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Crystal Deodorants: The Purest De-Stankifiers

The following article originally appeared on and was written by peta2’s Sunny.

So, I’m somewhat of a stinky beast. 😉 Unfortunately I’m not one of those ladies who just “glisten,” especially on a scorching hot day or after a workout. I used to be a religious user of antiperspirants… that is, until I learned how evil they were. They literally prevent you from sweating (which is your body’s natural way of cooling itself off) by blocking your sweat glands with aluminum-based chemicals—not healthy whatsoever!

I recently dedicated an entire week to using only crystal deodorants (by the brand Naturally Fresh Crystal Deodorants) to see what the results would be (workouts included). I was a little skeptical, but I knew that since I hadn’t used antiperspirants or conventional deodorants for quite some time, my pits were pretty detoxed and perfect candidates. Well, guess what? Not only did I last the full week, but I’m officially a convert! This stuff works—you just have to have faith.

It’s so easy to use. You just moisten the crystal and rub it on areas you wish to deodorize. The salt molecules provide a barrier of protection against odor-causing bacteria. It’s not rocket science; it’s just awesomeness times 12.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystals rock because …

  • They come in stick, roll-on, and spray versions (the sprays are my faves)
  • You can opt for a fancy scent: ocean breeze, lavender, papaya fusion, or honeydew melon (I’m currently diggin’ the lavender)
  • They come in travel sizes.
  • They don’t leave any white residue on your clothes.
  • The crystal sticks practically last forever (saving you lots o’ cha-ching; they’re only between $3.99 and $5.99 each!)
  • They are perfect for people with sensitive skin.
  • They are cruelty-free and vegan.
  • They are not sticky, goopy, or toxic-smelling.
  • And they work!

You can find Naturally Fresh Crystal Deodorants at Save Mart, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Cottage, Raley’s, Henry’s, Smith Drug, various health-food retailers,,, and

What’s your favorite vegan deodorant?

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  • Kelli Smith says:

    Don’t you just love the crystal! I switched to the Thai stick years ago, and still haven’t tried anything else because that thing is still going strong. Tip for people trying them: Use it directly out of the shower and if you plan to reapply before showering again… make sure you rinse and use a towel to dry the stick off. I’m not sure exactly what happens… but I’m assuming that if you’re not perfectly cleaned (no oils, sweat, etc.), some of YOU will rub off onto your stick when you reapply. If you check your stick again the next day… it will have B.O. smell. (Not just the Thai stick, but my Mom had trouble too and she used another brand.) If you don’t know your stick has B.O., you’ll reapply and think you’re stinky because the stick doesn’t work. So, rinse and rub dry your stick with a towel… and it will last you years. I only use mine directly out of the shower and do not reapply.

  • Ceci O says:

    My husband is allergic to aluminum and propylene glycol (two main ingredients in conventional deodorants. I, myself, am allergic to most fragrances, dyes, and parabens (cosmetic additive used as a preservative). We switched to Toms of Maine a few years back and have not looked back since. They are cruelty-free (see cartoon bunny on back label) and come in various scents that do not irritate my skin. They are PPG & Aluminum free, which is perfect for my husband. We love it!

  • Kim says:

    I’ve tried natural deodorants before and they were worthless. I hadn’t heard of this one before, so I’ll give it a try. If it will work on someome as stinky as me, it will work on anyone. (I really hope this works because I am allergic to almost every deodorant on the market and haven’t been able to forgo my Right Guard yet because of this.)

  • kelli hendrickson says:

    I have 20!!! They are the BEST!!!