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People who eat a lot of curry, tend to smell like curry and not like regular sweat. They gain all of the benefits of those healthy spices on the inside.  It has the added benefit of being a whole body deodorizer.
 
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I remember a time when I had zero smell under my arms, that's when I was a fruitarian.
Then I would immediately notice smell whenever I had onions. Now I eat less clean food, still healthy stuff, but yes, I do smell again a bit... That's one part I miss with leaving behind the fruit eating...
 
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One more simple solution as a deodorant - mix pure zinc oxide powder with coconut oil or any other oil or even lotion, and use that. It stays pretty well on, so it can be put on once every few days. It is also great to put between toes on hot days to prevent sweat causing blisters there.
 
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I'm intending to write a post on this topic eventually, but as a teaser... Beware of the food you are eating. I recently visited the capitol and ate industrialized food. For the week I was there, I stunk like crazy! Took about 36 hours after leaving the city for my smell and taste to return to that of a natural primate.
 
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I haven't looked through the several pages of this thread completely so pardon me if this has been mentioned before. I just want to tell everyone about what I have been using exclusively for about 15 years now with absolutely NO ill-effects and NO smell. But first let me give you the background...

Some years back an amateur chemist by the name of Paul Krebaum was tasked with the job of creating a product that would remove cat urine smell from carpets, bedding, etc. If any of you have cats (tom cats especially!) you know how hard that odor is to remove from anything -- no matter what you use. Mr. Krebaum came up with a product that worked so well on cat urine odor that he tried it on other things as well -- like skunk odor. Worked like a charm! Absolutely, positively removes ALL the smell from a skunk in one treatment. No joke! (I know because I have used it many times on my 9 dogs -- who take turns getting sprayed every spring and summer. It seems to be some sort of contest with them to see who gets to go first every year. ) Only problem was that the product was unstable, had almost zero shelf life and could not be packaged after mixing. (It tends to blow up the bottles it's put in.)

Despite its non-existent shelf-life, Mr. Krebaum thought the product was too good at what it did not to tell people about it, so he put up a website with the recipe. Here it is http://home.earthlink.net/~skunkremedy/home/sk00001.htm The ingredients are simple, cheap and probably in your house right now -- hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. His recipe is for a large amount to clean up a skunked dog, but it works just as well on other odors when used in far smaller proportions. If you make this, read the whole page where he discusses why you should never attempt to store this (especially in glass bottles) or you may be very sorry.

As for underarm deodorant... what I do is put a teaspoon or so of baking soda on a paper towel, pour a spoonful of peroxide on it to wet it, and simply rub that under my arms. The dishwashing liquid and water are not necessary for this application since it is such a small amount (the soap merely aids in keeping the baking soda in suspension when making a large amount and the water allows it to go further when washing a big dog). The really interesting thing about it is that it completely neutralizes odor on me for 2 or 3 days without having to reapply. Even after bathing I seldom have to use it more than 3 times a week. And I am not one of those people who doesn't have an odor problem -- before I started using this I couldn't find a deodorant that would work for more than a couple of hours, let alone days!

Just so you know if you want to use this for other things. It is NOT a cleaner but an odor eliminator. I have seen a few blogs out there where people seem to think this is some sort of magic cleaning solution. It is not. The peroxide and baking soda combine to cause a chemical reaction that basically eliminates odor by changing its chemical composition -- as explained better by Mr. Krebaum http://home.earthlink.net/~skunkremedy/home/sk00003.htm It does not clean, but it deodorizes like nobody's business!

Anyway, don't take my word for it. Go out to the kitchen and grab the baking soda and get the peroxide from your bathroom cabinet and give it a try. You will never find a cheaper alternative or a better one -- I guarantee it!
 
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Anyway, don't take my word for it. Go out to the kitchen and grab the baking soda and get the peroxide from your bathroom cabinet and give it a try. You will never find a cheaper alternative or a better one -- I guarantee it!


I would try it very carefully as baking soda gives burns to many people's skin. I would never use baking soda anywhere on my body, just for cleaning. Your recipe is basically a recipe I have to for stain removal, and it works very well, the only downer is, that it has to be mixed fresh each time, so I rarely use it.
 
