I've tried this spray on underarms, and on it's own, this spray does nothing as a deodorant for me unless I am in moderate temps, not being terribly active and have recently stuck to a very clean diet free of (or very low in) caffeine and alcohol. So... I would never purchase to use it on it's own as I wouldn't need much deodorizing is those circumstances anyway. However, I do love this spray as a base before applying other naturals deos. It seems to give that little extra *something* that prolongs the stink-control of most others that I have tried.
Most often, I spritz just a bit (1 or 2 sprays) under each arm right after showering then apply my usual deo when it dries, which only takes a minute or two. I have used Desert Essence Tea Tree Deodorant (see separate review) for a few years (unless testing other options) and it works wonders for me but the added protection of the Crystal spray makes a really flawless combo. With the DE alone, I often didn't have to reapply at all during the day unless it was extra hot outside, I had been very active, or I had a hangover (haha, yes, my pits stink when I'm hungover!). Usually, in these circumstances, I would reapply about halfway through the day if I noticed the onset of unpleasant smells, rarely having to reapply a 3rd time unless being paranoid.
With the Crystal as a base for the DE, I really don't reapply at all, unless for some reason I don't shower after a workout or something (or again, in cases of paranoia).
I have also tried this spray on my feet before/after work - I wear the same shoes everyday for 8+ hours (and with black socks, no less) so my feet can get a little... ripe by the end of my shift. This is usually something I prevent pre-socks with peppermint/tea tree/lavender/etc. scented foot lotions, but if I'm in a rush I'll just spritz with Crystal. I does help to prevent foot odor - doesn't work any miracles but the smell is definitely weaker and less unpleasant that w/o. I have tried it *after* work when I didn't have the ability to wash my feet before going out and it took away the *feet* smell... but left a scent more like vinegar. So not great for that.
All in all, not a fantastic stand alone product but a staple in my cabinet as a much-loved supplement to other deodorizing methods.
I used to live in a tropical country where it is almost impossible to not sweat 24/7. Where there is sweat, BO follows. I hated the commercialized deodorant cz they either stain my armpit, smells funky/too chemically, wont hold my BO for long if I sweat a lot. After much research online, i came across this in the stick form and while it did work, I just don't have the time to get it wet and apply it and I had to wait for it to dry completely on my armpit and on the stick. So i eventually gave up cz the hassle was too much for a busy student like me. And then this gem came into the picture. Genius! easy to apply. Very cheap. Doesn't have any scent so it won't interfere with your perfume or body lotion. Wont stop you sweating but takes the BO away. We are not suppose to stop our body from releasing the sweat. The sweat is good ladies, but the bacteria that lives in the sweat is the one that causes BO. So let your body do its thing, and control your BO with this baby. I got this from iHerb for $2.86. They ship worldwide. I live in Melbourne now and I got my order in a week so shipping was really fast! Use my referral code VMB497 and you'll save $5 for orders below $40 or $10 for orders over $40 for your first order!
It just works ... you still sweat, because it's not an anti-perspirant, but you don't smell like anything! Totally hypo-allergenic, too. I also spray it in my shoes.
I've been back and forth on natural deo since previously being an SA at Lush, but for about the last six months I switched back to an aluminium kind as I walk a lot to get to University etc and I end up smelling bad, so bad that I ruin some of my shirts. I've been using a Dove aerosol (the Limited Edition Breast Cancer Pink one - which I LOVE the smell of). But I've just been worried about the chemical load on my body again. Seeing it's summer time I have an office job so I've decided to use this during the week when I really don't sweat at all. So far so good, only used it once (today) although I've been through a couple bottles in the past - I think my only qualm with this is that it can't sustain any more than an office job or a really light activity. If I can get away with less chemical load on my body during the working week, I'll be happy.
Edit 10/02/12: I smelled gross today, not sweaty, more musty, but I didn't like it! Sorry will have to lower my rating. Back to chemicals in the meantime.
