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Although crystal deodorants have been around for years I have to admit such a thing is completely new to me. This is a really brilliant product - it was recommended to me by a rather hippy dippy friend who whilst a little insane is never smelly. I was a bit sceptical at first, seriously how can a bit of rock stop you from getting sweaty and smelly. However having used Pitrok for about a month now and can honestly say it really works.
So what's the craic?
Body odour occurs as a result of bacteria in perspiration. Pitrok solution works by creating a thin layer of natural minerals and salts across your skin preventing odour causing bacteria from developing without locking your pores, the call it "Bacteriostatic Action". The crystal is completely natural and contains absolutely no aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium associated with other deodorants. As Pitrok does not block the pores it does not interfere with the bodys natural way of eliminating toxins.
How do you use it?
Pitrok is really easy to use, either dampen the top of the stick to apply to dry skin or apply direct to wet skin after a bath or shower.
I have found that Pitrok provides effective 24 hour protection. As Pitrok is completely natural it felt great not to be spraying any nasty chemicals direct on to my skin. Pitrok is completely odourless no matter how hard I sniffed there was absolutely no discernible fragrance so it will not conflict with your perfume. Pitrok is non greasy, non sticky and it did not leave any marks on my clothes.
Pitrok is amazing value for money - I purchased mine for about £6 from Ethical Superstore, I have used the stick everyday for over a month and at this point I cannot see it running out any time soon - the stick does not seem to have deteriorated at all and I really can't even begin to guess when it will completely wear out.
I have introduced Pitrok to my boyfriend who has sensitive skin and he absolutely loves it, as it is completely natural he suffers no irritation that can sometimes occur with chemical deodorants.
It is not important to me but I do find the packaging very masculine so this is maybe not one for the dressing table.
It is completely natural.
It is perfect for sensitive skin
It is completely odourless
It is not sticky
It will not stain your clothes
It is good for pregnant ladies
It is eco friendly.
It is amazing value for money.
Pit Rock Crystal Deodorant seems to be the only type of crystal deodorant available pretty much in every supermarket and high street shops like Boots or Superdrug. I find that quite surprising at times because something so simple and basic is not sold by more companies, I would personally like to see different shapes and packaging option in crystal deodorants.
The only other shops that are likely to sell natural crystal deodorants are the general health food shops, if you are luck to find one in your city hidden away, they offer more of an selection also Himalayan salt which I heard is as good and for comes in pink colour, very pretty.
My first Crystal deodorant was from the Pit Rock brand and that is due to it's easy availability.
This deodorant costs £5.95 for 100grams, it's push up feature of the packaging is very useful for when the crystal wears down. Though it does not seem like a big amount of product, I did not worn my own down yet but I think on average it could easily last for one year of regular use.
I apply it after a bath, after I dry my skin with a towel I either leave my underarms a bit damp or in case a forget I just dampen my underarms with some water and then I apply this deodorant about 5 times up an down the armpits. On the long run of use I found that this deodorant does not clog the sweat glands and just sits on the skin, odourless and colourless just as is claimed. In general the perspiration has no scent at all while I use it.
One word of advice: I used to use conventional stick deodorants that block the sweat for years before I started using this. When I used this crystal deodorant after all those stick sweat clogging chemicals, I found that the crystal did not worked on me to begin with but I kept persevering and threw away my old methods as I refused to use possibly cancer causing deodorants on the long run. Eventually my body chemistry change and I started to notice a change in the way I sweat and smell, I think the body takes a while to purge of the chemicals, after that I noticed that the crystal deodorant does a fantastic job in neutralizing odour and it has the same effect in keeping me feeling fresh and for just as long.
So keep in mind: you might need to go cold turkey first!
What a great idea. Or so I thought. I like the idea of using a more natural deodorant instead of something packed full of chemicals, in particular aluminium, and when you consider how long one of these crystals will last (assuming you don't drop it and smash it), the price seems reasonable, too.
The first downside was the fact that the crystal was a bit loose and kept falling down when you pushed it up, which meant scraping my underarms with the plastic casing. I also found that I didn't always remember not to dry my underarms after showering, and that the crystal wasn't so easy to apply if you ran it under the tap instead.
Unfortunately, this wasn't all. After a couple of days, I realised it didn't smell so great - or rather, my clothes didn't. I found that the armpits of my clothes smelt dreadful - and very much like human sweat. However - and this is the odd part - a couple of days later, I forgot to apply any deodorant at all, and there was no smell whatsoever! I have since used another natural deodorant and the same thing happened: deodorant=smell; no deodorant=no smell. They both contain ammonium alum and since this is the only ingredient in PitRok, perhaps it is some sort of reaction that occurs on contact with (certain) skin. I WISH this product worked, but, to conclude, it was a rather mysterious waste of £6.40.
