How I Quit Using Deodorant with Magnesium

by Ann Marie Michaels on January 2, 2012

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Deodorant

Deodorant is bad. I’ve know that for a long time. But I haven’t been able to stop using it because I didn’t like having body odor, and I couldn’t find a natural deodorant that would do the job.

Now that I’ve been supplementing with magnesium, my body odor is 100% gone and I’ve kicked deodorant to the curb.

What’s Wrong With Using Deodorant?

Aluminum, Alzheimer’s and Cancer

There is evidence that the aluminum in most store-bought deodorant causes health problems, from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer.

“In 1995, the Archives of Toxicology published the results of a study by French scientists from the Toxicology Laboratory at Bordeaux University: when aluminum chloride (once commonly used in antiperspirants) was applied to the shaved skin of lab mice, the aluminum in their brains doubled. This seems to suggest that the metal may be absorbed by the skin, a concern that has only been compounded by the recent appearance on the market of aluminum free antiperspirants. (Source)

Aluminium is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells. (Source)

Parabens and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has been increasing for over half a century. Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are genetic, which means up to 90% of breast cancer cases are caused by environment and lifestyle. Studies show that deodorants/antiperspirants play a major role in the increase of breast cancer cases.

Deodorants commonly contain parabens. You can find parabens in personal care products by reading the label and looking for any of the following:

Methylparaben (E218)
Ethylparaben (E214)
Propylparaben (E216)
Butylparaben
Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Parahydroxybenzoic acid
Parahydroxybenzoate

Parabens are absorbed through the skin and can then be stored in the body. Once parabens are in the body it affects the hormonal system by mimicking estrogen, the hormone that promotes cell growth. The promotion of cell growth link parabens with cancer, and in the context of this article, breast cancer. Parabens have actually been detected in human breast cancer tumors, as Darbre stated in 2004: “[The] detection [of parabens] in human breast tumors is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen.” She continues: “Estrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumors. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants.” (Source)

What About Natural Deodorant?

Natural deodorants never worked for me. You see, I don’t mind sweating. I just don’t like the stink. And I’ve never found a natural deodorant that really worked for me. Some of them worked OK, but not great. So I would always end up going back to grocery store deodorant, much to my chagrin.

How I Quit Using Deodorant with Magnesium

Since I started supplementing with magnesium a few months ago, miraculously, my body odor has completely gone away. To the point that I no longer need to use deodorant of any kind.

Even when I sweat, I don’t smell bad. It doesn’t smell like sweat — it’s just like water.

I wasn’t sure if it was the magnesium or not at first. But I noticed that on the days when I forgot to take my magnesium, my armpits smelled a little bit. So the next day I’d take my magnesium and sure enough, the odor would disappear.

How to Supplement with Magnesium

It’s not easy for humans to absorb minerals. They’re essentially rocks. The best way to absorb magnesium is transdermally (via the skin).

I use a combination of methods for supplementation. I take a multivitamin, a multimineral, and I use magnesium oil and mangnesium oil to absorb magnesium through my skin.

You can put magnesium flakes in your bath water. Or soak your feet in water with magnesium flakes. You can also use magnesium oil. Just spray in on the skin and it will absorb.

You can also make magnesium oil from magnesium flakes: How to Make Magnesium Oil.

Where to Buy Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Flakes

You can find magnesium oil and magnesium flakes on the marketplace.

Read More About Magnesium Oil

Magnesium has lots of other health benefits, from balancing blood sugar to helping hormones to reducing pain and eliminating insomnia. Read my post: Are You Suffering From Magnesium Deficiency?

To learn more about magnesium, check out the book by Dr. Mark Sircus, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, or read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean. You can find both books on my resources page.

Are You Supplementing with Magnesium?

How are you benefiting from using magnesium supplementation? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Betsy January 2, 2012 at 4:58 AM

That’s really interesting. I’ve been using homemade deodorant for several years now. The last batch I made didn’t come out as usual for some reason and I hated putting it on (crumbs all over the countertop). So I found myself skipping days. Then I noticed that there was no odor! So I just stopped using it. No one has complained ;) and I still haven’t noticed any odor.

And I’ve been supplementing magnesium. Just orally, I don’t like the spray and hate taking baths. But apparently it’s working.

Primal Kitchen's Family Grokumentarian January 2, 2012 at 5:06 AM

I’d be curious to know if anybody reading who does frequent intense exercise (a la Crossfit) has found a way to ditch commercial deodorants while staying odor free. I’ve tried natural deodorants in the past, too, with no luck. However, I also add epsom salts to my bath every day, and I haven’t yet noticed any easing of natural body odor. (I wish I would!) So, for now, still stuck on conventional deodorant until I find a solution.