I don't use this product as a deodorant, i use it for cleaning my skin to prevent spots in my neck and shoulders. It works perfectly, i love it!!!
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This felt like just spraying plain water on my underarms. There didn't seem to be anything else to help it dry or adhere to the skin. I'd spray it on and it would just dribble down my underarm. In the end , the spray would take so long to dry that I'd end up wiping it off before it could dry. I've used the solid version of this and I prefer that as although it takes a lot of swipes for the solid to be effective, at least it's relatively quicker and I don't have to wait for it to dry before putting my clothes on.
I had to return it because gave me a rash. I may be allergic to mineral salts. It is too watery and drips all over too.
Update: Apparently I've had a deep sinus infection for almost a year and after finishing antibiotics I realize that this doesn't work as well as I thought! I just couldn't smell myself and my loved ones wouldn't tell me I smelled rank. I gave it a 3 because it works better than some other natural products I've tried but just isn't enough after 2-3 hours. How disappointing. I might buy this again but only to layer it with another natural deodorant.
This product works! I don't stink anymore! I've tried both the lavender and chamomile & green tea and they work. Love this product.
HALLELUJAH!!! What follows is rather personal, so if TMI bothers you, please stop here.
I am a HUGE fan of the Crystal Deodorant Roll-On (unscented) and Crystal essence Deodorant Roll-On (chamomile/green tea, lavender/white tea) - see my reviews on those. For the past couple of years, I have been struggling w/ BO resultant from sweat forming underneath my breasts (don't you just LOVE droopy, post-breastfeeding breasts) in my cleavage and upper inner thighs where the crease is between my leg and trunk of body. I thought this problem would go away or significantly decrease w/ my recent (and rather significant) weight loss, but nope :( I have been using powder, glycerin/rose water (my own mixture), various body lotions = powder worked the best, but its messy and certainly not very portable (I ALWAYS end up w/ spillage in my purse), but its better than walking around paranoid that I smell.
Yesterday, I was at Natural Valley Foods to p/u another bottle of Crystal roll-on and sitting next to it was a bottle of Crystal Body Deodorant Spray (fragrance free, altho I see from their website this too comes in lightly scented fragrances). I thought what the heck - why not try this? I knew it was going to be 85 and sunny here today in the midwest, so I sprayed this underneath both breasts, in my cleavage and a small squirt on my upper/inner thighs (avoiding the most personal area) and basically waited a minute (in a rather funny position - legs a bit apart, holding up both breasts) waiting for this to dry (my husband thought I had lost my mind when he walked into the bathroom) :P and then went about my normal routine.
Fast forward 14 hours later (a full work day, a 1.5 hour gym workout, family dinner, put child to bed) = NO DISCERNIBLE SMELL - OMG - I think I'm gonna cry!! Seriously, I cannot convey to you how much this problem has bothered me and while I was just hoping to make it thru the workday - NEVER in a million years did I expect this product to work THRU AEROBICS and weight lifting!! BONUS!!
Now granted, I have only used this one day - I am truly hoping my body chemistry doesn't adapt or become immune, but since I have had wonderous luck w/ the roll-on deodorant, I am so very hopeful!
I will update after having used for a longer period of time, but for now, HG HG HG HG HG!!!!!
PS - I'm not positive about the price, but I think it was around $5.00 for a 4 oz bottle = VERY inexpensive IMO.
UPDATE 08-18-10 - I am always SOOOO skeptical when I come across reviews that say the product is "life changing" - but for me, THIS ONE TRULY IS!!! I no longer have to worry about BO develping due to sweating = much higher level of self-confidence + a LOT less stress (I can't tell you how much brain power I expended worrying about whether or not I was smelly during the day even w/ showering daily, using deoderants - regular + feminine, powder, etc)
I also recently saw this at Ulta and Walgreens WHOO HOOO!!!!!! :)