With all the awareness of cancer and how the toxic and unatural chemicals we put on our bodies do affect the fuctioning, happily and naturaly of our bodies, the under arm is one of the most sensitive areas of the body with lymph glands/nodes acting in the arm pit as a filter for any foreign particals and are very important in the proper functioning of the immune system, therefore any product/chemical we apply here is going staight into our immune system and making our body work overtime to identify this foreign partical!
I bought this product due to the fact that there are so many nasties in convential deodrants and my friend had said how good they were, so I thought I would give it a go!
I wasnt impressed it did not stop the smell of perspiration at all, maybe it just didnt match my body!?? I'd say try it, its much more natural than most other deodrants out there and hopefully it will work for you better than it did for me.
I do try to shy away from the 'personal hygiene' type reviews. I can see they may be useful to some, but I do think its a little too personal. That said, here I am about to tell you all about my pits, which although wonderful they do not rock.
PitRok is one of a growing number of companies using something called 'Ammonium Alum'. This is a naturally found type of mineral salt. There is growing concern in the beauty media with regards to the aluminium chlorohydrate and parabens used in most underarm deodorants. They block your pores and so halt the expulsion of toxins through your skin. Underarm deodorant also has links with an increase in the likely hood of breast cancer. Thumbs down. The mineral salt works by creating an environment in which the bacteria (the stinky bits) cannot multiply. No excess bacteria, no whiff.
So I bough this product back in July, at the height of summertime (heh), I was excited to use it, mum is always on at me about regular deodorants so this would keep her quiet.
I bought mine in Boots for £6.43.
I'll say it again, £6.43.
You can buy normal stuff for £1! Or less if you live in a city with a Wilkinsons.
Anyway, I'm over it. Totally over it.
So with my heavy little pot I wandered home in a bit of a daze.
The product looks rather nice, like a big chunk of quartz.
In order to activate the crystal it needs to be wet. So means that you either need to apply straight after a shower - very easy as long as your pits are still wet.
Or, you need to dampen your underarms, or run the tap over the crystal. Both of these options are really annoying. I have clothes on, so I need to take them off to get a flannel, or something, to give the pits a wipe. Blergh. Running the tap over the crystal doesn't really cut it either, cos you have to keep getting it wet as you wipe the water off under your arms. And then you have a really wet product in your hand that needs to be dried.Annoying.
The deodorant didn't even work for me when I did manage to get it on. Who knows why, maybe I have super power sweat? So I spent a week being a bit smelly by lunchtime, and positively reeking by hometime. And then I went back to my usual brand.
I contacted PikRok to tell them that I still smelt. I said that I had spent quite alot of money on a product that I thought would work. I said that although I knew they couldn't refund me (Boots would not refund a used product) i was willing to try another of their products instead. I have emailed them twice since August and they have not had the courtesy to respond. Bad smelly rude PitRok.
This was a product I initially got excited about when I saw it as it is a natural alternative to the harsh chemical-based deodorants on the market. On first inspection it has so much going for it: eco-friendly. animal cruelty free and so long lasting. All you have to do to use is wet the crystal with water and roll on, the natural action of the crystal reacts with bacteria contained in sweat and masks the odour.
Expensive though at first I wanted to give it a go and tried it for a week. I was however really disappointed. The fact is that it did not work for me. Apart from feeling uncomfortably sticky the crystal did not control odour for more than an hour leaving me feeling really self concious and wanting to run under the nearest shower!
It may be suitable for those who slightly perspire but for an effective solution to an every day problem I am afraid this does not cut the mustard. Very disappointing from a product which offers so much!
Having used standard anti-perspirants for many years, a few years ago a friend introduced me to the idea of crystal deodorants. I was very sceptical at first, but agreed to give it a go.
The Pitrok Push Up Crystal Deodorant is a natural alternative to conventional deodorant. It is free from aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium, parabens and triclosan, which many people chose to avoid in their toiletries these days. It consists of mineral salts in stone form, and claims to prevent bacteria (which cause odour) from multiplying without blocking pores. They contain no animal products and are not tested on animals. Pitrok also claims that these deodorants are good for sensitive skin, as they are unlikely to cause irritation.
The deodorant looks like a roll on on the shelf but when you remove the lid you will notice that it contains a stick of crystal in place of the usual roller-ball. You simply push the base of the product to expose more of the crystal as it is worn down with use. You use the deodorant in a similar way to a conventional roll on, the only difference being that you have to wet your underarm area, or the pitrok, before use, and then allow to dry. I was very aprehensive about using this deodorant, and quite paranoid for a long time, but have been assured by my nearest and dearest that it does in fact work. It does not stop you sweating (it is not an anti-perspirant) but it does prevent any odour. Having been convinced that this does work as a deodorant I now tend to use a combination of conventional and crystal deodorants, switching back to a conventional one for nights out or long days when I prefer an anti-perspirant.
