Ok, this one is so embarassing but I am at a loss right now. I get stinky armpits almost everyday. I don't sweat, it is just odor. I have tried literally every women's deodorant there is on the market but none help. Any suggestions? Should I see a dermatologist?
I have great results with a product called NATURALLY FRESH DEODRANT CRYSTAL. You can find it on this site (I actually bought mine at a Big Lots store and I'm sure you can find it in stores near you, too) http://www.tccd.com/ I use the 3rd one from the right in the picture at the top of this site. All you have to do is wet it to use and there's no perfume to interfer with other fragrances you may use. I really think you'll like this product. If you try this, let me know how it works for you. May God bless you!!! (07/19/2005)
By SL Edens
We live in the desert. In the wintertime, I can use any deodorant and I'm fine, but in the summertime, I have to use Mitchum Clear Gel Deodorant. I think it's a man's deodorant, but I've found it's the only one that keeps my underarms dry & keeps me from smelling bad. I buy the unscented. (07/20/2005)
I use the crystal deodorant, too. It works great--no odor, little sweat. It's available from several sources. I bought mine at www.vitaglo.com. Enter "crystal deodorant" in the site's search engine and several deodorants will come up. Vitaglo has some of the lowest prices going for vitamins, brans, oils, personal care, etc. and carries hundreds of products. (07/20/2005)
I am the same! I use a powder of mainly cornflour with bi-carb soda blended in. After applying a deoderant, wait a few minutes for it to dry, then using a powder puff apply this powder. You can even blend in a few drops of an essential oil or your favourite parfum!! (07/20/2005)
I had the same problem. It wasn't the deo it was the cleaning method! Don't change your deo! Do you use those mesh sponges like you get from Bath and Body Works? Try good old bar soap and a washcloth. I was amazed how it worked. I have always used the liquid soaps and mesh sponges but now I am wondering how well the rest of my body is getting clean! Try this, you will be surprised. Let us know what worked for you! (07/21/2005)
By Teacher too!
I too had tried about every deodorant for women out there and none seemed to keep the odor away. I have started using Old Spice High Endurance and that keeps the odor away. (07/21/2005)
I sweat a lot in this muggy Louisiana humidity, and the BEST thing there is for me is MITCHUM CLEAR GEL DEODERANT FOR WOMEN, my favorite is the powder-fresh scent. (07/21/2005)
My doctor actually took a biopsy because it is worse in one arm than the other. but the best thing i have found is vinegar. yep vinegar. First, I wash real good then dry it. Then I put simple white vinegar on cotton balls and wipe under my arms. I keep my arms in the air till is pretty dry then pat the rest dry. Then I put on the deoderant which is yes mitchum. I smell like a salad for maybe an hour or less. BUT THE SMELL IS GONE FOR MAYBE 2-3 MONTHS. A Freind actully puts vinegar in her liquid soap. i havnt gone that far. (07/21/2005)
Now is the time to overhaul your diet. Most of the smell comes from red and high-in-fat meats; not to mention all the additives that are in prepared foods.
The clear crystals did not work for me. The alcohol can because the smell is caused by bacteria, but follow with a moisturizer because it is very drying.
Try a visit to your local health food store. Couldn't hurt! (07/21/2005)
By Fran Marie
Unless you are eating lots of food like garlic, what you eat has very little to do with body odor, so don't worry about that. There is a product called Certain Dri (I think that is the spelling). It works miracles. (07/21/2005)
I use rubbing alcohol instead of a deodorant. Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub your armpits very good and let it dry. This works well for me. Good luck! (07/23/2005)
I can relate to your problem most anitperspirants and deodorants make my underarms itch and don't do a lot for the odor either. Here's what I have tried and found to work. Make sure your underarms are hair free, use deoterant soap like dial wash let it sit for a while then rinse off. Also I've found that ban roll on does work better than mitchum for me and is cheaper.
God bless and good luck !
