Greening my Armpits!? My Green Resolution

Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Experiments in Natural Family Living

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have reported on weeklong trials to make their lives a little greener. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


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Okay so you probably read the title and thought to yourself, “What did she do!?”  Well trust me it really isn’t that crazy and I’m actually quite impressed with the results.  I decided to try natural crystal rock deodorant in place of my trusty antiperspirant and deodorant.  This actually was not really something new to me.  My aunt has used crystal deodorant from the time we were young – though I thought she was crazy at the time.  How does a hard block of mineral keep you smelling clean if you cannot lay on a ton of layers to combat nature?  Well it does work and I am ditching the layers of goop that I used to apply daily.

Crystal deodorants do not stop you from sweating but they do eliminate the bacteria present on your skin which causes the odor.  You simply wet the crystal with water and then apply under your arms.  You can also apply it anywhere else you’d like to eliminate odor.  Husband has stinky feet – rub the crystal on them.  You’d like some other areas of your body to smell a little less “human” – rub the crystal on it.  It should be noted this is for external use only. After you are finished using the crystal, rinse, dry and place it back on your counter.  Mine came in a cute little basket so I display mine.

What I have found is that I smell like nothing for 24 hours.  I really am excited about this idea for when Little #2 arrives because I didn’t wear anything for fear I’d smell funny and mess up breastfeeding.  If you find yourself getting a little smelly sooner then that – just wet your crystal and reapply.  You’ll be back to smelling like nothing in no time.  If you do wear scents this is a bonus because your deodorant isn’t competing with your perfume.  The other bonus I noticed is that if I’m in a hurry, I don’t need to worry when pulling on my shirt because there is no residue to come off on the outside of my shirt.  No more having to quickly change and outfit because I got deodorant on it.

The traditional deodorants and antiperspirants you find on the shelves in every grocery store and pharmacy use products and chemicals to mask odor and plug up your pores so you cannot sweat or you smell like the “ocean breeze” or some other “floral” concoction.  Which if we are honest just ends up smelling gross anyway when body odor rears its stinky head.  The more I think about it, I am reminded of stories of women dousing themselves in perfumes and sweet smelling water because it was immoral to bathe often.

Aside from fears of possible health concerns which it must be noted have not found any medical research to back up those claims (I’d rather not take the chance just in case sometime in the future those claims are correct) those products are messy.  They stain your clothing and clog up your pores.  I cannot tell you how many white shirts I owned that had yellow pit stains in them because of a reaction between the dryer and my caked on deodorant or outfits I needed to abandon because of a hastily pulled on shirt.  What a waste!

The crystals are smooth so it will not scratch your skin and ranges in price.  Some brands claim that one crystal will last you a whole year so you can factor that in when considering the price of the crystal.  I love the idea of not having to remember to grab deodorant.  You can get them in block form or within a plastic dispenser.  I opted for the block form because I wanted less waste.  I have had some slips and cracks though.  It is a hard mineral so if you drop it on the floor pieces will break off.


You can purchase your own Thai Deodorant Stone in Basket from Amazon. Currently they are priced at $7.69 and qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping with a $25 purchase.


In the spirit of change and new beginnings I have decided to give one of my readers a crystal deodorant of their very own. For your chance to win a crystal deodorant from The Artful Mama, enter by leaving a comment and using our new Rafflecopter system below.

The winner will receive one 4oz Thai Deodorant Crystal in a basket. Contest is open to WORLDWIDE.

