what deodorant do you use??

(58 Posts)
Spychic Tue 25-Feb-14 11:27:41

I don't want to smell perfumey, but I don't want to stink either! I stopped wearing deodorant for a long time as I just got fed up with it... Sometimes it would react with my natural body odour to create an even worse odour!... But now, I am ready to give it another try.

So what do you use??

williaminajetfighter Tue 25-Feb-14 11:33:33

I love SIMPLE roll on. It has no perfume, is not sticky (promise) and works really well. I have used it for years now and it got me through last hot summer while pregnant! Highly recommend and not expensive.

HyvaPaiva Tue 25-Feb-14 11:36:20

Dove Cucumber and Green Tea. I love it, it smells clean and fresh as opposed to 'scented'. It's great.

squoosh Tue 25-Feb-14 11:37:58

Mitchum roll on in Powder Fresh.

HelloBoys Tue 25-Feb-14 11:38:16

After years of using it (and then a natural one) I actually don't use one anymore (don't smell, sweat etc).

The only times I do use it are maybe summer or when on holiday somewhere hot, Weleda.

HelloBoys Tue 25-Feb-14 11:40:14

spy if you don't smell you don't need it.

Decide if you also want an antiperspirant as well as deodorant. I did like a Body Shop Minerals one but D

HelloBoys Tue 25-Feb-14 11:40:44

Dove that someone mentioned is nice and subtle.

Spychic Tue 25-Feb-14 11:41:00

Ooh, lots of recommendations. Thanks all. Looking forward to being less smelly smile

Spychic Tue 25-Feb-14 11:42:04

HelloBoys I do smell! Only in the summer.. But it's summer where I am now.

Vickiyumyum Tue 25-Feb-14 11:43:14

I use the nivea roll on for men. It doesn't leave marks and works really well. No scent to it, so doesn't clash with my perfume.

Drquin Tue 25-Feb-14 11:45:46

I used the Tea Tree one from holland and barret and loved it especially when my skin probs flared up.

I didn't mind it being more expensive than something from the supermarket ..... But gave up in disgust when literally every bottle got to about 3/4 empty and the roller lid fell off and the remaining contents spilt out! Otherwise it was brilliant!

Catsmamma Tue 25-Feb-14 11:47:47

i use the cream sticks...dove usually, but dh picked up the Sure one by mistake...tht's okay too...no overpowering smell either so no clashing with perfume

TeaAddict235 Tue 25-Feb-14 11:50:42

Amplex is brill, nice and gentle scent. Quite cheap too from Savers or wilkos.

treaclesoda Tue 25-Feb-14 11:53:28

I make my own, using coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, arrowroot and some tea tree oil. I am not a lentil weaver by any stretch of the imagination, but I just never found one to buy that works anywhere near as well as the home made stuff.

Spychic Tue 25-Feb-14 11:55:14

That sounds really interesting treaclesoda. What are the ratios and what kind of container do you use?

ProbablyCaroline Tue 25-Feb-14 11:56:11

Sure cream stick...it's the only one that works! I hate roll ons...all wet and nasty...and I hate aerosols too...nasty white coating. Sure is moisturizing and yet works well too.

ProbablyCaroline Tue 25-Feb-14 11:56:45

Treacle can I ask your recipe please? I have all those in at the moment!

ColdTeaAgain Tue 25-Feb-14 12:01:35

I highly recommend crystal deodorants such as PitRok. We used it while travelling and can safely say that neither us or our clothes ever smelt despite often having to go two or three days without a proper shower grin

It works by preventing bacteria growing that cause the smell and is kinder to skinwith no nasty chemicals.

Also like Biosen roll on, again its easy on the chemicals and feels lovely on skin.

treaclesoda Tue 25-Feb-14 12:16:21

I've only made it once so far, as it lasts for ages, but I'll definitely be making it again!

Ok, its basically two parts arrowroot/ 2 parts baking soda and 3 parts coconut oil. Then add a few drops of tea tree oil. I mixed it all together with a stick blender, which worked quite well because the heat of the blender melted it just a little and enabled it all to mix together.

I tried a couple of containers. I refilled a deordorant stick, it was ok, but I think it wasted a lot, and when you rubbed it over your underarms you got far too much on there and it could feel a bit sticky.

