Alright folks, my sex life might become affected and I can't have that. I have given up deodorant with aluminum in it. I also don't wash with soap all that often. I have tried both Nature's Gate and Tom's of Maine deodorant sticks. I have also tried applying rubbing alcohol to my armpits too. Whether I wash with soap every day or not doesn't seem to change the fact that these deodorants don't work very well for me. My wife has told me she can only smell me when she is close. I want her close as much as possible so I need to find a solution before the weather gets real warm. Btw, I have been eating paleo for over 4 years and haven't noticed any foods that make a difference.
This may be unpopular in paleoprimalsphere but I tend to think this one isn't complicated: use commercial deodorant. Or antiperspirant if necessary.
I tend to side with the Kurt Harris' Paleo 2.0 paleo. Neolithic does not = bad. And in the scheme of things, a little deodorant or anti-perspirant is .00000000001 of what your body is exposed to in a day. What you take in nutritionally, movement and sleep are vastly important.
Having said that, body odor is sometimes indicative of a relative zinc deficiency. Increasing high zinc organ meats or adding oysters to your diet once or twice a week (depending on size, activity level, sex - men need more, and a few other factors) could go a long way toward balancing that.
I also find that 40% ZnO ointment, applied directly to the armpits about once a week totally eliminates any issue for me. Some may need more frequent applications and some may find it not helpful at all.
During the summer (which practically speaking is about 6 months in atlanta), I use actual antiperspirant as I have a personal preference clean, dry shirts:p
Best to you.
I know this sounds crazy, but I use Weleda Baby diaper cream. I had a similar problem with body odor, which went away immediately when I started using the diaper cream. A tube of it lasts me about 4 months, so the $12 price tag is worth it. After all, it's the zinc that kills the stink! :)
Here's a link to check it out: http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/calendula-diaper-care.aspx
PS - I get mine at Whole Foods, so I'm sure it's readily available.
the thai crystal!!! im in love! i have stinky underarms (and, strangely, my feet have never had any odor at all) and none of the "natural" deodorants have ever worked for me. someone got me the thai crystal and its amazing. also, cheap and lasts for two years. sometimes when im working hard at the gym, ill notice i get stinky again, but when the sweat dries, so does the smell. really cool. i got mine from vitacost. highly recommended.
I'll copy and paste this recipe from the last time I shared it:
Blend well and store in a jar or other airtight container. This made enough to last for months. If you ever find it's not spreadable, just wet your finger before you apply it. A little dab'll do ya.
I spray a magnesium solution (think magnesium oil diluted with water) into my pits after a shower. I think it works much like rubbing a salt crystal in terms of smacking down odors, and I believe that I'm picking up transdermal magnesium at the same time.
I kept it simple and off-the-shelf, my local healthfood store had this in stock and I just pour this into a mister undiluted. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/CRR008/ItemDetail
The magnesium chloride and magnesium acetate mix is what appealed to me, i suspect that a mix of organic and inorganic magnesium salts helps make sure that I can absorb AMAP.
I had the same problem. Even after showering and scrubbing, there would still be an odor. I used the alcohol rub for about a month or so and made sure to rub on a bit of coconut oil as I rubbed it all over as a moisturizer, then a little fingertip dab of baking soda while the pits were still a bit damp and voila! I suffered heavy BO since...oh...junior high probably. That's 36 years! This is the cheapest and best solution ever!
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