Natural Deodorant Review - Salt of the Earth

September 25, 2013

Hi all,

It's been a long time since I did my last review, so it feels as if this one is long overdue!

As you may or may not know I have been searching for a good, effective natural deodorant.

I was fed up with breathing in the chemicals of a spray deodorant and I was worried about the implications of putting the chemicals from a roll-on into my system.

I searched high, I searched low. I even searched middle-ish.

I tried out a home made concoction of coconut oil, essential oils, etc but found this difficult to apply to my underarms and just a bit awkward. I have very sensitive skin so the use of Bicarb of Soda wasn't ideal so the whole thing was too much faff for not enough of a result.

I bought a 'Dr Organic' roll on deodorant from Holland & Barrett but found it to be very wet, it didn't prevent perspiration or odour, in fact I think I smelt worse when using it!

I tried going 'au natural' for a while - I'm not a very sweaty person generally so on an 'easy' day it was fine, I didn't suffer from wetness and the smell was reasonable... I got a second opinion to verify it as I know you can't always smell your own BO!!

I didn't want to completely stop using deodorant, I think you do need it (well, I do anyway) and I did feel weird and a bit uneasy going out without any underarm protection!

Finally, at the end of my tether, I tried out the simplest and cheapest 'natural' deodorant I had heard about - Lemon. I sliced a lemon, kept it in the fridge (clearly labelled!!) and rubbed it directly onto my underarm. This was also a bit of a faff as I would have to come downstairs in between my shower/wash and getting dressed. I didn't find it any more effective than going au natural.

So, I gave up and bought some 'noraml' deodorant again from Asda.

It wasn't until I was in my local whole foods store a good few weeks later that I spotted a crystal deodorant stick and remembered someone on YouTube saying something good about a similar product. The full sized stick was around £5 and the small one around £3 and they are said to last months so I picked up the travel sized one to give it a go.

I am now hooked and won't be going back to conventional deodorants again!

I have been using this product for over a month now during some of the hottest weather the UK has seen in years, plus I also took it on holiday with me and it has performed well under all of these difficult circumstances.

This is what I have found:

Pro's:

  • 100% Natural
  • Quick and easy to use
  • All day protection
  • No marks on clothes
  • Effective at preventing odour
  • Portable, easy to take with you on nights away or holidays

Con's:

  • Expensive initial cost (but it lasts a long time so it's not more costly than most standard deodorants)
  • Doesn't stop perspiration (but that would be unnatural wouldn't it? We need to sweat)
Other benefits listed on the Crystal Spring website:

Long Time
Long Lasting Protection: Salt of the Earth's active ingredient rests on the surface of your skin providing you with protection that lasts longer.
No White Marks
No white marks on clothes.
Suitable For Vegans
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Not Tested On Animals
Not tested on Animals.
unisex
Unisex – great for guys and girls.
 Heart
Effective protection from body odour.
 Heart
 Heart
Suitable for Children

I purchased my deodorant in a local store but you can buy them on-line.
Here is a link to their website:

http://www.crystalspring.co.uk/products/natural-deodorants-crystal-deodorants

Overall, I have found this a very easy and very effective product to use. I will not be switching back any time soon. I would recommend this deodorant to everyone - male, female, young, old, sensitive skin, heavy perspirers and all in between.

Have you used this before? Do you use another type of natural deodorant? I'd love to know more about your experience.

Rach xx

**ADDED 10th March 2013**

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7 comments:

  1. I have been using a crystal deodorant for years but I recently came across a very bad review on the specific product. So I looked it up and there is actually a difference between crystals: potassium alum and ammonium alum, my deodorant is made of ammonium. I am not sure how harmful it is. Any advice is welcome!

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    1. I just had a quick look into this and can't find a quick answer! I will do more research and come back to you... this is an interesting one. Rach xx

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    2. I've done a lot more research and think I know the best answer I can without actually conducting an independent research/enquiry with a scientific team, etc.
      I plan to have a video and a blog post up on Monday 10th March to hopefully go a bit further into the subject and bring up information on both sides... essentially I believe the crystal deodorant is safe (I'll support that in my video) but it is always worth questioning EVERYTHING yourself and I'm glad people raised this with me. This is what it's all about! :-)
      Rach xx

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    3. I just watched your video, thank you so much for your answer! :)

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  2. Hi. I have done quite a bit if research into this particular form of deodorant. Potassium alum is alluminium. Check out some of the pharmacy web sites.

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  3. Hi, do you have any links so I can check that out as all the research I did told me otherwise and I'd like to know. I understand that potassium is a chemical compound made from processing aluminium but it behaves very differently... everything is a chemical compound from the basic chemical elements, us humans are just complex compounds of carbon at the end of the day!
    If you have something interesting to read please kindly link it, I'd love to read it for my own peace of mind and interest but at the moment I am very convinced that potassium alum is safe to use... for me anyway but you're welcome to think and act differently :-)

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