Natural Crystal Stone Deodorant Review – Does it Work?

5 out of 5 leaves

5 out of 5 leaves

Stone Crystal Deodorant is made from minerals and salts that occur in nature. In theory, the thin layer of salt applied to your skin can prevent the growth of bacteria, and thus control odor. A crystal can be very low cost and can last up to a year. But does it work?

The Good

  • It actually works – odor protection for 18+ hours
  • Better for You – crystal deodorants have a hazard rating of 0 on the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
  • Saves Money – the cost of a deodorant crystal is about the same or less than commercial antiperspirants, but can last for months and months.
  • Does not stain clothes
  • Fragrance free
  • Easy to travel with, not messy at all.

The Bad

  • Not an antiperspirant – does not prevent sweating, only odor
  • Must be applied wet and then allowed to dry

My Experience

A Crystal Deodorant Stone

After my homemade deodorant fail, I still wanted to find something more natural than my commercial antiperspirant that helped prevent odor. I was vaguely familiar with crystal stone deodorant, but it seemed so silly in concept that I didn’t really believe it could work. I even ended up buying one as a research product, but it sat in my drawer for months. I just couldn’t find the time to try it out on a weekend when I didn’t mind getting stinky. Then a friend mentioned that she used crystal deodorant, and was happy with it. I started using the next weekend, and never looked back.
The crystal deodorant looks just like a giant, clear crystal. Each morning I run it under water, shake off the excess drips and give my armpits a good coating. I always do this between putting on my undergarments, and my outer layer as the product needs a couple of minutes to dry. Any product that gets on my fingers rinses easily away with no yucky residue. This product is so clean that I don’t mind my kids playing with it because they cannot make a mess with it!
Amazingly, I found this product protects from body odor all day long! Even the next morning, I am relatively BO free. Sometimes, there is a scent, but I’ve realized that it’s the the scent of me – not sweetly fragrant like a perfume, but a mild, non-offensive scent. The product does not protect from sweating, so you need to be okay with occasionally damp pits. Even when dampness happens, however, I’ve not experienced offensive odor. The crystal is so effective, it can be re-applied the next day to unwashed skin and it knocks out any bit of odor that may have developed and continues to work through the second day (I know I’m not the only mom out there who doesn’t get to shower every day!).  The only complaint I have is that application onto freshly shaved skin can sting for a few seconds.
Overall, I highly recommend the crystal stone deodorant. It is clean, and easy to use. It is low cost, natural, and highly effective.  I’ve heard it also works on stinky feet, although I’ve not tested it on feet yet. Most importantly, it’s safe to use everyday without worry about cancer causing chemicals leaching into your body. The crystal deodorant is everything I’ve been looking for!

Here’s a link to the crystal deodorant I’ve been using:

Note that my review is based solely on my use of this product, and I have not tried any other brands of stone crystals, but my understanding is that they all work in the same way.

Have you ever tried a stone crystal deodorant? What was your experience?

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46 Responses to Natural Crystal Stone Deodorant Review – Does it Work?

  1. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the very honest review :) I have been looking for a natural deodorant (and I’ve also failed in making my own!). I think I’ll have to give the crystal a try. Thanks!

    • Victoria says:

      Thanks for reading Melissa! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who homemade deodorant didn’t work for!

  2. Lana says:

    I have been using the natural crystal deoderant for almost 20 years. No way I would go back to putting all those chemicals on my skin everyday. If you have trouble locating them in your area vitacost .com carries them.

    • Victoria says:

      Wow! I didn’t realize they had been around for so long.

    • Ravi Wells says:

      couldn’t agree more – using it for 10 years and it is great – non toxic and clean feeling – with no additional stink of it’s own!

      use healthy cosmetics and body products – and usually (other than this stone…) that means making your own!

      Daiasolgaia, Discoveries for a full life.
      Don’t go back to sleep…

    • Linda says:

      I, too, have been using this for about 20 years. One tip my grandmother told me – use your deodorant (crystal) at night before you go to bed. It is more effective that way – plus you don’t have the problem of stinging after shaving in the a.m.

  3. Carly says:

    Totally agree!! Crystal is the bomb! I’ve been using it for years and love it. Thanks for the review.

