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California Deodorant Stone
We carry crystal deodorant because so many people ask what they can use in place of chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants. We donít make this product, but we do use it. It does not stop perspiration, which is a much needed way that our bodies eliminate toxins. It does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate or triclosan. It does eliminate bacteria growth, the cause of unpleasant body odors. It stays smooth and doesnít sting, stain, or clog pores. It leaves an invisible layer of protection that keeps you feeling fresh and clean all day.
For most people it lasts a year. Unscented. net weight 3.5 - 4 oz
The box has changed since the photo was taken, but the stone remains the same.
Potassium ammonium and mineral salts.
Wet crystal with cold water and apply like you would a roll-on or stick deodorant.
This one is really economical and environmentally sound (no plastic packaging to throw out when it's gone). If you're worried about slippery hands, try the Deodorant Stick.
The following is a conversation of questions and answers between a customer (C) and Liz (L).
Customer: I've been using a California Deodorant Stone that I purchased from you for at least 2 years. How long would you recommend using it before purchasing a new one? It has not shrunk that much in size.
Liz: Mine lasted more than 2 years also. The company says best for one year, but I used it much longer. My feeling is that if it is still doing its job, keep using it. If it seems to not be working as well as it used to, a new one is in order.
When mine reached half size I used it just for travel, and bought a new one for home. I do keep a baggie to transport it when it's still wet, but I am careful not to store it in there, and set it on the little cloth square when not in transit. Because it is salts which neutralize bacteria, I think it is unlikely to mold, but where there is water, anything is possible.
C: Will the stone shrink to the point where it is unusable, or is it technically possible to use the entire stone?
I believe that technically it could be used until it disappears. My experience so far is that it gets too small to hold, I drop it and it shatters, or it seems too small to work with plus it's been a few years so I decide to spring for a new one.
C: Also, how do you travel with the stone? For home use, I have it in a dish with a thin piece of cotton under it to keep it from sticking to the dish. I'm wary of using a zip lock bag for travel purposes, as I try to avoid using plastics when possible, but that might be the best option. I was thinking about using a small velvet bag or cotton spice bag for transport.
A cotton or muslin or cloth bag is an excellent idea, but if you've just used the stone it's wet, so the cloth is good only to the extent that you don't mind it getting other things wet. Be sure the cloth bag isn't dyed...red or royal blue everywhere might not be fun.
I also set my "home" stone on a cloth square. After a while it gets heavy and stiff from the minerals, but that just seemed to help it stay in place better. It was a long time ago, but it looks like I just cut the squares from an old sweat shirt.
C: You mentioned the cotton patch under the stone hardening, which mine has done as well. You mentioned mold being a potential issue if stored in the baggie all of the time. Do I need to worry about the cotton patch becoming moldy? The cotton has started to darken around the area that the stone rests, which is still white, but I think that is probably dust more than anything.
I have been using that same cloth square for close to 10 years and have never had any mold. Salt is a preservative, so odds are it will be the best preserved cloth on the planet. I doubt if there will be mold even in the ziploc, but I've never done the experiment so I don't know for sure, and there are all kinds of chemicals in the water supply now, so I can't provide a definitive answer. When stored I leave the baggie open, closing it only when traveling, and that seems to work fine.
C: How does the deodorant stone compare to the deodorant stick?
The stone and the stick are basically the same- a mix of salts, except for the packaging. Some people find the stick is easier to get a grip on, and it does have its own travel packaging, which may eliminate the need for a baggie.
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