I need to find a homemade or commercial solution to the best possible deodorant solution. It needs to be an anti-perspirant, odor neutralizing, with low or no harmful chemicals, that also does not stain clothes. Multiple applications could be considered. I have yet to find one deodorant that fits all these descriptions. Much appreciated!
Here's what I use:
It's called a "mineral salt deodorant stone". All you do is wet it then rub your underarms like any deodorant. There's no smell and no chemicals, just 100% natural deodorant. Works great!
1) sufficient dietary zinc (not excessive but sufficient) from food and/or supplements if needed.
2)70-80% EtOH swiped under arms works for some people.
3)40% zinc oxide, applied post-shower every 1-7 days does an excellent job
Zinc Oxide deodorant $4.75 (just ZnO powder...add water and shake)
Deodorant Zinc Oxide Spray, 3 fl. oz. $5.99 (just ZnO and DI H2O)
Equate: 40% Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Ointment, 4 Oz (in stores only; price not listed, probably $2ish)
I think using anti-perspirant is not very good for your body. What should matter is that you don't smell, not that you don't sweat.
I use 95% Alcohol (70% will do as well). It kills the germs that create the bad smell. Works perfectly for me. Best to buy a plastic sprayer and use it to apply the alcohol. May need to reapply at the evening.
It might not be enough for your shirt not to smell, though, since it will have germs on it that will react when exposed to your sweat. If using a shirt that you've already worn since the last washing, spray some alcohol on it in the underarm area too. Problem solved.
Just wanted to add, containers of up to 100ml liquid are cabin flight friendly (at least in Europe), which is important since I normally avoid travelling with luggage. That size is probably more than enough for a few weeks.
100ml is a normal size for pharmacy alcohol bottle, but it's better to buy larger containers at the supermarket (if it's labeled as cleaning material, make sure it does not contain perfume!).
CaveGirlEats has found the solution:
I haven't tried it myself, but she's done a lot of experimenting and feels like she's come up with the solution. She also has comments on things she tried that didn't work, so it should be informative. Good luck!
I use regular Arm & Hammer baking soda after my shower. I apply the powder to a moistened underarm and it sticks and works well for me.
Some people have complained that it is like little rocks underarm...too rough...others mix coconut oil with the baking powder and keep in the fridge as a block stick.
I buy the Arm & Hammer in a 13 pound bag at Sams for around $6. Lasts at least two years.
Arm & Hammer makes a decent stick deodorant themselves. On hot days, re-application may be necessary. I like this one. Don't know about toxins, though.
Ingredients: Active: Aluminum Zirconium, Tetrachlorohydrex (anti-perspirant) Inactive: Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Stearyl alcohol, ethylhexyl isononanoate, hydrogenated castor oil, talc, petrolatum, ethylene brassylare, sodium bicarbonate, peg-25 propylene glycol stearate, silica, corn starch modified, polysaccharides, maltodextrin.
Sounds kinda scary, I guess. Let's see what Skin Deep has to say: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/163399/Arm_%26_Hammer_Ultramax_Antiperspirant_%26_Deodorant%2C_Invisible_Solid_Wide_Stick/
Should have gone there before I typed in the back of my stick. Mine is unscented, and it masks pretty darn well. It seems less evil than other options, I guess. Anyhow, I'll keep using it for convenience. Since I'm not working it's occasional for me. I hope this was helpful!
I use apple cider vinegar applied to both pits with a cotton ball. The theory behind it is that it raises the pH of your skin under your arms and the bacteria that creates the smell can't live there anymore. I've done this for over a year and a half with great results. The ACV smell goes away after just a few minutes.
Kiss My Face - Roll-on - 3 ounce - Unscented
A fragrance free, liquid mineral crystal formula in a convenient roll-on that really works! Neutralizes natural body acids in perspiration Natural, safe & effective Fragrance free Potassium Alum: natural mineral salt that prevents odor Salix Alba (White Willow Bark): natural herbal deodorant Usnea Barbata (Lichen): antimicrobial, natural odor deterent