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Elissa Teal
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Hi All, I was watching a video of one of Paul's presentations (with 72 points) and he mentioned that he has gone without deodorant and he doesn't stink. I haven't used store-bought anti-perspirant or deodorant in years -- up until about 3 months ago I made my own deodorant. Then in October I was getting irritated in my pits so I switched to Tea Tree Oil diluted in a 1/2 tsp. or so of carrier oil and just rubbed that mixture into my pits. Unfortunately, the stinkies don't stay away all day which I am very disappointed about since TTO is supposed to be anti-bacterial and I believe that it is bacteria growth making the stinkies. Am I wrong?

I am grain-free most of the time (Paleo, except that I have sugar and raw cream in my 2 morning cups of coffee). I eat a lot of veggies and fruit (I go for 9 cups a day) and very little cheater foods like Paleo bread, etc. Most of the meat that I eat is grassfed. Our eggs are from our backyard hens. So, I can't believe that I am "full of toxins" from my diet.

Anyway, I'd love to hear more from those of you who don't use deodorant and those of you who use deodorant alternatives.

TIA, Elissa
 
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I use Alum just a Crystal nô perfume nô areosol

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John Elliott
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Deodorant is just soap, you know.

Read the ingredients on a typical deodorant and it's like propylene glycol and sodium stearate -- not that much different than glycerin soap. It doesn't take much soap on the surface of your skin to keep the bacteria from multiplying, which is all you want to do to keep from smelling bad.

If you have a bad skin reaction to deodorants, but there is a hypoallergenic soap that you can tolerate, try applying a small amount of that to serve as a deodorant.
 
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My whole family is diet sensitive when it comes to BO. We don't have to eat junk, too much sugar is too much sugar even when it comes from fruit. And we have to keep the acidity down.

We are experimenting with deodorant recipes as most natural recipes contain too much cornstarch or baking soda--both are irritants for several of us.

If we do find a recipe that works for everyone in our family, it should work for most. Haven't found it yet...
 
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I use bicarbonate soda and coconut oil (whip it to a cream), when I use anything - which becomes more and more rare.

I find that if I don't get enough magnesium I tend to have quite a BO. If you don't eat grain you should make sure to get magnesium from other sources - and most of the vegetable sources are not readily obtainable (incl. grains). Bone broth or galantine from pastured animals contains tons of magnesium (and doesn't upset my stomach). But also salt water drinks (water w. A little salt water + lemon juice), Epsom salt baths, sea baths and magnesium cream (I use it on my feet), helps (on other things beside BO - like fatigue, PMS, migraines, candy cravings etc).
 
Mikaela Koncilja
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Hi. I live in zone 10b and make my own deodorant Ingredients are organic coconut oil, baking soda, arrow root powder , and 10 drops of purify which is an essential oil from doterra Ad then 5 drops of whatever essential oil I want to add to the batch I have made sandle wood, wild orange, elevation, lemon. Smell good all day ! - Mikaela
 
Elissa Teal
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Mikaela and Dawn, I'm suspecting that my body just is too sensitive for baking soda.

R Scott, it is possible that I am consuming too much sugar from fruit and that my body might be too acidic. That is something for me to consider. Thanks for the lead.

Dawn, I am confident that I am getting enough mag. since most of my meat is from grassfed cows or pastured pork PLUS I am pretty liberal with my use of Real salt which has a lot of minerals in it. But thank you for pointing that out for me to consider.

David, thanks for the tip on the alum. Perhaps I will try that. I had tried it a long time ago and it didn't seem to work for me but I might try it again.
 
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Hello I don't know if you got the deodorant issue sorted yet so I thought I would throw in my experiences with going deodorant free. Our family pretty much uses nothing from the store in terms of soap and lotions but that is not necessarily relevant here.

My husband is also sensitive to baking soda, if he uses just baking soda and coconut oil it usually will result in a red rash within a couple of days of use. It works great for deodorizing but obviously this was not going to be a good solution for him to break out in a rash just to use deodorant.

I came across a couple of other recipes and found one that works for us, 6 tablespoons coconut oil, quarter cup baking soda and a quarter cup cornstarch (or arrow root powder, possibly potato starch would work too, I have only used cornstarch since it works well for us). This worked great for a while, he didn't get rashes until one day I used a different baking soda and then the rashes came back again. I found that the regular baking soda from the boxes causes rashes. The one baking soda that works for us is Bob's Red Mill. I think it works best because it is such a fine texture compared to any other baking soda we have tried to use. I don't know what your sensitivity to baking soda is but hopefully this helps.
 
Elissa Teal
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Deku Buu wrote:Hello I don't know if you got the deodorant issue sorted yet so I thought I would throw in my experiences with going deodorant free. Our family pretty much uses nothing from the store in terms of soap and lotions but that is not necessarily relevant here.

My husband is also sensitive to baking soda, if he uses just baking soda and coconut oil it usually will result in a red rash within a couple of days of use. It works great for deodorizing but obviously this was not going to be a good solution for him to break out in a rash just to use deodorant.

I came across a couple of other recipes and found one that works for us, 6 tablespoons coconut oil, quarter cup baking soda and a quarter cup cornstarch (or arrow root powder, possibly potato starch would work too, I have only used cornstarch since it works well for us). This worked great for a while, he didn't get rashes until one day I used a different baking soda and then the rashes came back again. I found that the regular baking soda from the boxes causes rashes. The one baking soda that works for us is Bob's Red Mill. I think it works best because it is such a fine texture compared to any other baking soda we have tried to use. I don't know what your sensitivity to baking soda is but hopefully this helps.


Thanks for the tip! Interestingly enough I was reading an article on baking soda today and it mentioned Bob's Red Mill.
 
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Deodorant is a pretty new thing. Did people stink before?
I guess not.
 
Justin Wood
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I have not used deodorant in over 5 years.

I do the following things:
* keep my armpit hair short - not razored, but beard trim short
* scrub with soap
* apply coconut oil mixed with essential oil - usually lavender or thieves

I notice not only diet, but also detox. If I am taking diatomaceous earth and calcium bentonite, I can eat a lot of junk food and not smell. I also try to do a fasting morning throughout the week or at least every 2 weeks. Nothing major, just break the digestion routine. The fasting lets me know how toxic I really am. If I skip a meal, there are times when I don't even notice and there is no BO. At other times, if I skip a meal, I have a headache and I stink. This lets me know I need to detoxic my system.



 
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Since learning about the effects of ph on bacterial growth I figured that by changing the ph of my pits I would alter the environment enough to change the type of bacteria.  I spritz with ACV every morning after showering, so far it seems to be working pretty well.  Since kombucha vinegar is easy to make I'm planning on trying that as well.
 
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