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?
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.
— Anthony Dream Johnson