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Battle of the Pits | Crystal Natural Deodorant

Battle of the Pits | Crystal Natural Deodorant

Continuing on with the “Battle Of The Pits” series, today is all about the Crystal Natural Deodorant.  After spending more than two minutes in the deodorant aisle at the drugstore I found out that they do carry natural alternatives! So make sure to take a couple minutes to really look around next time you visit. You might be pleasantly surprised!

In no particular order, here are the other deodorants discussed for the “Battle Of The Pits” series:

Crystal Natural Deodorant

Crystal Natural Deodorant Stick ($6.99 CAD)

My doubts were exceptionally high when I first picked this up at the drugstore – and therefore I bought a back-up (Tom’s deodorant.) How could a simple “rock” work as a deodorant?

The Crystal Natural Deodorant contains No Aluminum Chlorohydrate, No Aluminum Zirconium, No Phthataltes and No Parabens.

It’s made from “Natural Mineral Salts” (Potassium Alum) which has very limited data on the EWG Skindeep website, but may be less toxic for your body than the aforementioned ingredients that this does not contain. It’s endorsed by Cancer treatment centers and safe for the environment.

How do you use it?

Interestingly, to use it you have to “moisten” the rock (I quickly dip it under the tap) and then apply. The neat thing about this product is that it will last for about a year. Although they also sell a travel-size version which is good for approximately six months.

Crystal Natural Deodorant

What do I think?

It works surprisingly well. Out of all the natural deodorants I have tried, this one has definitely been the most successful. However, I use it in combination with the Penny Lane deodorant spray in order to really amp up the coverage. An unscented product just isn’t enough for me. I find that some natural deodorants can make you feel sweaty after application. It dries quickly without a wet feel in your underarms.

Crystal Deodorant and Penny Lane

I’ve read multiple reviews online stating that after a few months the rock started to smell of sweat and then was not as effective anymore. I’ve only been using it for about 2 months and I did notice that after a couple uses the rock wasn’t smelling too great.

In order to avoid a smelly rock it’s important to store it upside down. Once you moisten the rock, the water will end up dripping down to the bottom of it – eating away at the rock and causing a bad smell. As well, I like to rinse it after I use it, which will cause the life of the rock to be shortened but really helps in reducing the salty-pit smell.

Other than those minor problems I’ve found this product in conjunction with the Penny Lane Deodorant to be a perfect pair. It lasts over nine hours on a regular workday, with exercise it’s closer to four. Therefore I highly recommend this as something to try out if you’re looking for a more natural alternative.

Do you prefer scented or unscented deodorants?

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  • Saara Sofia

    My mum uses the Crystal one and she’s really loving it! This is a brilliant post! I’ve been trying to find some natural deodorants because the aluminum in the basic drugstore ones disgusts me. Thanks for sharing! | Bloglovin’

  • I haven’t tried Crystal before but sounds great. Always on the look out for good deodorants!

    Great post.

    Laura xo

  • Awesome review! They look great 🙂

  • I love my crystal deodorant but I have yet to use this brand. I don’t dip it under the tap but just use my finger to moisten the tip or moisten my under arm and quickly rub it. That way there’s not much moisture on the rock.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Oh you have a different brand?! That’s a good idea to moisten it. I’m too lazy in the morning and just try and think of what’s easiest (or something like that haha)

  • Whoa, this is really interesting. I had no idea this was even possible!

  • Deodorant noob here never heard of this but sounds so cool that it’s a rock!! Is it as heavy as a rock?!

    • Hahaha, no worries! It is pretty heavy. Definitely heavier than a typical deodorant stick but it’s definitely under a pound. 😉

  • I haven’t seen a deodorant like that before, I wonder if I’ve been leaving under the rock ha ha 🙂 Even though it sounds good, I don’t really like the idea of waiting to get the crystal soft, I prefer fuss free and quick deodorants!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • You saw a great opportunity for a pun and took it – love it! You don’t have to let it get soft, after it’s been dampened you just rub it on normally. No wait time involved! Although I can see how it would make you think of that… it is a bit odd…

  • Hahaha love the title!

    I really need to try Crystal, everyone seems to love it!


    Tamara –

  • SamanthaSeries

    I love the crystal deodorants! My mom has been using them since I can remember and she does this trick where she puts a dab of Johnsons baby lotion on the rock & applies it like that, and that acts to moisten it while also adding scent. For some reason Johnsons baby lotion is the only lotion that works for this, others kind of curdle up lol. This also avoids the smelly rock situation 😛

    Samantha Series

    • Oh that’s neat! I actually had some of that but ended up throwing it away because I didn’t think I’d ever use it, agh! Good idea!

  • What, it lasts for a year?! That’s something. Unscented deo isn’t for me as well. Because I always like it when I raise my hand, I can smell a good scented underarms. I’m sure, most of us like that.

    Love, Fads

  • Okay, I’m not too sure how I feel about this one just because anything that involves bad smells (or potential bad smells for that matter) is off the tables for me, haha. The lasting power is insane, though. A whole year?!


    • If you only apply it to clean armpits there’s no problem with scent – if you’re trying to reapply after sweating it’s going to take on the smell of BO for sure (simply because it’s unscented.) That being said, letting it air dry after each use helps a lot, it won’t smell at all. And yes – a whole year, wouldn’t that be nice?! LOL

  • My mother has been using a deodorant crystal for ages, and I use it on and off when I know I will not need maximum protection.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I have used this on multiple occasions thinking it would work “this time”. It NEVER seems to work with me and I end up smelling horribly of BO! 🙁
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • Oh boy… that’s not good. I do notice a slight smell which is why I pair it with the scented spray and that helps a lot!

  • That’s pretty cool that they have a Crystal deodorant! I use to use an aluminium free one cause my Dad one time developed a lump under his arm from a deodorant :O so my Mum was pretty insistent on aluminium free but I’ve found as I’ve got older in the summer it just wasn’t working all that well anymore and switched to a Nivea roll on and it works alright.

  • I love natural deodorants and haven’t used chemical ones since making the change a good year ago now! I’ve heard so much stories about shop deodorants causing breast cancer and other nasty illnesses so that’s why I switched some time ago to natural alternatives! I’ve not used any of these but we have similar brands in the UK and The Body Shop do good versions too! x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + Giveaway

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