Jenny January 2, 2012 at 5:31 AM

I don’t believe the magnesium in epsom salts is all that readily absorbable

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Yes that is correct, we don’t absorb the magnesium in epsom salt very well at all. Magnesium chloride, the form that is in the magnesium flakes and magnesium oil, is the best absorbed.

Just switch to magnesium flakes instead of epsom salts.

Jessica January 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Primal – I do quite vigorous exercise and I have found a couple products that work great and keep me odor free. And I’m a sweater. Gross, I know, but I sweat really easily, so I’ve always been afraid of being that stinky person at the gym or in yoga class. These are the products I swear by:

Bubble & Bee’s Pit Putty: http://www.bubbleandbee.com/servlet/the-Organic-Deodorants/Categories

Lush’s Aromaco Deoderant with their Coconut Deoderant Powder over it: http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/body/deodorants/aromaco and http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/body/deodorants/coconut

I’ve also had good success with Tropical Traditions’ deodorants too, though I don’t think they hold up to super sweaty workouts as well as the above products do.

Just my two cents! I’m going to try to start experimenting with making my own this year. We’ll see how well it works! :)

Jessica January 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

P.S. The PG is the only ingredient in Lush’s products that I have some reservations about, but since it took me such a long time to ditch Dove deodorants, I figure I’m making baby steps towards being 100% chemical free :)

StacyR January 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I love Bubble and Bee’s Pit putty! The new cream one is even better!

KerryAnn @ CookingTF.com January 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I make my own deodorant using coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, shea butter and essential oils and it gets me through tough T-tapp workouts of 45 minutes to an hour without odor.

Michele R January 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I used a homemade deodorant also for a while but it doesn’t hold up in the summer for me. It took me a while to get use to the sweat, but I also just didn’t like the odor. A friend of mind gave me this suggestion and it worked for me. Do a 50/50 mix of ACV and water in a spray bottle and spray generously under arms. Let it air dry before putting your shirt on. The ACV smell will disappear but it held up for me through my workouts until I could get home to shower. I started taking Magnesium for my insomnia months ago (which worked awesome BTW) and have noticed BO getting better, but not 100%. I still have to use something. I alternate b/w my homemade stuff and ACV.

nate c January 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

The ACV most likely kills the bacteria and keeps at bay for a few hours while they repopulate, i have seen some recipes that use pro-biotics that will keep out the smell producing ones.

Jenny January 2, 2012 at 5:29 AM

Ann Marie: I tried this too, after hearing you mention it in our last conversation and it worked within about a week. Amazing stuff.

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

You must be less magnesium-deficient than I was. It took me a couple months.

Julie Moermond January 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Can you please tell me what brand of magnesium to use and how much? Thanks!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I use Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes and magnesium oil. You can find it on my resources page: http://villagegreennetwork.com/marketplace/supplements-superfoods?pid=1” target=”_blank”

I also take a multivitamin and a mineral complex that contain magnesium.

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Oh and as far as how much to take, it depends on how deficient you are… see this post:

http://www.cheeseslave.com/are-you-suffering-from-magnesium-deficiency/

I also recommend reading The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean

Sheila January 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Is it possible to get too much magnesium? I know I tend to be deficient in it, but I’d hate to poison myself by going too far the other way. (Apparently a lot of minerals are toxic if you get too much?) Do you know how much is safe to take?

elaine January 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ditto on the questions. I don’t have the extra $$ to read the books right now so if someone could give the reader’s digest version I would certainly appreciate it!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

No I don’t think it is possible to overdose on magnesium. If you take too much orally, you will have diarrhea. That is a sign that you are not absorbing it or you are taking too much.

I don’t think you can take too much transdermally. I forget what Dr. SIrcus said but there is a LOT of magnesium chloride in ocean water. Putting it in your bath or spraying it on your skin, you won’t come anywhere close compared to swimming in the ocean, which many traditional people did daily.

Michele R January 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Magnesium (like Vit C) is also water soluble so you would just pass any extra through urine or diarrehea.

NanCcan October 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Due to all deodorants giving my husband a rash, we’ve been using Dr. Mist (lowest price on the web at: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/sb-Dr-Mist ). It works well. It is simply a deodorant; not an antiperspirant. It does not leave stains on clothes and does work well all day long. It is, however, expensive, and comes in tiny spray bottles that I don’t want to keep throwing away. The idea of re-filling the bottles with my own formula is what brought me here today.
The ingredient according to the advertising is water from the Dead Sea. On the bottle, however, it lists treated water, sodium chloride, calcium and magnesium. So I thought I’d try a mixture of sea salt, and crush a calcium & magnesium pill; wanted to read more about magnesium before doing that.

NanCcan October 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Update:
After researching this all day, I decided to check out the composition of sea salt. The chart on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_salt-e-dp_hg.svg showed me that the sodium chloride, magnesium and calcium are already in the sea salt!
So, good quality sea salt mixed with water is the formula I am trying first, as that’s what’s in the Dr. Mist I’ve been buying that works! I’ll let you know whether the 1/2 tsp good quality sea salt in 1.69 oz water works as well (so far it’s working!).

