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    I just read "the case against fragrance". We Americans are obsessed with smells.

    I use crystal spray. When I remember. Living in a dry desert when humidity is usually under 10% --- everything evaporates and I'm always dry.

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    I'll start with a different question. Do you shave your armpits? I'm horrible about using a razor way past it's prime. I've never developed a rash from a deodorant (I use one quick swipe of secret probably more for myself than others since I just don't sweat that much). I have developed itchy rashes when I'm having to dig deep to get an old razor to remove a few hairs and my underarm hair is so fine that even a new razor misses some. I've never tried patting baking soda on my pits but that comes up a lot in natural options. Next question, are your armpits dark. It could be a build-up of dead skin cells causing the irritation. Some people who are susceptible to armpit staining have found exfoliating on occasion helps reduce itch/rash.
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    I almost never use deodorant. I do shave. I don't notice an odor unless I am stressed out, working really hard, or sometimes with diet issues (i.e., garlic is oozing from my pores) I live with people who would say something. (And have on days I was really stressed)

    i do use it if I'm going to be doing a stressful/hot indoor thing - like August open house at our air condition free school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float On View Post
    I'll start with a different question. Do you shave your armpits? I'm horrible about using a razor way past it's prime. I've never developed a rash from a deodorant (I use one quick swipe of secret probably more for myself than others since I just don't sweat that much). I have developed itchy rashes when I'm having to dig deep to get an old razor to remove a few hairs and my underarm hair is so fine that even a new razor misses some. I've never tried patting baking soda on my pits but that comes up a lot in natural options. Next question, are your armpits dark. It could be a build-up of dead skin cells causing the irritation. Some people who are susceptible to armpit staining have found exfoliating on occasion helps reduce itch/rash.
    You have asked some good questions Float On and as I head to the shower this morning I will throw out any old razors and check the color of my armpits. Off the top of my head I don't think they are dark, but as I said I will take a closer look. I do shave my underarms, but not often. Since reaching this "advanced age" I don't have to shave there or even my legs as often as the hair is now very sparse. I like that! When I had this rash two or three weeks ago I didn't use any deodorant while getting it cleared up, but when I went back to the Cyrstal Essense, (no fragrance or paba), it popped up again after a few days. So, I am thinking there must be something in it I am reacting to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad Eyed Lady View Post
    but when I went back to the Cyrstal Essense, (no fragrance or paba), it popped up again after a few days. So, I am thinking there must be something in it I am reacting to.
    Well, our bodies do change a lot and maybe you've developed an allergy to the Crystal Essense. I used one type of toothpaste for ages then started getting odd swelling in my mouth. The Dentist told me I'd developed an allergic reaction to something in the toothpaste. I hope you find what works for you. I have some odd skin irritants and sensitivities (as I've said...I think I'm allergic to air) and I take a Zyrtec daily. If I miss a day something...anything...will give me hives.
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    What about something like this? I use it after a shower, but not under my arms. Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder: https://jet.com/product/detail/fee45...9-f747223bb2a3
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    I used to get painful ingrown hairs from shaving my armpits. One day I was complaining about it and dh said, "Why don't you stop shaving your armpits?" Hmmm. Ok. So I did. The hair grew to a certain length and then stopped growing and in time it became soft, not stubbly like the regrowth is. The soft hair doesn't stand out as much as stubble and it feels very comfortable. My armpits look like I haven't shaved in a few days, but that's it. And I noticed two things: armpits feel so much better with hair! When I've shaved a few times (maybe going to a fancy event with sleeveless top), my armpits feel so gross. Without the hair they get sticky and smelly. When I don't shave, the hair wicks the moisture and smell away from the body, so there's no need for any product. I've never had anyone comment on body odor.

    Most days I aim for some physical activity and do sweat, but I don't smell bad. I do shower everyday since I sweat everyday. But I don't buy any products for my armpits anymore. And I haven't shaved in years.

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    Baking soda on dry underarms after shower. Have done this for years, maybe 1/4 tsp baking soda for both, and some of that falls off my hand. Do over sink.
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    Nice to hear from you Lark! It's been a long time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Nice to hear from you Lark! It's been a long time!
    I was thinking the same thing!
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