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Published on February 26th, 2008 | by Andrea Bertoli

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Natural Deodorants and Antiperspirants

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Whether we like it or not, it is part of our culture: we are perceived in part by how we smell.  Since the body’s natural process of cooling itself involves sweating, perspiration is an essential part of its natural functioning.

Thus, most of us use deodorants, which neutralize the smell of perspiration, or antiperspirants, which minimize body odor by blocking sweat from escaping through underarm pores onto the surface of the skin.

Most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain several ingredients linked to serious health effects, fromRoll-on Deodorant Stays on for Hours Alzheimer’s disease to virulent cancers.  Since deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to stay on our bodies for hours, this allows the potential for more harmful chemicals to be absorbed through the skin.

While natural options are available, many people have lodged complaints about the inadequacy of natural deodorants to adequately mask body odor.  There is now an abundance of alternative options—many improved upon since their initial introduction several years ago—that may inspire you to think again about incorporating natural deodorants into your body care regime.  Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

The Physiology of Perspiration

The apocrine glands are the reason that underarm perspiration smells stronger than the sweat secreted by the rest of the body.  The two types of sweat glands Post-Workout Excessive Perspirationthat cover the human skin are:

  • apocrine, or scent, glands located only in the armpit, ear, navel, nipple, and genital regions
  • eccrine glands do the work of regulating the body’s temperature by secreting a watery sweat over the skin.  This sweat quickly evaporates and keeps the body cool.

In hot weather or under stress or hard exercise, excessive perspiration exceeds the rate of evaporation.  Sweat produced by the eccrine glands does not contribute to body odor because eccrine sweat contains no substances that are attractive to bacteria.  Apocrine sweat, on the other hand, contains organic compounds that are quickly populated by bacteria on the surface of the skin.  This bacterial activity is what produces underarm odor.


What is the Difference Between Antiperspirants and Deodorants?

Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum ions so they cannot release perspiration.  Aluminum is a hazardous material that the FDA allows to be added to body care products in regulated amounts.  There is no proof that these “regulated amounts” of what is essentially poisonous to the human body are actually safe.  Arguments against the use of aluminum emphasize the fact that aluminum accumulates in the brain over time and may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancers.

Recent studies on the effects of aluminum and the dangers of antiperspirant usage suggest that it travels more easily into the lymphatic system when underarms are shaved.  Your antiperspirant label may list aluminum as:

  • aluminum chlorohydrate
  • ammonium aluminum sulfate
  • potassium aluminum sulfate
  • aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly

Antiperspirant
Aside from aluminum, most antiperspirants also contain parabens, antimicrobial agents derived from toluene—a toxic petrochemical derivative.  Some evidence suggests that repeated exposure to toluene may contribute to hormone disruption.

Thirteen research studies performed since 2000 have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in living tissue.  Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

Some people with sensitive skin have an allergic reaction to parabens, which results in a skin condition known as contact dermatitis.

Antiperspirants also have harsh astringent salts containing metals that can cause granulomas (small, itchy bumps) on underarm skin.

Deodorants work by:

  • neutralizing the smell of the perspiration mixed with bacteria
  • antiseptic action against that bacteria

Deodorants are more healthy than antispirants because they don’t interfere with perspiration, but many conventional brands contain harsh, potentially toxic ingredients that should be avoided. Deodorant ingredients to avoid include parabens, all forms of aluminum, and the following substances:

  • Propylene glycol: a penetration enhancer that absorbs quickly through the skin and which has not been fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.
  • Talc: classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers, which are unregulated in cosmetic grade talc.
  • Steareth-n: (‘n’ may be any number, say 100), may be vegetable derived but is processed with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.
  • Triclosan: an antibacterial found in deodorants and soaps.  It has an astounding ability to create resistant bacteria.

Ammonium alum is a prevalent natural compound that cannot be absorbed into the skin and doesn’t clog pores the way aluminum chloride does.  While it doesn’t kill the bacteria or stop perspiration, ammonium alum inhibits  bacterial growth that causes odor.  It is the primary ingredient in deodorant crystals, a safe and effective alternative to antiperspirant and commercial deodorants.

Environmental Impact of Conventional Deodorants

Toxic Deodorant Down the Shower Drain

Showering washes our deodorants and antiperspirants down the drain, introducing known or suspected toxins into our nation’s waterways.  Octoxynol compounds, otherwise known as alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), are found in deodorants,  antiperspirants, and bodies of water.  These chemicals are slow to break down and have been shown to disrupt the endocrine systems of fish, birds, and mammals.