NanCcan June 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Still using “just” sea salt in water and it’s working. I put “just” in quotation marks because I sometimes experiment with adding other things. I don’t get to work up a sweat very often because I have CFIDS and therefore can’t exercise, but I wanted to keep experimenting for better protection when I do over-do it and end up sweating. I added Tea Tree Oil and found that to be good. I added baking soda and lemon juice to the same batch and it kept blocking the spray nozzle. So this week I tried adding just the lemon; we’ll see.

Mira January 2, 2012 at 7:41 AM

I’ve been taking magnesium for years as a prophylaxis for migraines and never considered using it transdermally (or giving up deodorant). I’m going to switch to the liquid and give that a try…and experiment with the deodorant thing.

Linnae January 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Wow! I had no idea that my lack of body odor could be from the magnesium I have been suplementing with! Thats so cool!
Its funny becuase all this past summer I remember thinking that I never stink anymore. LOL!!
Awesome!

Peggy January 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I never had a lot of odor, but my youngest daughter does. She reads like a list of magnesium deficiency symptoms. But her delicate skin can’t handle transdermal application without breaking out in a day-long rash. I’ve been adding magnesium oil to my neti pot water twice a week. No burning or itching at all. I need to start hubby on it, but youngest gets her delicate skin from him!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I’d put it in her bath water, or let her do foot soaks.

Amy Kidwell January 3, 2012 at 5:51 AM

My daughter drinks a chocolate milk (raw milk) every day, so I put magnesium chloride in there, along with some vitamin d3 and gelatin. None of it has enough flavor that it can’t be disguised with some (homemade) chocolate syrup.

Jessie January 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Here’s an interesting tidbit related to todays topic — both my in-laws are from near Xiamen China. They never had body odor. And their children don’t either. So there is something in their genes that makes them not smelly. And they don’t live in China anymore – so it wasn’t their diet. Very curious.

Julie D. January 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

My husband is Chinese and has very little body odor also. ??

Tammy R. January 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Try using whole food grown magnesium for improved absorption and better results. The only one I know of that is actually in a whole food form is from Innate Response. They say those who use whole food grown magnesium have rarely ever experienced loose stools because you get maximum benefit. I am about to start us on some soon.

I learned about magnesium through NotADoc (Chris Barr). His site is at http://www.notadoc.org and he also writes articles at http://www.healthtruthrevealed.com. I listen to NotADoc’s streaming show week days online. I have learned so much about whole food nutrients being so much more absorbable because it’s from real food and your body knows the difference!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Yes there are a number of different types of oral magnesium supplements and some are more absorbable than others.

I talked about this some in this post:

http://www.cheeseslave.com/are-you-suffering-from-magnesium-deficiency/

The very best way to absorb magnesium is transdermally.

Tara January 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

http://www.tunies.com/index.php/minerals/magnesium/white-egret-pure-magnesium-oil-8-fl-oz.html

I recently bought some mag oil at my health food store because I KNOW I’m deficient. When I’ve sprayed this on, for about 30 minutes my area is painfully itching and sore. Wondered if anyone else has experienced this? I was thinking of combining it with coconut oil to see if that helps.

Mary January 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I’ve been using homemade magnesium oil and while I did experience some itchiness it wasn’t too bad. Then I think I overdid it a bit spraying it on my feet – several times a day just because they were easiest to expose. I developed a rash so took a break from magnesium overall for several days. Once the rash went away I resumed spraying the oil just 1-2 times per day, and not on my feet. So far so good!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

If you have sensitive skin, the best thing to do is dilute the magnesium oil.

I prefer it in baths. In fact, I just bought one of those foot spas so I can soak my feet every night.

tina January 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’ve noticed the same thing! What the h*ll, there’s no smell! Your magnesium oil post/s have been life changing for me! I have ALWAYS had body odor and stinky breath although both get much better when I changed my diet but the mag oil tipped the scale for me. Thank you, Ann Marie!

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Yay!

Jessica January 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Good info! I ditched the commercial deodorant and have found a few natural products that work well for me, but it took a lot of testing and a lot of wasted money! I didn’t know that magnesium could have such an effect.

Prudence January 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I have a deoderant recipe that works, no lie. I didn’t think it would and lo and behold it does. It’s just coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch. it’s amazing.

joy January 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

this is something i can make easily (no idea where to find magnesium here).
can you tell me the proportions?
thanks!

Prudence January 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

5-6 tablespoons coconut oil, 1/4 C cornstarch, 1/4 C baking soda. mix it all up until very smooth, a few minutes. I apply it with my fingers.

