The Paleo Solution to Body Odor and Deodorant

Many that consider themselves “paleo” are not just looking for answers in the field of nutrition and exercise, but are looking for valid alternatives to conventional wisdom in other areas of life as well. Sleep, posture, cold plunges, and sunlight come to mind, but what about general hygiene?

Admittedly, this (a natural deodorant that works perfectly) is something I’ve struggled on and off with for a long time. This is probably due to not caring very much. I shower at least once, and often twice a day. I scrub my entire body with a natural soap — free of weird shit I can’t pronounce — and that’s good enough for me. My thinking has always been if it’s not good enough for people around me, too bad.

At the same time, I have occasionally picked up a “natural” deodorant. The ones that work, if only for short time, eventually irritate my arm pits. Most don’t work at all. Scented, unscented, etc.

Of course, I’ve searched for alternatives. Complicated concoctions like this were not appealing. Baking soda and vinegar was slightly more appealing, but I never got around to actually giving it a shot.

And so it’s clear, conventional deodorant sucks. As far as I’m concerned, there should be very little in life you are willing to layer on your skin that you aren’t willing to eat. Not to mention that the idea of forcefully preventing my body from sweating via an anti-perspirant always seemed aggressively stupid.

So … what’s the great paleo solution?

It’s mineral salt.

I picked this brand up the other day for $4 USD at Whole Foods. It’s supposed to last for a solid year. I’ve read online that it lasts up to 3 years, even with daily use.

The question is: does it work?

So far, yes, absolutely. Condensed salt in the shape of an egg with a little water works perfectly. Honestly, I am still blown away at how well it works. It worked within 5 minutes of the first application. Since then I’ve applied it once per day … and have had ZERO body odor. None. Zip, zero, zilch.

Do I smell “good”? No, and that’s the point. I don’t smell like anything. Kind of like breath. The best smelling breath to have is none at all.

So far, zero skin irritation — making this very distinct from more common “natural” deodorants.

Interestingly enough, it has a mild anti-perspirant effect, without any of the side risks associated with conventional anti-perspirants.

Overall, extremely happy with the purchase and the product. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is super cheap, goes for years, lasts well over 24 hours per application, and is as natural as something can be.

It’s fucking condensed salt.

Assuming this stuff doesn’t cause me to grow a third testicle, I have no idea why anyone would use anything else. Mineral salt as deodorant actually fixes the source of the problem, rather than poorly covering it up for a short period of time.

The cost is lower, the effect better, and the associated risks are non existent.

Give it a shot and enjoy.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and


9 Responses to The Paleo Solution to Body Odor and Deodorant

  1. Carnivore January 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Don’t mean to rain on the party, but I’m not so sure. The claim has also been made that the crystals contain aluminum since they’re made of potassium alum. The full chemical name of potassium alum is potassium aluminum sulfate. (Dr. Mercola making this claim: Thus, still being exposed to aluminum.

    I’m using Burt’s Bees Mens Deodorant stick which seems to work, but it ain’t summer yet and it has its own long list of supposedly “natural” ingredients and a pleasant but rather strong scent.

  2. Kristina Brooke January 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    While I appreciate the link-back to my posts, I wouldn’t say that my two solutions are complicated- I mean, mixing 2 or three ingredients together is pretty easy!

  3. jim January 20, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Hey Anthony. I used a mineral crystal for a while but it didn’t work that well (could smell myself by the end of the day) and the natural deodorants like toms were useless. I read online about baking soda and it works wonders. I just dab slightly wet fingers into the baking soda so a little sticks and then just pat it onto my underarms. No odour even the next morning. It might irritate your pits if you use too much but shouldn’t be hard to determine how much you need.

  4. Thom January 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Wanted to give these crystals a shot but the above comments made me think otherwise.

    I like that Arm and Hammer brand doesn’t sweat much and tends to rarely ever bleach the pits of my clothes (can’t say that for any gel brand of deodorant) but I see the active ingredient itself is Aluminum Zirconium. I wonder what the comparison in aluminum content breaks down to among these.

    I bought a Tom’s natural deodorant a couple years ago and use it from time to time, but I always hate the feeling- it always feels like I took some yoplait brand “whips” and rubbed it under my arm, and it never seems to dry.

    Going to take a look at the Burt’s

  5. Valerie January 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I recently discovered Bubble & Bee Organic. They make all natural deodorants (in multiple forms) that I have found to work better than any other all natural deoderant. And they don’t contain aluminum anything! Better, they also have a deo guarantee, so if you’re still stank with one, they will work with you until you find one that works for you. Pretty cool, huh? They sell some other products, too and I’ve loved what I’ve tried so far. I have no connection with them except as a super satisfied customer. Check em out:

  6. Sue January 30, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I put a dab of coconut oil in my palm. Sprinkle on a little baking soda, rub together and wipe on my armpits. Works great.

  7. Gene February 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Have you tried Lavilin? Works better for me than any of the other alternatives. No problems even after exercise or any other activity in gyms or other places kept foolishly hot. It’s a little weird at first to not soap your pits when you shower, but you get used to it.

  8. Danny December 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks Anthony, for posting. I am in the same boat as Gene. Been using Lavilin for about 5 years and I’m very pleased with the results. All-natural and long-lasting. Any experience with the brand?

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