The Sweaty Betty Diaries: How a natural deodorant saved my pits.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with deodorant for as long as I’ve been allowed to wear it. Love because the stuff keeps me from smelling like a goat and hate because although it keeps the funk at bay, it wrecks havoc on my sensitive underarms. And then I got to thinkin’…the skin under the arms happens to be super sensitive. Why then are we using deodorants and antiperspirants with super harsh ingredients in them? Especially after shaving? A light bulb went off and to my beauty bin I went to retrieve a natural deodorant I’ve had for some time but stop using.

I received the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal to review almost a year ago. I tested it for a good week but found absolutely no results. Fast forward to a few months ago and now you couldn’t pay me to go back to a traditional deodorant.

Here’s the thing about natural deodorants…you have to prep your pits for using them. No matter how hard you scrub, it is often pretty hard to remove deodorant from under your arms. I gave my pits a good scrubbing using baking soda. It took a good 5 minutes per pit, but I was ready! While a traditional deodorant have waaaay too many ingredients listed, this deodorant crystal has two. Dos. 2. That’s it.

My pits were already breathing a sigh of relief. The crystal looks just like, well…a crystal.

Cool, uh? To “activate” it, you wet the top and apply a generous amount under your arms. My issue was always that I’d be left with wet underarms but they dry pretty quickly. Ohmigoodness y’all…when I tell you this stuff works, I mean it WORKS. Aside from it keeping me from stinking, I found that it has kept my pits in so much better condition. My underarms are smoother and not as dark.


-It’s affordable. Retailed at $5.99, this crystal will last for months and months and months.
-It doesn’t have a fragrance.
-It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive of underarms.


-It loses its power after 10+ hours
-It may be hard to find.

“Yo B, what do you mean it looses its power after 10+ hours?”

Good things don’t always last forever. The same can be said for this natural deodorant. I’ve been in situations where I went from smelling fresh to smelling less than pleasant in 3.2 seconds. What happened? The deodorant simply wore off. I have no shame in tellin’ y’all that me without deodorant is stinky. Funky. I mean, it’s bad… I have since learned and keep the Spray Mist version of this deodorant in my purse at all times. The Spray Mist is super small and tote-able so it makes transferring it to different purses a breeze. If I feel like I’m going to be away from home more than 8 hours, I head to the ladies room and attack the underarms. And bam…the stinkies stay away. I’ve also learned that I have to continue to thoroughly scrub my pits every time I shower. I scrub with a combination of my body wash and baking soda. A good cleansing creates a nice clean base for another fresh application.

I’m a believer and as much as I’ve loved my traditional deodorants, me and my pits are just happy rolling with Naturally Fresh’s Crystal Deodorant. I’ve heard many guys and gals say they’ve given up on the natural deodorant because they simply…don’t work. I say give ’em another go ’round. If you’re interested in using gentler products under your arms, it may take some time and diligence on your part. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal comes in crystal, Spray Mist and Roll-On. You can grab it at Whole Foods and other natural food stores as well as online.

Any natural deodorant lovers in the house? If you aren’t one, would you give one a try?

  • Mochacashmere

    Have you tried Lush’s deodorant? It’s pretty good as well, but like you I find you have to do your due diligence in scrubbing the pits for it to work.

    • Brittany

      Noooo, I haven’t tried theirs. I don’t see myself leaving Naturally Fresh’s side anytime soon though. Ha!

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  • Wow I would really like to try one of those. I usually use an Avon deodorant and it has always been my favorite but maybe using something else would be cool as well.

    • Brittany

      Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

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  • DRTVrMoi

    I have been looking for an effective natural deo for ages. You seem to have found the secret with the baking soda. I have a Salux japanese cleansing cloth that I’ll try first. Here’s to smelling better or to baths every 8 hours.

    • Brittany

      Woo hoo!!!

  • Pretty interesting…… I have had problems with deodorants irritating my underarms. I thought it was just something I had to live with, nice to know there are alternatives…..especially natural ones.

    • Brittany

      Yep, traditional deodorants always irritated my underarms too. :(

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  • KDJ

    Rite Aid sells these wipes I believe they are buy the same company as above.Very affordable 6 in a box and they say one wipe is good for both underarms.I have also gone back to natural deodorants.I have had them completely fail on me on a long distance trip but I now know to keep one with me and I might need to pack an extra shirt as well.

  • Andrea

    I’m happy you found something that doesn’t cause irritation, but keep in mind that ammonium alum in this is just as much of a problem for aluminum content as traditional deodorants are. If you’re trying to stay away from aluminum in deodorants, be careful. It’s a controversial topic, but important to many people.

    Deodorants from Lush are free of aluminum ingredients as of last check, but always look for yourself!

    • Brittany

      Thanks so much for informing, Andrea!

  • I’ve been on the natural deodorant train for years now. I haven’t tried this one though. I’ll be checking for it now. Seems like a great find!

  • That’s the only thing about some of the natural deodorants (at least the ones I’ve tried from Whole Foods) is they don’t last long. I remember when I tried my first brand: I put it on, went to work, and then a couple of hours later, I’m like “Is that me???” LOL

    I have very sensitive underarms as well and have found it hard to find a good natural deodorant that lasts.

    So until then, I guess we’ll be some natural deodorant toting sistahs! :-)


    • Brittany

      Yesss!! I had the same experience until I learned how to REALLY scrub my underarms.

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