Chris@Natural Health Goodies January 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I hear ya on the natural deodorants – it is so hit and miss. Some work for awhile and then stop working, others never work. :) I’ve used a few kinds of the salt versions and some work ok for awhile and others are just terrible. I’m using an essential oil blend from Origins that works well but it is expensive. The magnesium sounds interesting I never would have thought of that. Someone else mentioned it too – can you get too much magnesium in your system?

cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM

See my comment above re: this question

Cassie January 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This is interesting. I was under the impression that stink was diet based. For me, my stink went away with my paleo diet. I can tell, though, when I don’t eat foods that I personally agree with then I get a little more stinky. Coconut oil usually does the trick though, but diet more. Thanks for the post.

Beth January 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Interesting! I know I smell less than I used to and now I know why. I think it also has something to do with getting the bad trans fats and industrial oils out of your system.

I learned from Dr. Louisa Williams’ talk at the WAPF conference in November that one of the bad ingredients even in so-called “natural” deodorants is propylene glycol, the main ingredient in the one I’d been using (grrr). On the Best Bets list on her website, http://www.radicalmedicine.com, she lists ones that she has tested and recommends:
Strong: MiEssence Deodorant (Annie’s Organics) or Real Purity Deodorant (Real Purity)
Mild: Sea Breeze Body Freshener (Vital Image). The first two she rates as most effective. I haven’t searched yet on where to get these, but any tips would be welcome!

Michele R January 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Beth January 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Thanks, Michele!

Rayelle January 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The MiEssence deodorant is truly spectacular!

JP January 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I have been taking something called Ion-mag which is a liquid. I noticed the odour reduction but it was Cheeseslave that clued me in to WHY the odour was gone.

I work in a drycleaners…it’s hot, steamy and hard work. I still don’t stink.

Janice January 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Interesting! I haven’t used deodorant for 10+ years or so. I generally don’t stink, but sometimes I do…. I’m not currently supplementing with magnesium, but it’s something that I’ll keep in mind…

Kristen January 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

This is super-interesting!! I’m even more curious about magnesium now. I’ve found that on days where I don’t do too much I don’t smell and can get away without deoderant. But on days when I’m doing exercise or heavy housework, I’ve got to have something. I would love to have something that gets rid of the odor completely. I’m off to read more of your magnesium posts!

Suzanne January 3, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Coconut oil + baking soda. I put a dab of coconut oil in the palm of my hand, sprinkle on a little backing soda and rub it under my arms. Works great for me. Also, brush my teeth with the combo.

Maredith January 3, 2012 at 7:24 AM

I do the same thing and it works great for me–too lazy to make a messy mix, when the coconut oil rubs in so nice and easy and then I just dust a little baking soda on top of that. I also notice that diet (as another person mentioned) made a huge difference, no sugar or processed foods = no more odor of any kind for me.

Nicole January 3, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Where is the best place to spray the mag oil? I’ve been spraying on my mid-section (did I read to do that here somewhere?) but it gets itchy and I don’t like and then end up not using it so much.
Also, just wanted to mention that if you’re going to experiment with baking soda (which I am going to do now after seeing these comments on home-made deodorant!) make sure you get soda which is aluminium free. I never knew supermarket bi-carb soda had aluminium in it until recently.

Claudia January 3, 2012 at 6:51 AM

I didn’t know this! Where do you get aluminum-free baking soda?

cheeseslave January 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

@Nicole

Try diluting it by half. I just did that and now it doesn’t bother me to spray it on. I just spray on twice as much.

Personally I cannot use baking soda in my arm pits — too itchy! I have had better luck with cornstarch. But now, since I’m using the magnesium, I don’t even need that.

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom January 3, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I am so glad you found this. I mentioned this in another comment, I think, but so far I have not had my body respond to magnesium supplementation. I spoke with my practitioner about this and she said that it is due to aluminum toxicity. I am going to posting about this. Apparently the Aluminum interferes w/ Mg absorption and so I am working on getting the heavy metals out. And boy, are they coming out.

Take care and Happy Healthy New Year!

Sally January 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

How are you working on getting the heavy metals out of your system?
I’ve been supplementing with magnesium. Natural Calm by Natural Vitality. It dissolves in liquid, which is supposed to help your body absorb the magnesium. Has anyone else used this type and had good results? It’s hard for me to tell if it is making a difference, but I guess I have had less body odor. Never thought about it before now.

Beth January 3, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I use ionic liquid Mega Mag from the people who make Concentrace minerals, Trace Minerals Research. I use it to get more magnesium in particular, but also to replenish the spectrum of minerals in my drinking water due to our reverse osmosis kitchen filter which removes all minerals good and bad. I just put a few drops in every glass of water.

Adrienne, I am interested as well in how you are clearing heavy metals from your system. Also, how do you know they are coming out?