    Carly @ ryandcarblogspot.com

  4. heidi says:

    I’ve been using it for a few months now and have no problems with it – aside from a little stinging after shaving. Using a new, sharp razor helps. But so far, no smell!

  5. Thanks for this review! I have been looking for a deodorant that works, though I have not tried making my own at home yet, so this was really helpful!

    May I ask which recipe you tried that failed? I am still interested in making my own if it is possible, so I’d like to know which recipes to avoid! ;)

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Rachel, I used the recipe found at “Naturally Knocked Up”. I think it’s pretty similar to most. Cornstach or arrowroot, baking soda, coconut oil, tree tea oil, and some lavendar essential oil for a pleasant scent. I’d be interested to hear your experience.

      • Thanks for the recipe link! Coconut oil is a great idea for inclusion as it has antimicrobial properties too. I am curious about trying the four thieves blend instead of tea tree for their antimicrobial properties too. I am not sure what the baking soda and cornstarch/arrowroot are for though, I am suspicious that they might be the cause/breeding ground for the smell people are reporting. Worth a try though, since I have the ingredients on hand and I’m not using anything right now due to the cool weather and non smelly genes, but as the weather heats up I will need something!

        • Victoria says:

          I’ve been given a different (better?) recipe for deodorant which I may try out soon. I’m interested to hear how yours works.

  6. Geekmum says:

    The guy who played Hurley on Lost used crystal deodorant while filming and had good success too. I haven’t had a chance to try it. I recently misplaced my deodorant after a camping trip and have been using plain baking soda since. I haven’t had a single problem. I think this will have to be next purchase though. Baking soda is messy. =/

    • Victoria says:

      I love LOST trivia! Great to know that it can withstand a day of work in the hot Hawaiian humidity!

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  8. angela says:

    I was so excited to try it. But, it BURNS. Even if I haven’t shaved. Its been 10 minutes since i applied it and it still stings. Not for me. :(

    • Victoria says:

      Oh no!! I’m so sorry Angela. Do you have sensitive skin to other types of products as well?

    • B says:

      You probably won’t see this reply a year later, but I just wanted to say that you shouldn’t swear off all of them just because one kind burnt. I have sensitive skin and lots of allergies and got the same kind of reaction to the first couple of crystals I tried (it’s a good idea to test it on your wrist first!) Since then, I’ve switched to one labeled as hypoallergenic, and haven’t had any problems. It’s made of ammonium alum and water only, whereas all the other brands I’ve tried had extra ingredients.

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  10. TERESA PARKER says:

    I saw this products for years, but I was afraid to try it. But WOW is very good I am very happy and feel secure.

  11. D Hamill says:

    I have been using crystal deoderant for years. Be patient. It’s almost as though you need to build up to it’s affectivness. No more marks on your clothing!

  12. Jessica says:

    I’ve tried every antiperspirant and deodorant on the market and even had one prescribed by a doctor, and still, I never could eliminate the smell of B.O. I always though it always had to have a high % of aluminium in it to work…but none ever did the job…so last week I said to myself I have nothing to lose, I tried everything else, so I’ll try the Crystal one. It was the best decision I ever made. It litterally changed my life!!! I’ve been using it for a week now and haven’t smelled bad at all even with the hot summer right now!!!! I used to have to wash 2-3 times a day because my deodorant never work 100%…I’m sooooo happy and it’s good for my health too!!!! Thank you soooo much!!!! Should have tried this a long time ago!!!!!!

    • Victoria says:

      I’m so happy to hear this, Jessica! I’ve also been quite impressed with the odor killing power of the Crystal.

  13. Barbara says:

    I used the crystal deodorant for several weeks and was satisfied and then suddenly I developed a rash. Boy was the rash painful. Now that the rash is gone, would it be safe to try the crystal again or should I leave it alone?

    • Victoria says:

      Yikes, Barbara. I’m no doctor, but if it caused a rash, it seems prudent to be careful in using it in the future. Good luck!

  14. Laura says:

    The crystal deodorant was recommended to me. I have been using it about 6 months. It worked when nothing else did. I use Naturally Fresh. The last 2 months I have developed a yeast infection under my arms, like a rash. It itches and smells bad. My shirts are contiunously irritating it. When this happens, does it mean it’s time for a new stick, because it seems like me stick lasts and lasts. I don’t want to quit using it b/c it works! I work 3 jobs and don’t have time to go to the doctor.

