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    Summer is in full swing here in Seattle, and the Crystal Stick is not working out. It was great when the weather was still cooler, but now it's pretty much completely ineffective.

    I'm looking for a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, that is fragrance-free, and that I can rely on to prevent odor. I'm fine with sweating a little. I like the idea of the Crystal because it's so light and I don't feel like I'm smearing a toxic goop into my pores.

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    I use a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda: this after using Mitchem, which was sometimes insufficient. I've had no problems with the coconut BS mix.
    Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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    • #3
      Does it rub off on your clothes at all? The fact that the crystal doesn't is my favorite thing about it.

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      • #4
        I actually started using one of the crystal "rocks", and it's working pretty well for me. I also like to layer Tom's of Maine (I think it's the Bay Lime one- there is a fragrance, but it's "natural") on top. I actually tried the Tom's alone first and was dissatisfied with it, but the two together seem to achieve the best results. The ultimate test: Summer in Italy: 100 degrees and super humid. I felt sweaty, sticky and gross, but even at the end of walking around in the sun all day, was not stinky. YMMV!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by waxleaves View Post
          Does it rub off on your clothes at all? The fact that the crystal doesn't is my favorite thing about it.
          Nope. I put a thin layer, which seems to soak in rather quickly.
          Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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          • #6
            Diet will take care of major odor issues.
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            • #7
              The crystal stick? Not sure if it's the same.

              But I just started using Crystal Essence. I get it in the pomegranate scent. (I believe they have a scent free).

              Odor for me tends to tie to hormones a bit.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
                Diet will take care of major odor issues.
                Not major, it's a very minor odor, and only sometimes. It's more just like person-smell than typical body odor, but, yknow, I don't want to smell like a person when I'm interviewing for an apartment, teaching class, etc.

                I'm using the Crystal stick, yes--the rock one. I think the major problem is when the layer wears off later in the day sometimes, and then the bacteria are able to form. I think I will try the Tom's, but maybe unscented. I like fragrances, but my sweat seems to intensify them when they're in deodorants, and I try to keep fragrance-free at work (even if *I* know the scent is natural and is less likely to cause a reaction in someone, that doesn't mean that other people know that about my fragrance, so I try to stay scent-neutral).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
                  I use a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda: this after using Mitchem, which was sometimes insufficient. I've had no problems with the coconut BS mix.
                  I couldn't find my stick of CW deoderant one morning and went with the above. I was sold on day two when in the middle of a long hike the only pit odor I had was the light smell of coconut oil. I smelled like a tourist laden beach in Margaritaville. Which is nice.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grol View Post
                    I couldn't find my stick of CW deoderant one morning and went with the above. I was sold on day two when in the middle of a long hike the only pit odor I had was the light smell of coconut oil. I smelled like a tourist laden beach in Margaritaville. Which is nice.
                    I'm still amazed this works: even with such a strong CW deodorant, summer days ended with stale-garlicky-stench. With the coconut and BS, summer has been odor free--even after the 90 minute weekend walk.
                    Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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                    • #11
                      Ditto the baking soda and coconut oil.

                      My homemade deo is from a Jezebel reader:

                      1/4 cup cornstarch
                      1/4 cup baking soda
                      2 Tbs coconut oil
                      20 drops essential oil (tea tree and lavender have antibacterial properties)

                      Works great, doesn't get on clothes. Not an anti-perspirant, but I have yet to find a natural option for that. Seriously, this stuff can handle well over 24 hours of farm chores, working out, afternoon sunning, etc -- all on 90-100 degree days without running the AC. It's amazing.

                      Interestingly, I also find myself nearly odor-free even when I don't put it on, which was not the case when I was accustomed to commercial deo. Go figure.
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                      • #12
                        I live in south central PA, humidity and temps in the 90's. I just spent 3 days replacing a roof on my garage. Besides eating primal and daily cool showers, I used just plain baking soda dusted on my pits. I put it on with an old make-up brush that was discarded by my wife. Believe me, my wife would not hesitate to get on my case if I smelled at all! I passed with flying colors. Plain old baking soda, it's not just for baking anymore!
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                        • #13
                          Very interested in the coconut oil-baking soda mix. Is there not a company that has put this in stick form yet? I'm a kind of on-the-go-guy and don't know that I'd have time to mix this every morning

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kermie View Post
                            Very interested in the coconut oil-baking soda mix. Is there not a company that has put this in stick form yet? I'm a kind of on-the-go-guy and don't know that I'd have time to mix this every morning
                            I mix up a batch every week or so and keep it in a lidded container.
                            Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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                            • #15
                              I use 50:50 baking soda : corn starch. Works like a dream and it's crazy cheap!
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