Marisa January 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I detoxed heavy metals using this oral chelator. It is split between a morning herbal chelator and mineral replenisher, and an evening chelator. My practitioner Maile Pouls recommended it. Our whole family used it, including my 5 year old whose overall heavy metal toxic load was 97 percentile (she tested positive for 8 heavy metals at the toxic level). She has struggled with autistic symptoms, and is much better. Surprisingly, heavy metal (namely calcium) is also responsible for heart disease, and chelating will improve cardiovascular health.
http://extendedhealth.com/products/1-heart-plus-detox-oral-chelation.aspx

Claudia January 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I would be interested in how you are detoxing these? I just tested high for aluminum toxicity.

Claudia January 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Whoops, I just asked Sally, but meant to as you…how are you detoxing these metals?

Dia mariw January 3, 2012 at 6:07 AM

I am surprised no one has heard of those deodorant rocks. I got one for my husband a while ago, who can put body odor in a whole other category of smelly…feh!

They work amazingly! I got the recommendation from kaayla daniel, board member of the WAPF among other things. I don’t recall exactly what they are made of but I believe they are some sort of salt. You just wet it and put it on and no matter how much you sweat the stink is gone.

Having said all that, I do think the best thing is to get rid of the source of the stinkiness, but I just thought I would mention these amazing rocks.

NanCcan October 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I’ve tried using the deodorant stone/crystal. It worked for several weeks (or months; I forget how long because that was years ago). Then, not only did it stop working, it had picked up my body odor and was actually making me stink as soon as I applied it. I tried rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing the stone/crystal to wash away the layer that had picked up my body odor – to no avail! Even picking it up again years later, it still added body odor rather than removing it.
More recently we’ve been using Dr. Mist (lowest price on the web at: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/sb-Dr-Mist ). It works well. It is simply a deodorant; not an antiperspirant. It does not leave stains on clothes and does work well all day long. It is, however, expensive, and comes in tiny spray bottles that I don’t want to keep throwing away. The idea of re-filling the bottles with my own formula is what brought me here today.
The ingredient according to the advertising is water from the Dead Sea. On the bottle, however, it lists treated water, sodium chloride, calcium and magnesium. So I thought I’d try a mixture of sea salt, and crush a calcium & magnesium pill; wanted to read more about magnesium before doing that.

Claudia January 3, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I have indeed been supplementing w/ magnesium orotate for three yrs. as a part of my Lyme disease regimen. I also take frequent detox baths w/ Epsom salts and baking soda. I have used a crystal form of natural deodorant for 8 years now, and one thing I remember about the transition, beside getting used to experiencing sweating again (which is normal, folks!) is that if you have clothing that has perspiration odor or staining from wear when you used commercial anti-perspirant, that smell will be re-activated when worn even after laundering. I had to get rid of some clothing for that reason. My preference is natural fiber, usually cotton. I do not experience body odor.
I am going to try magnesium oil, as I had read Carolyn Dean’s book years ago and like your idea of making my own magnesium oil. Thank you for this post!

Raymur January 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Do you ever worry that supplementing with something, like magnesium, could cause other minerals or vitamins, etc. to get out of whack? I’ve been using JASON lavender for a while now. Sometimes in the summer I have to reapply, but it’s the best I’ve found. Also, I’ve had people tell me that when they eat vegetarian or vegan, they don’t have body odor when they sweat. Since I’m an omnivore, I wouldn’t know, but just wondering if there may be truth to this?

cheeseslave January 3, 2012 at 7:40 AM

@Raymur

Most of us are very deficient in magnesium.

http://www.cheeseslave.com/are-you-suffering-from-magnesium-deficiency/

Vegetarians probably eat a lot more whole grains and leafy greens which contain more magnesium. When you eat a lot of dairy and animal fat, you need more magnesium because it magnesium and calcium compete.

Heather :) :) :) January 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

That’s really interesting. I’m actually going to see my naturopath today. So I’m going to bring this up. I used to use “Mitchum’s” all the time, until I learned about the bad things that are in it and how they can affect the body. Then I went to natural deodorants and they didn’t work well enough for me. Then I started making my own deodorant using coconut oil, and that has been working really well for me so far…There’s also a deodorant from Weleda that I like,too. In any case, I think magnesium is really interesting and if it gets rid of smelly pits…that’s even better :) http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2012/01/fabric-paintthe-stain-fighter.html?showComment=1325605176941#c428737993492057016

Heather :) :) :) January 3, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Yikes, I meant to say “Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia”…NOT post a link from the blog I read before this one ;) :) Sorry :)

amy January 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Thanks for all of your postings about this – I will finally make a switch to the flakes, spray, oil,somehting. I’ve had leg cramps for years, and every time I try to diet/exercise they get worse.

