on the skin, but I still don't like it! Paranoid maybe, but there you go. Thank you for the suggestion, though.

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on October 28, 2014
at 05:13 PM

Milf of magnesia works well.

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:51 PM

I cycle between milk of magnesia and a 50%:50% mix of baking soda and coconut oil. If I use too much of the baking soda, I get rashes. Milk of magnesia seems to not have any issues for me. If you want something that looks like a deodorant because you're traveling, try this:

http://www.amazon.com/Magnesia-Roll-On-Deodorant-Peoples-Pharmacy/dp/B004GBFGG2

or similar stuff. You could of course, just pick up a small Milk of Magnesia bottle instead and save some money.

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on February 17, 2014
at 07:53 AM

All I do is gently and quickly wipe under my arms in the shower with a wet flannel in the mornings, and then after I have dried, I wipe coconut oil (neat, nothing else with it), liberally under my arms remembering to go a few inches up the arm too as it's easy to focus on just the nook itself. I think the first part controls the smell and the second part protects the skin. Works for me anyways, hope helps.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:52 PM

You don't find oil stains on your shirts after, like on white T-shirts?

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on February 17, 2014
at 05:53 AM

I had the same problem with evil pits. My chiropractor told me about magnesium oil. I ran out and got some. But I got the one with the extra stuff; peppermint and arnica. Didn't think it would hurt. It did! The pepperment burned my pits! I told my chiro and she said put it in between your shoulder blades. Well I did and it didn't seem to work. I was determined to make this work. So, I used Wella's citrus spray under my arms for a week as well as the magnesium oil in between my shoulder blades. It worked! So, I got daring and tried the magnesium oil on my pits today. It no longer burned and it kept me from smelling like something my dog would like to roll in! Hang in there folks, this may be the thing that works for you too.

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on February 17, 2014
at 04:02 AM

i use the diaper rash cream and i too am peri-menopausal and get rather stinky to be honest and it does work good. i try to apply it after every shower though just to stay odor free. some claim you can go longer and i think you can in the winter but not so sure about summertime. i am super paranoid about using store bought anti-perspirants as you cannot detox and end up getting breast cancer from all the toxins building up and also the chemicals that absorb into this area (which is the region where most breast cancer occurs) the breast tissue does extend up into the arm pit area (called the tail of the breast) not to mention the lymph nodes. so since most people put deodorant on daily, there is no reason not to use the zinc oxide diaper cream every day as well. i have read that the zinc oxide allows you to sweat and kills germs, etc. the nasties that cause the odors in the first place, i think it is a win-win!

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