The BEST Deodorant on the Planet Earth (And It’s One You Likely Haven’t Heard Of)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to write this post. It’s such dang good info. that I’ve felt I’ve been holding out on you for way too long. So it brings me great joy to finally get this post out to you…
And by “BEST”, I mean it’s THE BEST out of natural brands AND non-natural/conventional brands.
This deodorant has worked for Danny and I for nearly two years now. One application works even more than one day in a row.
It works after yoga or a 3 mile run at Prospect Park (in the summer). It works after public speaking gigs and Brooklyn moves from 3rd floor walk-ups. 
It’s worked for my parents and my Uncle who is normally stinky after mowing the lawn in Arizona. And it’s worked for our Brooklyn friends (both husbands and wives). 
And I’m 100% confident that it will work for you, too.
Yes, I just said that. It’s THAT good.
And, it’s ONE ingredient. And, it’s all natural. 
It’s so natural, in fact, that you can eat it.

It won’t irritate your skin.

It costs less than any deodorant on the market. 
And it will not yellow or stain your shirts or add residue to shirt fabrics. 
Are your minds blown yet?
Do you believe me??
In case you are doubtful, let me just add that I once did some natural deodorant testing. I tried ALL the big shots that normally come up as “THE BEST” natural deodorants. And it’s all bull crap. Not a single one works as well as this. And yes, I’m talking about the normally #1 Soapwalla (good, but still not as good) or the other #1 Lavanila (smells ick). Also Weleda, Alvera, Tom’s, Crystal, Malin + Goetz (has harmful ingredients), Kiss My Face, Nourish Organic, You + Me, Nature’s Gate, JASON, Lafes. 
And I’m also talking about all the non-natural, toxic brands that I used to wear years ago like Mitchum, Secret, Degree, Dove, Arrid XX, Arm & Hammer, even Clinical Secret. UGH. 
OK, click for more and you’ll have your deodorant for life…

Yep. This is it. Plain Milk of Magnesia. It’s made of a mineral called Magnesium Hydroxide.  
The mineral causes some chemical reaction and it WOOOOORKSSSS!!! 
1.  Avoid Milk of Magnesia products with additives. Some Milk of Magnesia products contain an “inactive ingredient” called Sodium Hypochlorite (which is bleach). So look for brands that only contain the active pure ingredients of Magnesium Hydroxide and Water. The Good Sense brand is a great one to buy. Phillips is not.

2. Buy it in a large bottle from your local pharmacy or get your bottle of Good Sense on AMAZON.
3.  Don’t Shake. When undisturbed, the creamy/milky part separates slightly from some watery liquid. Upon opening, gently pour off some of the watery liquid at the top so that the creamy part remaining will be a little thicker (it’s easier to put on.)
4.  Use a refillable small container for daily use. We use a little wide mouthed glass jar. Something like a baby food jar would work well. 
5. You only need to apply a SMALL layer. More cream does not necessarily make it more effective. 
6. If the cream in your jar ever dries out, add a tiny bit of water and stir. It will be useable again. 
7. Now share this post with all your friends…so people can stop worrying how they smell and wasting money on ineffective products.  
8. Come back here and let us know how it worked for you.
You’re welcome……………. πŸ™‚
P.S. Please note that while Milk of Magnesia does eliminate the smell, it does not stop you from actually sweating. But I say, embrace it and go with it. It’s better than applying chemicals and dangerous aluminum. Happy August!!

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  1. Raven August 4, 2015 at 2:59 am - Reply

    A couple years ago I won a giveaway on your blog and was gifted a big bag of health and beauty goodies. One of the items was MOM deodorant. It worked great! So great that I told my family about it. My father in-law realized that it was basically milk of magnesia and started using it just as you've described here, got his wife hooked, and now tells everyone he meets about the joys of using milk of magnesia. So, keep spreading the good word! Off to buy me some milk of magnesia… πŸ™‚

    • mara August 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      YES! That's how we learned about it. I was so curious about that deodorant that I googled it and later discovered it was the same thing as Milk of Magnesia, just in a more expensive package.

  2. Anonymous August 4, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    First time I have heard of this! Another great natural deodorant is lemon juice,

  3. Heather E. August 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    But wait. How do you apply it? Do you have to dry it after application before you put on clothes? Does it stain clothes? Does it stay on all day and just wash off in the shower? Interesting…

    • mara August 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Heather – we just apply it with our fingers. It's an extra little step, but we don't even think about it now. The pay off is worth it. Also, it seems to dry extremely fast. And really, just a very thin layer is needed. So it's very fast to dry. We haven't had any problem with it staining clothes. And it does wash off in the shower. Thanks for the good questions!

