December 2, 2003

Newfangled Deodorant

POST #    602

About a month ago, I was reading GQ and they had this little blurb about Crystal Stick, a crystal deodorant that doesn't have a scent and doesn't leave stains on your clothes. Naturally, I was interested in what this was and if it works. This weekend, I finally stumbled upon it, and I've been using it for a few days. I maintain that I'm not a stinky guy, so my body odor isn't bad at all, so I can't tell if the product actually works or not - I guess anyone that knows me can let me know. The manufacturer says that it doesn't leave stains on your shirts like normal deodorant, which is a HUGE plus. It sucks having yellow stains on my white shirts caused by the deodorant. Is there anyone else that uses the Crystal Stick that can report any results?

And don't be wary of changing, it doesn't smell like those hippie crystal deodorants. Another bonus (or negative) is that both men and women can use the same stick.

Posted by tien mao in Random at 5:32 PM



hahahaha--- my sister showed that to me a while ago....not sure if it works, i just find that its an interesting concept! ;)

Posted by: lana at December 2, 2003 6:27 PM

i thought yellow stains on your shirts were from sweat not deodorant?

Posted by: rachelleb at December 2, 2003 6:50 PM

well, i don't think i'm sweaty enough a guy to stain my shirts, but maybe sweat just increases it, since the stain causing agent is in the deodorant and when you sweat, it gets onto the clothes as opposed to staying on the skin...

Posted by: tien at December 2, 2003 9:11 PM

lana, since when do you read my site?

Posted by: tien at December 2, 2003 9:14 PM

Wait... Don't women consider men with stained yellow armpits sexy?

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2003 12:02 AM

my friend masako was the first person to tell me about this. i now use it faithfully everyday.

i have to say, i've never had much of a problem with stinkiness (i think many asians say that), but i do like to have it for those days when i'm nervous or extra sweaty. i think the stains under the arms DO come from deodorant. it comes off the arms and stains the shirt. i stopped using deodorant a long time ago, and my tshirts are spotless.

i can report that i am without underarm odor if i use my crystal rock. i don't know about peeps who are really really stinky, though.

Posted by: jeannette at December 3, 2003 12:32 AM

joe- "no"

Posted by: rachelleb at December 3, 2003 8:00 AM

jeannette - days when you are extra sweaty? doesn't that happen a lot? good to know that you've had a good experience with the deodorant though.

something else i dislike is anti-perspirant and how it feels when you have to wash it off the next day.

Posted by: tien at December 3, 2003 9:18 AM


I'd say if you can feel the anti-perspirant the next day when washing, maybe it is going on too thick?

And damn. So the sexiness of yellow stained armpits is out. At least I can fall back on the mullet...

Though, if the crystal deodorant prevents yellowness and lets me wear white t-shirts when I want I may need to look into it.

And... I found this interesting tidbit in an old Men's Health magazine:

"If your T-shirts develop yellow armpit stains, try switching from an antiperspirant to a deodorant that's not aluminum-based: Old Spice original, Right Guard Sport original, or Speed Stick Fresh, for example. Some guys' sweat interacts with aluminum, causing the discoloration."

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2003 11:02 AM

too thick or i'm just not sweating enough to get rid of the layer that's on.

i think that the yellow factor by itself is reason enough to switch. unless of course it doesn't work. joe, i also remember hearing something about that aluminum info. but who wants to use old spice? that's my father's deodorant. well, not really. and i don't want to be the guy sitting in the isle examining all the sticks of deodorant. i'll just stick to the unscented crystal stuff.

Posted by: tien at December 3, 2003 11:17 AM

oooh.. yellow underarm stains AND a mullet!? why didnt i look you up when i was in VA a couple days ago? or.. wait.. where are you from?

Posted by: rachelleb at December 3, 2003 12:40 PM

Eh. Old Spice as a deodorant is a fairly new thing, at least compared to Old Spice as a cologne. Now that is somewhere that I just won't go, as it is definitely the scent of a 50+ year old man. I'll stick with Woods.

As for the guy examining the deodorant, well, that can't be as awkward as the guy examining the selection in the condom aisle.

Rachelle, while I do live in Norfolk, VA now (a quick ride southeastish from Richmond), I was actually in NJ last week (which is where I'm orginally from) for the tryptopham festival.

It was Northern NJ, though, which probably put me about as far from NYC as you were from Norfolk over the holiday. Oooh... Weird coincidence!

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2003 1:32 PM

true, the condom isle has got to be the most awkward thing in the store. well, most awkward thing you don't have to ask for. but i think most people that's a quick item. not that i'm really shopping in the condom isle or anything. okay, shutting up ... now.

Posted by: tien at December 3, 2003 2:52 PM

i really have no idea about NJ or VA geography.. so ill take your word for it.

Posted by: rachelleb at December 3, 2003 3:37 PM

No idea of NJ geography and you live right next door? For shame! :)

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2003 5:24 PM

ive been to hoboken twice, morristown once and montclair a handful of times. that's about all i know about new jersey.

Posted by: rachelleb at December 3, 2003 10:25 PM

Well, Morristown is about 30 minutes from where I grew up. Just keep driving north from there until there are more cows than people. Then you're just about in the right spot.

I'm not sure that Hoboken counts since you can just take the Path there, or used to be able to at least, I don't know about the last two years.