The rest of it, I just poured into a tin (an empty tin of balm type face cleanser) and now in the mornings after my shower I just scoop some out on my fingertip and rub it in.

The bicarb can feel a little bit gritty on the skin, and some people complain that it is too harsh on their skin, but I have quite sensitive underarms generally (partly why I tried making my own in the first place) and it has never irritated my skin.

treaclesoda Tue 25-Feb-14 12:17:10

thats 2 parts arrowroot AND 2 parts baking soda, not either/or, my first post was a bit unclear.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 25-Feb-14 12:22:03


Saying that though I am unimpressed with the new revamped sticks. I can't seen to find and unperfumed one and they aren't a patch on the old formula.

I am trying a mitchum spray to see of that's any better.

Skivvywoman Tue 25-Feb-14 12:22:40

Mitchum roll on

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 25-Feb-14 14:24:11

If you use roll on, how long does it take to dry?

HotDAMNlifeisgood Tue 25-Feb-14 14:30:32

If you don't want to spend perfumy, I really recommend using crystal rock deodorant.

You can find it in organic food stores, or several companies market them online, eg. on amazon

It's literally a chunk of minerals, extracted as is from the earth and often sold in the shape of a deodorant stick. It is soluble in water like salt, so you just apply it on damp skin.

It leaves no sticky residue like commercial deodorants, it has no scent, and it works because it is an anti-bacterial and eats up the bacteria that cause stinky pits.

I've had a chunk for 2 years now and it just lasts forever. It's super-effective, and you can even use it on freshly shaved armpits (deodorants with alcohol would sting).

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 26-Feb-14 19:59:58

Nothing natural works on me,pit rock,bionsen etc, I've tried them all. I'm not even that sweaty but I stink like an un washed work man if I don't use something hard core.

DoingTheSwanThing Wed 26-Feb-14 20:07:08

Mitchum. Usually the roll-on but stick is good too. Normally unperfumed but their fragrances are the only ones that don't end up smelling funny on me. I find the spray one works fine but feels a bit powdery.

KosherBacon Thu 27-Feb-14 06:50:49

Mumsnet converted me to crystal deodorant. I was using creams before and my underarms were always itchy and felt like they had a strange coating on. It actually took a week of using crystal deodorant to get rid of the residue left by regular deodorant.

For the first few weeks I did have DH on pit sniff test to double check it was working.

GobblersKnob Thu 27-Feb-14 06:54:47

Tom's of Maine is good.

peasandlove Thu 27-Feb-14 07:17:42

driclor to stop the sweat in it's tracks and dove just to put something under my arms, dont really need it with the driclor

WhereIsMyHat Thu 27-Feb-14 07:33:11

I've just started using pitrok and two weeks in, I'm impressed. You have to apply it straight out of the shower while still wet.

Before that I'd been using my own stuff but the bicarb was irritating my skin. I haven't used 'proper' deodorant for almost a year and smell better for it.

I used unperfumed Mitchum roll-on for ages but it stopped working and I wanted to go a bit more natural so I bought Bionsen, not only does it have a weird aftershavey fragrance it doesn't work terribly well. On impulse I bought a Dive spray yesterday with cucumber but it has that awful powdery smell that gets in the back of the throat and I have remembered why I stopped using sprays years ago. Will look out some of these suggestions.

mousmous Thu 27-Feb-14 07:34:29

nivea dry conidence roll on. comes with light scent or without perfume.

WhereIsMyHat Thu 27-Feb-14 07:39:34

Re the homemade stuff, I used a recipe of
5tbsp of coconut oil (biona is what I use)
1/4 cup bicarb
1/4 cup cornflour
Plus a few drops of preferred essential oil.
It takes a week or two for mainstream stuff to clear from you arm pits- nice.

WhereIsMyHat Thu 27-Feb-14 07:43:01

Sorry, I should expand, you melt the coconut oil and mix everything together. Pour it into a container, I used an old tommee tippee weaning pot x 2 and then put in the fridge to set. In the summer I kept it in the fridge but in the winter it stayed solid at room temperature. The solid block pips out of the container, you rub on your underarms and you body temp melts it enough to slide on.

treaclesoda Thu 27-Feb-14 08:15:11

I've used pitrok in the past and it's fantastic, really works but my problem was that after a while the 'rock' itself started to smell of stale sweat. I always made sure I was putting it onto freshly washed skin.