  4. rebecca August 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Yes! I too made the rounds trying all natural deodorants and ended up making my own for years now. Best one I have made yet us a magnesium oil spray with lavender essential oil. It is basically the same exact thing as your suggestion of milk of magnesia!

    Seriously people, please give this a try! You will be amazed.

    Happy to see you posting again, Danny & Mara!

  5. Helen @ Relearning Loveliness August 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    AMAZING, Mara! Thank you!!! I've been dying to find a remedy for the stinky pits problem and recently found an Arm & Hammer deodorant (not anti-perspirant)β€”it's this one:

    I thought it was natural…but I like the idea of using something that I KNOW is natural. Milk of Magnesia, here I come!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Anonymous August 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    From the jar do you apply it with a cotton ball or wash cloth or just with your fingers?

    • mara August 4, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      We just use our fingers. It's totally worth the extra step. You could also use a cotton ball if you'd like, but it seems more wasteful.

  7. Anonymous August 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    how do you apply it and do you shave your underarms? do you need to allow it to dry?

    • mara August 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      hello! We just use our fingers to apply it. I do shave. πŸ™‚ Also, it seems to dry very quickly. I usually put it on right after drying off from my shower. And by the time I'm getting my clothes on, it's always dry. It dries much faster than the gel or liquid deodorants I used to wear back in the day.

    • Miggy August 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Does it leave your pits white? Like would you feel silly wearing it with just a tank top on?

    • Miggy August 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Also, hat details please? πŸ™‚

    • danny August 5, 2015 at 3:08 am - Reply

      I don't shave my underarms πŸ™‚ As long as you do what Mara said in the post – which is let it settle in so that the excess liquid will be able to be poured off, you'll be left with something the consistency of lotion. It spreads easy, and dries really quick. If you haven't done that, and the consistency is a little off, it might take a moment to dry, but still no big deal.

      As for white residue, I've never noticed it on me…but I have seen it a few times on Mara…maybe that's the difference between having underarm hair to help absorb what I'm putting on vs Mara not having any.

      Or, it could be that I just don't spread it around the same way…not sure.

    • danny August 5, 2015 at 3:11 am - Reply

      Oh, and as for hats….you might be tricked like I was when I first saw this photo….but it's not Mara. I saw it and thought…wait, did I take that. I don't think I did, but I swear I'm looking at you.

      So, we can't be certain on the hat details, but it does look a lot like the ASOS hat Mara has purchased and worn in the past (actually very reasonable price)

  8. Quinne August 4, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    This is so interesting. I'm excited to give it a try!

  9. Michaelann Gardner Bradley August 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    do you know if the bottle that you linked to on Amazon is recyclable? we're trying to go waste-free (landfill free) in my household.
    Thank you for being the best inspiration ever for more natural products!

  10. Anonymous August 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    This looks just like Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio!! I thought it was Mara at first too, but when Danny said it wasn't, Sarah came to mind.

  11. Anonymous November 22, 2015 at 3:55 am - Reply

    You guys I was SO excited about this…I've been using it for a couple of weeks now.


    It's not working for me. I've poured off the water, I've applied the thick milky stuff under my arms and it's still stinky. Not all the time, but I feel like I usually have to reapply during the day. And I just took my t-shirt off and yep…stinky. I got the right kind (no bleach) and I even usually try to get some of the super thick stuff from the side of the jar. I will say that right away it seems to work, but just throughout the day I have to reapply. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • danny November 23, 2015 at 12:12 am - Reply

      You're the first person I've heard say that, of all the men and women that have tried.

      I will suggest this as a possibility. When we made the switch, I also threw away all of my previous undershirts and got new ones. Oftentimes, the odor causing bacteria is already so deeply built into our shirt, that the smell isn't coming from us or from our body, but from the bacteria clinging to our clothing.

      If our clothing is riddled with this bacteria, and only needs moisture to reactivate, no deodorant is going to change what is happening inside the fibers of our clothing.

      I can tell you from experience that I have two shirts I own that aren't undershirts that always seem to smell, no matter how I treat them. I just kind of expect it. But everything else in my closet seems to be free from that prior mess….it's been a dream come true.

  12. Claire January 12, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I have been using the same you tested from many years. I just realize that they are not as much secure for skin as they claim. Thanks for the sharing the info.

  13. Anonymous August 22, 2016 at 2:16 am - Reply

    I love Be Free deodorant from it's my go to deodorant even on hard days in the gym and best of all its organic!

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