Well, this had actually been going on for some time but I thought I'd share it. A few years ago, when I started the 9th grade, I noticed something odd. The guy next to me was endlessly sniffling and rubbing his nose. It quickly became clear that he was smelling something awful by his reactions. I couldn't pick it up at first, but I eventually came to find out that it was me by the comments that people made, even though I couldn't smell it myself.
This was odd to me as I showered and used deodorant every day without fail and even wore cologne sometimes. For about a year, I didn't even know what was happening. I only knew that I smelled gross and people hated me for it. And no matter how many deodorants and body washes I switched through, or how aggressively I showered, I still smelled awful. And I didn't have health insurance at the time so the doctor was a no go. It was extremely strange. I eventually came to find that a new line of deodorants I had discovered actually stopped me fro... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi! So just a couple of things here that I've learned throughout the years- I hope this helps others!
If you use it on your underarms and still get those annoying sweat marks, try applying it in your usual spot, and go a couple inches higher and lower than you usually do.
If you apply on your inner thighs when you wear shorts or a swimsuit, you won't get that awful chafing. This is also really useful for my hula hoopers, you're welcome!
Under the boobs is another big place this trick is useful. Put a little under either side and enjoy your dry bra!
The bikini line is another spot. Whether you want to wear that dress you have to wear commando, or you have razor burn, whatever the case- put a little deodorant and problem solved.
Edit: It was pointed out that I mean antiperspirant. Where we live it's referred to as deodorant.
and now I talk with a strange Axe scent.
I'm super late to this realization so I might as well share it in case anyone else is in the same boat.
An acidic pH inhibits bacterial growth; a more neutral or alkaline pH encourages it. An obvious bonus to using acids: have super smooth, bright underarms and prevent/treat ingrown hairs! I saw an article that said the strength for these products to be effective as deodorant without causing peeling/sensitivity is about 2% BHA or 7-10% AHA.
Side note, this relates to the reason why some natural deodorants are proud to be baking soda free; I never understood why until now. Baking soda (though it is odor-absorbing) is far too alkaline. This may be why many natural deodorants only seem to work for a short amount of time. I already knew that baking soda disrupts the pH of facial skin, which should be slightly acidic, so idk why I thought it would be good for my body.
Does anyone have any recommendations on low or unscented deodorant?
No antiperspirants please, I don’t like the sticky feeling that antiperspirant leaves the next morning in the shower and I find that antiperspirant tends to leave me with a distinct smell of its own (regardless of brand and scent).
Here’s my lifetime deodorant history:
I wore Old Spice “Pure Sport” for years (high school and college). I think they sent me a free sample in the mail.
After college I started wearing cologne and switched to Dove Men Care “Clean” scent. About a year ago they changed their formula and I started smelling like no other by the end of the day.
I settled in on Old Spice “Timber” scent recently, but it appears to have been discontinued in a deodorant (though I can usually find the antiperspirant).
I tried Method Man “Sea + Surf” and it didn’t work well for me from a stink at the end of the day perspective.
Native “Eucalyptus and Mint” seems to work well, but it comes in at a
IMPORTANT NOTE: we live in the southern US, and the wedding in question is in March (fingers crossed). The temperature could range anywhere from the 70s or the low 100s, and therefore, how much we sweat is totally up in the air.
So my best friend (K) is getting married next year (provided the world has returned to its normal state and we can go outside as per usual, that is), and I’m one of her bridesmaids. K has become something of a hippie in the last few years, and the people she hangs out with, some of them don’t wear deodorant. This is the case with one of the other bridesmaids (M). To make matters worse, M doesn’t shave her armpits, and so the hair traps the stink in even worse. M is exceptionally stinky, to the point where both myself and K’s sister have chosen not to be around her if at all possible. She doesn’t even wear perfume or anything at all to cover it up. If she, like. Walks by you, you’re just assaulted with her stench.
I’m concerned that M will get VERY angry and... keep reading on reddit ➡
So I've been using natural deodorant (Lumē, to be specific) for just over a year now, and while I love it, it is in no way an antiperspirant (and usually has to be reapplied if I'm going out at night). This usually isn't an issue, because I have an office job and I don't really sweat anyways unless I'm outside hiking/working out.
My biggest fear at my wedding is that I'm going to be sweating up a storm (I'm a nervous sweater) and I know that the natural deodorant isn't going to cut it. Is there a prescription-strength antiperspirant that I can buy for my wedding day that actually WORKS? My sister used to use the clinical-strength Dove stuff during band camp, but it didn't really work (then again, I'm not going to be carrying around an instrument in the summer heat for 10+ hours).
