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Every so often, I try to switch to a natural deodorant. Because all the regular antiperspirants/deodorants contain aluminum and I just don’t love the idea of absorbing chemicals into my armpits everyday.

Aluminum seems more appropriate for wrapping up a ham sandwich.

But let me tell you something. That aluminum stuff works like a charm. You could be a reality TV wannabe star, put on a few coats of Secret, throw on an evening dress, head on down to the White House, crash a state dinner, meet the President and you would still smell fresh by the time you are back at home posting the pictures on Facebook.

*Nov 27 - 00:05*

Natural deodorant? You wouldn’t even have a chance to sweet talk the Secret Service before you had to head home to re-apply.

I most recently tried Tom’s Lavender deodorant because I really like the Tom’s of Maine products and not just because my dad’s name is Tom, although that’s obviously a large part of it.

The label says it works for 12 hours.

But I think that’s a typo because it’s really 12 minutes.

I really lather it on to give myself every advantage. And by the end of the day, I am not fresh. And this is winter people. Can you imagine the results on a sweaty August day?!

So I’m back on my search for an effective natural deodorant. Maybe I should ask The Mouthy Housewives. Doesn’t it seem like those brilliant ladies know everything?

If you have any ideas, my gosh, share immediately.

My only requirements…

1. I will not make my own deodorant. Ever. Come on. I don’t even make myself dinner. It must be sold in a store. Preferably one within 2 miles from my house. I know, greedy. Ok, any store.

2. The deodorant must work for more than 12 minutes.

3. It can’t have some kind of embarrassing name like Amazing Armpits or Pleasing Pits.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

37 Responses to oh aluminum… i really must leave you.

  • marlene says:

    i cant believe it Kelcey- went to florida this weekend and all i could find was Toms deodorant! I was sopping wet for 3 days!

  • vodkamom says:

    I THOUGHT she looked familiar!

    You’ve got some balls, my dear.

    Oh- the girls use OLD SPICE MEN’S deodorant – can you believe it?

  • Becky says:

    As I said before, find something else to make you live longer and GO FOR SECRET! Or Dove. How can Dove harm us. Dove loves us.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to figure out how to crash the President’s New Years Eve ball.

  • Rachel says:

    I was trying to be witty and smart before I gave you my recommendation but come on I’m only on my 5th cup of coffee. Crystal body deodorant stick…the upside is you can use it on your feet too.

  • Jen says:

    A friend of mine uses coconut oil as deodorant. She too had tried all the available natural deoderants and found the only thing that worked was coconut oil! At least your sweat will smell like an island drink ;-).

  • Kim says:

    Well, it just goes to show how far a pretty blonde can go! Wondering how far her hubbie would have gotten with the secret service on his own? That said, it proves my point that some (most) men think with their….

    I am a fan of Jason all natural products. I love the body wash! Thinking the deodorant may be worth a try? I am sure they sell it at Whole Foods ;)!

  • faith Kewfi says:

    sounds gross but if you spray tea tree oil under your armpits ( not right after shaving or you will scream bloody murder) — but later — it totally works and don;t buy the tea tree deodorant — buy the earth something or other that they sell at bed bath and beyond for your feet — it totally works! just don;t miss and hit your eyes!

  • Margaret says:

    How about this. You apply Aluminums R Us deodorant under your arms and then you shove a ham sandwich under each arm. The aluminum will naturally gravitate toward the sandwich yet keep you smelling fresh. All day.

    You’re welcome.

  • tracey says:

    The problem I have isn’t the odor but the fact that I don’t LIKE to perspire! At all. I’ll be stinky if I have to be but I MUST HAVE DRY ARMPITS. Natural stuff just won’t block my pores like the cancer causing stuff does, you know?

  • Elizabeth says:

    I am a loyal Tom’s user (at least 15 years) and I think you might just need to get used to it. (I don’t care about the aluminum so much as the animal testing those consumer products companies do.) Ok, I don’t smell like baby powder at the end of the day but I can’t smell my pits either! It’s totally worth it. Did you really STINK?

  • JK says:

    My close friend from Italy is very homeopathic and will not use deodorant. She just puts alcohol on a cotton ball and applies under her arms. She is very active, so if it works for her, it must work. Also, the expensive product I bought to relieve ingrown hairs is mostly alcohol. An added benefit! Good luck!

  • Oz says:

    If you dab a little essential oil (lemon, perhaps) or Vicks under your nose, you won’t even smell your pits. Unfortunately, everyone else will…

  • Rebecca S. says:

    I read in Marie Claire this month that Italian women put baking soda under their arms. I doubt it works. You can also Botox your underarm sweat glands. I pit out like there is no tomorrow, so I feel your pain.

  • MommyTime says:

    In fact, all the regular anti-perspirants contain aluminum, but the regular deodorants mostly do not. I used a Lady Speed Stick for a long time — powder fresh scent or some such thing that smelled clean and not too strong. It worked very well. I did eventually switch to Tom’s just for a lark, but I would swear by the Lady Speed Stick, which I used to buy at Target. I had a friend who swore by some weird kind of deodorant CRYSTAL that was like a stone that you just rubbed around under your arms. Yeah right. Good luck with that. I don’t recommend that option.

  • Pearl Wisdom says:

    oh wow, i recently started using Toms for the same reason. i had to apply twice a day and i still stunk. but after about a month i think my body adjusted and i no longer stink, i swear! a month is a long time to have BO, but i think it was worth it. i am guessing any switch will have the same transition period?

  • WeeLittleMaggie says:

    De-lurking myself here to spread the gospel… You HAVE TO try the Adidas Cotton Tech Deodorant. It’s sold in regular drugstores, Target, etc, alongside other Adidas deodorant, but this stuff is awesome because instead of clogging your pits with aluminum, it uses cotton to actually absorb your sweat. And it works. For realz. The added benefit is that it doesn’t yellow the armpits of your clothes. I love love love this stuff.
    Let me know if you try it!

kelcey kintner