I tried the one posts suggestion on the Crystal Deodorant and that didn't last but an hour for me..grr. Hmm. I tried rubbing alcohol too and that worked for a while with deodorant on top. When I feel my body get warm from being inside I just know I am in trouble. I don't think I need to overhaul my diet as one post suggested because I don't eat much red meat anyway. I might try Mitchum out one more time. It is so embarassing! (07/26/2005)
I use a mix of cornstarch and baking soda. A lot of times deoderants smell awful on me. (07/31/2005)
After you do the alcohol thing, when it dries, apply pure cornstarch instead of deodorant. I used to have this problem, and I went to a dermatologist. She said what it is, is your sweat glands get infected which causes your lymp nodes under your arms to cause you to smell. The deo does nothing but irritate it more. She said to wash under your arms really well with a good deodorant soap, then use your alcohol, let it dry and then use pure cornstarch. It works just as good as any deodorant I have ever used. (08/02/2005)
I find that womans deodorant is pretty weak and useless. I use men's deodorant. Both gillette and right guard work (not the gel kinds, the solids). Applying rubbing alcohol, rubbing it in well, and letting it dry completely before applying deodorant works well, too (as has been said). You don't need to overhaul your diet, as if it was your diet, your sweat in general will smell funky, not just under your arms. Hmm.. can't think of anything else, switching to mens deodorant, and using rubbing alcohol has worked for me.
Also, removing any under arm hair may work, as it tends to trap bacteria. (08/03/2005)
This is what I use. I wash really well in the shower while still wet I put some bakingsoda in my palm and make a paste with a little water, rub this in and rinse. I also use a product from the health food store called "LAVILIN" Cream Body Deodorant $20.00 Canadien. This is a great Deo, the more you use it the longer you can go without reapplaying and I mean days, the fist time useage can last for 3-5 days if used regular, and longer in between. I also rinse my mouth with bakingsoda after brushing my theet to neutralize odor.
Good Luck (08/05/2005)
I understand your problem. The same thing happened with me, no sweat (I was in an air-conditioned office) just a bad odour. Turns out it happened everytime I got agitated and stressed where I was working (due to arsehole employer). I quit and no more problems! A bit drastic I know, but maybe if you realise that you smell when stressed (I notice you're a teacher), you could learn meditative techniques. (08/19/2005)
I have had the same problem with my armpits. I found that Ban roll-on Fresh cotton works the best for me and it lasts all day! Good Luck. (08/20/2005)
I used to have a problem with armpit odor too. After reading in a magazine the smell is from bacteria, I started applying an antibacterial gel from bath and body works (warm vanilla sugar scented) and letting it dry for a few minutes. Then I apply the Mitchum clear gel deoderant. I find this works quite well and lasts most of the day. It did burn at first but doesn't bother me anymore and I have really sensitive skin. I think it works well too since you can keep the little bottle of gel in your purse and just freshen up later on in the day if you need to. Hope this helps!!! (08/25/2005)
I just wanted to say thanks very much for all your advice. It worked a treat! The UK equivalent for rubbing alcohol is antiseptic solution (brand I used was Savlon)- I just diluted it with water on a cotton pad, and applied to armpits following by my regular deodorate. I have noticed a remarkable difference, so thanks very much! (09/05/2005)
I am guessing I am going to have to go to the Dermatologist soon. I have tried all kinds of homemade solutions and literally every deodorant out there... nothing works. I don't get sweat spots, just stinky. It's so frustrating, will keep ya posted. (10/09/2005)
Have you tried lemon? I also read about Milk of Magnesium. I tried it and it worked last night. Only used it once. I'm going to try again tonight. Only problem is it's a little sticky. (03/22/2006)
I am so glad I found this forum! I have been dealing with this for years... no sweat, just bad odor, my left armpit worse than my right, I would wash my armpits in the morning really well and apply deo and around noon they'd stink! I thought maybe it had to do with what I ate or drank, so I stopped drinking coffee.. .after the 3rd day I have noticed a difference, then I read what you all say about rubbing alchohol, I will try that as well. (06/11/2006)
I have tried vinegar - nothing; tried rubbing alcohol - nothing; tried rubbing baking soda into a paste then onto my armpits... this really worked! I also just read this: read this: http://www.newstarget.com/004417.html it talks about what we eat come out in our sweat glands mainly our arm pits! This is what finally works for me! (06/22/2006)
I had a friend who never smelled at all. One day, we were talking about foods and stuff, and he told me that he was very careful what he ate. A few things he did eat that I know helped were lots of herbs, like rosemary, parsley, and any stronger 'good' smelling herb.
