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Casey Halone
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http://store.thecrystal.com/crystal-body-deodorant-5-oz-rock-p9.aspx

just got a chunk from super supplements. sounds good. any thoughts?
 
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Casey Halone wrote:
http://store.thecrystal.com/crystal-body-deodorant-5-oz-rock-p9.aspx

just got a chunk from super supplements. sounds good. any thoughts?


I used a crystal stick. I found after awhile my stick had a bad BO smell, which I thought was strange. I was better off just using nothing, but maybe I was using it wrong. But even after I washed off the stick it still didn't help. I think my mojo was too strong for it, lol.
 
kent smith
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I've been using the crystal stuff for over a decade. Works well and I would never change.
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Brice Moss
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those are made of aluminum salts I'll let you decide for yourself weather you want it on your skin some folks claim its a nerve toxin http://www.vitawise.com/Nutritional_Healing/aluminum%20toxicity.htm but as with most toxins there is no solid evidence that its harmful in low doses
 
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Not for me. I have some aluminum free baking soda that works just fine when I need it.
 
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Gee, the one I buy has no aluminum salts!
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Rock deodorants rock . I use one from Crystal Spring http://www.crystalspring.co.uk/natural-deodorants-c-21.html and it's lasted over a year with probably a couple months left to go.

With regards to the aluminium thing, I think the alum in natural deodorants is quite different to other aluminium compounds. For example aluminium in conventional antiperspirants is absorbed into the pores and could potentially enter the blood stream, whereas alum in natural deodorants is not absorbed into the pores. I think there was an article on Crystal Spring's website about it, they'd probably explain it better than I am .

 
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crissybear wrote:
. I think there was an article on Crystal Spring's website about it, they'd probably explain it better than I am .




my rule one of research, never trust a company to do safety research on their own products

I did find an MSDS which confirms that overexposure to potassium alum can cause skin irritation and of course you shouldn't grind up your stone and breath it http://www.gpspool.com/customer/geposp/additionalinfo/MSDS/Hasa/MSDS_Hasa_Potassium_Alum_080101.pdf
it also contains aluminum in a bioactive form which is how it works, but if it can get through the skin or not is not apparent. as a general rule I avoid aluminum compounds in my deodorant and cookware.
 
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When your crystal start's to smell like armpit, put a drop of oregano oil on it. If your butch wipe both on your armpit, if your mink wash off the oregano.

I've been using this dam magic crystal and the truth is it doesn't work well enough to be there in your pit's by 4pm. Cuzz it doesn't stop you from sweating it usually washes away, but when I add the oregano to it all bacteria GET IT, and it works all day.

Plus you only smell like a pizza oven for about 15 mins, maybe longer but nobody has mentioned it.
 
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If you're a mink... wha..?
 
                
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I noticed that you need to apply a lot to get a satisfactory effect from the crystal.  I turn mine upside down and keep a tiny bit of water in the cap so it is well saturated.

I tried baking soda but got very inflamed armpits.  I will sometimes freshen up with diluted tea tree oil and that seems to keep the funky smell down for a little while as well but not as good as the crystal. 

I always see deodorant listed on the bottle of dr bronners.  Has anyone tried it?

I will have to go read up more on the safety aspects though, especially since I am using more than their usage instructions say to use.

 
                          
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ive been using the crystal for years, its the only type of deodorant im not highly allergic to. i can use the baking soda to wash with but not as deo without a rash and inflamation as well. twas really depressing till i found the crystal cause i have health problems tha mke me smell extra bad anyway. by the way , getting rid of the gluten seems to be helping on the bo front too. this is my first post, nice to meet you guys.
 
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Just to chime in on cheap, effective deodorants:  I use just plain old rubbing alcohol with a few drops of lavender and/or lemon oil in a spray bottle.  Works better than anything else I've tried.  It's essentially the same thing the absurdly overpriced Burt's Bees deodorant.  My understanding of why it works is that it just kills off the bacteria that feed on your  bodily wastes (which cause the majority of the stink), and the lavender/lemon covers up anything that isn't due to bacterial action.  To test it's effectiveness, I once went a substantial length of time without bathing. (Don't ask how long, you'd be rather disgusted)  At the end of this time, I was told that I smelled slightly cologned, but no stink (From people with no silly notions about being polite, of course!)