The process of mining aluminum used in antiperspirants destroys the landscape, pollutes water, and consumes vast amounts of electricity.

According to Lester Brown’s Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth (Norton,2000), each year the aluminum industry consumes as much electricity as the entire continent of Africa.

Alternative Options

It’s up to you, conscious consumer, to choose the best and safest product for your body.  Before you buy any deodorant or product that goes on your skin, always read the ingredients.  Eschew conventional antiperspirants altogether and opt instead for hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and aluminum-free deodorant.  Choose deodorants with ingredients like:

  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Charcoal
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Algae extracts
  • Green tea
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and lichen
  • Essential oils

Many of these new natural body products can protect you from exposure to unnecessary, harmful ingredients and still leave you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

Some manufacturers of natural deodorants are:

Aubrey Organics Crystal Body Jasön * Pure and Natural Weleda
Avalon Natural Products Dessert Essence Kiss My Face Terra Naturals
Burt’s Bees Earth Essentials Miessence Tom’s of Maine *

* Some products may contain proplyene glycol.

Always read ingredient labels, even of purportedly natural brands.  Also remember that everyone’s body chemistry is different.  What worked for your friend may not work so well for you and you may have to try a few before you find the right one.

Some people find that crystal rocks and tea tree oil-based deodorants are too harsh and cause irritation, while others saySweet Smelling Natural Body Spray some natural deodorants give off unpleasant odors that are worse than the body odor itself.  You may want to experiment with your own products by looking for recipes online and:

  • making homemade deodorant with baking soda and essential oils
  • trying an apple cider vinegar or witch hazel extract-based spray

A very healthy diet rich in unprocessed vegetables and grains and low in meat-based products, alcohol, and caffeine is shown to help reduce body odors.  Regular showering and wearing fabrics that breathe can also do wonders for a sweeter smelling you without compromising the health of your body.

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Vegetarian chef, educator, blogger, and yogi based on the gathering isle of Oahu. Follow her foodie adventures at Vibrant Wellness Journal, Vibrant Wellness Education, Green Living Ideas and Green UPGRADER. Find more from Andrea on Facebook, , Instagram and Twitter.



  • Anne

    From what I understand, ammonium aluminum sulfate (which you have listed as something that can be found in an antiperspirant) is the same as ammonium alum.

    • Guest

      I just use lemon–rub it on before I get out of the shower or right after I pop out. As you can imagine, a little tingly after I shave-but odor free.

  • Guest

    From what I understand, ammonium aluminum sulfate (which you have listed as something that can be found in an antiperspirant) is the same as ammonium alum.
    Any further elaboration on this comment??

  • Guest

    Alum is the accepted term for aluminium sulfate hence ammonium alum = ammonium aluminium sulfate. Another interesting note is that baking soda often contains potassium alum which is listed as a harmful ingredient. . .

    But you don’t have to worry – so far there is no scientific evidence that aluminium compounds are actually harmful.

    • http://Web Jean

      Actually, there is scientific proof that aluminum compounds are hazardous to human health which is why it is listed as a hazardous substance in many states. It has also been cited by the EPA as a hazardous substance (not only to humans but also the environment)

  • william

    never mix teatrea oil and rubbing alcohol unless proven safe in some amounts I did burn’t my skin like it was on fire killed the top layer of some of my skin thought I was going to have to go to the hospital luckily I didn’t after feeling like my underarm was on fire for 12 hours

    • http://Web elle

      We’re you using tea tree as a deodorant?? I tried that once and it did not work for me. Try the new EST soothe by In Love with bodycare, it works better than aluminum deodorants for me and it doesn’t have tea tree or alcohol. The greece scent ROCKS!!

  • Guest

    Aluminum is harmless. Iron is an important part of our diet, but it is more toxic than aluminum. People who know nothing about science/chemistry can be easily fooled. Check out the MSDS for aluminum to see how harmful pure concentrations really are. http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Aluminum-9922844

    I’m not for poisonous chemicals because I know things like lead, asbestos, and many cleaning supplies are harmful. Working in a lab around these things every day reminds me of their toxicity.

