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If this is a re-hash then I apologize. I want to go natural, organic, and cruelty-free with my deodorant. What brands have you used and would you recommend them and if so, why/why not?
 

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I use essential oils in a spray. In the past I've loved Weleda's sprays, used a variety of crystal sprays and also have tried just about every "natural" ones available (the entire lines from Kiss My face, Jason, Nature's Gate, Desert Essence, Aubrey, Tom's etc).

Weleda's are my favorite, by far, as they come in glass, are simple, natural and smell terrific.
 

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Sometimes I'll go without deodorant, like on some days off from work, and I stink.
The only reason I mention that is because there are some kinds of deodorant that actually make me smell WORSE than I would have without any deodorant at all. That said, it's safe to assume that different people's chemicals work differently with various products.

Personally, I like Jason's Apricot deodorant
Jason's enzyme deodorant makes me smell worse.

The mineral salt rock deodorant stone does work, but I highly recommend you have a backup for right after you've shaved your armpits. Ouch!!! But, the day after you shave your pits, the salt mineral stone thing does a great job rubbing out all the the little hairs that can't quite poke through the skin yet, and therefore helps prevent ingrown hairs.

Just experiment with new products, until you find your go-to product. Keep a tiny little box of baking soda in your car, just in case you're out somewhere and realize that your current deo has failed you horribly. Bring the box into a bathroom, and rub a bit of it into your pits. It will instantly stop the horrid odor.
 

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I have no advice myself but good thread topic! I've been on the hunt for a good cruelty free natural deodorant myself so this is super helpful.

Nice to see you back Smob!
 

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I have no advice myself but good thread topic! I've been on the hunt for a good cruelty free natural deodorant myself so this is super helpful.

Nice to see you back Smob!
Thanks! So far so good. Been mostly staying out of the Heap and the Slut thread, though I have ducked my head into both.

So far I haven't gotten any advice that I'd follow except for the crystal deodorants, but they're so pricey that I'd hate to buy one then HATE it...what a waste of money. I wish I could get little samples or trial sizes of all of them.
 

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I'm with you, smob. I've made several purchases only to be very unhappy. It's one of the products that I really am not having luck replacing.
 

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Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone. I just started using it after Tom's unscented gave me a rash. The crystals really DO work!
a deodorant stone.....because I was allergic to a few toms products and found that the others really dont work well for me anyways.

I have used Kiss My Face deodorant in the past too.....when I found an awesome sale and coupon combo and it works ok.

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I make my own deodorant from a natural recipe online. It's not an antiperspirant, so you will sweat, but there will be no odor. The ingredients are coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder). I've been using it for over 8 months with success. The only issue I've ever had with it is I broke out with a red rash under my arms, which I later realized that the baking soda irritates freshly shaved skin. I now put it on 2-3 hours after shaving and have no problems.

I'm not sure when I can post links, since I'm a newbie and all. If anyone is interested
in the recipe I can post the directions to make it.
 

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I make my own deodorant from a natural recipe online. It's not an antiperspirant, so you will sweat, but there will be no odor. The ingredients are coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder).
Same here. I was sure at first that it would be a big fail, but it's pretty much a winner for me. Have not bought any ready made stuff since. I put some drops of tea tree oil in with it, and I also sparingly use a crystal stone first.
It gets pretty gooey in hot weather, so if you don't keep it in a climate controlled room, you might want to store it in the fridge.
I don't even wipe on as much as I did with the Tom's deo I was using, yet it still lasts much longer.
I mixed up the coconut/baking soda/corn starch mixture, then packed it into some empty oval toms deo containers. Pays to put off throwing stuff like that away.
 

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Same here. I was sure at first that it would be a big fail, but it's pretty much a winner for me. Have not bought any ready made stuff since. I put some drops of tea tree oil in with it, and I also sparingly use a crystal stone first.
It gets pretty gooey in hot weather, so if you don't keep it in a climate controlled room, you might want to store it in the fridge.
I don't even wipe on as much as I did with the Tom's deo I was using, yet it still lasts much longer.
I mixed up the coconut/baking soda/corn starch mixture, then packed it into some empty oval toms deo containers. Pays to put off throwing stuff like that away.
I reuse my deodorant containers as well. I usually keep them in my room, so if it melts I just stir it with my finger and it works fine (I'm too lazy to walk into the kitchen to get it out of the fridge, lol.)

How many drops of tree tea oil do you add to your mixture? I thought about adding it to mine, but when I used facial soap with the tree tree oil my face turned bright red. Granted, I might have used too much.
 

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Mitchum user here too but the home made stuff has been interesting me for a while. Tom's worked fine for me but I had to reapply at the end of the day or before exercise to smell less human.
 

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How many drops of tree tea oil do you add to your mixture?
I can't remember exactly. I made enough to last me a year, so it's been a while. Tea tree oil is pretty strong, so I would think if you were making enough to fill just one toms container, probably 1 drop would be plenty, or maybe even a bit too much if you're extra sensitive.
I think the tea tree oil really helps, cause I think bacteria can't stand it.
Eucalyptus oil might be good too, if you want to end up with a couple Koala Bears hanging on your arms by the end of the day.
 

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I can't remember exactly. I made enough to last me a year, so it's been a while. Tea tree oil is pretty strong, so I would think if you were making enough to fill just one toms container, probably 1 drop would be plenty, or maybe even a bit too much if you're extra sensitive.
I think the tea tree oil really helps, cause I think bacteria can't stand it.
Eucalyptus oil might be good too, if you want to end up with a couple Koala Bears hanging on your arms by the end of the day.
Thanks for the reply! I think when my container runs out I'll add it to my new mix.
 

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Found the instructions in my email draft folder :

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http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Stick-Deodorant

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
10+ drops tea tree oil
2+ TBSP shortening

The deodorant in this example uses LouAna coconut oil

Put baking soda and cornstarch (see Warnings) in a bowl with tea tree oil. The deodorant in this example was made with 20 drops due to an enthusiasm for tea tree oil. Lavender oil will work as well.

Stir enough shortening in until it's a consistency you like.

Smash into empty deodorant container. It will be a bit sturdier once it sets a day or so.

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Doesn't look like I copied this "warning" mentioned. (it's cause I like to live dangerously ! )
 

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I use the Thai crystal one, but in spray form because I don't shave (you read that right), and any gels or sticks will just clump into the hair <---ick. The spray works great, and no stink, even during a sticky Florida summer!
 
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