You may remember that back in March I started using milk of magnesia as my new natural deodorant. A couple weeks ago I finally finished up my first bottle of milk of magnesia so I thought I’d give an update on how it’s been working.
I’m happy to report that the milk of magnesia is still working fabulously well. I’ve been using various natural deodorants since adolescence and this beats them all hands down. I apply the milk of magnesia in the morning and most of the time I don’t notice even a hint of underarm odor by the time I go to sleep at night. I find this very impressive, particularly given how hot and sweaty I’ve been getting lately because of our heat wave. On the rare occasion that the milk of magnesia doesn’t completely keep odor at bay, the smell is very slight and only noticeable when I bring my nose in very close. (In other words, I really can’t see it being offensive to other people. :))
Jesse has also been using the milk of magnesia since March with similarly successful results. He’s even reported that the protection seems to last for more than one day for him, as he occasionally forgets to apply but still doesn’t notice any odor.
The milk of magnesia definitely does not stop you from sweating, so if this is a concern you may want to pursue other options. (Although honestly I’m not sure if there are any natural deodorants that prevent sweating.) I think it’s important for the body to be able to sweat so I’m actually glad that the milk of magnesia only prevents odor without interfering with sweating.
Since we only recently finished our first bottle, that means that one twelve ounce bottle lasted the two of us about three months. Given that I paid less than two dollars for that bottle, I’d say that milk of magnesia is an incredibly frugal natural deodorant option!
In my last post several commenters mentioned that they also find magnesium oil to be an effective deodorant. I haven’t tried this myself, but it’s certainly another option to pursue if you aren’t into trying milk of magnesia.
What’s your natural deodorant of choice?
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