This really works! I bought the crystal stone from iherb.com and it's pretty inexpensive and should last close to a year. The stone comes with a little plastic dish. Make sure to use the deoderant on cleaned skin. I just wet the top of the stone with water and rub on my underarms. It doesn't protect against perspiration but it works wonders on odors. For me, the protection lasts all day long. I am so impressed.
I also bought the body spray for my sons (15 & 21). Picked the spray up at Vitamin Shoppe. My 15yo had bad foot odor and now he doesn't. He just sprays his shoes at night and sprays his feet after showering. He also uses it for underarm deoderant and it works great. He's very active and perspires a lot but now never gets odiferous (LOL). My 21yo tried it for underarm but he didn't like it because he claims it drips and takes too long to dry. I must add that my 21yo is not into trying new things and he has no patience.
These products are so inexpensive and last a long time. I also see them at Vitamin Shoppe. It's all natural (mineral salts), unscented (even though I've seen scented ones out there) and no poisons entering the body. It's hypo-allergenic and doesn't leave marks on clothes. I highly recommend at least giving it a try. :)
I love this product because:
1)Contains no fragrance, aluminum or chlorohydrate
2) It doesn't mask or trap sweat (only making it worse later), but rather let's you breathe
3) Comes in a small travel-sized package as well :)
4) Lasts a really long time (think of the savings in other deodorants!)
What I don't like about it is that:
1) You always need water to apply it
2) Sometimes water drips down the side when applying it
All it is is an odorless, mineral salt rock. I would buy it again and again because, as it is, I know of no safer product to use under my arms and it really does keep me fairly fresh. All other organic deodorants I've tried have made me stink after a few hours; this does not do that. A
I've been out in the sun all day sweating in this and still it keeps. You may find yourself smelling a bit like sweat - sort of a sweet but slightly musky scent - NOT BO.
I wanted to try something natural as I'm increasingly finding that chemical anti-perspirants/deodorants are losing their effectiveness on me. I started out by applying this every night after a shower and in the morning. Although the day would start off stinkless, I'd be smelly after walking to walk so at the beginning, I also had to use a natural scented deodorant to cover the smell. Luckily, I made the change to natural during winter when I don't sweat or smell as much so it could've been much worse. However, once my body adjusted after 1-2 weeks, I used the crystal alone and found that although I sweated a lot, the sweat was completely odourless. This was therefore only effective as a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.
It was great not having to use chemicals and have unstained clothes although the process of applying the crystal was inconvenient. For me, the key was to apply it across a wide expanse of the underarm and to swipe it a LOT - approx 100 times under each arm. (I also tried the crystal spray, but I don't recommend it as it takes forever to dry, if at all and I'd end up wiping it off since it took so long).
The crystal is great for cool weather, but now that it's warmed up, I've stopped using it to avoid embarrassing wet patches under my arms.I might go back to using this in winter if I can be bothered, but I'd love to know of a natural solution to wet patches so that I can use this all year-round.
I don't sweat much, since I sit in an office all day, so I wanted a natural deodorant instead of a chemically antiperspirant and it seems to work pretty good. I also use this to treat minor cystic acne on my face; if I apply it soon after I first notice a break-out, it seems to speed up the healing process better than any other topical treatment I've tried.
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT--for my feet! Let me start by saying that I have REALLY sweaty feet, which makes for really smelly feet. I love cute shoes, but a lot of them unfortunately have synthetic lining which really doesn't allow your feet to breathe. The crystal is not supposed to stop sweating, but just makes an unhappy environment for the bacteria that come with sweat...so you may still sweat (though I think it has reduced the sweat for me too), but at least it won't smell. This product adds another 5 minutes to my morning routine, but it is worth it to be able to take my shoes off at the end of the day without worrying about the smell. Not to mention, once smelly feet are in shoes once, the bactreia stays there forever. I love this stuff, and it lasts a long time. I do think it may dry my feet out a little. Here's my tip for application: spray the area with a water spray bottle, and then rub the crystal stick on there, and air dry (or wave those cardboard magazine inserts in a fanning motion to dry faster)!
This deodorant made my skin red, irritated, peely (weird!), and made my armpits feel very dry and tight. After a couple weeks of use the deodorant stick developed an odd smell and would transfer the smell to my clean underarms. I don't know where the smell came from, as I only applied it to clean skin. The water that dripped onto my bathroom counter during the application process dried up and left gritty stuff all over. Applying the deodorant made my skin sting and burn horribly. I will never use this stuff again. I have gone back to using my trusty Dove deodorant while I continue the search for a good natural deodorant.
I have been using this deoderant off and on for several years, since I decided to start using non-aluminum deoderant. It works pretty well, although putting it on is kind of a hassle since you have to wet the salt, roll it on your underarms and then wait for them to dry. The salt starts to break down in the packaging after awhile, causing the stick to crumble and break. It is a fairly effective deoderant, though not ideal. I prefer the liquid version of this deoderant by the same company, but Kiss My Face natural deoderant works better than either of these, imo.
At first I was scared to use this. I took a shower, swiped this on at night, and in the morning hoped for the worse. But when I woke up in the morning and started to do some errands, I noticed I was not sweating and there was no bad odor permeating out from my armpits. Pleasantly surprised since this is simply salt. If you are searching for an alternative to drugstore deodorants, this is it. Works better for me on clean armpits first, as opposed to just applying when I am already sweating, so I recommend applying at night if it doesn't work for you at first.
It works. Its all natural. It will last FOREVER. I've been using this deodorant for about a year now and it doesn't even look like I've made a dent in it. It doesn't keep you from perspiring so on occasion I will use an antiperspirant instead, but overall I prefer using a crystal stick deodorant.
I've been using this deodorant for about 4 months now, and I love it! In the beginning I was a little wary, thinking it wouldn't work, but it's been fantastic. After showering at night, I just swipe it onto still damp skin, maybe 40 times under each arm, and it holds up until my next shower. It's been doing great in the high heat and humidity, even after hiking all day. I do like how it allows me to sweat, which is one thing I never liked about the usual antiperspirant/deodorants I was so used to before. I do suggest you try it, but do make sure you apply enough.