A ratio of around 75% alcohol to water seems to work best.  That's a rough estimate, not anything exact.  I find the 90-99% stuff needs to be diluted just a little to work, and if it's too watery it takes far too long to evaporate. 

It should last all day if you're not exerting yourself a lot.  If you notice any funk, just reapply with a spray or two.
 
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I tried the Crystal deodorant for a while. It worked well enough, but it started crumbling and cracking leaving fissures with sharp edges the irritated my skin. We switched to a paste made from corn starch, baking soda and coconut oil. Equal parts baking soda and corn starch and add enough coconut oil to make a paste.
 
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I never figured out if my crystal stopped me stinking or not - it's hard to be sure when you're always covered in donkey poop or chicken poop.  But I found that it was brilliant at clearing up a sweat rash.  Stings a bit when you put it on if the skin if it's already raw, but it stops the rash in its tracks.  It's also a good 'halfway house' before giving up using deodorant completely.
 
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Burra Maluca wrote:
  It's also a good 'halfway house' before giving up using deodorant completely.


AMEN!

 
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OK, I just tried the pigeon crap and got it all over my shirt.

Was I supposed to dry it or something first?
 
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pigeon shit always leaves a white stain on my clothes.

the crytals have helped control odor with my other stinky parts other than my pits.....feet etc.
 
Shawn Bell
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I have been using rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle since Aug 10,
it has been working well.  And it is very cheap.
 
Lacy VanCam
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I have had a few family members recommend it.
 
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darktwist wrote:
Just to chime in on cheap, effective deodorants:  I use just plain old rubbing alcohol with a few drops of lavender and/or lemon oil in a spray bottle.  Works better than anything else I've tried.  It's essentially the same thing the absurdly overpriced Burt's Bees deodorant. 

I've used the weleda deodorant for years, and that's also just alcohol and essential oils. The weledabottles are great for refilling though 
 
Sergio Santoro
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I don't use deodorants, because, being one of the priests in our temple, I shower two or three times a day, every time I need to cook or be on the altar, but when I do smell ripe, and don't have time to shower, or in any emergency, I just wet my hands, sprinkle some baking soda on one palm, rub my palms together and then my armpit, and every odor is instantly vanished. Sometimes I smell very remotely like pasta with tomato sauce, but you have to stick your nose under my arm to smell it

Otherwise I have this bottle with a solution of bs, hydrogen peroxide and mint oil that I use as mouthrinse (amazing one, too), and a few drops of that on my pits work wonders, too.
 
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npeihl wrote:
I tried the Crystal deodorant for a while. It worked well enough, but it started crumbling and cracking leaving fissures with sharp edges the irritated my skin. We switched to a paste made from corn starch, baking soda and coconut oil. Equal parts baking soda and corn starch and add enough coconut oil to make a paste.


I like that tip. Baking soda is used to absorb odors and its super cheap when you get it at costco. we have had a bag for years and its not half used yet.
 
Lacy VanCam
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Baking Soda is a life saver! I use it all the time, in the dishwasher, to scrub stuff, to make shampoo, to make toothpaste. We went to our local bulk store and bought a 50lb bag, they gave us a deal because we bought so much... deodorant now too.... sounds good to me.
 
Moni Dew
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1/3c each non-aluminum baking soda, arrowroot starch and coconut oil, to which can then be added tea tree oil/lavender oil = deodorant.  Very effective and soothing.

1/2c non-aluminum baking soda in 1/3c coconut oil with stevia extract as a sweetener, and peppermint and clove oils (to freshen breath and bust plaque) = toothpaste.
 
Sergio Santoro
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I loved the toothpaste recipe, but I don't know about corn starch in my pits. Wouldn't it make a cream? I'm saying this especially because I know how effective a pinch of bs under the wet armpits is already.
 
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SergioSantoro wrote:
I loved the toothpaste recipe, but I don't know about corn starch in my pits. Wouldn't it make a cream? I'm saying this especially because I know how effective a pinch of bs under the wet armpits is already.


I use arrowroot starch as I am corn sensitive. It makes a cream - which is applied with fingertips to freshly showered and dried underarms.
 
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