Rosemary is great because it also kills germs and will help keep you from getting sick as much. I have made a rosemary tea bath and I smelled great until next bathtime!
I took a handful of bulk rosemary and dropped it in a very hot tub. Once it cooled down enough to get into, the water was very green, but smelled wonderful. Nice de-stresser, too. (07/02/2006)
If you are close to a Filipino Store or any oriental store that sells Filipino groceries, ask the store owner to sell you "tawas", pronounced as "tuhwhuss". It looks like a small piece of raw alabaster rock. This is the same crystal that they mentioned here but you can get it there for a fraction of the price. Also, you need to get the smell out of your clothes.. Take a sniff test on your freshly laundered clothes - more than likely, the smell will still be there. If so, soak the item overnight in white vinegar/plain water mix (1:1 ratio), concentrating on the armpits. (I am not sure if the color will bleed.)
Oh, I have a very sensitive nose and can almost pick up this scent - can anyone tell me how to break it gently to a friend who has it? (07/05/2006)
I have found all the responses very interesting and helpful. I am wondering if anyone has noted an increase in armpit odor when discontinuing birth control pills. After my last child was born and my husband had "the procedure", I went off the pill. I don't sweat but I have a stinky odor which I never had before. Anyone else notice the same? I have been off the pill now for over a year. (07/31/2006)
I started having the arm pit problem around the middle of 2004. I still have not found a solution, I just read everyone elses comments. Almost everyone seems to have a different solution. Rubbing alcohol and baking soda seems to be the most common, so I will try that before going to the dermatologist. I have tried Lady Mitchum (solid & gel) many different times, it never seems to work. Other deoderants that do not work are ... Arid spray, Secret "Ocean Breeze" (which seemed to work for about a wk, then stopped), Mens Old Spice, Gillet for men, Arm and Hammer solid, Simply Basic, Soft Dri, Midnight Magic from Avon, and Bath&Body Works deo's. None of them work. I am tired of spending money on deoderants, asking my docter who has no idea. My right arm pit is worse than my left. They do seem to get worse under stress, but at the same time, there has been occassions where they still stink after a shower and scrubbing w/ bar soap on a wash cloth. (have tried every different brand of soap as well) I do get sweat rings on white shirts. My boyfriend says he is starting to get used to it, which is sweet, but it is still so emberassing! It has totally screwed up my self esteem and I am not an ugly girl by no means. I am afraid of getting close to people, for I fear they will smell me and think that I do not bathe, when I do EVERY SINGLE DAY! I have tried eating yogurt, which does not work. I am beginning to believe that this situation is hopeless. I do believe that it is the sweat that comes out of my body, and I guess it is bacteria as others have said, I just want a solution and it is amazing that others have the same problem, atleast I know that I am not alone. (08/09/2006)
Thank god there are a bunch of others who have the same issue. It has totally begun hurting my self-esteem. I live in Miami so everytime I set foot in the outside world I run from shade to shade cuz its the buring sun that gets me hot the quickest. To people close to me, Im usually like: Hurry up! My armpits! and they laugh but it's not that funny to me... My husband's used to it but I know that its a turn off! Men like their ladies fresh and powdery! I've got to try the rubbing alcohol because I think it might work better than anything else. At work when I have forgetten my deo, I put hand sanitizer on it and for some reason it has worked miracles. I need to get this dilemma resolved because it's a big disappointer and many times kills my confidence when I look strikingly good.
