My problem is I'm stinky but not sweaty. Apparently finding a deodorant that helps with stanky ass pits but doesn't irritate them is like finding a needle in a haystack. I thought I would go over the ones I have used in hopes this helps other people with similar body chemistry. If anything, I am learning which types of formulations don't work for me.
Crystal Body Deodorant Stick, $5.99 drugstores: This was the first natural deodorant I tried because there were hundreds of great reviews. It's a mineral salt based product that you dampen and work into the pits. Unfortunately, this did not work for me whatsoever. It was painful to apply and I smelled horrific within 30 minutes to an hour. I did a full review of it here. EWG rating: 1 (low hazard) GoodGuide health rating: 10 (best)
Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On, $4 drugstores: I picked this up after the Crystal stick because I thought if I was able to apply more product, it may work better. Well, I was wrong. It was just as bad as the stick. I have a full review here. EWG rating: 1 (low hazard) GoodGuide health rating: 10 (best)
DIY Formula: I found several recipes for deodorant. The one I had been using was 4 tablespoons each of coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch with 4 drops of essential oil. In terms of stank repellant, it was amazing. It was actually better than the clinical strength ones I used to use. Unfortunately, it irritated the hell out of my pits. They were red and itchy. It's also difficult to travel with because it melts easily. I have a friend testing it and she loves it. She's had no reactions to it. EWG rating: 0 (low hazard)
Dr. Mist Deodorant Body Hygiene Spray Fragrance Free, $6.99 drugstore.com: After my pits were throughly irritated by my DIY formula, I bought this. Again, the reviews were good. Plus, it had won a Geneva award for invention and innovation. This is another mineral salt based formulation but you spray it on. Similar to the Crystal roll-on, it took forever to dry. Within 30 minutes, I smelled like a barnyard. After three tries with these types of deodorants, I learned that my body chemistry does not agree with mineral salt based formulations. EWG rating: 2 (low hazard)
Jason Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant, $5.99 drugstores: Since the DIY formula worked with my stank, I thought the Jason may work because it had similar ingredients. Yeah, I was wrong again. It lasted much longer than the salt formulas but I had to reapply 3 or more times per day. Plus, it was very sticky. It didn't irritate my pits, though. It also doesn't rate well either, which is a bummer. EWG rating: 4 (moderate hazard) GoodGuide health rating: 5 (average)
After failures with two more store bought deos, I made the DIY one again but reduced the baking soda and corn starch by half. I also added more tea tree oil. It didn't irritate but I was smelly again!! I ended up going back to a chemical laden clinical formula.
If y'all can help a lady out, I would really appreciate it. Please leave me your recommendations! By the way, Lavanila is often recommended but I won't go for it because it does not rate as well on EWG (4, moderate hazard) or GoodGuide (6, above average) as I prefer (btw those are exact the same ratings Secret Clinical Strength has).