Using Less of Everything – Deodorant Update

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In my last post about using less of everything, I mentioned the next project was trying to use less deodorant.

The main purpose to these experiments is to try using less of common products to make our supplies last longer.  A side benefit is the money saved from not having to buy new supplies as quickly as before.  Regarding the use of antiperspirants and deodorants, many people are concerned about the aluminum content of these products and the effect this may have on health.  Interestingly, I found the enclosed article on MSNBC, “Great Unwashed Raise Stink about Being Clean Enough”   Is there a trend here?

I am now ready to post the result of the experiment.

I tried the following on different days:

  • Using no deodorant, but bathing daily.
  • Using a natural Crystal Deodorant.
  • Baby powder
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing Alcohol

I did the experiment on days when I was working from home.   I was the test subject and I also did the evaluation.  As a backup, my family also gauged whether the remedies were effective or not according to the degree of complaints.  The main variable was the weather on various days;  I also tried the remedies on days with no workout, and on days when I did work out.

To my dismay, we had several days of intense heat and humidity in our area.

  • On cooler days (under 80 degrees), with or without a workout, all the remedies worked well.
  • On very hot days (around 85-100 degrees or more), WITH a workout, none of the remedies work.  At the end of the day, I checked it myself and I felt need to run, not walk, for a second shower.
  • On hot days WITHOUT a workout,  a combination of the crystal deodorant and baby powder worked very well.
  • Baking soda applied under the arms worked as well as baby powder on a standalone basis.
  • Rubbing alcohol under the arms is supposed to be a good substitute, as alcohol kills bacteria; this remedy also only worked well on cooler days.
  • On very cool days (75 degrees and under), without a workout, doing without deodorant altogether, with a daily shower actually worked well for 24 hours.
  • During the experiment, I found I was having to wash my shirts after wearing only once, particularly on the intensely hot days.  Therefore we used more detergent on those days.  This gives me an idea that my next experiment will be to try to make homemade detergent to see if is works as well as store-bought.

As a conclusion, the use of antiperspirants/deodorant is only necessary on intensely hot days, as I did not find a substitute that works as well.  So I am not tossing out the underarm products as truthfully, I won’t feel “confident dry and secure” on those hot and humid days.  However, on cooler days these remedies all work very well.  I actually bought the crystal deodorant for everyone in the family as I was satisfied with the result.  I am pleased that we can actually cut down on using antiperspirants or deodorant depending on the weather and level of physical activity.  Just between us, I think the family is relieved that this experiment is over.  🙂

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  1. I use the crystal stuff, it lasts forever and seems to work well enough. I have allergic reactions to some deodorants, soaps, laundry detergents and the like. I’ve never had a problem with crystal deodorant.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experiment with us!

    I have been making my own laundry detergent for several months … and it ROCKS!!!!

    4.5 oz. Ivory soap bar (put the entire bar in the microwave and set it for approx. 90 seconds … but get ready — it’s the most fun you’ll ever have!)
    1 c. washing soda
    1/2 c. borax

    Combine, then use 1 TB per load (really! that’s all it takes!).

  3. This was a good experiment… I’m not sure for me, I would worry much about deodorant. If a situation gets bad enough, supplies will be diminished anyway unless you have a truckload of the stuff stored up.

    As an experiment, and I will preface this by saying, I would experiment with others willing to give it a shot, rationing food for a week or two to help determine endurance under normal circumstances, and then a week or two with rationed food, and spending more time at the gym to simulate an environment of higher physical stress to see how the body reacts and publishing the results. If anyone is willing to discuss and give this a shot if someone else wanted to go in on the experiment…

    1. Rationing food to see how much less you can get away with would be a good idea for an experiment. Not sure how the rest of the family would take to it though. I’d have to plan carefully if we were to try it.

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