What are you you using? Do you have suggestions?
Edit: WOW! I did not expect so many responses! Thank you all so much for your time! I've got several ideas that I'm going to try over the next few months to... keep reading on reddit ➡
Random question but I would love to know what deodorant works best for you ladies who get the tough sweaty workouts in! I have tried SO many but always end up with the dreaded balling - not sure what else to call it! And I need to find a solution! Especially for hot yoga. Any advice would be so appreciated! 🤍
This is a little bit of a strange one, but I’m having difficulty finding a roll on deodorant that smells good, doesn’t feel wet all day and where the smell doesn’t change throughout the day. I’ve currently got Rexona Shower fresh and Dove pomegranate and by the end of the day they smell AWFUL! I don’t want to keep buying them to find out they smel super bad after a day of use 😅 thanks!
I've tried multiple brands and none have really worked for me. My toms will be used for the winter. I used some baking soda one which was awful and another with an N that cost me $11. I stink. This is my first summer in Texas where im actually working and moving about. I smell bad and I never have. In desperation today I used my husbands deodorant.
Ladies in Texas what do you use that's cruelty free for deodorant??? Please help me
Also while we're on the subject does anyone know a great hydrating cruelty free toner that's in the Asian beauty style?? Similar to hada labo?? I can't find anything :(
I don’t know if pregnancy hormones have some kind of affect and I’m sure it does, but I had to buy stronger deodorant because mine was just not doing anything lol. I feel like I just sweat right through it and then I have to keep putting on more. It’s kinda the same with other hygiene products like perfume and whatnot. They don’t seem to work as well as they did when I wasn’t pregnant.
I have very sensitive skin and regular deodorants irritate my skin to the point of darkening it (I already have dark skin so imagine how much darker it turned). Thankfully I have very little armpit odor (trust, I've asked family and friends about this when I've gone w/o) and have gone months now without deodorant while being at home due to the pandemic which has helped my skin heal considerably.
But now I'm looking into using again and I saw that baking soda can also be an irritant for skin, which my regular one has (arm and hammer unscented). In my search for a natural deodorant that has none of these irritants I've only found this one but the price is 7x higher from the one I regularly pay!
So my question is, does anyone have any recommendations? Has anyone dealt with a similar problem and found something that works for them?
edit: thank you for all the wonderful suggestions! I got a lot more than I expected... keep reading on reddit ➡
This doesn’t have a big long story like most of these posts but just need some quick advice. My girlfriend and I have been dating just over 4 months and now that quarantine is easing up she has begun meeting my friends and family. She is from India and has only been in the states for 2 years or so. We get along great and things are going quite swimmingly. This isn’t exactly something that would ruin our relationship but I think it would just be helpful to let her know about moving forward. Since we started hanging out she has always had pretty bad Body odor. I’ve come to understand that it’s most likely a cultural thing and the use of deodorant has never been spoken about. Most of the time she smells great everywhere else but there’s a slight under arm odor at all times. Although I have gotten used to it, i worry that as I begin to introduce her to more friends and family I don’t want them to get a bad first impression. Like I said, this wouldn’t affect my feelings towards her or our r... keep reading on reddit ➡
This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard, and I'm still pissed from work. I'm a girl.
My new job is a very labor intensive job, moving heavy objects, pushing carts, packing shipping boxes. It's summer in the south on top of that, so it's hell hot. So of course I'm sweating with all the manual labor and the lack of ventilation in a metal sweatshop for 8+ hours a day.
I have a 'normal' type of deodorant, a 24 hours active sense one. Though, due to circumstances I can't get to the store and I ran out. I have a backup, a men's old spice one, I bought it because I like the smell. Very pine woodsy. It's a good cover all, and no matter how much I swear it works wherever my normal one I use when I know I am not going to be sweating alot, because I don't want to force people to smell my body odor of onion bagels.
So because of how much I sweat, I've been using the old spice one. No more B.O! Everything was fine, my male co-workers, I work with mostly teenage boys, never noticed. Until... keep reading on reddit ➡
Not interested in specialty products, no matter how amazing they are. I want cheap and commonly available.
I've never used either and so looking for feedback from those who have. Back in my Scouting days, it was Gold Bond powder (brrrr!) - or even corn starch - so that's where I'm coming from. I'll pack some maximum-strength diaper rash ointment (aka Desitin aka 40% zinc oxide cream) to use at night in case all else fails, but aiming for prevention here.
UPDATE: Sorry I don't have enough for everyone, I randomly picked a couple of you who commented and have sent you a message so look out for it!
