If you’re interested in natural deodorants (and we assume you are as you’re on this site!), then you should know about crystal rock deodorant.
It’s a 100% natural alternative to normal deodorant as it’s made from mineral salts. These salts have anti-bacterial properties and it’s these properties that enable them to be used as a crystal deodorant.
And it’s becoming more popular as more people worry about the effects of aluminum in standard deodorants.
How Crystal Rock Deodorant Works
As you may know, it’s not your sweat that smells. Your sweat is actually completely odor-free. It’s when the bacteria that’s present on your skin breaks the sweat down that the smell is created.
When we say the bacteria breaks the sweat down, what we mean is the bacteria actually eats the sweat. And then excretes waste! And it’s this that smells.
Antiperspirants work by stopping you from sweating in the first place, by blocking your pores. But sweating is natural and performs a vital function – it helps your body to cool. And you shouldn’t really mess with your body’s natural functions if you can help it.
Rock deodorant works in a different way. When applied to your skin, it leaves a layer of the anti-bacterial mineral salts on it. This is completely invisible.
And it doesn’t block your pores and stop you from sweating. Instead, it stops bacteria from growing on your skin. It does this by changing the pH of your skin making it inhospitable for the bacteria. As there’s no bacteria to break down your sweat, no smell is created. So your body stays free from nasty odors.
Types Of Rock Deodorant
You can buy rock deodorant in stone form or in spray form.
The stone form is just what it sounds like – natural, mined potassium alum crystal.
Obviously, natural crystals can come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, some of which can be jagged and sharp. And you don’t want to be rubbing sharp, jagged stone on your body really.
So the stone is cut, shaped and polished to make it easier (and not so painful!) to apply. It usually comes in cylindrical form.
The production of the spray version is slightly more involved. The mineral salt is dissolved in water and then honeysuckle is added. Honeysuckle has anti-bacterial properties which help to prevent bacteria growth.
Does It Work?
The good news is that yes, rock deodorant does work. It’s very effective at preventing the bacteria that causes your sweat to smell. So even on hot summer days it will keep you odor-free.
Of course, as it doesn’t stop you from sweating in the first place, your clothes can still get damp from the sweat. The sweat just won’t smell.
And it’s important to note that it’s 100% natural. There are no added fragrances or chemicals. And it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.