  • Guest

    My 13 year old gets excema. I had been buying antiperspirant/deodorants designed for sensitive skin. Lately, she has begun to perspire profusely – to the point of physical discomfort. It’s not so much of an odor problem. She just gets uncomfortably wet. The sensitive skin products are not helping much at all. The clinical strength products DO work but cause her to break out. She wants to continue using these anyway because the wetness is more uncomfortable than the rash (according to her). I, on the other hand, have serious concerns about her skin. Is there anything that will address both issues? Again, this is NOT an odor problem, which is what most of the above seems to focus on. It is a wetness problem.

    • http://Web Digiscrap

      Have you tried the natural deodorants from Bubble & Bee Organic? I’ve tried one, which is Spearmint & Tea Tree deodorants with baking soda. Smells and works great, especially with wetness problem. I also have excessive sweat that leads to bad body odor, but the deodorant keeps my armpits dry all day and minimize the bad odor. You can check out the website at http://www.bubbleandbee.com.

  • A Wolf

    Just thought I would point out that every deodorant product sold by Toms of Maine contains propylene glycol.

    • weewaa

      The smell after using their products is WORSE than just the natural sweat odor. Just saying. Does nothing for me…

    • Lexa

      Actually Tom’s now has a men’s deodorant without it.

      • http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com Andrea Bertoli

        Great! So good to hear about new options! Thanks for reading!

  • mercurymagic

    I too have a problem with excessive wetness, and have very sensitive skin. I unfortunately have a very physical job (which I love), but find that by the end of the day my undergarments are soaked in sweat – GROSS!! Do you know of any product that is natural or safe for extremely sensitive skin and reduces or eliminates wetness.

  • Bonnie

    I use baking soda. I just wet my fingers and dip it into the soda.I have no odor, even when I work outside.Works for me but maybe not for others.

  • KRANTHI

    hey can u help me for excessive under arm sweating i tried many i need some natural or prescribed one..plz send me

  • Tara

    I have been using baking soda applied after shower to damp under arms for about a week now. No odor at all! I have found that if I perspire, my clothes smell. I apply baking soda to my clothes at the arm pit area and now my clothes stay odor-free as well. Works better than crystal sticks or Tom of Maine (which made me smell worse than no deodorant at all)

    • weewaa

      Tara, I absolutely agree with you about Tom of Maine–that’s a crock! Just another bogus product flying under the ‘green’ flag.

  • wvdrtnsf

    What to do about other body odor? I am have many odor from private area. I am have allergic from manys deodorant. Please. It burn when deodorant, if no then stink.

  • Ricky Von Shuten

    @wvdrtnsf – for the private area I make a mixture of ground peanut shells (allergy warning), used coffee grinds, and baking soda. Rub it on liberally and rinse with cold coffee. Repeat. Lightly dab dry with brown paper towel.

  • Ava

    Hi I was wondering can you compost old deodorant just like the store bought kind? i am obsessed with composting and i would really love it if someone could answer these questions for me!!

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  • http://n/a Discerning consumer

    Great article! Many years ago I got to thinking we were made to sweat and it wasn’t a good idea to use antiperspirants. While I was at it I decided to switch to a natural deodorant. For all those years I tried one after another without satisfaction. If there are any on the market I have not tried I’d be surprised. Well my luck improved last September at our local farmer’s market. A family owned business is producing a natural deodorant that actually works (as in eliminates odor on contact and lasts all day) and the ingredient list is natural and safe. So I would like to reveal this secret product as it deserves to be broadcast worldwide. The product name is “In Love With Body Care.”

    • http://Web Ken

      Where can you get In love with body care stuff?

  • Tom

    To above poster on how Iron is harmful, aluminum is not.

    Things to keep in mind:
    The old saying “Everything in Moderation” applies to Iron, as well as a host of other things we take in our diet.

    As far as the pdf file you linked to, how am I to know who is behind that research? The frequent commercial by the innocuous sounding “API” and their slogans and interesting claims, but who is funding “American Petroleum Institute”? They make claims like “9.2 million jobs supported”, which, I assume, is meant to make the public think that they are “created” by oil and natural gas…when in reality, it is not needed for farming (go ask India and Argentina how they feel about Monsanto, round-up and chemical fertilizers).

    Anyway, not to digress from the topic at hand. Just because a harmless sounding scientific organization claims something is not a problem for you and not to worry, doesn’t mean that’s the case. Always FOLLOW the money, if there is money to be gained, people LIE.

