How to Use Crystals for Deodorant

Two Parts:Finding the Best Crystal DeodorantUsing the Crystal Deodorant

Crystal deodorant is made from minerals and salts found in nature. Many rave about the benefits of using natural crystal deodorant, which is cheaper and, allegedly, healthier than regular deodorant. While it might sound odd using crystals to eliminate body odor, it is actually incredibly simple and, some would argue, effective.

Part 1
Finding the Best Crystal Deodorant

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    Explore the benefits of using crystal deodorants. The key ingredient for most crystal deodorants is salt, which when applied to the skin kills odor causing bacteria. It is a particularly good choice for those looking to avoid aluminum based deodorants. [1]
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    Consider using the stone form (either as a rock or a stick). It is preferred by many because it is believed to be less altered by manufacturers than the other versions. It also lasts much longer than the other varieties. One large stone, if taken care of, could last a lifetime. [2]
    • Stone crystal deodorant does have tendency to develop a slight stink over time. This might not be the best option for those with sensitive noses.
    • This variety works best for people who shave or have little body hair.
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    Think about using a spray deodorant. These are particularly useful for people with armpit hair and a great choice if you want to avoid the smells associated with the crystal rocks. They also do not leave any residue or discoloration on anything it comes in contact with, like clothes and furniture. [3]
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    Look into using a roll-on or gel crystal deodorant. This variety is more convenient and easier to use since it is already wet. The roll-ons are ideal for traveling and the gym.
    • Roll-ons also feel and apply more like regular deodorant, adding to the convenience.
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    Entertain the idea of using a crystal deodorant powder. Powders are messier than the other varieties but you can make them yourself. They are often mixed with natural materials, such as cornstarch, to create a fine powder.[4]
    • Powders are great for deodorizing shoes and socks, as well as body odor.

Part 2
Using the Crystal Deodorant

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    Take a shower and clean the areas where you want to apply the deodorant. Since the deodorant works by preventing bacteria from growing on your skin, you need to scrub with soapy water to ensure that you're as clean as possible. [5]
    • Applying the deodorant to already stinky skin will not eliminate body odor.
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    Apply the deodorant generously to the desired areas. The armpits are typically the area associated with body odor. However, you may find that other parts of your body need deodorizing. [6]
    • Since it is hypoallergenic, the deodorant can be used anywhere on your skin.
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    Moisten your stone or stick and rub it on until it starts to feel a little sticky. This may take a few moments. Be sure to dab off the excess water from the stone, otherwise you will spend extra time rubbing of the water. [7]
    • If you have a roll-on stick, be sure to store it upside down. You do not want water to run into the base and cause the stone to pop out.
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    Rub on the deodorant if using a gel or roll-on. These are already wet and do not require further wetting. Simply apply the deodorant to the desired areas.[8]
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    Spray the areas were you want to avoid odor if using a spray variety. Use a mirror if you need help seeing where you’re spraying. You may want to apply the spray in the shower to avoid getting deodorant residue all over your bathroom surfaces. [9]
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    Shake the powder directly onto your skin or wipe it on if you are using a powder. Rub it in a little, but be sure not to rub it too hard as this is a quick way to irritate your skin. You may want to stay in the shower to avoid getting powder all over your bathroom. [10]
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    Let the deodorant dry for a couple of minutes. This will help it solidify on your body. Avoid putting on your clothes while the deodorant is still wet will on your body. This will just wipe it off. [11]
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    Wash your hands. It’s not going to hurt your skin, but you do not want to be rubbing your eyes. The salt and other minerals in the deodorant will irritate your eyes.

Warnings

  • While many brands boast of all-natural crystal deodorants, this isn’t necessarily true. Many manufacturers use synthetic chemicals during the process. A 100% unaltered deodorant crystal will be translucent, fragrance-free, and leave no residue on your skin. [12]
  • If you notice any irritations on your skin, immediately stop using your deodorant and talk with a doctor.
  • Keep in mind that a deodorant is different from an antiperspirant. If you are looking for something to prevent sweating, then this deodorant will not do the trick.
  • Avoid ordering your crystal deodorant from international or foreign sellers as the ingredients and manufacturing process might be different.

Tips

  • Ask your doctor or homeopath for recommendations of crystal deodorants.
  • If you need to reapply it between showers, rub your skin with alcohol. Take a cotton ball dipped in alcohol and rub it over the skin where you want to apply it. This will kill the bacteria and create a sterile place to apply your crystal deodorant. [13]
  • You can find crystal deodorant in its many forms at vitamin and health shops, drugstores, retail stores, or online.

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Categories: Sweating and Body Odor Hygiene