Natural deodorant seems to be a hot topic these days. Most people at this point understand how toxic conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are. They’re full of tons of chemicals, including aluminum (in the case of antiperspirants), which have been linked to many health issues, such as Alzheimers. Umm, no thank you!
So it's pretty obvious at this point that conventional deodorant isn't a good option, but finding a natural deodorant that works can be pretty tough.
Many natural deodorants can cause irritation or a rash due to the baking soda, and many plain just don't work!
After years of searching though, I've found my holy grail for natural deodorant. This might sound crazy, but bare with me - Milk of Magnesia. Seriously.
Milk of magnesia is an incredible, natural deodorant.
What is Milk of Magnesia?
Milk of Magnesia is magnesium hydroxide (a form of magnesium), and it has been marketed for years as a laxative.
How Does it Work?
Studies have shown that magnesium minimizes odor caused by excess perspiration. Why it does, I'm not quite sure. But I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth!
A great perk of using MOM as deodorant is that you'll get a boost of magnesium (magnesium is best absorbed through your skin because it bypasses the digestive tract), and most of us are deficient in magnesium, so every little bit helps!
How Do I Use it?
I Buy the cheapest Milk of Magnesia I can find. I'm not kidding. Most of the name brands of Milk of Magnesia contain additives and flavors. You just want plain Jane, MOM. We typically just buy the store brand. Check the ingredients- the only ingredient should be magnesium hydroxide.
I pour my MOM into roll on deodorant tubes that I buy on Amazon. These are the ones I use.
Be sure to roll it on in the morning before you get dressed, because it will need to dry for a minute, and if you're wearing anything dark it will leave a white mark.
But that's it! This is seriously the most effective natural deodorant I've ever used. It's not an anti-perspirant, so it won't keep you from sweating (not that you would want to keep from sweating. You're body was made to sweat- it's good for you!), but it will keep you from getting stinky, and it does an amazing job at that. Plus, it's SO inexpensive. Each bottle of MOM costs about a dollar!
There it is. Cheap, easy, and SO effective!
What do you think? Will you be trying out MOM as a deodorant?
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I'm the Mama of two boys, and wife to a good man. I'm on a mission to make healthy living more attainable for families.