    • http://Web cristina

      thank you!!!!!! this problem goes way further than deorderant. Everything we put on our skin is obsorbed within minutes into the bloodstream…..lotions, perfumes, body wash, shampoo, nasty tap water from the shower……if u cant eat it dont put it on your skin!!!!!!!! many of these crazy ingredients are in 90% of the food we eat as well!!!! i now refuse to but any sort of bottled juice. i have 2 little girls and i buy organic fruits and veggies and i make them home made juice every day in my wonderful jack lalanne juicer!!! and 98%pf all the food i buy is organic as well. i will be damned if i allow the fda to make my family sick so that they and the pharmicudical companies can make money off of our stupidity. and i dont care how much more $$$$ i spend buying organic food, my kids health is priceless!!!!! if we all decided to buy organic the fda would be screwed!!!!!!

      everyone HAS to read Natural Cures by Kevin Trudeau. once you do your whole life will change!!!!!

  • shycutieeex3

    right now i am using arms & hammer natural deodorant. the only difference is that i don’t smell but i still sweat. apparently they are making natural deodorants .. which are good because the anti perspirants with aluminum (which are not working for me at the moment) are starting to scare me with the breast cancer and all .. but how come there are no natural anti perspirants ? that would be nice . grrr . i hate sweating .. it makes me feel so dirty when i am actually clean .

  • Jim

    I would like to bring this article’s writer(s)’ attention to this study published by the United Nations Environment Programme: http://www.chem.unep.ch/irptc/sids/OECDSIDS/57-55-6.pdf

    On page 3, concerning propylene glycol’s effects on human health, the study declares, “[t]hese data support a lack of carcinogenicity for PG.” Therefore, I would assume it’s safe to say that propylene glycol is a safe, natural ingredient.

    Also, I do not think that Tom’s of Maine would use it so extensively if they did not do their homework and conclude that it was perfectly safe.

    • PB

      Tom’s of Maine is an independently run division of Colgate, a partnership we entered into in 2006, per their own website on the FAQ section.

    • Thomas

      Tom’s of Colgate can believe reverse default logic from the UN all they want but I patch tested a strong reaction to propylene glycol at the Doctors office so I want products that do NOT contain it.

      • weewaa

        GOOD FOR YOU, THOMAS! This infuriates me–companies who pray on the desire of people to avoid corporate greed that drives them to sell harmful products and cloack themselves behind cute little mom-and-pop brand names! This practice should become illegal; at least, should be exposed to the public.

  • EcoPaige

    In Love With Bodycare’s natural deodorant rocks!! Seriously the best I’ve ever found.

  • Lori

    I am not sure the long term effect but I was breaking out with a rash under my arms from excessive sweating and I got a prescription named, “Drysol.” Works like a charm…completely shuts down your sweat glands in your arm pits and redirects to other areas of your body. I don’t have any rashes anymore and the only place I noticed more sweating was a little on my chest and my feet — no biggie. Hope this helps.

  • Emily

    I have been using extra virgin coconut oil on my armpits for a week now and I have no body odor! I live in Florida and it is a very hot June right now. I don’t think I will ever buy deodorant again. The coconut oil is just so effective. I have been using plain coconut oil, but I looked at the Tropical Traditions website tonight and noticed they sell a coconut oil deodorant on their site.

  • Chico Alvarez

    Propylene glycol is not natural or safe. It is chemically related to anti-freeze.

  • Dean

    It seems opinions on deos are like armpits… everyone has a couple and they sometimes stink.

    I just can’t stop laughing at the guy pouring cold coffee on his penis to HELP with odor. Yeah I’m sure that smells better. LOL Man, what people will do…

    As much as I like the idea of a natural alternative, I also would love something that didn’t leave white crap on my shirt armpits that won’t wash out and often times ruin the shirts over time with discoloration and stains.

    Are these natural products helpful in stopping that too?

    • dana pallessen

      rid clothing of stains using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

  • jenny

    Emily, hello…im on the Tropical Traditions website, which oil is it? i also live in FL and i noticed that i sweat under my arms quite a bit and creates bad odor…i tried so many deodorants even the clinical secret and nothing. i dont know why, i am eating healthy and drink lots of water. let me know, plz. thanks

  • Jenny

    I completely LOVE face naturals deodorants. I have looked for years trying to find a truly all natural, organic skin care line that’s has no chemicals in them and all their deodorants are 100% all natural, organic and chemical free with no aluminum. They are AMAZING and I fell in LOVE on my first order. My friends and family that has tried their products rave about them. face naturals customer service is the best I’ve ever experience from any company and you get a real feel of their passion when you order and try their products. face naturals is it for me!