Title says it all really, I’m starting out my transition (MtF) and have a bunch of unused men’s deodorant, some barely used Hugo Boss and Dior colognes and various men’s hair/soap stuff left over from christmas/birthday gifts. (Can’t wait to never receive socks and deodorant as a gift again!)
I’m based in Sheffield but happy to package it up and send it (all sanitised of course) for any of my FtM brothers who would give it a good home!
would it force other parts of my body to sweat more? Just a wild idea.
I have used aluminum-free deodorants for years, and it is just not working with recently-enhanced armpit odors.
At the same time, I seem to be less and less able to sweat, which is a serious factor in overheating; I can spend only a little time outside, even with my spray bottle to mist with and electrolytes to drink.
**Is antiperspirant contraindicated for Sjogren's patients with anhidrosis? Common sense tells me I don't want to sweat any LESS, but then I don't know all the factors.**
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Thinking about switching away from solid cause of the white marks always left behind on clothes
Backstory: I usually do it twice a day, once after I shower in the morning & after I shower after work.. But the other day at work (I work construction), the guy I’m working with said to me “Man I’m sweating my ass off. My deodorant isn’t working at all. I just put it on last night.” I responded “last night?”. He said, “yeah, it’s a 72 hour deodorant. I only put it on every couple days.” My response was just, “ah gotcha.” I thought to myself, what a smelly scumbag. Then it dawned on me, maybe there are people out there who do this and I’m not the normal one..
Is there a zero waste deodorant that actually works? I have a reaction to baking soda and I'm allergic to teetree so it can't have any of that. Must be available in the UK. I'm not spending £20 to ship something from the US. I'm also not interested in DIYs. I don't have access to bulk anything, so it wouldn't actually help in reducing packaging.
I've tried the salt crystal things, they don't work. I've tried native, I just sweated through it. Is there anything that actually works?
Why is it weirdly difficult for me to find deodorant that is also anti-perspirant in Sweden? I can find one or the other, but haven't been able to locate any products that combine both. And it's not just that a deodorant is not labeled as anti-perspirant, but actually works that way -- I literally have to use two products because I can either not sweat or not stink. Help! Any combo products out there?
edit: I love aluminum. Give me all the aluminum. No natural products that won't work. (No natural products work. I will die on this hill.)
I have tried so many brands and spent so much money on disappointments. My main issues are BO & sweating after a few hours. Here is a list:
Native: smells so good but I stink & sweat after 2 hours!
Crystal: had high hopes...worst decision ever. Smelled by BO within a few hours and sweat.
Toms: this is what I currently am using just because it glides easy, but tbh, I hate the essential oil-strong smell. And I smell like BO a few hours later.
Underarmed- same issues as above. And i think this one caused a rash as well
Freedom- this one smelled sooo good and seemed like it was working okay. But then had a HUGE rash a couple days later. Had to stop!
Alvera roll on- this was easy to apply but also ended up stinking after a few hours
My sister has tried Kopari and told me it gave her a rash so I’m assuming the same would happen to me.
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! I don’t want to go back to aluminum but I’m sick of staaaankin all the time!
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I know it is very impractical, but it might be and interesting video.
I’ve been holding onto this deodorant since 2013. I love it, the smell is awesome and it works so well. It’s long been discontinued but I wondered if there was anyone out there missing it like I do and maybe just maybe there’s a dupe? Or can we band together and convince Lush to start making it again??????!
I have been trying to switch to aluminum-free deodorants, but I find they don't work well for me. I've done the detox period of several months off of aluminum ones (this quarantine has been a good time for it honestly). Are there any brands that have worked well for those with sensitive skin? I've heard of Lume. Has anyone tried that one? I'd love any recommendations!
Like I start sneezing and stuff, what should I do?
So I shower twice a day and apply deodorant after ( the roller kind ) on my armpits, parts of my chest, the sweaty parts yet still after that I still spell of body odor? I don't know what I'm doing wrong, Is it the shampoo and body wash I'm using? is it the deodorant I'm using? Am I not showering enough? what's wrong? if anyone has any advice please, I'd love to hear it!
Hi! New to reddit and this is my first post. I’ve had a growing interest in natural products over time and trying to switch to things that are kinder to my body. I’ve always had sensitive skin which is another reason for this switch (as well as chemicals washing down drains etc..) Anyway, I’ve tried a couple of different natural deodorants which tend to work fine in terms of de-odourising however of course I still sweat. I’ve found that my sweat actually irritates the skin under my arms/side and causes dry patches. Does anyone know if there’s a way around this? It could be that I just need to continue to use anti-perspirant instead of natural deodorant but I don’t want to give up too easily. Sorry for the ramble! All suggestions and ideas very welcome!
