January 7, 2013

beauty scoop | crystal body deodorant stick

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a natural deodorant review with you.

It’s not that I’ve been keeping anything secret — it’s just that this search for a perfect natural deodorant, well, stinks.

One of the first natural deodorants that actually worked a little better for more than these is Crystal Body Deodorant Stick … but it’s far from perfect.

crystal natural deodorant

At A Glance

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

Ingredients: Mineral Salt (Potassium Silicate), Ammonium Aluminum

Price: 4.25-ounce stick, $7

Overall Rating (1-5, 5 being best)
2/5

EWG Rating
0

Pros

Cons

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At first, I was thrilled with the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick.

Though the application process was a bit annoying (you have to wet the crystal — it’s essentially a rock — and then roll it on), the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick was more effective at keeping me odor-free throughout the day than other natural deodorants I tried.

However, like with most other natural deodorants I tested, by about day three or four, the effectiveness wore down, and I found myself with that same musty stench by the end of each work day. And the application process annoyed me even more.

Le sigh.

While I’ve moved on from the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick in my search for the perfect natural deodorant, it’s not just because it doesn’t provide as much odor protection as I like; it’s also because I’m lost as to whether crystal deodorants are even really that natural.

Dr. Mercola notes that while the potassium and ammonium alum ingredients in crystal body deodorants are “natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin,” they aren’t exactly aluminum-free — and isn’t that the very reason we all bend over backwards trying to find safe, natural deodorant?

The natural beauties over at No More Dirty Looks also have a post dedicated to the crystal deodorant conversation, but don’t seem to take a stance on these natural deodorants, either.

As for me? I’ve put away the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick not for the lack of clarity around the safety of the product, but for the lack of power in protecting me against my own stench.

The search continues …

Have you tried any crystal-style natural deodorants? Did they work for you? Where do you stand on the potassium and ammonium alum ingredient issue? Tell me in the comments section!

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  • http://www.pellebeauty.com Marnie

    Finding a natural deodorant is trial & error. I’ve been making mine for years with success (for personal use )however I’ve purchased Soapwalla’s deodorant for when I travel as it’s easier to pack. It works really well too and is completely natural.

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @marnie it sure is! i have played with the idea of DIY natural deodorant, too. i have tried soapwalla as well and will have a review asap! it does work, but with some caveats …

  • http://naturallabeauty.blogspot.com Caitie

    I’m not sure where I stand on crystal deodorants either. I’ve read the mix of safe/not safe claims and I just don’t know!

    I’ve been making my own deodorant for about 6 months now and I find it works the best! For bought ones, I’ve had good results with Face Naturals’ stick deodorants…plus they have the cutest mini trial/travel ones! That’s what I carry in my purse, just in case :)

  • Susan

    I’ve always thought that if there’s any doubt as to whether a product is safe to use, it’s probably not worth it—especially if it doesn’t even work that well! The mag recently ran an excerpt on making your own deodorant, but I haven’t tried it. Deodorant is one aspect of my “beauty” routine where I still use conventional over natural.

  • http://pure-makeup.blogspot.com Mary

    I’m also on the fence about Crystal deodorants. They do work really well for me, even in hot humid climates. It seems to me that there isn’t any evidence of them being harmful, but they haven’t been proven safe either. If the molecules really are too large to be absorbed into the skin, than they probably are safe, but that’s not proven. Something about the tone of the Mercola article bothers me a bit, but I do agree to err on the side of safety if it is possible. And I actually like Soapwalla deodorant just as much, so I’ll be going back to that.

  • http://michelesquest.blogspot.com Michele

    I still <3 Honeybee Gardens deo. It works amazing and it's cheap. For me, if there's a question about safety I figure why bother?

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @caitie would love to learn your recipe! also, i will check out face naturals. the search indeed continues :)

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @susan totally agree. im jealous of you, though, because im pretty sure you told me that you rarely sweat/smell anyway. naturals should be just fine for you!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @mary agree with you on mercola. i like him, but i tense up a little bit when i read his content. a little bit end-of-the-world style for me, but he does have some good info. better to err on side of safety because i *know* some natural deodorants out there *have* to work for girls like me!!!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @michele must try honeybee gardens! im loving all these suggestions, ladies. thanks so much :)

  • Ana

    You should test Home Health Herbal Magic Deodorant, I prefer the Herbal Scent one

  • http://beautybybritanie.com Britanie Faith

    I have been using the Crystal Essence Chamomile and Green Tea Deodorant Roll-On and it says its free of Aluminum Chlorohydrate and Aluminum Zirconium. It works for me! I am still on the look out for more deodorants because I do have to re-apply it throughout the day sometimes but it’s the best natural deodorant I have yet to find. I LOVED the Soapwalla one but it made me have the worst rash ever so I had to stop using it :(

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @ana thanks for the recommendation!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @britanie i think the question is more what is it made of? most likely potassium alum, which is what we’re unsure of as far as the safety status. most signs point to yes, it’s fine, but then we have that nagging fear of well, it’s still aluminum .. *can* it get into my skin even though the molecules of this particular type are said to be too large?

    i will have my soapwalla review up soon, but i had similar reactions like you :( boo

  • http://beautybybritanie.com Britanie Faith

    I hear you. That really concerns me and irritates me because it’s one of the only natural deodorants that has actually worked for me. I will use the rest of what I have and then go back on the hunt again!!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @britanie i know. i mean i think it’s one of those things where if so many sources say it’s A-OK to use (including cancer treatment centers!) you think yeap, this is legit. but then there’s some study or some suspicion from another source that says it may not be perfectly safe. i hate it! but alas, at least for me, it didn’t work as well as i would have liked so i can let that be my reason for not using it :(

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