I am looking at some lotion I have here, over 1/2 a bottle, and throwing it away due to parabens. So hard for me to “waste” it, but it’s not worth the risk! I just did it – gulp! :)

cheeseslave January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

@Amy

Good for you!

Yes, I got rid of all my junky lotions too a while back. I just bought a health store lotion that looked good (I had one of their other ones) but this particular variety had SOY MILK in it. Grrr. I didn’t find out a couple weeks later. Threw it out!

I had menstrual cramps this morning. Sprayed on a bunch of magnesium oil (dilluted 50% so it doesn’t sting) and now they are GONE.

Mari January 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/deodorant/
People’s pharmacy sells a roll-on milk of magnesia deodorant that work great. One reader comment on their newsletter site said that you can pop the ball out of any roll-on deodorant container, clean it out, fill it with MOM, pop the ball back in.
My sister just uses regular MOM straight from the bottle on her pits–that works too!

My husband is taking progesterone hormone treatment for prostate cancer–that for some reason caused him to have BO! Using the MOM deodorant solved the problem.

Thanks for the suggestion of diluting the magnesium oil with more water and using twice as much–I’m much more likely to use it if it’s not irritating. Do you think that the dilution should be with distilled or RO water rather than just filtered?

cheeseslave January 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Depends on what is in your water. I have a Berkey filter that filters out the chlorine and the fluoride.

Kellan January 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I’ve been using the magnesium oil since you first posted about it and it definitely works. I gave up using conventional deodorant a while ago and my last batch of homemade deodorant didn’t come out so great. The magnesium oil is AWESOME! I sprayed some on my husband last night, I haven’t told him that it gets rid of BO yet but I’ll get there………eventually. Thanks for writing about this!

lisa January 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

GREAT information on magnesium. Quick question. I checked the Radiant Life website and their flakes were stated as “good for children”. I thought that a bath with flakes would be great for children as well. Any idea on quantity/frequency/etc? Thanks!

Alexandra January 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Are there any natural ways of addressing perspiration, rather than odor? I don’t have an issue with body odor, but I sweat a TON. Sometimes, in the summer, I’ll break down and use an antiperspirant, but I generally just pick my clothing carefully/layer so the sweat marks don’t show. Luckily, although I sweat a lot, there’s little to no smell most of the time.

I don’t have excessive sweat anywhere else on my body, but this is a year round problem – not just when I’m hot. I hate to use aluminum anti-antiperspirant, but I’d love to have more freedom in what I wear. Any ideas if this is something I can mitigate? For what it’s worth, there are quite a few people in my family with this issue of excessive underarm sweat, but little BO, so perhaps this is genetic?

Sally January 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The women in my family suffer from the same sweaty situation! My mom always wore dress shields in her clothes, which I never considered doing. My daughter, is now 14, and is dealing with this, too. She chooses to wear commercial deoderant, although I would prefer she did not. She’s a teen. I can’t blame her for not wanting to deal with having sweaty pits. I think it’s natural and not unhealthy to sweat, but it can be frustrating and embarassing. I wish there were some options in dealing with this, too.

Alexandra January 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

It’s totally natural to sweat, but it can be so embarrassing when you sweat through a lightweight sweater, just by sitting on the couch.

I really abused myself as a teen, trying to find the holy grail of anti-antiperspirants, but even the extra strong, prescription stuff couldn’t stand up to it. I keep telling myself that at least I don’t smell, but some days, that’s a cold comfort! I’ve never thought of dress shields. I wonder if they’re uncomfortable?

Alexandra January 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Oh gosh, I just realized my computer has screwed up my typing antiperspirant twice now. Darn you, autocorrect!

Melissa January 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

So – how much magnesium do you take daily?
Do you take cal-mag-citrate? Or just magnesium?
Thanks!!
I’m really excited to hear about this…
M

Melissa January 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I got so excited that I didn’t read everything above – I’ve got my answers! Thanks for posting about this.

Pamela January 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Hi Ann Marie,
Just want to tell you thank you so much for all 3 of your postings on magnesium deficiency. They have been most help and we will be ordering the flakes.

I would also like to ask you if the vertical sidebar you have is custom designed for you or did you acquired it from a specific site. I have a friend that has moved from blogger over to wordpress and I have been trying to help her find one like yours or similar. Would appreciate your input much.

Thanks, Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition.

Leanna January 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Question.. would this work using the Natural Tranquility Magnesium Supplement that I have mixed in water and rubbed on the skin.. I have a hard time getting this stuff down in a glass of water because it taste horrible.. would be awesome if I could just rub it on the skin.. if not then I guess I need to place an order for the flakes.. sigh.. lol.

JP January 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

@Leanna

The liquid mag tastes dreadful, and this is coming from someone who supplements with iodine every day! I take them together and hold my nose, so to speak.

Leanna January 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I need to order some Iodine.. guess I will do the same thing.. like a kid again holding my nose.. lol.