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Make your own moisturizer! — Megan at boho mama whips up a winter skin-friendly moisturizer.
  • Cold Water Only — Brittany at The Pistachio Project talks about how you do not need hot water to wash laundry.
  • Family Cloth… Really?? — After lots of forethought and consideration, Momma Jorje finally decides to take the plunge with family cloth.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : 5-5-5 Things A Day — Luschka from Diary of a First Child writes about decluttering her home in an attempt to create a gentler living space. She takes on a new project where she sets a goal of reducing, reusing and recycling every day.
  • Pros and cons of family cloth — Lauren at Hobo Mama would love to continue replacing paper products with family cloth … if she could only get over how damp she feels.
  • Craftily Parenting — Kellie at Our Mindful Life finds that crafting makes her a better parent.
  • Changes — Laura at Pug in the Kitchen couldn’t choose just one area to experiment with, so she wrote a long post about all the fun changes initiated in her life!
  • Life without Internet: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be — Adrienne at Mommying My Way tries to go a week without the Internet, only to realize a healthy dose of Internet usage really helps keep this stay-at-home mom connected.
  • My Progression to Raw Milk — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares her natural parenting progression all the way to trying raw milk.
  • mama’s new little friend. — Sarah at Bitty Bird tries a menstrual cup to “green her period,” and is pleasantly surprised when she falls in love with the product!
  • Before you throw it out, try homemade laundry soap! — Jennifer at Practical OH Mommy shows visual proof that homemade laundry soap is cheaper, easier, and works better than the store-bought chemicals!
  • Oil, Oil, No Toil, No Trouble — K from Very Simple Secret talks about her foray into the oil-cleansing method.
  • I Need a Hobby — Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro couldn’t decide which experiment to run, so she did them all.
  • 7 days of macrobiotics for a balanced family — The Stones make a [successful] attempt to release the “holiday junking” with 7 days of macrobiotic meals to balance their bodies and souls. Elisabeth at Manic Mrs. Stone includes an explanation of macrobiotics.
  • Chemical Free Beauty Challenge — Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction turned to natural alternatives for her daily beauty and cleaning routine, with great results.
  • Greening my Armpits!? My Green Resolution — Shannon at The Artful Mama talks about how she decided to give up her traditional antiperspirant and make the switch over to crystal deodorants and definitely isn’t looking back!
  • Going Raw (for a while) — Jenny at Chronicles of a Nursing Mom shares her family’s experience with raw food.
  • Do we get to eat gluten today? — Sheila at A Gift Universe has been trying to figure out if her son does better with or without gluten in his diet … but it’s really hard to tell for sure.
  • Hippies Can Smell and Look Fabulous Too! — Arpita of Up, Down And Natural details her experience of going shampoo-free and overhauling her cosmetics to find the balance between feeling beautifully fabulous and honoring her inner hippie.
  • Our cupboards are full…but there’s nothing to eat — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud takes on the challenge of chomping through the contents of her storecupboard rather than going shopping — but there’s something that she just can’t bring herself to do …
  • Elimination Experiment 3.0MudpieMama recounts the messy adventures of her baby daughter trying to be diaper free.
  • Family Cloth Trial — Amyables at Toddler in Tow talks about making and using family cloth wipes in the bathroom for the first time.
  • Taking a Hiatus — Amy at Peace 4 Parents shares how her experience of much less internet interaction affected her family and how it will change her approach in the future.
  • Trying Out the Menstrual Cup — Lindsey at an unschooling adventure ditches the tampons and gives menstrual cups a try.
  • Managing Food Waste in Our Home — Tired of the holiday waste, Robbie at Going Green Mama takes a weeklong focus on reducing food waste in her home, and learns some lessons that can take her through the new year.
  • Going Offline, Cloth Tissues, and Simplicity — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama muses over her time away from blogging and social networking. In addition, she shares her newfound love of cloth tissues and simplicity.

Contest closes February 10, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


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51 Responses to Greening my Armpits!? My Green Resolution

  1. I already have and love my crystal deodorant stone, but this one is way cuter. Mine is in a plastic container – I think the basket is much more awesome. Love it!

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  3. I will have to try one of these this summer when I actually start wearing deodorant again 😉 TY!!

  4. Jenn- Im really enjoying this one as part of my morning routine. The basket is a definite bonus and I figure when I’m done I can reuse it for something else because the crystal is clean and dry when I put it back.
    Dionna- I definitely think this would work during the summer. It is standing up to pregnancy sweat so summer sweat should be no problem.