  • http://Web beth

    I mix pure vanilla extract and baking soda to form a paste, which I apply with a cotton cloth. It is the best natural deodorant I have tried and I sweat a lot.

    • weewaa

      Hi, Beth!
      I was wondering about your natural solution. Your post is dated about 1.5 years ago. Your use of vanilla and baking soda can qualify for a research at this time, yes? :)
      I would like to know if you have noticed any side effects or if you have any further information about this solution. I would love hearing about it. Thank you in advance!

  • http://Web kyra

    hi i think this works fo me i have only been using it for a night but can already feel a difference my underarms feel comfortable and remember to do it after u get out the shower with clean underarms but never after uve shaven strait away so wait a few hours after uve shaven but any im rambling lol :) so what ya gotto do is just get a peice of lemon and rub it under each armpit it will feel sticky for a while but leae it to dyr and do another layer repeat this how many times you want and wen its air dried so put ure arms in the air to dry and then rub the lemen bits off and then u should be set …try it xx

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  • http://Web Mich

    The best natural deodorant I’ve used is made by The Duggan sisters. It neutralizes odor better than anything I’ve ever tried. And it’s a simple formula, tea tree oil and lavender in the stick and aluminum free baking soda in the powder. Check them out. It’s awesome!

  • http://Web Name (required)

    A lot of the deodorants that you mentioned have other ingredients that one should avoid. A friend of mine that survived breast cancer told me about free hippie deodorant, not that easy to find but it is pure. Hope this helps.

  • http://Web guy boulton [luckupon]

    Thankyou for your article on deoderants. I have found a great one with only 2 ingredients, food grade zinc oxide, and water. Zinc Deo is the name. It is recomended in Dr. Hulda Clark’s books.It is available in health food stores and on line at http://www.DrClarkPurity.com, also here is a phone number….1 888 DHC PURE. In the hot sweaty weather here is a good formula that works well….Go to the liquor store and buy grain alcohol[rubbing alcohol is very bad for you, even though they use it in hospitals] and obviously wood alcohol is poison, so that leaves grain alcohol. make a solution of 20% grain alcohol and 80% water in a spray bottle. After showering spray armpits with the grain alcohol solution, let dry thoroughly[this kills all bacteria] and then apply Zinc Deo, making sure you let it dry before you put on your shirt/blouse. Thats it, you are set for the day.If this seems a little lengthy, it’s not. you adapt to this “new” way of deoderizing quickly.Also, don’t put on deoderant automatically.I find that i don’t need a deoderant most of the time during the winter months.Lets face it, we’re all over perfumed anyway. By the way, the spray bottle solution is a sanitizer for anything. If you take some paper towels, fold them over and spray them with this solution,put them in a ziplock bag, you’ve got your sanitizing wipes ready for the road.Store them in the fridge.A great thing to have ready for EMERGENCIES! Take care, Guy.

  • http://Web Delia

    Just a tip for everyone with excessive sweating issues: If you have any white shirts that have under arm stains, there is a way to remove the stains! Mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide so that it becomes a paste. Put it on the stain and rub in really good then let sit and dry. Then you can wash the shirt normally. I used an old tooth brush to scrub it in. It worked for my white work shirts that I thought I needed to throw away!

  • http://Web Wayne

    First thing is cut out all flesh products (“Meat”) and processed foods, additives, caffeine, sugar-rich etc. That will automatically help. Then, go find a natural, organic deodorant at your local health store.

    • http://Web cmw

      There’s a deodorant by PrimaJolie that’s all natural and works really great.

    • http://Web CMW

      There’s a deodorant by PrimaJolie that’s pure and really works.

  • http://www.dr-frielgood.co.uk Name (required)Mike

    Check out dr-frielgood.co.uk This is the most natural and effective deodorant on the market and is getting great feedback! It contains no aluminium at all, no alcohol, it doesn’t even contain any “natural” synthetic derivatives! People are using it every day and feeling great! It’s the most natural by far.