Darby January 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hey there,
Throwing out some other pit puddling products to try…as I have tried MANY as well & finally chucked about 15 products away after moving them 5 different times in the past 8 years! I’m from S.FL. & grew up without AC so I know how to sweat. I get it really bad around the chest area too & I have zero cleavage! Not so much a problem with the odor, so my goal was to dispel some sweat 1st & then odor. I also am a freckly pale sensitive skin person… Last year I found ‘NOW Foods Long-lasting Deodorant – cream” & am SO happy with it. Looks a bit ghosty white from the zinc oxide and has a bit of a perfumey baby powder smell but it works great* Label says it’s: Free of parabens, aluminum, talc, artificial colors and fragrances.
I used to use Tom’s deodorant with natural alum…but they stopped making it like 6 yrs ago?!
I also have a friend who sprays on Vodka. It doesn’t have a smell & she swears by it as she rides her bike all over nyc.
First time to the site & I love it! So all over the map – just my style*

Bebe February 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

I used to have random bouts of stinky pits for no apparent reason, sometimes just a few hours after showering (no sweat, just odor). I always attributed it to hormonal fluctuations because I could never figure out any other reason. Then I read you post where you said body odor was a symptom of mag. deficiency…
I have been using Ancient Minerals magnesium flakes for a few weeks now, both to soak in and I made some oil which I spray on, when I remember. But for the last week or so I have neglected my magnesium rich bath and guess what I had today: stinky pits!
So… I decided it was a sign, that I needed to go soak. I dumped the whole 1 1/2 lb bag in the tub, grabbed my book and climbed in. After about 20 minutes or so I stuck my nose near my armpit and it seemed like the odor had faded. A few minutes later my husband came looking for me (funny, he always heads to the bathroom these days to find me when I’m missing!) and after we talked a couple minutes I asked him to smell my armpit. Yeah, he thought it was a little weird too. I asked him to just humor me, and he did. “There’s no smell” he said and I said that’s exactly what I thought but I wanted a second opinion. (I had told him the reason for me being in the tub already). Then I asked him to pick up the shirt I had been wearing before I got in the tub and give it a whiff and he agreed there was definitely an odor THERE.
The best part? I had used no soap or anything, just soaked in the magnesium rich water for half an hour. There is no doubt in my mind anymore about the efficacy of magnesium to control body odor, even the really stinky kind. Just amazing!

Sam February 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Wow. This is very interesting. I started supplementing with magnesium chloride (transdermally and orally) about 1 week ago. My body odor is COMPLETELY gone, which is really cool because the “natural” deodorant I was using didn’t work that well. I also noticed my acid reflux is much less than before. My question is why? What is the mechanism that is causing this? I can’t find much info on the internet about it. Just one article that speculates it is due to the change in gut bacteria caused by magnesium. Does anyone else have an idea? Hoping to see an improvement in anxiety levels and sleep also, but not so far.

kristen March 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

i just started supplementing with the magnesium spray and my body odor has gotten much worse! it hasn’t been bad at all lately (coc. oil deodorant, good diet) and within a week of supplementing with the magnesium, it’s really disgusting. any ideas why this would be? should i stick it out and assume it has to get worse before it can get better? seems strange that no one else seems to have have this problem. what’s wrong with me!!!?? :)

Megan Alba April 29, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Would magnesium oil be safe to use while pregnant? Since I conceived I can’t STAND deodorant. I don’t have much odor, but it’s hard to justify walking around au natural at work.

Kellan April 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Magnesium oil is completely safe to use while pregnant. I’m 8 months and I feel awesome, my baby is doing awesome. It’ll help you sleep later in pregnancy too.

Bart May 8, 2012 at 5:40 AM

Hello Ann Marie! :-)

Just wanted to say thnx! Your blog is amazing, U teached me how to prepare my own Magnesium oil – and changed my Life! Before that I was making a drink from Magnesium-Chloride (33g on 1l) – but I have much better effects form the combination of supplementation – now for example I use something similar to U: multi vitamin/mineral + extra magnesium 400g daily + magnesium oil transdermally ( I use it as deodorant, tooth paste and for sore muscles after training daily). Now my body odor is completely gone, after cca 2 months of daily use. This is really something special – something as basic as the purification of the inner body, by a simple little tablet.