By Minnie Mouse
I have used lavilin deoderant with great success. i found it local at a health food store, but it can be ordered from vermont country store. it works for days and kills the bacteria found in the arm pits. has no aluminum or chemicals. i also like the crystal stones that have been mentioned give the lavilin a try... (08/13/2006)
Wear tight clothes. Take a piece of paper towel fold it, and spray it with hydrogen peroxide, 3%. put it on and wear a tight shirt over. Make sure the sprayed side is touching the skin. peroxide will harm your clothes. if you work, go to the washroom and do the same thing, remove the old napkins and replace with new ones. That's the only way i have kept my self dry and odour free. Helps to wear white undershirts. (09/05/2006)
Drysol (aluminum chloride hexahydrate) works excellent, but don't use strong deodorant in the morning. use a natrual salt crystal spray. I used ban one time, oh man it hurt so much. I stopped using anything, for two weeks. when my underarms were ok, I started using drysol again. Drysol is the only one thing that keeps me from sweating. Use it every night for about 3 days and after that you can reduce the usage to about once every two days. Make sure you don't use harsh soaps before you apply drysol, it will burn. Just wash underams with nice cool-warm water and then use drysol. Bacteria doesn't go inside your skin, so stop scrubbing and hurting your skin. One other thing is that you really have to respect your skin. i have found that too much stress on the mind really makes your skin dull. On your day off, take a relaxing bath, and just sit and enjoy your time off. Don't get stressed. (09/06/2006)
I made a comment a month ago, I'm on down the line. At that time, I was complaining that I have been a stinky bi**h for 2 and a half years and I was ashamed to be around others and that no deoderant works for me. After reading everyones comments I DID try the alcohol suggestion and believe it or not... IT FREAKIN WORKS! (09/27/2006)
Use on your underarms an antiseptic skin-prep (available in drugstores) containing 0.5% chlorhexadine, and 70% isopropyl alcohol once a day, and I guarantee you will be odor free. The smell is caused not by sweat itself, but by the bacteria that feed on it. Get rid of them, and you will get rid of the odor- Simple as that. (11/16/2006)
I use a regime of sulphur soap followed by baking soda. Wash with the soap, then apply baking soda onto clean, dry skin. For a toddler with odor, I wash them with dial soap, then make a thin paste of dial soap and water, and rub under their arms. They are too young for reg. deo. so this does work while they are at day care. (12/06/2006)
Pour a small amount of baking soda onto hands, then squeeze some lemon juice onto baking soda. Rub mixture on underarms. (01/14/2007)
A very reasonable and effective three (3) step treatment for underarm odor.
1) Cut the armpit hair. The hair in the armpit is a great breeding ground for bacteria. If you have curly hair, cut the hair very low but not to the skin or you will get ingrown hairs, which promote bacterial growth.
2) Wash with an antibacterial soap. This will kill most of the bacteria. Some soaps say "99.9%", this is not true. So take a small amount of rubbing alcohol and thoroughly wipe the armpit AND the part of the arm that rests across from the armpit.
3) Use Tinactin before applying your deodorant. That's right, "Tough Actin'" Tinactin will work with your deodorant to keep sweat, and most importantly, odor away.
Try it for two weeks and you will see. Not harmful to your body and not expensive. There also may be hereditary and other "internal" problems with your Ph levels. Once a week, take two tablespoons of natural vinegar to level out your natural acids in your body. Exercise and eating well help also. Regular activity to promote sweating is also ideal (running and other strenuous activities).
By Dr. Garrison Jester
Hi, I posted back then and have tried something new: I use the Men's Right Guard solid--not gel or clear gel as those made my armpits itch real bad. I still wash in the morning with antibac. soap, then apply a very light layer of this deo, it works all day, just wash it off at nite and don't apply too much. It's the antipers/deo kind. I know it's not good to apply antipers, but it's the only thing I could find that worked for me and I didn't change my diet! (02/02/2007)
I've had the same problem since i hit puberty. not to mention i tend to sweat more than the majority of my male friends. at first i tried all the female deodorant there was, then i figured guys are meant to be more stinky so their stuff has got to be stronger. it worked for a while, but then i started to realize that the smell of my armpits along with the smell of the deodorant actually makes me smell even WORSE. so i switched to a hypo-allergenic deodorant that has no fragrance and also keeps my skin from getting irritated after i shave under my arms. mind you, it hasnt made me stop smelling, but it has reduced the smell significantly.
oh, and over the years i've also realized that the type of fabric you wear makes a big difference. natural fibers, like 100% cotton, let your underarms breathe a lot more than polyester.
