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It is sad to see the small companies get bought out, but its a good thing in a way.  It makes it some small-town folks like me have more access to the previously small company's stuff.  Unless I want to do mail order, I usually read about products but never see them. 

With natural deoderants, I find that they all work well for a while.  What I do is use one product/method until it doesn't work and then switch to another.  Generally by the time the next product stops working, one of the previously discared ones will.  I'm guessing its just the bacteria adapting to the environment they are in.  I usally have a couple produts in my bathroom and trade around every couple months.  I've always sweated more than most, and I'm paranoid about smelling.  Maybe if I lived in a different community I'd feel differently, but I don't want to give natural deoderants a bad rap nor veganism for that matter.  I might have to try the baking soda some time. 

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i went to the store yesterday to wander around for a bit and they had more natural brands of deodorant than ive ever seen in my life!  they seriously had to have almost 50 different scents/styles.. tons of brands ive never even heard of and brands that i didnt know even made natural deodorants. 

i tried the crystal once but as the water ran down it it made these really sharp grooves & cracks that would scratch my armpits.  i saw they have a spritz though, too.

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I use Young Livng essential oils for deodorant. The blend called "Believe" was Idaho Balsam Fir,( which lowers cortisol, high in Alpha-Humelene which is great for fighting breast cancer), also has frankencense and rosewood in it. It is heavenly.

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So does cornstarch help with darkened pits in general? Because I've had a problem with that for some time now =\

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I'm finally trying the baking soda/cornstarch deodorant. I'm happy so far :)

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I started using baking soda and water, its great.. though i sweat a lot from riding a bike but nothing has every helped that.
But my boyfriend is very smelly and I think he is happy he can wear his shirts for a few more days now!

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I'm starting my second week using the cornstarch/baking soda (I added a few drops of lavender oil), and I can't believe how great this works!! The ultimate test yesterday, a whole day of yard work and not a stinky smell at all! All the $$ I've wasted on deoderants in the past....

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Has anyone tried just plain salt?  Obviously not after shaving...

It works on taking garlic stank off your hands when cooking. 
I think I read somewhere a while ago that Crystal was just a big ol salt rock.  Maybe if we got a salt lick like rabbits use, we just rub that on and we're good to go.  ;D

I've used salt here and there and had no stinkage.  I've found I'm less stinky anyway since dumping the animal products.

I'm gonna check out the cornstarch and baking soda trick.  I have some Nag Champa essential oil I can add.
I'm going to smell FAB-YOO-LUS!

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I'm gonna check out the cornstarch and baking soda trick.  I have some Nag Champa essential oil I can add.
I'm going to smell FAB-YOO-LUS!

Ooh I need to look for that!  My house always smells like Nag Champa....why shouldn't my pits?  hehe.  ;)

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Today I used my crystal and baking soda. Because I had a long work day. Totally smell free, which is crazy after 8 hours of working.

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Forgive my ignorance....are these deodorant alternatives because typical deodorants are not vegan? 

Has anyone tried Melaleuca products? My mom is a marketing rep for them so our house is all Melaleuca--cleaning products, tooth care, skin care, make up, sun care, bath and body, meds, vitamins, etc. It basically replaces the need to buy anything other than food at the grocery store and all the products are high quality and low cost. They use all safe and healthy ingredients ( in fact, if a child were to drink their cleaners and you called poison control they would tell you to just have the kid drink some water, it is actually not poisonous to them.), no formaldehyde in laundry detergents (ahem, Tide). ANYWAY the reason I mention it is because I use their antiperpirant/deodorant and it is very nice and effective. Melaleuca was 'green' before it was popular to be green!

Okay....that is the end of my spiel. lol.

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I tried the cornstarch and baking soda and my pits got all irritated and bumpy. I have always had this problem with deodorants and deodorant alternatives because I have sensitive skin. The last deodorant I used, Aromacreme by Lush, and really loved is discontinued now.

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Greetings all!
Mixing coconut oil and baking soda works really well.  Make sure it's organic, extra virgin oil. Also, applying a layer of aloe vera gel really helps.

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I'm not vegan, but I get the whole using natural products issue with things like deodorant, shampoo, lotion and other hygiene products, because one of my daughters is very sensitive to certain products, especially those that contain perfumes.
As a mom of adult children, I have learned that there is a cause and effect and with that in mind, I make my choices.
We all shave, that helps. I assume you know that stinky armpits are caused by hormones, bacteria and foods that you eat...we figured out that if she waits a few hours after shaving and applies some rubbing alcohol to her pits, followed by lotion to counter the dryness it works. Unscented of course. Witch hazel is another choice, but it's harder to find these days..I don't know why.
If you don't shave, rubbing alcohol shouldn't sting unless you have a sore or something..just fan it with your hand if that happens.
I just found this topic interesting because we deal with it all the time, that is, trying to find products that won't make daughter break out. Vegan or otherwise.
My vegan daughter just doesn't have a body odor problem..never  has..but she does the same thing.
My thinking in trying the alcohol in the first place is that it controls the bacteria by drying it out..although, for someone with a lot of sweat(which actually could be a medical condition that could be corrected with treatment) I don't know...use caution if applying it throughout the day, it will dry your skin.  :)>>>
Is rubbing alcohol environmentally friendly? Excuse my ignorance.

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I tried the cornstarch and baking soda and my pits got all irritated and bumpy. I have always had this problem with deodorants and deodorant alternatives because I have sensitive skin. The last deodorant I used, Aromacreme by Lush, and really loved is discontinued now.

I was just looking on the LUSH site and they had something called AROMACO which is a bar that I was thinking about trying, just very expensive and never used any of their products before.  I am not sure if its similar to what you were using, but it seemed to get good reviews!

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I tried the cornstarch and baking soda and my pits got all irritated and bumpy. I have always had this problem with deodorants and deodorant alternatives because I have sensitive skin. The last deodorant I used, Aromacreme by Lush, and really loved is discontinued now.

I was just looking on the LUSH site and they had something called AROMACO which is a bar that I was thinking about trying, just very expensive and never used any of their products before.  I am not sure if its similar to what you were using, but it seemed to get good reviews!

I have Aromaco and I wouldn't recommend it. It works well if you can get it on and it smells awesome but it is a solid rock. You have to find some way to warm it up to glide onto the skin. I tried putting the flame of a lighter up to it and it wasn't very effective in softening it. The Greench is a powder but smells amazing and should be much easier to get on.

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Ive had one of those rock deoderants. I just dampen it a bit under the tap or with a damp cloth and rub it on.

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Ive had one of those rock deoderants. I just dampen it a bit under the tap or with a damp cloth and rub it on.

Aromaco isn't supposed to be a rock though. It just turns into one after a while. It's like rubbing sandpaper on your armpits.

*I scratch the edge with something like a key or knife so that a layer of powder will come up and then put it on. That's pretty much the only way it'll work.

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I have Aromaco too. I like it. I scrape off the hard layer and keep it in a zip-top bag. It allows me to go longer between scrapings. :)

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