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Deodorant!

Postby samhandwich22 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:46 pm

I need some help from veteran burners on this one. To bring deodorant or not to? I can imagine it being somewhat ineffective and pointless with all of the heat and the sweating and the general condition of being unshowered. Also, my deodorant usually melts in hot environments although I guess this can be remedied by purchasing a spray on can. Who has any deodorant tips for me? I am thinking about just leaving it at home as is what I do when I go on wilderness backpacking expeditions.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby kiss-o-matic » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:00 am

samhandwich22 wrote:I need some help from veteran burners on this one. To bring deodorant or not to?


Hmm... I think common sense is going to do you just as much good as a veteran burner. Or maybe more.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Stray Dog » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:08 am

You could always camp downwind of everyone else.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby DrewDubious » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:29 am

Deodorant =/= anit-perspirant unless it says it is!



Either way, do yourself a favor and get the stuff without aluminum in it.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:59 am

Put a bay leaf under each arm and you'll smell like soup! 8)
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby littlebird » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:09 am

FIGJAM wrote:Put a bay leaf under each arm and you'll smell like soup! 8)

I, for one, suggest mint leaves. Mmmm, minty fresh.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:23 am

But I don't like mint!

I like soup. :lol:
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Stray Dog » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:43 am

Pizza is good too.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby geospyder » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:16 am

If you bring deodorant - keep it in the cooler or at least in a Ziploc. The heat will expand it and will create a gooey mess :(
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Chowski » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:57 am

Leave the deodorant at home. You won't care once you get there. The dust will keep you powdered, and a quick scrub down every once in a while will keep down the stench. One of the best parts of Burning Man is ditching the deodorant.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby robbidobbs » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:19 pm

Skip the chemical goo altogether and get an alum salt stick, usually available in health food stores. Consider, your epidermis is a digestive organ - would you EAT your deodorant? Well, you are! These salt sticks are pricey, but mine has lasted 5 years. And its SALT so it doesn't melt, the worse you can do to it is drop & break it. Now you have a "trial size" chunk to take to the Playa.
* Just moisten and apply. I've spit on mine when there wasn't water readily available
* No chemicals that clog up pores and seep into your skin (blech)
* Just another thing you'll not have to buy from the chem factories.
* Skip on the roll on version, buy the rock. It will be yours for a long, long time.

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Re: Deodorant!

Postby BBadger » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:40 am

Well I probably wouldn't want to eat the Titanium Dioxide in my sunscreen either, but I'll use that instead of so-called natural solutions. Still, at least it's not affecting your sweat gland areas like deodorant does.

Something that helps is to use those wet-wipes and wipe under your armpits to help kill some of that bacteria and just clean things up. Nice in general to towel off a bit.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:13 am

go ahead, destroy your natural pheromones...ruin your natural attractants...



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Re: Deodorant!

Postby BBadger » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:02 am

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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FossaFerox » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:54 pm

For the record, an alum salt stick still has aluminum sulfate and usually ammonia as well.

That being said, playa dust does a hell of a job keeping the smell down. I had brought a new stick of conventional deodorant with me which somehow got left in the hotel in Reno Saturday night. I blame the crazy drive. At any rate, I wound up on the playa with no deodorant this year.

Normally my BO isn't that bad to begin with, which is fortunate given my line of work, but for the first four days out there I had absolutely none (I was paranoid and checking regularly). It only got noticeable twice, both about a day after I showered and removed that layer of playa dust. When it did get noticeable (to me, still checking constantly out of paranoia) I used a baby wipe on each armpit and it was fine. Your mileage may of course vary, but don't worry about it too much.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Zhust » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:22 pm

Deodorant/antiperspirant is stupid. Smelling like a human being is a good thing.

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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Jackass » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:28 pm

Forget that shit, I cut an onion in half and put one under each arm.

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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:44 pm

(I was paranoid and checking regularly)






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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FossaFerox » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:56 pm

Roberto Dobbisano wrote:yer KILLING me, smalls.


Hey, when my prep falls through I need to be sure everything is working out. I am not okay with smelling foul. I like being close to people and I like people wanting to be close to me. Not to say that all BO is inherently foul, but it has the potential to be.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:34 pm

Smell is a fact.

Stink is an opinion! 8)
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby robbidobbs » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:21 pm

Ok,thanks for the heads up re alum salt. I will try out milk of magnesia or lemon juice.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Soylent Queen » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:26 am

I was a virgin at this year's burn, and I didn't find smell a problem at all whatsoever, but that's probably got a lot to do with the fact that I stayed at the Poly Paradise camp, which is blessed with gifting to the masses the Human Carcass Wash! What a joy it is to have an assembly line of people soaping you up, scrubbing you down and squeegeeing your naked body dry, all in a space where you are encouraged to state your boundaries (no genitals, please don't wash my new body paint, mind the cast on my arm, etc.) and be treated gently and with great respect. After that, you can spin dry naked in the street outside. First, you have to learn how to create that space for others, so you participate in the orientation and the washing stations, taking care of bathing honored guests. Then, you graduate into receiving this yourself.

Another bonus this year: the Hiney Hygiene station right next door. Cuz goodness, that dust gets wedged up into places where you might just want a private scrub-down! Again, done with care, gentleness and respect, and with your choice of scented products to leave you smelling as fresh as a fill-in-the-blank.

So consider this all an option!
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby robbidobbs » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:47 pm

I'm trying out lemon juice. not woking. On to mm. ned to find rollon bottle for same.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby FossaFerox » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:59 pm

Try lemon juice mixed with playa dust?
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby Ratty » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:17 am

Roll on. Unscented. No BO.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby lollergirl » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:39 am

wear some deodorant, please. i beg of you. there's too much hugging going on for people to be letting themselves get all stank. i've always just brought my usual stuff and it's held up fine.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby robbidobbs » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:21 pm

I am a FAN of using Milk of Magnesia for deodorant now! It totally works. I bought a bottle of mom and a package of cotton pads for application. Works like a charm. And one nice aside is that it's a mild laxative for those on the don't forget to poop thread.
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby cosmic-honey » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:04 pm

robbidobbs wrote:I am a FAN of using Milk of Magnesia for deodorant now! It totally works. I bought a bottle of mom and a package of cotton pads for application. Works like a charm. And one nice aside is that it's a mild laxative for those on the don't forget to poop thread.


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Re: Deodorant!

Postby robbidobbs » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:48 pm

Booyah! The deodorant companies can suck it!
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Re: Deodorant!

Postby fernley1 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:41 pm

Baby powder worked good for our group last year.
we used wet wipes and when dry, would rub on the powder.
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