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One weekend I was heading onto a plane for a short break. With liquids being restricted in hand luggage I was struggling to fit my toiletries into that little plastic bag. It was no good - I had to buy something in a smaller size or leave something behind.
In Boots I came across the Salt of the Earth deoderant. I had a brainwave - surely this was truly solid so could go in my hand luggage but not count as a liquid. So I bought one. This was about 4 years ago and I'm still using it. Not the same one of course - they do last a while but 4 years would be pushing it!
So why have I stuck with it? Well, benefit one is that it isn't a liquid. So it can go in hand luggage with no problems. Benefit two is that it's free from nasties such as preservatives. Benefit three is that it does work. It's effective at stopping me sweating and I don't get damp patches under my arms even at the gym. However, for some reason I don't fully understand, there is the odd day when I do seem to noticeably sweat and this product isn't fully effective. It's only the odd day - maybe only one out of every few months - but annoyingly I don't know why it works less on those days. But this is the reason I've deducted one star, because it's not perfect.
What is it?
The deodorant is a stick. It looks like a big chunk of crystal. It's sort of translucent white colour and the surface is smooth. It's made from alum which is a natural antibacterial mineral salt. The Salt of the Earth website says it's free from aluminium chlorohydrate, parabens, alcohol, perfumes, CFC's, triclosan, mineral oils, and propellants.
How do I use it?
Pretty much like a normal stick deodorant except it must be wet to work. So I dampen the top surface and smear it under my arms. By the time I get to putting my clothes on, under my arms are dry and they stay that way. The stick should be dried afterwards so it lasts longer but I usually forget to do this. It doesn't sting on application unlike some of the roll ons or sprays I've used before.
Any other information?
It's unscented. I'm not allergic to it. It's not tested on any animals. I bough the travel size first then the normal size. I can't remember how much Boots charged but on the Salt of the Earth website the travel size (which is 50 grams) costs £2.58 and the standard size (which is 90 grams) costs £4.62. The standard size easily lasts for about a year so it's not too costly.
As mentioned in my previous reviews, I'm a bit of an organic/eco/natural freak and like to have as little chemicals and plastic around me as possible (without compromising on hygiene and going bankrupt at the same time). Furthermore, my husband is very, very sensitive to most smells and scents, natural or not - he sneezes from anything other that fresh air with very few exceptions. Neither of us can use conventional perfumes and deodorants on daily basis, however thanks to this little miracle that doesn't mean we're filthy smelly people nobody likes :)
Salt of the Earth is a natural crystal deodorant - it's basically a piece of Potassium Alum - a natural mineral salt, shaped into cylinder with no sharp edges, so that it feels like a roll-on. It doesn't contain any other ingredients and is unscented and therefore unisex. The piece of salty mineral is fitted into a recyclable hard clear plastic container with a screw-on top. There is a sticker with logo, information about ingretient, how to use information and a "caution - do not use on broken skin" sign (well, it would literally be rubbing a salt into a wound). It comes in Original (90g for £4.60 from Crystal Spring website), and Travel size (50g for £2.55) - to be honest I find Travel size absolutely sufficient, as you use very, very little each time.
So, after having a shower, you're supposed to rub the crystal on your wet armpits. Alternatively (and more practically, I think) you can just wet the crystal and rub on dry armpits when needed. It is best to dry the crystal afterwards, as manufacturer claims it will last longer this way. My husband doesn't dry it though and it's still almost whole after over 6 months of daily use (basically, each time the amount you use is the amount of salt that dissolves in the water when you wet it, so next to none).
And now the best part - skeptic as you may be, this actually works 100%! It's not antiperspirant - it doesn't block your pores so that you don't sweat at all. It's a deodorant - the salt neutralizes smell-causing bacteria in the sweat. However (this may be psychological) apart from not smelling, I think I do sweat less when using this...
If you can't, or don't want to use conventional antiperspirants and/or deodorants for any reasons, Salt of the Earth is the way to go. It's convenient, cheap, and effective. 5* for me.
I love trying new products, especially personal and beauty type products. If there's a new type of toothpaste, I want to try it. If there's a new aftershave I want to test it. When I heard about Crystal Spring's totally Natural Deodorant Salt of the Earth ...yup, I wanted it.
I first heard about Salt of the Earth in a review, which explained why it not only works and makes for a good product, but also about how good it is for the environment. Trying to be enviro-conscious now and then, I wanted to get some.
I don't really like roll on deodorants, I find them sticky and generally ineffective, so I was slightly sceptical about trying this. However, what I do like about roll ons is that as there is no spray, you don't choke yourself stupid on the mist that you're applying to yourself...one particular brand always make me cough like a madman (hmmm, maybe I should review it!). Whilst, this isn't a roll on per se, it's actually a stick of salt, so you certainly don't get fumigated with each use!
Essentially, all this product is, is a stick of salt. Salt of course, is dry, so you can't just rub it on your skin for it to work. To apply it, you have to wet the stick -putting it under a running tap, or applying to wet skin - so straight out of the shower, is perfect, and use it as you would an ordinary roll on.