Posted by: Joe at December 4, 2003 12:36 AM

I have been using the crystal stick deodorant for about 3 months now, and it doesn't work too well for me (and I apply a lot too). I don't usually sweat a lot, and I don't think I have a strong body odor. The first weeks I used it, I thought it was going well. I switched because I was getting nasty yellow cakey stains on my sleeves, and it was almost impossible to completely remove them (plus it was a huge pain). After switching to the crystal,it was nice to not have stains on my light-colored tops after wearing them. But beware -- if you sweat even a little, the wetness will show on your sleeves! About midway through work, I notice that I start to smell a little more, and it makes me even more paranoid (wet sleeves + bad smell = not good). The crystal is just barely working for me, and that's because it's the fall/winter season. Once it warms up (as it has been here in CA), I'm sure it will get worse for me. I really need to find another alternative. Has anyone tried Certain Dri? Does this fix the problem of staining? Thanks!

Posted by: Mels at January 15, 2004 3:49 AM

where do u buy crystal rock deodrant

Posted by: austin at May 17, 2004 4:21 PM

Mels... my wife uses Certain Dri and loves it. It's the only thing she uses. She doesn't sweat a lot, but has a problem with odor and Certain Dri has worked great for her. For me, I sweat too much. I've not tried Certain Dri or the Crystal Rock... I use Mitchum. It seems to work pretty well but yet all my t-shirts develop yellow armpits within a month.

I was checking info through Google, which is how I found this blog, and most sites indicate the yellowing comes from sweat, but that alluminum chloride based anti-perspirants make cleaning and treating the yellow stains more difficult. Unfortunately, all the anti-perspirants contain alluminum chloride.

I read in a home remedy book that dissolving several aspririn in warm water and soaking the yellow stain in the mixture overnight and then washing the garment will eliminate the yellow stain. I am not sure if this works, but I am sure going to give it a try.

Posted by: qqflyboy at July 13, 2004 3:50 AM

One answer I cannot find ANYWHERE: how to remove the stains. Sure, fixing the cause of the problem by switching anti-persp/deodorant is a GOOD thing, but what about all those expensive shirts with yellow (or white in my case) stains?

HOW DO YOU REMOVE THE STAINS?? Did the aspirin trick work? I keep reading how people will try it, but never find the outcome. Having said that, i'm going to try it... i'll post the results.

Posted by: Bob Monkeyjacket at August 5, 2004 1:09 PM

i got those icky yellow stains out with oxyclean. it works pretty well on a lot of stuff...except beet juice, damn.
ps, i use crystal deodorant, and i'm hooked. nice to not have some sticky stick deodorant under your arms, i HATE that, and i HATE the white streaks from that so called 'clear' stick deodorant. no more! :)

Posted by: katie at October 18, 2004 10:48 PM

Where do you get this crystal deod? My husband is very sweaty and his shirts are very yellow. It's not just his white ones either. HELP!!

Posted by: pumpkin 5156 at January 25, 2005 2:45 PM

You can get the crystals almost everywhere these days: I have one I bought at Walmart, and I've gotten others at CVS or Note: they last a year or more per stick, which makes them a hell of a deal.

I never had serious odor problems, although I did notice that my old deodorants tended to wear-out towards the end of the day. I tried the crystal because I wanted to get away from Aluminum-based products (some inconclusive data points to a link with Alzheimers and some other nasty things) and use something less harsh on my skin.

I've been using various crystal products for 3 or 4 years now and love them. I never smell bad and I also never stink like the perfume aisle. I have discovered while camping and other excuses for not showering that a single application lasts almost 2 days for me. I've NEVER had an odor problem within a single day of application. Note that you MUST lightly wet the crystal either from the sink or by you being wet from the shower, before applying. This dissolves enough of the rock and spreads it around your skin.

The crystal products are NOT antiperspirants. They are deodorants. What they do is inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause odor. If you tend to sweat a lot, you'll still sweat and your armpits will be wet (although hopefully not stained). This may cause the crystal to stop working if there's enough sweat to rinse away the coating of salt from the crystal.

Posted by: unixacolyte at May 31, 2005 5:33 AM

I am SOOOOOO happy. Thank you all. I am a recent transplant to Louisiana-wear white cotton/natural fibers most days...white, white, white, not stinky-BUT you know where gets yellowed.

Have a brand new rock left by my compulsive shopper Momma-

PS Have also read MSG-Accent tenderizer (expensive solution, I should think over the long term...) on the stain for ten minutes...

Posted by: ANNE GABRIEL at August 5, 2005 4:36 PM

Another thing that works on taking out the yellow stain in the arm pit area is lemon juice, and it works well!!! Cover the area and let sit for about an hour...rinse your clothing first and remove any access deodorant or if you use dryer sheets beware... it kind of works as a repelent so the lemon juice won't absorb as well:)Then wash in regular cycle:)

Posted by: Melanie at January 25, 2006 4:44 PM

I find the yellow stains on my wifes t-shirts a real turn-off so I decided to do a little research. I heard that pre-exposing the yellow areas to a 50/50 solution of peroxide and water will remove the stains... oxy products also should work. Still not sure why the stains occur - i suspect it is a reaction from the sweat and the deodorant. I will check out the crystal...

Posted by: Glenn at March 3, 2006 6:58 AM

I was having this same problem and read that it's the aluminum that does it, so I switched to a product called 'Pitrok' and thought all was well and good until I noticed the other day that my white t-shirt had developed yellow stains after only one day of wearing it.
Now 'Pitrok' contains no aluminum so how the hell has this happened? Sweat alone cannot cause yellowness surely?

Posted by: James at April 26, 2009 7:58 AM

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