Awhile back, I posted about some handy Folk Remedies, one of which was removing deodorant stains from clothing by rubbing them with nylon. This works pretty well for surface stains, but it doesn't remove deeper stains that inevitably soil your clothing in the long term, and ultimately make them unsuitable for wearing.
Well, I decided I was fed up with this inconvenience. I was tired of throwing away perfectly good clothes that I still wanted to wear just because they had permanent caked-on deodorant stains in the pits. Furthermore, I recently learned that there is a correlation between repeat exposure to aluminum and development of Alzheimer's Disease (this is rather old news, I know). Guess what's in conventional white deodorants? Yup, aluminum.
So I decided to put aside my clothing-destroying, possibly-Alzheimer's-inducing Secret brand deodorant and begin searching for a worthy replacement.
Natural Crystal Deodorant
Made entirely of salt crystals and nothing more, Crystal deodorants are the go-to solution for people with sensitive skin and allergic reactions to traditional deodorant. The salt kills bacteria, which is the main cause of armpit odor. This is not intended to work as an antiperspirant, but quite frankly, I've never found an antiperspirant that completely keeps me from perspiring anyway, so this isn't an important factor to me. The weird thing about the Crystal is you have to get it wet before applying. That seems a little high maintenance.
The Crystal works surprisingly well... for about half a day. Then the BO sets in. It's still better than wearing nothing at all, but after about a week of pretty stinky armpits at the end of the day, I decided this wasn't the solution I was looking for.
But Ian told me that his Old Spice gel deodorant was different. It neither caked nor bleached the armpits of his shirts. I should try it, he said. Hmm, interesting proposition, except for the fact that Old Spice is about the most stereotypically MALE-smelling deodorant on the market. Find me one that doesn't smell like a man who's just had a run and a hot shower and I'll try it, I said.
So one day he brought me a stick of "Fresh"-scented Old Spice. It smelled gender-neutral to him. It's ok for ladies to smell "Fresh", right? Ok, so it's maybe not the most manly of scents, but this stick still smells more masculine than feminine to me. Even so, I decided to give it a try. It worked pretty well and didn't stain my clothing in any way, as promised. The downside was that by the end of the day, my body chemistry mingled with the deodorant and produced a rather musky smelling odor. It's something that would have been appealing on a man, but was rather repellent on a woman.
So I put aside my manly Old Spice and continued my search.
Tom's of Maine
I have been using Tom's of Maine's natural toothpaste for a couple months after reading a post on one of my fellow blogger's sites about how she discovered that her toothpaste had formaldehyde in it. FORMALDEHYDE! I did a little googling and discovered that formaldehyde is a common ingredient in toothpaste. Why? I have no idea. But I'm not comfortable with putting a chemical involved in embalming in my mouth.
I was already familiar with Tom's of Maine's mouthwash which contains neither sugar nor alcohol, so I turned to them for some natural formaldehyde-free, cinnamon-ginger flavored gel toothpaste. It is taste:delicious. So why not also see what they have in the way of natural deodorants?
I chose the apricot scented deodorant, and immediately fell in love with its sweet candy-like scent, which is not overpowering. TOM's uses hops as a natural bacteria-killer, and it does a fine job of keeping odor at bay. Best of all, my clothing remains unmolested.
I think I've found a winner.
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