Salt has very drying properties, which is why it works on your skin to keep you dry and sweat free. I didn't really think it would work, but it does. Those astute amongst you, will immediately spot that, making salt wet, causes the salt to dissolve...so, once you've used the stick, it's a good idea to dry it, to make it last as long as possible.
The thing I don't like so much, is that it's non-scented. For some people this would be a huge benefit, but I like to be fragranced and know that I smell good, so I make sure I use some sort of aftershave and/or deodorant too.
What does the product say for itself? It boasts (and rightly so) being totally natural, really effective and won't leave embarrassing white marks on your clothes. First and foremost, it does work - it keeps me dry, and keeps me fresh...and it's natural! The packaging (which is a simple plastic tube) explains that it protects you for 24 hours, it's unisex, it's unscented and importantly, is not tested on animals. And lastly, and rather excitingly if you dry it, it can last for up to 6 months. The only ingredients used in it, is pure Ammonium Alum, which is a natural mineral salt. There is no Aluminium Chlorohydrate, and no parabens...bonus!
I bought mine for around £5 from Holland and Barrett (bizarrely) and I've had it for over 6 months. This is good stuff, and value for money! Do not apply it near cuts or broken skin...for those of you who have ever experienced salt in a wound...it hurts!
I recommend this product whole heartedly - it works, it's good on the environment, it's easy to use, it lasts for ages, and is excellent value for money.
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2012
I've been using crystal deodorants for a while now, probably on and off for at least 4 years and recently ended up purchasing a travel size Salt Of The Earth version. The travel size is 50g so about half the size of a normal crystal deodorant but as these last for ages it will last for the best part of an entire year. Salt Of The Earth are one of many companies that produce these crystals but it isn't true that all crystal deodorants are created equal because they're not, I've used some unbranded cheap ones that haven't worked so well so it seemed worth the £3 I paid for it on Ebay to get one that had good feedback.
Crystals deodorants aren't an anti-perspirant they are just to stop any sweat from becoming smelly. Fresh sweat smells of nothing but once it reacts to bacteria on your skin it starts to get that nasty odour we all strive to avoid. Crystal deodorants work by being antibacterial and preventing the bacteria growth so you still sweat but it doesn't smell. They leave a thin layer of potassium alum on the skin and you can feel this once they've dried but it doesn't prevent sweating. They are chemical free, fragrance free, unisex, do not leave white marks, are animal friendly, suitable for vegetarians and vegans and don't block pores. All very positive attributes.
The reason I use crystal deodorants on a regular basis is my very sensitive underarm skin just doesn't get on with many anti-perspirants. I find I can use them for a period of time only to find overnight my skin flares up in a bright red, sore and itchy way that then prevents me from using any anti-perspirant for at least 2 weeks. Sometimes it gets so bad I can't even use these crystals for about a week either and once I've had a reaction to a particular brand of anti-perspirant I can never use it again. So for me they are an absolute godsend. For years I worked my way through all the anti-perspirant brands in the chemists only to find I was fast running out of options and nobody wants to be left with nothing to use so that's how I got interested in these crystals. I've used a variety of unbranded ones, some of them even came in a wicker basket and were literally just an oval crystal and I've more recently tried the spray versions which work very well. The most long lasting crystal deodorants as far as value for money goes though are the actual crystal sticks and they last so long you can't believe it. This travel one has seen me through most of the summer this year with enough left to easily see me to next summer.
As crystal deodorants actually let you sweat they are better for the body, it's better to let the body use it's natural functions so they are probably healthier in the long run. I've noticed alot of the big brands have started trying to integrate crystals into their anti-perspirants but I actually think they might be making it more complicated than it needs to be and trying to load chemicals into the crystal part which is maybe why most of these don't work well. Just my opinion, obviously I've tried a few that make the crystal claims only to find they really don't work well.
To use this Salt Of The Earth crystal deodorant you unscrew the lid, either rub it a few times on damp skin or wet the crystal under the tap and then rub it on your skin if you're dry then leave it to dry. It takes about as long as roll on to dry on your skin and the actual crystal needs to dry in between uses too so I just pop mine on the bathroom windowsill and put the lid back on the next time I go in there. There are no visible signs you are wearing this, it won't mark clothing or show in any way but if you touch the skin you can feel traces of the potassium alum on there which feel like a dry layer. As these crystals work on bacteria if you should experience any breakthrough odour you need to wash the area and start again, you can't just top it up. That's it, all you need to do to use this.
I find I get no odour whatsoever with this particular one, I've used it most of the summer and even on hot days I got no nasty whiffs. I still sweat a bit but I don't seem to sweat as much with this on and even after a full day can still feel the dry layer on my skin. The crystal looks slightly more rounded than when I first used it but otherwise there's still plenty left and I intend to use it all winter. For me this is the perfect alternative to the chemically laden anti-perspirants that my skin doesn't like and although it doesn't stop sweating it doesn't create any problems for me at all. I've never had a bad reaction to these crystal deodorants and at £3 for this particular one it's a bargain too as it lasts about a year! If I want fragrance on my underarms I apply this, let it dry then spray a tiny bit of perfume on top but usually you can smell the soap or shower gel you used before applying the crystal through it anyway.