Rubbing alcohol does the trick for me. I haven't used deodorant since mid-December. Just rub the alcohol on my pits when I get out of the shower.
Like someone else posted - it's NOT the sweat that stinks...... it's the bacteria attracted to the sweat. Keep the bacteria in check & you've got it licked.
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Since my first child I've had the problem of arm pit odor. I'm thinking it has something to do with my hormone levels changing, but haven't had it checked yet. What have you tried, I've tried practically all the brands of deodorants including some men's brands, crystals, alcohol, and apple cider vinegar to no avail.
I too had the probem of not being able use deodorant. Mainly because it appeared that I was allergic to most of it as it always started horrible itching problems. I now alternate between baking soda and unscented baby powder which seems to work just as well as deodorant -- plus the benefit of being a lot cheaper.
Speak to your doctor-believe it or not there are prescription deodorants for hard to combat body odor. Could it be a soiled clothing that is actually the culprit. BO is almost impossible to get out of clothing.
I too had terrible arm pit sweat when I had a thyroid imbalance. You might check with your doctor and have your thyroid level checked. I used to be fine as far as keeping body odor and sweat under control. My thyroid levels changed and I felt like a sponge being wrung out every day. I even wore tank tops in the winter. I got my thyroid levels back to the right ones and I am back to a normal sweat level. Just something else to check. Good luck.
You need to consult with a dermatologist, there is a pill you can take that will solve your problem. In fact you can go a full day without deodorant or antiperspirant. I know this can be a very embarrassing moment and I feel you pain but I am sure a dermatologist can help.
I have been fighting underarm odor for the past 35+ years. Have tried every deodorant, crystal, powder, etc. on the market. I am also allergic to fragrance so until kinda recently I couldn't use deodorants without getting an awful rash. And when I was young, I was a professional ballroom dancer, so keeping fresh and sweet smelling was quite a challenge. Things I have learned are:
You need to scrub your underarms with a light scrubber using an antibiotic soap bar like Dial or Safeguard. This gets rid of most prior deodorant applications and bacteria and keeps your pores unclogged. Everyone's chemistry is different, so try different antibiotic soaps to find the best for you.
Then after you've towel dried, use rubbing alcohol thoroughly under your armpits. Repeat a couple times a day as necessary. I use flat round cotton pads soaked in a little container I can carry in my purse. This makes it easy to do a quickie touchup wipe anytime or anywhere.
If I know I am going to be working out or going dancing, I will use a product called Drysol or CertiDri(?). This must be applied at nite after you've showered and are lying down in bed. Apply lightly to underarms and keep arms raised until completely dry or it may sting and cause redness or a rash. This method should keep you dry all day. Its kinda a hassle but will keep you dry during workouts or stress.
Lastly, I wear breathable tops. No synthetics or silks. These fabrics retain the odor and get worse as the day goes on.
When this method is used most of the time, deodorants are then effective when you use them periodically.
Additionally, you can also spray a small amount of your perfume below your underarms on your blouse or top so when you lift your arms, only the smell of your perfume should waft up to your nose or others around you. I hope this work for you as it has worked for me.
Exfoliating arm pits with a natural loofah gets rid of dead skin. Sometimes the pH is off so use a baking soda (without aluminum) along with the loofah. Follow with an organic apple cider vinegar rinse.
Using alcohol directly in your pits does kill bacteria but the alcohol goes into your bloodstream and it also upsets the natural balance of bacteria. There's good bacteria and bad bacteria.
Always analyze your diet. Taking probiotics can help with an imbalance. Eating a diet that is mostly alkaline, as opposed to acidic really helps too. That means lots of green leafy vegetables. Drinking lots of water is important.
Proper elimination (bowl movements) is paramount. Stagnant food stinks inside and outside the body. Working out or yoga classes that make you sweat really helps to clean out the body. Saunas are great too.