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Joy Oasis wrote:
I would try it very carefully as baking soda gives burns to many people's skin. I would never use baking soda anywhere on my body, just for cleaning. Your recipe is basically a recipe I have to for stain removal, and it works very well, the only downer is, that it has to be mixed fresh each time, so I rarely use it.



Baking soda by itself and left on might burn a bit on the skin of sensitive people (I know it wrecks havoc on my gums when brushing with it so I avoid using it in my homemade toothpastes). However, I did not suggest using straight baking soda but making a slurry or paste of it with peroxide. It goes on kinda wet and when it dries out a bit, you can just brush off the excess. You wouldn't just put a big dollop under your arms and leave it there! The idea is that the combination acts as an instant deodorizer and you can rinse it off after it kills the odor -- exactly as you would if you used the solution to de-skunk your dog. That is why I stressed that you don't even have to use it daily and can shower between without reapplication. I think you may have missed the point a bit.

As for cleaning stains with it... yes, that does work as well because peroxide is an oxygen bleach and baking soda is an abrasive. (You can also use vinegar and baking soda as an environmentally-friendly cleaner.) It isn't the same thing as this recipe however, because in the case of a cleaner, you only need to sprinkle the baking soda on the surface and pour a bit of the peroxide or vinegar over it and scrub. No mixing necessary, so as long as you have the products handy, it shouldn't be any more trouble to use that than to reach for any other cleaner. I keep mine under the sink where it is handy for scrubbing the porcelain.
 
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Magnesium oil. You can buy it in a spray bottle or buy magnesium chloride flakes and boil up with pure water. It has no fragrance, is good for you, and you absolutely don't smell.
 
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Devon Olsen wrote:is there a certain product that natural grocers may carry that would be similar to some of the solutions you guys have found?
just looking for an alternative that can still be bought/picked up at a local store...


Yes, milk of magnesia, used for constipation. I would leave it open for a day or so to let some moisture to evaporate to make it thicker. Then just put it on. Works great. And maybe you get some extra magnesium this way too. I used it before, but now I couldn't find pure milk of magnesia, just with bleach, so I started using zinc oxide powder in the coconut oil.
 
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Deb Stephens wrote:
Baking soda by itself and left on might burn a bit on the skin of sensitive people (I know it wrecks havoc on my gums when brushing with it so I avoid using it in my homemade toothpastes). However, I did not suggest using straight baking soda but making a slurry or paste of it with peroxide. It goes on kinda wet and when it dries out a bit, you can just brush off the excess. You wouldn't just put a big dollop




I didn't use it straight. I used it in a recipe with other things although not with peroxide. Of course, use it if it works for you, I just wanted to warn people, so they could try just a bit on their skin first to see, how they react.

 
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I see a lot of people commenting that odor is caused by diet. I personally do not think that is true, but who knows. I eat a very very clean diet and my pits still stink.

The only natural one I found was Schmidts deodorant in the jars. I bought 3 jars when I was in Portland in April and recently ran out. It does have baking soda in it, but I haven't had any problems. I made deodorant for myself last year and I had bad rashes from that recipe. The Schmidts doesn't give me any issues.
 
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So after reading through most of these posts I'll just add that after researching fermentation and why it works it seemed that a simple ph change in underarm environment would change the bacteria that grow there.  I have begun using straight apple cider vinegar with great results. might try kombucha vinegar soon...
 
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When human is sick, the sweat will also smell like sick=bad.

As poisons make sick, we all have been sick since we have born: since we expose to poisons every day in every way: by breathing, by eating and by drinking.

It is sad, that when people semll bad, they just add more chemicals in their body with deodorant: making the smell and sickness worse.

Result of this is for example men having breast cancer. And for women, deodorants play a big role also in breast cancer: also bra, which does not allow blood circulation is bad.
 
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I think smell has to do something with hormones, because children's sweat doesn't stink until they come to sexual maturity (and it doesn't really matter if they eat junky foods), and then it tends to stink more until their hormones calibrate themselves. However I noticed, that my sweat doesn't stink, if I eat lots of greens/herbs in juices and powders. Turmeric however makes my sweat stink like turmeric, which is not that bad, kind of earthy.
 
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My career field required that I could not use deodorants. So I have not used any since I was 18, I will soon be reaching 58.

I am not sure that focusing on deodorants is wise.
 
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