My sister used it and found the same. Does that happen to anyone else or do my family just have a really weird effect on crystal deodorants?

buttercrumble Thu 27-Feb-14 08:45:47

I use Whatever is on offer grin

MorrisZapp Thu 27-Feb-14 08:50:33

I was using Sure or Dove 'clinical strength' for ages but was annoyed at how little product you get, and they are never on special offer.

So I've switched to (Robert) Mitchum solid sticks, I have all three fragrances and like them all. And most importantly, they work.

My Boots has them in non perfumed btw.

MorrisZapp Thu 27-Feb-14 08:52:32

The Mitchum sticks are two for four quid in Boots just now, this is v cheap compared to what I was paying for 'clinical' ones. I've stocked up!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 27-Feb-14 12:48:38

I looked in 4 shops for un perfumed Mitchum yesterday-nothing!sad

Mitchum roll on unperfumed.

kotinka Thu 27-Feb-14 14:50:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

princessalbert Thu 27-Feb-14 14:54:03

Cheapo men's antiperspirants from Lidl for me.

they seem to work as well as any other.

CMOTDibbler Thu 27-Feb-14 15:04:18

Mitchum unperfumed roll on

EugeneKrabs Thu 27-Feb-14 15:05:32

Dove stick (looks like soap). The original blue lid one. Have done for years

Beeyump Thu 27-Feb-14 16:08:34

Lady Speed Stick. Whenever I go to the US, I buy arm fulls in Target and get ever so slightly funny looks. It's the best deodrant I have ever used.

Chloerose75 Thu 27-Feb-14 17:08:04

I tend to use whatever is on offer but I often go back to either sure or dove. Have found Nivea, Vaseline, soft and gentle, simple etc all fine too. I find they all do the job!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 27-Feb-14 19:58:29

I've just ordered some lady speed stick from Ebay!

Beeyump Thu 27-Feb-14 20:05:42

You will not be disappointed!! Think I might go down the eBay/Amazon route myself. At least then I won't be embarrassed in front of the Americans.

Lilly20again Thu 27-Feb-14 20:23:22

I use perspirex, I only use it once a week and then a quick spray of dove.
It stopped my excessive sweating dead.

Breezy1985 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:49:40

Either Vaseline double invisible or the black & white nivea, usually one of them on offer somewhere

ArtexMonkey Thu 27-Feb-14 20:53:55

I make my own as well grin

I use the second recipe here and I add a bit of tea tree oil and a bit of lavender maybe. I was really surprised by how well it works, because those pitrok ones and the other ones you get in health food shops etc NEVER did a thing for me. I thought I was just super stenchy!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 27-Feb-14 23:09:42

Bee-it was a fiver but it seemed like if you bought 4 at a time it worked out less. I don't care if it works! I shall let you knowsmile

1gglePiggle Fri 28-Feb-14 16:08:12

I used to love Secret deodorant. I stock up when I go to US. Bit pricey on eBay

bluesbaby Fri 28-Feb-14 16:44:20

I use the pitrock roll on, unperfumed. Works great. No smell at all, and if I skip a shower, I'm still not smelly.
The key with pitrock is using it straight after your shower. It needs to be used on clean skin. Then you're good to go for 24-48 hours or until your next shower!

Lush Aromaco,smells divine & lasts ages gringrin

Does the pitrock one need to go on damp skin then? I tried a crystal one once before and the main problem was that I have always kept deodorant in my bedroom so I just kept forgetting to put it on before leaving the bathroom then couldn't be bothered to go back (our bathroom is downstairs).

I only ever use deodorant that doesn't have aluminium in. I've tried Bionsen, which I think is a bit crap and very wet, Tom's, which I liked, PitRock which I also liked, and am about to try Sanex 0.

It's quite difficult to find them without aluminium as they all seem to have it.

phonebox Fri 28-Feb-14 19:34:48

I don't. I like my natural smell. My sweat smells like mild vinegar grin

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