Spinoff: Natural Deodorants- Has anyone gotten the hang of them?

I currently alternate with Suave and Secret but I often wonder if the chemicals pose any risk. When applied liberally, they work very well.

I tried to go all-natural in deodorants before, but so far not so good. I first tried Tom's of Maine's lavender deodorant (gel-like stick) last year. Even though it smelled great (like a fresh field of lemongrass-floral goodness) it started to feel funny then eventually caused an uncomfortable burning/friction/sticky sensation, irritating my armpits badly (it was a super-red rash with dry, peely, burning skin). In the trash it went.

After that, I tried Aubrey Organics E Plus High C. It's a roll-on that smells nice and works well. However, I started to get that uncomfortable sensation on my skin after a couple days of using it, so I switched to my chemical deodorants just in time to save my skin from another trauma.

My guess is that the alcohols, such as "natural grain alcohol", are causing my skin to react. Is there a trick to using these deodorants? Like waiting for it to airdry? Has anyone else had good/bad luck with these? I don't want to waste my AO but it smells so good!
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I currently alternate with Suave and Secret but I often wonder if the chemicals pose any risk. When applied liberally, they work very well.

I tried to go all-natural in deodorants before, but so far not so good. I first tried Tom's of Maine's lavender deodorant (gel-like stick) last year. Even though it smelled great (like a fresh field of lemongrass-floral goodness) it started to feel funny then eventually caused an uncomfortable burning/friction/sticky sensation, irritating my armpits badly (it was a super-red rash with dry, peely, burning skin). In the trash it went.

After that, I tried Aubrey Organics E Plus High C. It's a roll-on that smells nice and works well. However, I started to get that uncomfortable sensation on my skin after a couple days of using it, so I switched to my chemical deodorants just in time to save my skin from another trauma.

My guess is that the alcohols, such as "natural grain alcohol", are causing my skin to react. Is there a trick to using these deodorants? Like waiting for it to airdry? Has anyone else had good/bad luck with these? I don't want to waste my AO but it smells so good!
Originally Posted by Fuschia Dreams
Did you use them directly after shaving? I use Tom's and it burns like fire if I have just shaved. I can use regular Secret with Babypowder right after I shave and have no problem.

Speckla
I had this same problem with the Tom's. I also tried the Adidas one that uses cotton instead of aluminum. Had the same reaction from that. I don't experience redness or burning but my skin starts to peel, as if I had a sunburn.
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i love natural deo. i use kiss my face unscented roll on. i've used it for like 2+ years. the salts will burn like hell if you apply after shaving. i usually shave at night and don't wear deo then in the morning i shower and put on deo and i'm good to go. the kiss my face works great even in the texas summers. at first i used scented but it turned funky on me one day and since then i've gone unscented....my underarms don't need to smell like a baby
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i love natural deo. i use kiss my face unscented roll on. i've used it for like 2+ years. the salts will burn like hell if you apply after shaving. i usually shave at night and don't wear deo then in the morning i shower and put on deo and i'm good to go. the kiss my face works great even in the texas summers. at first i used scented but it turned funky on me one day and since then i've gone unscented....my underarms don't need to smell like a baby
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I'm so jealous! I so want to love natural deoderants, but they just don't work for me. After a night running table to table, I'm a sweaty mess without my Adidas aluminum deo
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I use natural deo occasionally. My underarms are really sensitive and sometimes naturals can sting for some reason.

I've used LUSH Amaranth (sp?) and Oyin's Funk Butter. The LUSH one is really good and comes in a bar. Oyin was okay, but it's kinda of creamy which is harder to put on.

I've never had a problem getting smelly with natural deo.
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I used JASON deodorant and it made me smell worse, so I went back to my beloved Degree, although I'm once again battling with white marks inside my clothing. Meh.
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I cant use them They dont work nearly as well as Secret
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I wanna stay away fromthe non-natural stuff, but I tell ya, the natural deodorants leave me smelling worse than having none on.

Quick story (that I might have shared before): My friend and I were coming home from a Carribean Club on Miami Beach early one morning (like 5 am, I was in college then). We saw this guy walking down the highway. So my crazy friend pulls over and offers him a ride. The guy gets in the car all sweaty with his shirt off. So I am thinking he is going to stink up the car, blah, blah, blah. Surprisingly he didn't stink at all!!! We start talking to him asking where he was from and all of that. He said that he was from the Cayman islands. Then I said, 'I am sorry but you are all sweaty and you are not stinking at all!' He said that he noticed that American people Stink because they eat all of this McDonalds and stuff. He said that on the island, he mostly consumes fruit and veggies, and seafood. That is the reason his body doesn't secreate nasty smells. He said that if you put good things in, you will get good things out (with the exception of poo, but that doesn't have to be all super horrible smelling either).

So with that said, I figure with a good diet, natural deodorants can work becuse they don't have to work as hard to fight of the bad smells that our body puts out. That's my soapbox for tonight!!!!
Has anyone ever tried Crystal deodorant? I brought some but there is like no smell so I worry that it might not be that effective.
I wanna stay away fromthe non-natural stuff, but I tell ya, the natural deodorants leave me smelling worse than having none on.

