Sunday, March 11, 2012

Experimental Update

As you know, I’ve been pondering the use of antiperspirants and deodorants lately and so I have conducted the first experiment.  I can summarize the results for you.

Epic fail.

It could have been worse.   But not much.

I used a product called CRYSTAL Body Deodorant.  It is advertised as a natural deodorant stick.  So to be clear it is not an antiperspirant.  This became quite clear in the 2:00 p.m. meeting I was leading when sweat had saturated my shirt to about the mid-point between my under arms and my waist.  I was saved in that the meeting was a small so it was not necessary for me to stand in the front of the room and point at anything.  That would have fallen into the “worse” category I mentioned above.  But since it wasn’t advertised as an antiperspirant the fact that I sweat like a race horse on game day does not constitute an epic fail.  It was, you guessed it, the odor.  It was better than if I simply hadn’t used anything at all.  For that I am grateful.  Still, no one accused me of bathing in rose petals.

And so I went back to my old master, Mitchum.  I’ll try another product soon.  When I get up the nerve.  I’ll keep you posted. 

Update – I found that the stick is made entirely of alum and is good as an aftershave treatment.  More about that in a future post. 


  1. Are you trying to get away from Aluminum? Josiah and I tried some called "Naturally Fresh"... It didn't work, and my armpit broke out in acne. Though this is not very scientific, as my body could be reacting to my husband's armpit bacteria as opposed to the deodorant. Either way, the stuff didn't work. It stinks (pun intended).
    PS I like how you labeled this as adventure.

  2. Sorry... I do see now from a previous post that you are trying to avoid the chemicals. Me too! I went and shopped at a natural market the other day then had to run into Walmart. Looking at the differences in the food near the register in one versus the other was astounding! Especially after having watched Food, Inc. in the last couple of weeks. lol

  3. Tried the crystals as a teen. I'm not sure which was worse, using nothing at all and stinking, or expecting the crystal to work, and stinking.

    I've used Old Spice ever since. Can't vouch for it being any clearer of chemicals than the next product, but it works.