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  • Linda DeJan

    Great Article… Thanks

  • victoria

    Be careful with the “natural deodorants”. I recently bought a deodorant from Trader Joe’s that was “paraben and aluminum free” but after I bought it I looked up what propylene glycol was…I’ve noticed that I’ve had underarm irritation since using this deodorant. When I went to Whole Foods the other day , I looked at their deodorants and a good proportion of them use propylene glycol, which I have a feeling is what is causing my irritation. I didn’t buy another deodorant yet, in part because the propylene glycol free ones were upwards of $7.99, which is steep for a stick of deodorant. I have yet to find the best thing for me….right now my underarms are so itchy I don’t wnat to put anything on them. Just a heads up though–getting rid of aluminum is great, but just remember that brnds that advertise as aluminum free often contain these other harmful ingredients.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405664033 Cantoi

      how often are your shirts rnuied by excessive sweating?this question applies to male and females since we all sweat naturally ; )i personally sweat alot and i find that shirts, t-shirts, never last because the sweating leaves the embarrassing brown sweat stains and once that happens no amount of washing even at high temperatures, will remove them perhaps it works for you?also i find that even when i wear a vest or white t shirt the sweat still seeps through and unfortunately i can’t afford to buy expensive good quality shirts, so instead i end up buying the cheap poor quality polyester shirts which never last long.you know the cheap and cheerful white shirts from george in asda ; )i wonder how you ladies cope with sweating in the summer?do you find that your blouses and tops don’t last because of excessive sweating?there are certain deodorants i can’t use because it makes my skin itch and come out in a rash.but i’m having trouble finding a good deodorant, that does the job and smells good as well.i no longer buy shop own brands because they just don’t work for me.so does any know a good brand that does the job and smells nice?also are cotton shirts better to wear rather than polyester?thanks.

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  • pat

    You people crack me up, everything on this planet is natural, otherwise where would the ingredients to make so called synthetic materials come from? if it came from this planet was made on this planet it is natural. unless it came from Mars and was made on Mars , but even then…. mars is also part of nature … isn`t it ?

    As for deodorants anything with antibacterial properties should work since it is bacteria feasting on your sweat that makes you smell. Not actual sweat ( assuming you comply with the tips below ) Experiment with ginger, coconut oil, baking soda etc. I think the worst think you could do is block pores so the body is unable to sweat , since the sweat will come out anyway , and you will end up with smelly feet, smelly butt and smelly crotch and anything inbetween .

    Shower everyday, eat clean , drink plenty of fluids and exercise . Hit the gym everyday, sweat heavily , you will forget you ever had body .

    As simple as that, let`s face it… you can not apply deodorant on a pile of poop and expect it to smell pretty, you need to get to the source of the problem

    • weewaa

      Hey, Pat!
      Your logic fails at the point where you say that all that is found on this planet MUST be natural (save for the Mars–that actually made sense!).
      If you so strongly believe that all is good, do you partake in using those ‘diet’ foods containing fake sugar? ‘cuz maybe you missed the research about aspartame: that “natural” ingredient actually becomes formaldehyde once metabolized by your body. WHY is this still allowed by the FDA? Cuz it’s made by people? Naturally?

  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/104196499/two-colorado-pit-stik-natural-scentable PitStiki

    My hubby and I have been using Colorado PitStik. It works great! It smells wonderful and you can even customize the scent with your favorite perfume.

  • http://www.vitaminpaste.com/ Max Ryans

    Almost all deodrants are made through chemical process , right ? Everything we put on our skin is obsorbed within minutes into the bloodstream and may cause some side effects, so its better to use natural deodrants.

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  • Amy

    Yes! Anti-perspirant IS bad for you. it contains many harmful chemicals, predominantly aluminum (which is what clogs your pores). There have been many studies linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s and other terrible diseases. You should do some research and find a natural deodorant. There are quite a few out there but Lavilin is considered among the best. I use it all the time and have to agree, it’s an amazing product. Highly recommended!

    • Kelly

      I’ve always found Lavilin to be the best at keeping my shirts free of stains and my armpits smelling great! Love Lavilin and would recommend it to anyone looking for a new deodorant!

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  • http://www.bestmenscologne.org/best-deodorant-for-men-who-sweat-a-lot/ Edie

    Unfortunately, natural deodorants can’t help me, I guess my body doesn’t want to accept it XD So, I am stuck for now on antiperspirants.

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