My little contribution for your wonderful blog:

1. Book: Magnesium, The Nutrient That Could Change Your Life
http://www.mgwater.com/rod17.shtml

2. Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available
http://articles.elissagoodman.com/2011/06/magnesium-meet-the-most-powerful-relaxation-mineral-available/

april August 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I have been supplementing magnesium for almost three months now. Both orally and transdermally. Let me just say that it was quite by accident that I first found magnesium. But a blessing in disguise. I call it the miracle mineral. I want to share with you all some of the ways it has helped me. I am 37 years old & a type 1 diabetic first and foremost. & over the past few years it has felt like the life had started to drain out of me. It was all I could do just to go through the motions of everyday life.
What has it helped & is currently helping?
My piss poor digestion has improved from top to bottom. This is why I began taking magnesium in the first place.
I was suffering from muscle tics, spasms and charlie horses & major RLS. I still suffer from this but the magnesium has certainly been working hard to make it alot better for me.
My fingernails ate growing
My blood pressure has lowered
My sugar levels are more regulated now & I dont suffer from my frequent thirst syndrome quite so much anymore.
Also, as I have gotten older my periods have become very painful and very massive.
My last two periods were the most easy going periods of my life!

They say that 60-80% of us are magnesium deficient. I personally believe that many many of the health problems we are dealing with in this day and age stem from us being magnesium deficient. Not only are we deficient but we have depleated our soils of it. So, drink spring water & try to eat organically as possible & supplement!

Please read up on the benefits of magnesium as well as magnesium deficiency symptoms. Enlighten yourself to the mineral referred to as the lamp of life.
Wishing you all well.

april August 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I have been supplementing magnesium for almost three months now. Both orally and transdermally. Let me just say that it was quite by accident that I first found magnesium. But a blessing in disguise. I call it the miracle mineral. I want to share with you all some of the ways it has helped me. I am 37 years old & a type 1 diabetic first and foremost. & over the past few years it has felt like the life had started to drain out of me. It was all I could do just to go through the motions of everyday life.
What has it helped & is currently helping?
My piss poor digestion has improved from top to bottom. This is why I began taking magnesium in the first place.
I was suffering from muscle tics, spasms and charlie horses & major RLS. I still suffer from this but the magnesium has certainly been working hard to make it alot better for me.
My fingernails ate growing
My blood pressure has lowered
My sugar levels are more regulated now & I dont suffer from my frequent thirst syndrome quite so much anymore.
Also, as I have gotten older my periods have become very painful and very massive.
My last two periods were the most easy going periods of my life!
Also, I have more energy these days
& I don’t get stressed about things so much. I guess they do call it the anti stress mineral for a reason.

I have not yet had the courage the to give up my deodorant, though I know that I need to. Magnesium HAS helped my body odor & my even my breath. But I am a girl who sweats like a man.
They say that 60-80% of us are magnesium deficient. I personally believe that many many of the health problems we are dealing with in this day and age stem from us being magnesium deficient. Not only are we deficient but we have depleted our soils of it. So, drink spring water & try to eat as organically as possible & supplement!

Please read up on the benefits of magnesium as well as magnesium deficiency symptoms. Enlighten yourself to the mineral referred to as the lamp of life.
Wishing you all well.

april August 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I apologise for posting twice.

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Fonda @ Mint&Chilli December 20, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Ann Marie, any tips of detoxing the aluminum out? After being a nasty stinker/sweater for years and using commercial deodorants – I would love to try to get the gunk out of my system. I am loving this magnesium thing, using liquid vitamin D3 everyday also – feel they are my dream team!!

benin December 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Hi cheeseslave
I’m also facing over sweating and under arm body odor.
Is there any side effect of using MoM to treat under arm body odor for long term.
I bought MoM from pharmacy in India. It contains MoM and Liquid Paraffin.
Is there any problem with this combination MOm and Liquid Paraffin

Rochelle March 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

This is interesting! Do you think I could use magnesium oil right on my arm pits? I want to get away from deodorant. I am just addicted to putting something on in that area lol. I take magnesium supplements with calcium citrate but will try the oil too. Thanks for the tips!

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I recently have been researching the benefits of bentonite clay (seems to help with IBS)
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MY secret! Clay as deodorant & anti-perspirant!
I suffered for years with the chemical-laden store-bought anti-perspirants. I HAD to use them (instead of simply deodorant) but I hated them, they made my armpits itch terribly. I tried every brand with no luck (because of the chemicals). In the natural products, there are no good anti-perspirants, only deodorants. So here is my recipe:
I put about 2/3 cup in a bowl and mix with distilled water until it is a thick paste-like consistency. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils, I use 4-5 drops tea tree oil, 2-3 drops eucalyptus, and a drop or two of jasmine. Use what you like, I recommend tea tree oil, vitamin E or rosemary seed extract to be at least one of the ingredients. Tea tree and eucalyptus are anti-bacterials and vit. E and rosemary seed extract are anti-oxidants. You don’t want it growing bacteria.

Mix well and spoon into small jar with air-tight lid (holds about a cup), I reuse lotion tubs or neti-pot salt jars.
You spread the paste on your armpits so that no clumps are visible.
It is better than ANY anti-perspirant I have ever used and completely natural! Yes, it is a little green but if you rub it on thin you can barely see it! And no, it does not stain clothes.

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