I threw out my deodorant 8 years ago, and haven’t looked back since!
Alright, so before anyone questions my personal hygiene, I do want to make one thing clear. I do still in fact wear deodorant, It’s just not your traditional kind!
You see, about 8 years ago, I began learning all about human health including the study of human energy, diseases, and the importance of maintaining balance within the body. With that, I also began to learn about our environment and the way everyday toxins were effecting our health. All of this information about health was a foreign concept to me at the time but nonetheless, it had me very interested.
In a quest for physical and emotional healing, the amount of health research I was doing back then was quickly surpassing the time I spent studying for my undergrad classes. My love for all things related to wellness began to emerge and along with eating healthier, I discovered natural alternatives for everyday skincare products.
Within a few weeks of stumbling upon this information, I discarded every single hair and skin product item I owned and replaced them with natural/organic versions instead. This included makeup, hair care products, skin moisturizers, you name it, if it touched my skin in any way, I made sure it didn’t contain any nasty chemicals. After all, It’s bad enough we are bombarded by chemicals in the air we breathe and the water we drink…do we really need to continue adding insult to injury? I think not.
What ingredients do conventional deodorants contain?
Among the replaced items was my deodorant collection. There were so many reasons to chuck them in the garbage. There are more than a few ingredients (among the artificial colors and fragrances) that many conventional big-name company deodorants contain that need to be avoided at all costs.
- Aluminum. This is one of the most well known antiperspirant ingredients contained in conventional deodorant and perhaps the most dangerous. It has been linked to devastating diseases such as breast cancer.
- Parabens. These synthetic preservatives have gained a lot of negative press over the last few years as more and more people learn about their harmful effects on human hormone production and can act as a form of estrogen.
- Silica. This ingredient is added to help absorb moisture from sweat. The downside is that it is a known skin irritant which can leave the skin feeling itchy and red. What’s more, it contains a carcinogen called crystalline quartz which has been linked to cancer and diseases of the respiratory system.
- Talc. This is what gives deodorant its white color and contains asbestiform fibers which have been linked to cancer.
- Triclosan. An antibacterial ingredient that’s added to cosmetics products including soaps and deodorants, Its been linked to impaired thyroid function and can disrupt bacterial growth in the gut.
Giving up all of the deodorants I had used for years wasn’t easy and I was extremely skeptical. I had always been used to conventional deodorants containing an antiperspirant since I worked out quite frequently and needed both the sweat and odor protection. Many of the natural deodorants on the market lack an antiperspirant which at first sounds a bit scary but it turns out, our bodies sweat for a reason and It’s actually harmful to stop this natural process.
Let’s take a look at why you need to sweat!
- Sweating helps to regulate the body’s temperature and allows us to cool-down when we are overheating.
- It helps to remove toxins from the body which otherwise would accumulate and lead to disease and through this process, it helps to boost immunity.
- Keeps the pores clean by preventing acne and blackheads/whiteheads.
- May reduce or prevent the formation of kidney stones as excess salt is expelled through the process of sweating rather than accumulating in the kidneys.
After reading about the harmful and carcinogenic ingredients contained in conventional deodorant, and read about the benefits of allowing the body to sweat, I made the decision to throw out all of my traditional antiperspirants/deodorants. I then took a visit to my local Wholefoods in search of something more natural. I tried many different kinds but felt that none of them truly worked to prevent odor and in some cases, actually exacerbated it.
In the course of about 3 months, I must have tried about 10 different brands of “natural” deodorants but still was not satisfied. I was just about ready to give up hope that there were any good natural deodorants on the market and started to feel that only chemical-based deodorants could actually work.
So what do I use now?
One day on a complete whim, I found it. My holy grail product. Close to the end of 2010, I saw a crystal deodorant on the shelf, one that I had overlooked since day one. It was literally a brick of salt minerals that you wet each time you wanted to use and apply to your armpits. At this point, I was desperate. I figured I’d try it even though I hadn’t seen anything like it before and quite frankly, It looked strange to me.