Was it considered a weapon?
I have been using Degree Dry Sprays for a couple of years and they seem to be much better than sticks when it comes to staining shirts. But eventually the armpits of my shirts will still turn white and become hard. I will end up cutting the sleeves off for summer use, but once the stain becomes really noticeable, they become rags. I am not so much worried about not sweating as much as the smell -- apparently the wife is not a huge fan of hoagies :) Has anyone had luck with anything?
Looking for some recommendations on diy deodorants that have worked for you fellow active people.
So I was in a zoom meeting this morning and my SO walks into the room, picks up something, hands me deodorant, gives me a look, and walks out.
This is so petty but WHO FUCKING DOES THAT? I don’t think my colleagues saw the deodorant but still - it was offensive and embarrassing and when I said I thought that was rude - no apology, no nothing. Just “well you needed it. I stand by what I did. Did you put it on?”
Seriously... why do I keep telling myself that these are just things people in relationships deal with? Why am I so afraid to just fucking leave?
So I (18m) am very sensitive to a lot of strong perfumes in majority of men’s soap/deodorant would anyone have a decent recommendation for a scent free/casual scented soaps or deodorants?
The song gives me anxiety because it gets louder and louder. Not a big fan of the singer either.
Now when I talk I have this weird axe scent
I’ve recently changed over to non aerosolise deodorant and am having a real problem with deodorant build up on the underarms of my work tops, I’ve tried bicarbonate and vinegar but that didn’t seem to do anything, does anyone have any fixes to save them? Thanks!
The instructions said " remove cap and push up bottom"
I can hardly walk.
TIFU So I was getting ready the yesterday in a bit of a rush, right? Well my Dove dry shampoo and Dove spray deodorant cans both look similar and sit near each other on my dresser. With a mirror right in front of my face, I grabbed my pear scented deodorant and sprayed it right into the roots and scalp of my hair. Still in a rush, I acknowledged my mistake and try to cover it with the dry shampoo. This is the moment where is should have washed my hair. Instead, I decided my hair looks okay so I go out with my boyfriend. Later that evening I shower, all good and dandy right? Wrong. I wake up the next day with dry hair like there’s still shampoo in my hair and with the biggest flakes of dandruff I have seen in my life. These things like to maybe half a centimeter. Now it has been over a day, and my hair has been washed 3 time sand I’m still picking out flakes, y’all got any advice? TL;DR dry shampoo is not the same as spray deodorant and my scalp hates deodorant
just a friendly reminder for good hygiene
Hi all! About a month ago I posted on here asking for recommendations for a new deodorant, you all were so kind and helpful! I ended up ordering from two shops and wanted to post a quick review after wearing both products for some time. My main concern with a new deodorant was something gentle, as my underarms had become red and irritated, as well as something that didn't project the scent, because I felt the one I was using had quite a throw and hated smelling like deo from several feet away.
Note for both, I live in Boston MA and it's not been too hot here yet. Mostly in the 70s-80s. I am also not back to work yet due to the pandemic, so I spend most of my time outside on the porch or inside the house. We don't have AC. I don't have any crazy levels of physical activity besides a workout session in the morning, but I've gotten a good feel for how both these deodorant creams react when I'm just sitting around or sweating like crazy from HIIT.
Bubble & Bee: TAT was really quick... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have tried deodorants, anti-perspirants, combos of both, stick, gel, spray, every type of deodorant I can find out there. All the brands you can find at the drugstore like Dove, Secret, Degree, etc. and even the "clinical strength" ones. I wear cotton clothing and tank tops and shave my armpits. I try not to wear long sleeves because the pits always get drenched :( I also have a pretty mild diet and don't eat any strong smelling foods; I am vegetarian. I shower every day. I literally do everything I can to stay clean and still get bad BO a couple hours into the day. Even when I shower in the evening, sometimes if the room is a little stuffy afterwards I can start smelling my armpits. I'm ethnically East Asian, and we are not supposed to sweat as much, lots of people in Asia don't even use deodorant. Should I try to stop using deodorant all together? Any strategies to overcome this bad BO?
Hey guys! I’m really interested in the male grooming space (even though I’m not a man!) I honestly just feel really excited that men are taking steps to take care of themselves and take pride in their appearance. That said, most of the guys I know use really crap deodorant that have super masculine branding (e.g Axe/Lynx). I was wondering why you think this is and whether you feel there could be a need for a new brand to update this?
EDIT: would love to chat further about this so shoot me a message if you’re interested!