You can buy a Pitrok in Boots, or they are avaiable on Amazon. They are more expensive than other deodorants, selling at £5.54 at the moment on Amazon, but it does last absolutely ages, saving you money in the long run. One thing to watch for though, don't drop it! I dropped my first Pitrok in the sink after using it and the crystal cracked, so whilst it had lots of use left in it, the crack meant it scratched terribly and had to be binned. Pitrok do also make other products, including a spray deodorant, which I have also tried and found to work well.
In summary, I would recommend this deodorant if you are looking for a more natural product, it certainly does the job its designed for. An added bonus (which I have to say I haven't tested) is that they also claim to work on smelly feet!
5 months on and I've had a little accident! I dropped the pitrock onto a solid stone floor and the end shattered, so I've replaced it. However before breaking it I had barely worn it down at all through use every day, so buying one of these would end up being a 2+ year investment.
Still odour free, and I've noticed a significant reduction in sweating, I have a sneaking suspicion that skin reacts to excessive chemicals and sweats more.
I admit it, like most people I've read about the negative effects of average antiperspirants and deodorants. And like most people I've completely ignored these claims for lack of real evidence.
Antiperspirants work by blocking pores and preventing sweating. Deodorants work by masking the smell produced by bacteria colonising sweat with a stronger scent. PitRok and other natural mineral products work by preventing the bacteria from growing in the sweat. I'm not going to lecture on what is "best" because that depends on your personal taste.
Antiperspirants cause skin problems on my underarm skin-blocked pores and bumps. Deodorants do nothing for me but leave me in a sticky sweaty sweet mess. For years I had been putting up with painful armpits, then I decided enough-I want the armpits on those Dove adverts. So I tried PitRok.
I'm sure you're all familiar with the stick of clear rock either free or in a clear plastic tube. It needs to be applied onto wet skin, so after a shower or bath, or by dampening the end first. On application there is no residue, no scent, nothing. It feels like gliding a crystal over your skin-and you may feel like it's doing nothing at all. But you would be wrong.
I didn't notice it throughout the day, there was no stickiness or staining on the clothes. I did sweat (because it's not an antiperspitant) but the sweat was completely odour free on my whole body-I'd applied it to all the places I sweat. It did exactly what it says it will do.
And my underarm skin issues are clearing, I'm a few days away from silky smooth armpits!
To me happy underarms are more important than bone dryness. There's nothing sillier than trying to keep your underarms dry while the rest of your body dampens your clothes. I would recommend this to everyone, no matter how sensitive (or not) your skin or how old you are.
It costs somewhere around £6, but it will last over 6 months. Average life span of a deodorant/antiperspirant in daily use is one month, at around £1.50 per item it soon becomes cheaper to use PitRok!
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
PitRock Push-up Crystal Deodorant is a solid underarm deodorant made from pure natural mineral salts.
Having previously used Dove roll-on deodorant which has a cream like substance, I found that I could still feel the deodorant during the day, especially if I had been sweating. To my horror, it would seem to mix with the sweat and I worried this would stain my tops (that and show I had sweaty underarms!). I also found that it blocked my pores and this resulted in a small lump forming (somewhat worrying to start off with!).
Having talked with a friend, who pointed out the aluminium content of the usual deodorants, I decided to try a more natural one. I found a selection of aluminium-free in a health shop, but noticed that most of them seemed to use a cream like substance and imagined the same thing happening to me with these. I then noticed PitRok.
PitRock is a natural crystal deodorant which has a clear look to it and therefore seems unlikely to clog pores as it does not have a thick conistance to it. In fact, the back of the crystal's holder states that it does not block pores. There is no aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium in PitRock, for those who are worried about their content.
To use PitRock, it it advised that it it used immediately after a bath or shower so the crystal is applied to wet skin. However, you can simply dampen the crystal or your skin before use. Desite used when wet/damp, I do find my underarms dry in a reasonable time. Also, it doesn't leave any white marks on your clothes.
PitRok Push-up Crystal Deodorant with it's pure natural mineral salts does not smell, but then I've found that neither do your underarms (which is always a good thing!).
It comes in 100g size and seems to last quite a while, in my experience.
Here comes the down side... I bought mine from a health shop for £5.95 (expensive, I know!) and I see that PitRok's website sell's it for £5.82, but I have seen it cheaper elsewhere (after I bought mine!). For instance, it was only £1.99 in a bargain personal/bath/cleaning goods shop in Shrewsbury (I felt a little "done over" when I saw it at that price, but at least I know where to go and buy it next time).
Anyway... so far so good... I have dry and smell-free underarms!
Prevents bacteria from multiplying without blocking pores helping to reduce odour!