January 11, 2012 in Health and Hygiene , Thoughts and Tips

In addition to eating clean and eliminating chemicals from our diets, I believe it is really important to stop using household and personal hygiene products that are not all natural.

That switch was really easy when it came to things like laundry detergent, cleaning products, toothpaste and even shampoo and soap.

But oh my gosh, what is the deal with natural deodorant?


I have tried and tried. Luckily, I don’t need it every day, but when I do, it sure would be nice to know it is going to work.

Of all of these, I rank the crystal essence the highest. I’m not a huge fan of the wet roll on, but at least it works for most of the day.

The others, not so much.

Oh, and I tried the rock for a few days but maybe did not give it a fair chance?

Have you found the ONE?!

23 Responses to “Deodorant”
  1. Victoria says:

    Oh my gosh! I totally agree! Most of the year I don’t even use it. But, when I do, I want it to work! I also like the crystal essence. My husband prefers the rock crystal. We have tried all the other products as well. I do tell people that when you are switching from anti-perspirant you need to give them a chance. It is almost as if your body has a withdrawal period – you sweat a lot the first few days then it levels off. Yes, they don’t work as well but it isn’t worth the health risk!
    Thanks for the canola oil video, very informative!

  2. Steph Duford says:

    Good Morning Marla! I too had struggled with this one. I found Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant (fresh scent) to work the best for me. The ingredients seem very simple and it is No Aluminum & No Parabens which is my main concern. Made from baking soda and plant extracts. Otherwise my next step was making my own through the wellness mama blogspot. What do you use for your skin care and makeup line? This is the most difficult one for me. I am a big MAC junkie….and haven’t found anything that is clean & I love just as much. Hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing!

  3. margi dehlin says:

    I recently found your blog and just love it. Thanks for taking the time to do it. I have tried so many natural deodorant brands–and largely, I
    have felt disappointed with the results. A few months ago, I found the Arm&Hammer Natural Deodorant (mentioned above). It has been my favorite so far.
    I am curious as to more of your suggestions for personal care as you look so glow-y (not a word, I realize but still). One of my biggest
    challenges is spending more money on natural products and finding that they don’t work. Any suggestions based on your experience?

  4. Kim says:

    I am, and have always been known as, a sweater. I also had a huge issue with finding a natural alternative. I know use this one and love it. Works really well, for me anyway!..and I promise I’m not a paid fact if it were a little less expensive I’d like it even more!

  5. Molly says:

    I second the Soapwalla deodorant cream from Etsy… it did work really well! I only bought it once though because of the price and because I didn’t love the cream form. The next best I’ve found is Earth Science Liken Plant from Whole Foods. It’s still not as effective as chemical kinds but it’s way better than any other natural deodorant I’ve tried (and it looks like I’ve tried a lot of the same ones as you) and the price is good.

  6. Sandy says:

    Hi, I found your blog a few days ago, my friend Keri recommended it for good recipes for paleo/primal/whatever . As for deodorant, I’ve been making my own for about 6 months and it works great for me and easy too. Simply mix equal parts coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch. Give it a try, maybe it will work for you!

  7. Heather says:

    I agree all the natural deodorants are no good. The Toms unscented for some reason works a lot better than any of the other Toms scented. Maybe I’ll try the etsy or the make your own coconut oil recipe?! Totally off topic but awhile ago you posted that you had roast chicken and kale chips for dinner – I’ve been waiting for your recipe on both. Can you post those? Kale chips and roast chicken. Thx!

  8. Lisa says:

    I started hunting for a natural deodorant after my mother got her breast cancer diagnosis. I have found, as several ladies agreed above, that Arm and Hammer Natural Deodorant works the best……BUT after 6 months of using it exclusively I realized that my clothes are now stinky in the underarm area. All my 100 percent cotton (which ends up being the only kind I wear) have a nasty BO smell. I am at a crossroads now about switching back to my regular stuff. Now I should add that I do a crossfit style workout 4 times a week so my sweating is no joke.

  9. Marla – I found your blog a little while back, I think through Darby’s blog, and have used some of your recipes, which are fantastic! I second two of your readers above who recommend the Soapwalla deodorant via Etsy. The little pot is $12 but it has lasted me about 4 months, so it’s very economical, and I didn’t think I’d like the cream aspect, but it’s very easy to get used to it. I found it after doing a search like yours and trying a number of different products that just did not work. As an aside, I have now also used Soapwalla’s body oils, bath salts and almond scrub and I love them all!

