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updated deodorant suggestions? 
31st-Jan-2013 01:09 pm
vegan ftw
My one year veganniversary is coming up in a few weeks, though, so I figured I should finally ask about this: deodorant! The last post in the tag is from 2008 :( (I see Mitchum listed there, so I'm gonna see if I can find that somewhere next time I'm out, but I wanted to ask in case that also doesn't work!)

Years ago I bought a massive pack of Dove deodorant from Costco and I'm on my last one of those. I don't want to buy more when it runs out, obviously, but so far I haven't found a single vegan deodorant that works. I've tried a ton of them and I am always stinky within hours. I give them all a few weeks, thinking maybe my body will adjust but it doesn't happen. Even in winter when I'm not hot, I end up stinky. And, half the time, I walk around scratching my arm pits like a gorilla for a week after putting some on. I'm apparently allergic to something in a lot of these concoctions. I'm also allergic to tea tree oil so it can't contain that.

I know I've tried the trader joe's stuff, the Crystal roll-on, Lush's deodorant bars, baking soda (I think this is actually what I'm allergic to; it makes me break out in hives on its own), Alba's deodorant, Schmidt something? (I bought it on Food Fight's site, iirc), Tom's of Maine, Florere, and The Body Shop's brand. There have probably been more; I've been trying to use a lot of vegan products even since before I was actually vegan.

So, I need your strongest, best deodorant suggestions! I'm in the US, near Seattle, if that matters.
31st-Jan-2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
If you aren't opposed to ordering online, I swear by this stuff from The Deodorant Shop on Etsy. I had the same problem. My skin is sensitive to the majority of deodorants and every vegan deodorant I tried left me stinky just a few hours after putting it on. This stuff works all day, even if I do a workout at the end of the day, and has never bothered my skin. The link is to the women's extra strength but the shop has a men's extra strength formula available as well.

31st-Jan-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ooops! Just noticed they have tea tree oil in the ingredients which you say you're allergic to. Sorry! I'm going to leave the rec here in case anyone else is looking, though.

Edited at 2013-01-31 09:23 pm (UTC)
31st-Jan-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
I personally go for Mitchum. They make women and men's scents. It's inexpensive, and, as they say, so effective you could skip a day.
31st-Jan-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
Good news: you'll probably end up not having to use deodorant at all eventually; I only use a swab of witch hazel in the morning.
1st-Feb-2013 05:13 am (UTC)
I've read a lot pf people lately have started making their own, that it's a super-easy process. I haven't tried yet. I barely use the deodorant I have right now, most of the time I just use a swipe of rubbing alcohol if I get stinky (which seems to happen most often right AFTER I shower?), and it works fabulously. I keep a spray bottle in my purse for if I'm out and about and need some assistance. But I've been wanting to pick up some citrus oils, because the stuff I have now has baking soda and some chemically names I'd like avoid and makes my pits sticky. It has a delightful orangy-grapefruit scent and lists essential oils in the ingredients, and I've heard you can use a couple drops of straight citrus oil because of the antimicrobial qualities. Much like alcohol, kill bacteria that cause odor.
1st-Feb-2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I like that rubbing alcohol idea. I'll have to give it a try, thanks!
1st-Feb-2013 05:56 am (UTC)
I've used both Mitchum and JASON to great success. I prefer Mitchum, but JASON was good, too.
1st-Feb-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
I've been using Mitchum for years, but I just tried Soapwalla (after hearing a bunch of awesome things about it). It is FANTASTIC- I've tried so many natural deodorants and this is the only one that seems to work. It's a bit pricy, but I think it's work it.

or: http://www.etsy.com/shop/soapwallakitchen
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