Quick story (that I might have shared before): My friend and I were coming home from a Carribean Club on Miami Beach early one morning (like 5 am, I was in college then). We saw this guy walking down the highway. So my crazy friend pulls over and offers him a ride. The guy gets in the car all sweaty with his shirt off. So I am thinking he is going to stink up the car, blah, blah, blah. Surprisingly he didn't stink at all!!! We start talking to him asking where he was from and all of that. He said that he was from the Cayman islands. Then I said, 'I am sorry but you are all sweaty and you are not stinking at all!' He said that he noticed that American people Stink because they eat all of this McDonalds and stuff. He said that on the island, he mostly consumes fruit and veggies, and seafood. That is the reason his body doesn't secreate nasty smells. He said that if you put good things in, you will get good things out (with the exception of poo, but that doesn't have to be all super horrible smelling either).

So with that said, I figure with a good diet, natural deodorants can work becuse they don't have to work as hard to fight of the bad smells that our body puts out. That's my soapbox for tonight!!!!
Originally Posted by osocristie
i think there's some truth to this. i eat okay but i drink lots of water and tea and my system is constantly being flushed out....when i workout hard, like at the gym tonight i sweat but it's not smelly if that makes sense. i had a friend smell me after a workout to prove to him natural deo CAN work. i'm a sweater for sure on my face and all over really and natural deo doesn't stop that but i don't smell. during the day when i'm not working out the deo is effective...at the end of the day when i take off my clothes i always smell them (habit) and unless i'm outside alot the clothes smell like nothing, if i'm outside they smell outdoorsy but not funky. i do think the unscented was the best bet for me. the scents can get weird. that happened to me w/ two different scents.

as for the burning some folks get...it's the salts in natural deo getting in your pores after you shave. i assure you if you don't apply right after shaving or heavy intense loofah type scrubbing you'll be fine....otherwise, you'll burn. i learned this the hard way.

try different brands....everyones chemistry is different. the kiss my face unscented is my friend for life!
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I use natural deo occasionally. My underarms are really sensitive and sometimes naturals can sting for some reason.

I've used LUSH Amaranth (sp?) and Oyin's Funk Butter. The LUSH one is really good and comes in a bar. Oyin was okay, but it's kinda of creamy which is harder to put on.

I've never had a problem getting smelly with natural deo.
Originally Posted by Po
I wanted to try the Lush deos. Do they help at all with sweating? I don't ever wind up "stinking," but I do sweat like crazy.
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I started using Crystal Body Deodorant roll-on and it keeps me dry and odor free for multiple days. I used it every day for awhile and was too dry. So started using it every 3-4 days with Tom's in-between (just for fragrance). Got at Drugstore.com

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while the mineral salt natural deodorants work well at keeping odor at bay all day long, they don't keep wetness away.

but wetness wasn't my problem with them; the salts caused a sensitive rash to form under my pits that caused discoloration.

i've tried:
- straight baking soda
- baking soda cut with corn starch
- thai crystal spray
- thai solid crystal
- mineral salt roll-ons and solids by various brands

and what i've discovered is that the salts in all of them incite a tender rash under my pits that leaves the skin darkened.

i'm currently using soft and dry solid because it has the smallest amount of antiperspirant agent that i've found.
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I've really been liking Crystal Roll-On Deodorant. Although it isn't an anti-perspirant, I don't seem to sweat any more than usual when I work out. I think it is key to apply it liberally to freshly washed underarms. I've been using this for a couple of months and have not experienced any odor. Also, there's no staining of clothes with this deodorant and it feels much better going on that regular solids or roll-ons and there's no residue. I will definitely continue to buy this stuff...way better than the Secrets and Doves I used to use.
Here's where I bought mine (and you can read many more reviews here): http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...GFI-0-EVGR-MYR
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Thanks for the advice, everyone!!

So if I shave the night before applying the deodorant, I shouldn't have a problem? Even if I can't go all natural, I do want to try a deodorant, not antiperspirant because it seems unhealthy for the body not to sweat when it needs to! Unless it's some big event and your dress can easily show sweat stains... Anyway, I'll try to give the AO another chance.

About the sweating and not smelling thing, I consider myself a fortunately clean-smelling person, and I drink LOTS of water/seltzer/coffee/tea. Maybe that's part of the secret!

Also, I heard that eating a lot of onions and garlic makes the smell exude from your pores, so I don't do that. Eww.
I've been using this salt-water spray thing. I can't remember the name. I wish there were also a natural antiperspirant.
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The only natural deo that works for me is Dr. Haushka, it's expensive but it's worth it. I work out a lot and that is the only one that makes me leave the gym without smelling bo.
I read on makeupalley.com that someone used Burt's Bees diaper rash creme as deodorant for the zinc oxide in it. I wonder if anyone here has tried that, or a similar zinc product. I haven't, so I really can't say much.
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I use natural deo occasionally. My underarms are really sensitive and sometimes naturals can sting for some reason.

I've used LUSH Amaranth (sp?) and Oyin's Funk Butter. The LUSH one is really good and comes in a bar. Oyin was okay, but it's kinda of creamy which is harder to put on.

I've never had a problem getting smelly with natural deo.
Originally Posted by Po
I wanted to try the Lush deos. Do they help at all with sweating? I don't ever wind up "stinking," but I do sweat like crazy.
Originally Posted by prettysinister
I wore my LUSH today, and I didn't notice any extra sweating. I think the trick is to make sure your pits are very dry before putting it on. The baking soda is supposed to absorb the sweat, so if you don't dry off completely, the baking soda will just absorb the water from your shower.
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