  10. Lauren says:

    I have struggled with finding a natural deodorant for years. Finally, about a year ago, I found Life Stinks and absolutely love it! The website is . Highly recommend!

  11. Katie says:

    Hi Marla! I started with a Natural Organics kind and then the regular Tom’s and now I use the Tom’s LONG LASTING.

    I found it takes several months for your body to adjust to these natural deodorants and for them to actually start working. Maybe it was just me. I switched in the fall of 2010 and I used to carry the stick with me to work and re-apply after lunch because it always failed. I think it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that it started working with just one application. And I was really worried about the summer!!
    The unexpected payoff was that after my body adjusted I can accidentally skip deodorant and not even notice.

    About the BO- that happened to me too at the beginning. I would recommend 2 applications until your body adjusts. I actually had to toss some clothing that smelled so badly!

    PS- I started with Tom’s LONG LASTING in a lovely Lavender but the next time it was sold out and I bought Apricot which I thought I’d HATE but it is really nice.

  12. tutti says:

    it embarrasses my hubby when he knows that i tell anyone this, but i have not used deodorant for the past 20 years. instead, on days that i need it, i use a cotton swab with witch hazel. you’ve been around me…do i stink (don’t answer that shane)?

  13. Lori says:

    I would love it if you found the perfect natural deodorant. When I’m pregnant or nursing, my hormones are nuts and no deodorant works. But now that I’m neither, I’d love to go natural.

  14. Sandy F. says:

    I know how frustrating finding a good deo can be! Like you I have a lovely deodorant graveyard. Like “Sandy” above I resorted to making it myself, I found it has worked the best (and it’s fairly inexpensive – just empty out one of your wounded soldiers and stuff it with the homemade stuff). As for the Arm and Hammer “Natural” – it works GREAT BUT contains Tricolosan which is quite harmful. I regularly check the “No More Dirty Looks” website … they do all sorts of product reviews which I have found quite helpful! I enjoy your blog!

  15. Kelly says:

    I mix some tea tree oil and lavender oil in some water and that works most of the time. It doesn’t smell to girly for my husband either. If I think I might need it all day, I use the Erbaviva (sp?) spray…which essentially is likely just better formulated than my own creation.

  16. Nicole says:

    My favorite is also the Crystal roll-on, lavender. Works great!

  17. Missy says:

    I use Salubritas after finding it in Park City on vacation. It is locally made there in Utah and the owner starting making it after battling stage 3 breast cancer. I am happy with it!

  18. Randa says:

    Just found one that seems to be working for me, after a few weeks of use: In Love With Body Care

    I love that the company is made up of a bunch of sisters.

  19. allison says:

    Hi, Marla – you’ve probably already found the magic deodorant by now, but I just found your wonderful blog and in case you have not located “the one” I thought I would respond! I went through the same dilemma while pregnant with my second little one who is now a year old….I tried all of the ones you pictured but I too live in Florida and as you know it’s waaaaaay too hot for me to deal with one that sort-of-kind-of worked. i ended up finding weleda’s citrus deodorant and i LOVE it. it works great, smells great, is really reasonably priced (i think like $8 at whole foods…) and lasts forever. i still use it now that i am not pregnant anymore, that’s how great it works for me. anyway, just thought i would pass it along to you and say thanks for your gorgeous blog, i so enjoy reading it!

  20. Stancie says:

    Hi! Just found your blog & I’m really enjoying it!! I’ve already passed it along to some of my Paleo friends. In terms of deodorant – you are so right – it’s so difficult to find one that actually works!! I was on a long quest to find ‘the one’ and after a few years – I’ve finally found two that work great for me: Soapwalla (on Etsy) and Pit Potion (by Nature of Beauty). Both are awesome and made with all-natural ingredients. Hope you find one that works for you! :)

    • Keris says:

      I find that any deodorant I’m using stops worknig after a while unless I rotate them. I keep my favorite 3 (Degree ultra clear, Dove fresh scent & Secret) in the top bathroom drawer and just use the one at the front of my little basket each morning and then rotate it to the back. Thus I have ended the stench and it has worked for years.

  21. Tiffany Whitefield says:

    Have you guys ever heard of Lush? They have all natural.deo i just switched over and i really like T’eo. It comes in a b bar and smells like lemon grass. I think its $7 the first night after yoga i sweated a lot and all through the night but i think its the detox perios

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