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  6. Mimzy says:

    I don’t get it. What is a deodorant stone exactly? Is it actually some sort of salt block or is it an actual mineral stone? How is it supposed to actually work?

    Actually, I’m mostly wondering what it’s made out of. From your picture it doesn’t look like any mineral I’ve seen before so I’m wondering what makes it a stone besides the block shape.

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  8. Jenny says:

    we have something similar in the Philippines – called Tawas

    tawas is made of potassium alum or potash alum. i wonder what the thai crystal stones are made of?

  9. That does it, I’m switching. I will have a new breastfeeder in March and I remember how much my first daughter HATED my deodorant as a baby.

    Muchas gracias, ma’am!


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  11. I still don’t understand how they WORK. Is it fairy magic? 🙂 That’s cool that they do, though. I have traditional antiperspirants because I bought a couple on sale years ago and haven’t run out yet. I use it once a week or so, which is to say as often as I remember. But when I run out, I’ll be trying some natural alternatives! So, in, say, 15 years or so? I’ll be with you on the crystals then!

    Unless I win — woot!

    • It is the mineral salts – they kill the bacteria on your skin. By wetting it a thin layer is applied to your skin. That was my understanding of all the mumbo jumbo I read on it. 😉

  12. Where do I leave the URLs for the posts I commented on? Can I just say I’m commenting on all of them? 🙂

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  14. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I must be especially stinky-the crystal I tried kept me smelling fresh/neutral for 2-3 hours as long as I didn’t exert myself. Lol. But I did find a natural deodorant that worked for me eventually. There are so many options out there, there’s really no reason to be using deodorants full of aluminum and parabens and stuff other than habit! I’m glad alternatives are becoming more and more available and at reasonable prices 🙂

    • I wonder if I was still running if it would work as efficiently. I think if I was sweating off the mineral salts the smell might come back. But I’ve never sweated a lot even when working out. But you are right there are a whole lot of great options that people can definitely find what works for them.

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  24. Deb Chitwood says:

    I loved reading about your experiences with crystal deodorant. Cool giveaway … I’d love to do some experimenting with crystal deodorant, too! 🙂

  25. Sheila says:

    I have got to try this. I HATE stinky deodorants … I don’t like smelling like anything, much less perfume. Right now I use a natural deodorant, but even that has a smell.

  26. Amanda says:

    I’m totally impressed by your green armpits. You’ll have to show them to me next time.

  27. Lady Pedraza-Mendoza says:

    I always have a problem on excess sweating and body odor much more when I gave birth and nurse my son. This natural deodorizer and anti perspirant is very helpful not only on the armpit but also other parts of your body and it doesn’t leave any residue to your clothes. Go go go to natural products.
    “16 months breastfeeding and counting….”

  28. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, but I have a stock of deodorant I bought in bulk a while ago that I want to use up. It sounds like a really great concept, I just wonder if it would bother me to feel sticky from sweating. I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

  29. Molly says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a crystal for deoderant, this post comes at a good time!

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  32. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been using deoderant less and less because I don’t like the chemicals, but sometimes frequent showers doesn’t quite seem to cut it. I wasn’t aware of a natural option until I saw this post. I’m definitely interested!

  33. Amy G says:

    After reading the post on Monkey butt junction, I was going to do some research on crystal deodorant, but you’ve done it for me. Thank you! I super want to try it!

  34. Amanda N. says:

    I tried making my own deodorant in an effort to be more green and frugal, but I reacted to it…I’ve reacted to every deodorant I’ve ever tried except for Dove. This crystal thing might just be worth trying! 🙂

  35. Cindy Finnegan says:

    I would love to give this a try. I am so tired the perfumed deodorants!

  36. Carmen says:

    I hate the goop, but thought the only other alternative was to make my own. I love this idea!

  37. katie says:

    wow, this looks amazing. we use a non antiperspirant deodorant, but they can be so pricey. what a great alternative, i’d love to win one!!

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