For people who sweat alot these might not be the answer but you could use these on feet too if they're a problem area. Anyone who doesn't like or get on with chemicals these are perfect to try but I would say stick to branded ones like Salt Of The Earth or Ice Guard as they work alot better than unbranded ones. It's a full 5 stars from me and I'm very pleased I stumbled across this brand online. Available to buy from a variety of stores online.
I've used this one in the past trying to find a natural deodorant that I wasn't allergic to and was also strong enough to keep me from perspiring. Good news is I wasn't allergic to it. Sadly this one wasn't strong enough to keep me from perspiring. However I did come across another <a href="http://www.lavanila.com/Healthy-Deodorant_c_16.html">natural deodorant</a> that works perfectly.
Salt of the Earth's 'Totally Natural Deodorant' is a natural deodorant (the only ingredient being natural mineral salt) ideal for who don't want use harsh chemicals on their skin.
'Totally Natural Deodorant' doesn't contain harmful chemicals known as parabens. Although there is no solid evidence that parabens cause cancer, studies have reported that these harmful chemicals have been found in the tissues taken from women with breast cancer. Studies have found that chemicals from cosmetics, including deodorant, build up INSIDE the body (there are plenty of sources stating this claim - it can be googled easily).
Another reason to use this natural deodorant (which can be rolled on or sprayed on) is that it won't irritate your lungs like the anti-perspirants in aerosole cans can often do. No more coughing, choking or gasping when breathing in the horrible fumes from your deodorant.
The deodorant itself is ordorless, which can be a plus when you have gone through the effort of applying a lovely smelling body lotion, perfume or aftershave and don't want a strong smelling deodorant overpowering it. Or maybe you just want to smell of a nice, clean you - this deodorant is good for that, too!
The deodorant is also unisex - perhaps a benefit for couples or siblings as they can share. This could be a benefit when on holiday, for example, as it cuts down on the packing of bulky cosmetics and leaves room in your suitcase for more clothes and shoes!
Talking of holidays, the 'Totally Natural Deodorant' comes in a handy travel size roll-on (as well as the 'classic' size, and also 2 different sized pump-sprays), ideal for holidays, trips to the gym or just to carry around with you throughout the day.
The best thing about using this natural deodorant is simply that it works effictively (and in regards to the roll-on, lasts a long, long time!!!), only requiring one application per day (but of course it's made from natural mineral salt so it's safe to apply it as many times as you want!). So if you want to use a natural deodorant, free of chemicals, not tested on animals etc. then Salt of the Earth's 'Totally Natural Deodorant' is definately worth a try.
Oh and it's also good for your 'carbon footprint' - you're not releasing anything harmful into the environment, so you can feel clean, smell clean, and also know that you're not harming the planet in the process!!!
After reading a few positive review of 'PitRok' deodorant here on dooyoo, it was my intention to buy some and give it a go. For those of you who don't know what PitRok is, it's a natural mineral salt stick which doesn't contain any of the nasty chemicals or quantities of aluminium which are potentially very bad for our health.
Unfortunately, I found it difficult to find any PitRok, as Boots had sold out, and the local 'alternative-generally-weirdo shop' didn't have any either. What they did have however, was basically the same thing made by a different brand - Crystal Spring's 'Salt of the Earth'.
Costing around £3 for the smallest 50g size, the deodorant is totally natural and won't leave white marks on your clothing. The product is suitable for both male and female use and isn't tested on animals.
Upon opening Salt of the Earth, you are presented with a rounded lump of Ammonium Alum mineral salt, which is both colourless and odourless. To use the product, you must either wet it and apply to the underarms, or leave it dry and put it on moist underarms - the choice is yours! It's probably best to put it on after a shower or a bath, and then you don't have to worry about wetting the stick or yourself before use.
As the product is basically a block of salt - I was wondering whether it tasted like regular salt - therefore (being the weirdo that I am) I put my tongue on the block to see. I'm not joking when I say that the taste was fruity and sweet - bizarre! I wanted to give it a good lick - but I though I would probably die or something - so I didn't.
Does it work?
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Short answer, yes. If you give your underarms a decent coating of Salt of the Earth, then you should have no problems with sweat - or at least that is the case in my experience. It's difficult to recommend a product of this nature to everyone, as we are all different.
The deodorant feels just like any other deodorant block and seems to dry quickly once applied.
In conclusion, I found Salt of the Earth to be an effective and product which surprisingly works as advertised. After a week or so of regular use, the annoyance of using the product on wet underarms becomes second nature, and is less of a hassle than you would expect.
On the downside, the lack of a scent doesn't really fill you with confidence, but that's the price you pay for a natural lifestyle!
Ingredients: Pure Ammonium Alum crystallised salts from Thailand / Crystal Spring Salt of the Earth eliminates body odour for men and women / The salts inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria on your skin / It is safe for the environment / Directions: Wet the stone and apply liberally /