    • Victoria says:

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble Laura. Unfortunately, I am not a doctor so I can’t say what might be happening. My only recommendation is to stop using it and see a medical professional soon.

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  16. Frijuk says:

    These deodorant sticks contain “alum” or “potassium alum sulphate” these products are toxic to your body. They are in fact aluminum which when builds up in your body can bring on the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and can also bring on breast cancer in women (primarily because of under arm shaving). My advice is to avoid all products that contain “alum” in any form for these reasons. Do not be fooled by such advertising lines like “the alum crystals are too big to be absorbed” that is pure tosh as you sweat it turns the crystals to liquid and can be absorbed through the skin. My advice steer clear at all costs!

    • sabrina says:

      Frijuk,

      The Crystal stick deodorant does not have alum!! That’s what it’s known for. It is the best option for women who don’t want to steer clear and stink up the whole world.

      • B says:

        What are the ingredients on yours? I’ve seen crystals that claimed not to contain aluminium chloride, aluminium hydroxide or parabens, but they all contained alum. I’m not worried about it though. It’s a salt. We ingest salts through our diets and expel them through sweat. A salt solution on our skin draws water out through osmosis, not the other way around. You’re entitled to your opinion of course, but personally I’d worry more about being hit by a bus than salt entering through my skin pores.

  17. Pat says:

    After looking for a solution for really offensive bo for years i found out about the crystal deodarat and tried it. I was smell free for an entire week and was so happy that i might finally have some semblance of a life. Unfortunately i noticed that the smell is back despite the deodarant. Can that really happen? i really looked forward to a normal life after suffering from puberty to my mid thirties.

    • Victoria says:

      It’s funny you mention that Pat. I have recently (after about a year of use) noticed a little breakthrough odor. It’s not full on BO, but just a whiff of something not quite pleasant that wasn’t there before. I’m not sure if your personal armpit bacteria can become resistant to the mineral salts? Or maybe in my case, it’s not quite strong enough for the postpartum hormone storm I have going on right now. Hmmm. I’ve heard magnesium oil or milk of magnesium may work — I’ll have to check it out!

      • B says:

        I suggest that you smell your crystals! They pick up odors after a while and need to be washed. Hot water and soap works for mine. Make sure you clean the container as well!

  18. I’ll have to give this a try in the winter time – January for us. Any other time a year really isn’t a time to experiment with deodorant. Thanks for the info!

    • Victoria says:

      Haha – That’s funny Kenya. Maybe summer is the time, though? If it works in summer, you know if will work all year round!

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  20. Tina says:

    I use this Crystal Deodorant. It works terrifically! Only thing I would remind the ladies, make sure it’s good and wet. If it’s just damp, it will sting a bit, it is a salt.

  21. Sally says:

    I have a stone that I use when I travel. It’s a cube about 1 1/2inches. I had it in my carry on one time when I went through security. You should have seen the looks it got! I finally had to explain what it was.

  22. Andrea says:

    I’ve been using this deodorant (same brand) for years now, and will never go back to the other type of deodorants. I’ve never had any (natural or chemical) that has worked so well, or lasted so long. It tends to be a bit pricier at the point of sale than other “mainstream” products, but you save money tenfold in the long run. One note of caution, though. Be careful not to drop it. lol! It can break if dropped. It’s is still usable, but the jagged edges can hurt a bit until the stone smooths out again.

  23. Heather Clarke says:

    I have found the crystal a brilliant anti-pong discovery, and have been using it for years, hover vet, I have discovered that as it contains aluminium, it carries major health risks.

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Heather – the crystal stick does not contain aluminum – it contains alum salts, which are totally different things.

      • abbigail says:

        I have actually been reading on this as the crystal deoderant is new to me. It can still be absorbs just less likely. and while its a different aluminum it is still aluminum and no study has effectively proved that it lessons any chance of cancer or alzheimers. i will still use it as it has a less likely chance and i dont want to stink. but study up on it a bit. you will be suprised what you find.

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