Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Stone Review
Why I Use A Crystal Deodorant Stone
Why does it always come down to the simple things that work. I've not used commercial deodorant or antiperspirant for over 25 years. I've put it to the test and swear by it. Even during the summer when I do heavy work in the hot sun and sweat buckets, I don't exude the bad malodorous body odor. I have even skipped a day with no odoriferous results.
The health risks of using aluminum based chemical deodorants has been a proven contributor to many diseases so why would you willingly poison yourself when there is such an easy solution.
Let me recommend this amazing crystal deodorant stone to you and stay fresh naturally.
Sweat Doesn't Stink
Clean sweat does not stink. The bacteria on your skin are what produces the odor that is attributed to stale sweat. Allowing that bacteria to grow, provides the basis for creating body odor. And your odor is distinct to your bacteria.
Bacteria grow in warm moist areas so the armpits, loaded with sweat glands, is a prime location. Even more so if one uses the conventional aluminum-based anti-antiperspirants. These products control sweating by clogging and restricting the pores. This gives the bacteria a perfect growing environment. So much so that antiperspirants also contain perfumes and deodorants as well.
That's typical modern thinking. Solve a problem by throwing more chemicals at it. I don't like that mentality but there is obviously money involved. Create a product that solves one problem only to make another which needs another product to solve... and so on and so on.
I came across the first crystal deodorant stone at a flea market trade show. That was twenty five years ago and I am still using the stuff. It is a natural alum based mineral crystal that kills the bacteria living on your skin on contact. Kill the bacteria, get rid of the odor.
It also comes in a traditional roll-on type package but don't be fooled into buying it this way. The extra packaging is just a gimmick and the stone will soon enough fall out of the package. The only time I consider this format is when traveling on an airline .... customs people are so curious.
The Science That Kills
Aluminum chlorohydrate is the active ingredient in most commercial antiperspirants. The American Food and Drug Administration allows aluminum chlorohydrate in concentrations of up to 25%, considering it safe up to those levels.
I love that term. "considered safe up to those levels". That means it is not safe over those levels? Who is preventing some over enthusiastic teen from over applying his pit stick? Besides who reads the labels on these things anyways.
There is fears and suggestions that high levels aluminum concentrations in the body is attributed to some diseases like Alzheimer's and breast cancer. The word is still out on that. I, for one, don't plan on testing the theory.
Wiki Speaks ...
"There is no adequate evidence that exposure to aluminium in antiperspirants leads to progressive dementia and Alzheimer's disease."
Ted S. Gansler, MD, MBA, the director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, stated "There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant use increases cancer risk"
Quotes from Wikipedia.... aluminum chlorohydrate
How I Use It
Using the crystal deodorant stone is simple. All you do is wet the stone and wipe over the armpit area. It doesn't take much. Remember to rinse the stone off after you finish. One three once stone lasts about three months so it is much cheaper than regular deodorant as well.
Now how simple is that?
In all fairness I must caution you. It takes a while to become totally effective. It's basic biology that you have to contend with. The stone is effective right away but if you've been using antiperspirant for any length of time, your pores will be clogged. It takes a couple of weeks to a month of continual use before you'll feel completely free. During that time you'll sweat more because your body is used to sweating profusely because of the blocked pours. Gradually the sweating will lessen and the odor will be gone.
I once had a reaction when using the stone that I assumed to be a resistant bacteria. I quite using the stone for three days and let nature take its course. After that I started using the stone again with no adverse effect. Be sure to rinse the stone thoroughly after each use. This will prevent resistant bacteria from forming. In 25 years I only had that one reaction and I don't blame the stone for it.
After three months of regular use, your body will have settled in. Sweating will happen but is not odoriferous and will soon reduce in quantity. Your body regains its efficiency and requires less sweat to cool itself. You will find you can even skip a day of using the deodorant stone without ill effects.
I personally like the natural crystal form but the stone comes formed and packaged in a roll-on type package. In my opinion it is a waste of both packaging and money. We bought one once because our regular supply of the stone was lacking. The price was three times what I usually paid and the stone was smaller. It also on lasted in the container a few weeks before it eroded enough from regular use to fall right out of the expensive container. Don't waste your money on the prepackaged stone.
The biggest cause of failure when using the stone is not giving it the time in the beginning.
Sources of Crystal Deordorant Stones
This is the first stone deodorant I came across and still one of the best. The oval hand-formed crystal usually lasts the longest and it fits the hand better. They also come with great little designer holders.
Other Uses Of the Crystal Deodorant Stone
- I use left over pieces crushed to a powder and added to my hot bath water for a cleansing soak. I don't do it often but then again I don't have a continuous supply, I just use the left over pieces.
- I used a couple of pieces in the drip tray under my old freezer. It used to collect water once in awhile and I'd notice a odor. Since I've thrown in a couple of stone chips I no longer have that problem.
- If you suffer from foot odor, soak your feet in water that contains the remnants of this crystal stone.
How To Buy Crystal Deodorant Stones
Buy from a reputable company. Some I have tried are better than others in their quality control. The original Thai stone was hand packed and seemed to be the best of the companies I've tried so if you buy online, I would buy those.
Find a local dealer. I like to personally inspect the stones before I purchase. The clearer the stone the easier it is to see if there are any internal cracks that would cause the stone to split before you have used it a full three months. Pick clear over cloudy.