Lastly, rubbing 1/2 a lime on the offending area and leaving it for 20 minutes is a great exfoliator. Do it day and night for best results.
Well everyday I go to school by walking, but I sweat even before getting to school. Sometimes I feel like going back home and showering but it's too late.
My underarms always smell a little bit bad after showering, no matter what I've used. I've used so many different showering gels, cloths, and sponges. None work. The smell isn't terrible, but it's never fully clean. I'm also on quite a tight budget. :/ Please help.
By Terri M.
Armpit odor is caused by bacteria. Shower body wash, gels etc. may not work for everyone. Try this on a weekend. After your shower apply antibacteria ointment on your pits. May take two treatments. The Walmart house brand is good. The odor will vanish.
I had the same problem so solved the problem. I exfoliated underarms with a paste made of baking soda and cornmeal, no more odor. We have dead skin under armpits. It works, try it
I found out from the People's Pharmacy website that baby diaper cream works best. I have been using it about twice a week after my shower instead of ANY deodorant for about six months and it really works. I use Boudreaux's Butt Paste brand that has a slight balsam smell, but you can shop around.
I am in college now, but still I can't cure my underarm problem. It's not the sweat, it's the smell. I've tried everything, but none of it worked. Some students was making fun of me and that's not really good. It's bringing down my confidence and I don't know what to do. I'm so hopeless for now, I feel so down. I don't wanna be the same girl anymore. I wanna express myself, but I can't because this thing keeps holding me back. I'm so tired of being teased. What should I do?
I have tried everything from lime to baking soda to milk of magnesia. I try to remove all the bacteria as much as possible with methylated spirit. I use a men's deodorant now and nothing seems to be working. I am a teenager. It is very embarrassing because I am a leader in many groups and a lot of people talk bad about me. Please help.
By Camun D
You should take 1 chllorophyll tablet twice a day , Also wipe underarms with lemon juice[can use the stuff that comes in the bottle] - rinse and dry.then put deodorant on , You will still sweat but you won't have a bad odor , make sure you are not allergic to grass [chlorophyll] or green plants before you take the chlorophll , was with a good deodorant soap or a peppermint soap . . should help
I am a 15 year old and I have really bad body odor. I sweat a lot which does not help at all. It's usually when I sweat that the odor starts and people are reporting me to the health aid and making fun of me before class starts. It's really upsetting me so much that I never want to be in class because I am so embarrassed. It mainly only happens at school, when I get home the sweating stops and so does the body odor so I am really confused.I don't know what to do. I don't know how much more I can take the teasing. It hurts so much and I am always embarrassed to be around other people at school because I don't want to be made fun of. Someone please help me I don't know what to do.
I have a strange odor emanating from my body. It's not a "BO" odor, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for when it starts. At first I thought it was some medication I was taking and which I stopped taking, but the odor continues. It isn't food related either. I went to the doctor and I have her stumped. What could be causing this?
By Andrea from NY
I think you have to be more specific... is the smell like a popcicle? motor oil? banana pudding? Chanel 5? and is it every day?
I was using Rexona soap for 3 months. After that I developed an odor coming from my armpits. I even remove the hair from my armpits, but it does not help. It is very noticeable even in winter. I tried Lifebuoy and Dove soap, but there is no change. Can anyone please give me solution?
By Mani from Ap
It's a bit long winded so please bare with me on this. I shower every morning before work around 6am. I always use deodorant and aftershave. For a good few hours or so I smell great and feel fresh.
The office where I work doesn't have air conditioning and I find that by mid morning (say 10am) I start to develop an underarm odor. It's not terrible, you can just about make out the smell of my shower gel, but it just smells a bit off.
I also wear white t-shirts underneath my work shirts really just to prevent any embarrassing sweat stains appearing on my shirts. I've wondered whether this off smell might be coming from the t-shirts which in turn affects the smell from under my arms.
It's started to make me paranoid at work as I have overheard people talking about me in the office. It makes me feel useless because I'm aware of the slightly off smell.
Is there anything I can do to stop this slightly off odor I develop whilst at work? Any help would be really appreciated.