I am referring to the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone Stick!
I can wholeheartedly and genuinely say that I absolutely LOVE this product. Let me count all the ways!
- It’s Natural. It is a 100% natural product made with pure crystallized mineral salts which help to naturally prevent odor.
- It’s cruelty free. Vegans and animal lovers rejoice because this product DOES NOT TEST ON ANIMALS!
- No chemicals. It does not contain any harmful neuro-toxic/carinogenic chemicals at all.
- No more stained clothing. It will not leave a white residue on your clothing.
- Saves you a lot of $$$. It is cost efficient as one deodorant stick can last upwards of 6+ months.
- You still sweat. It does not contain an antiperspirant which I now know is actually a good thing for my health!
How to use the Thai Crystal Deodorant
The way you use the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone Stick is quite different than what you’ve been used to. I feel that it works best immediately after the shower on damp skin. I even wet mine to make sure the product gets easily distributed. Make sure to apply a generous amount and roll it on several times under each armpit. Wait until both armpits are completely dry before wearing any clothing.
Here are the main points to remember about application:
- Apply immediately after shower
- Wet the product before applying
- Apply generously in sweeping motion several times on each side
- Wait until product dries completely before wearing clothing
Once the salts are dried on, they begin to work in preventing and/or eliminating odor. Even during my infamous 2-hour workouts that I did 7-days a week (before settling down with children), I not once noticed an odor. I even asked my Husband to recently smell my armpits (he’s a good sport), after I had been out running errands in extreme Chicago humid conditions. He told me I didn’t smell…success!!
Now what I will say is that there have been a few instances in which excessive stress has caused me to over-sweat which did lead to odor. And I’m talking extreme stress such as being in labor with my first child. But this has happened with any and all deodorants I have even worn. In these instances, I simply wiped with soapy tissue and water, and re-applied the deodorant on clean skin.
What about foot odor?
They apparently have a special product for that too! After I contacted the company to rave about their product, they generously offered to send me a couple of extra items in their line to try out. Admittedly, I had never seen these products at the store so I was very intrigued.
The first is a foot spray made with the same crystallized salt in their deodorant. You simply spray on your feet, wait until dried, and wear your socks and shoes as you normally would. My feet sweat a lot in the summer (gross I know, sorry), so this product has been amazing at preventing the odor from starting. I use it the same way I use their crystal stick by spraying it directly on my feet after a shower.
The second product is a powder, designed to prevent wetness and odor. I find that sprinkling some of this right before I wear my bra has prevented boob-sweat (I’m so classy, I know) but c’mon, you ladies (and some men, I’m sure) reading this know what I mean!
I like to apply this when I pat myself dry after a shower. Since it helps to absorb wetness, It’s perfect to use in the hot summer months.
Where to find these products?
I first discovered the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone Stick at my local Whole Foods. You’ll find it on the shelf with the rest of the natural deodorants. It has very unique yet simple packaging so don’t be surprised if It isn’t the most eye-catching. What intrigued me the most was the breast cancer logo clearly shown in the front of the packaging. It also says “paraben free” and “hypoallergenic”. Next to it you can also find a liquid deodorant mist. I personally feel that the stone works better.
If you don’t have a Whole Foods nearby, or would like to order online instead, click here: Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone Stick.
The Foot spray and body powder can be purchased directly from their website.
I’m so thankful to have learned about the harmful chemicals found in our beauty products. Since then, I have replaced about 40%-50% of my products with better alternatives although certain items like makeup, I’ve not found a reputable brand that works well for my skin. Still though, I’ve made better choices when I can, and switching over to this deodorant has been wonderful!
I recommend it to anyone who is looking to switch to healthier alternatives.
I am so confident about this product, that I would love to give some away! The first 5 people to comment why they think they need this product will win a travel size Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone Stick plus spray! It’s as easy as that! (this post is sponsored by the folks over at Deodorant Stones LLC but ALL opinions are 100% my own)
So, why do you want to make the switch to a more natural deodorant?