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Gluten Free Deoderant For Daughter?
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Quick question, my daughter who has celiac has started to complain about armpit oder. Her pediatric endo said she can start using deoderant/anti-persperant, but it must be gluten free as well as fragerence free as the fragrences can cause irritation/rashes as well as spur on hair growth (she has none yet). Can anyone recommend a good deoderant for my 9 year old to start with that is gluten free and fragerence free? Everything I've looked up online is several years outdated and I want her to have a positive experience.

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Quick question, my daughter who has celiac has started to complain about armpit oder. Her pediatric endo said she can start using deoderant/anti-persperant, but it must be gluten free as well as fragerence free as the fragrences can cause irritation/rashes as well as spur on hair growth (she has none yet). Can anyone recommend a good deoderant for my 9 year old to start with that is gluten free and fragerence free? Everything I've looked up online is several years outdated and I want her to have a positive experience.

Thanks.

In many years here, I have not heard of a deodorant that was an issue. Dove is a good company and they have unscented versions.

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I would recommend contacting Bubble and Bee Organics. They make extremely safe and effective deodorants (safe as in free of toxic chemicals - most deodorants are gluten-free) They use essential oils in their deodorants, but maybe some of all of the ones they use would be safe for your daughter. The company is really good at helping customers find the best products for their individual situations, so might be worth shooting them a message.

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I had a horrific reaction to a "natural" deodorant last summer and then had a heck of a time clearing it up as it was trending to a secondary fungal infection. Since I had traces of this stuff that was still lingering on some of my dress clothes and was still getting me weeks later, I thought I was never going to finish re- laundering everything it might have touched. :unsure::blink: Eventually I figured out it was residue on my summer zip up sweatshirt that I wear in the evenings over a tank top, but geez. <_<

I can wear some scented perfumes and diluted essential oils, so this sort of threw me for a loop as the ingredients were supposedly fine. And it is HOT in the summer here, and I do stuff outside, so skipping using something is not optional.

My guess is the pedi doc knows that lavender oils or tea tree oils used daily might do something unexpected, so is trying to avoid those. see links: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/niehs-31.htm and http://altmedicine.about.com/od/productalertsandrecalls/a/lavenderteatree.htm

Tea tree oil is a terrific insect repellant/germ killer that I use frequently on horses when they get a cut or wound in the summer, to keep the flies off of it. Have not noticed any breast development.....

Back to the deodorant query:

In desperation I went to "the google" and found several common things that people will use in this situation. One of them is Milk of Magnesia, but the gluten status of this is not 100% assured, the last time I checked. But you can purchase deodorant made of this. Another is a salt crystal, but I know that rubbing something on the area like this makes the crystal pick up any stray bacteria, and you end up then subsequently putting the stuff on that makes the smell come back. I have found this happens with some roll-on type deodorants. Normally, fresh sweat does not smell very much, it is the things that grow in sweat after it's been there a while that does this.

Another idea was baking soda. I was sort of skeptical, but much to my surprise, a bit of baking soda rubbing into a freshly washed, slightly damp underarm seems to work BETTER than anything in a regular deodorant I've used before. And it does not "fail" after 8 hours in the blast furnace summers here. It does not fail after kayaking or horse stuff. It did not fail yesterday when I was doing snow stuff up in the mountains, and sweating horribly for me, because the sun was so hot and I was wearing black snowpants - it is amazing! I ended up putting some in a plastic squirt bottle that I can just sprinkle on as needed. Sometimes I will augment it with a little regular talcum powder or Gold Bond powder to help with anti- chafing.

Really, have her try it. Cheap, effective, and easy!

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You could try a crystal deodorant. You could get her the rock form, or they make an unscented roll-on. http://www.thecrystal.com/ I have one of the solid ones that I got at my local health food store. It's not workout-strong but it works well enough for a day at the office and I think it would be great for a child.

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I used the spray liquid crystal and loved it - the hard crystal irritated my skin (friction, I guess). I stopped using it because it burned my DH.

I used one of the Tom's varieties for a while but it wasn't effective enough (live in the desert, plus DH under my arms contributed to some nasty bo).

I use Dove sensitive/unscented now and it works great.

I'd stay away from tea tree and lavender products. They can be strong and tea tree and lavender are both estrogenic - everyone reacts differently, though - for some reason the natural products that use them tend to go overboard IMO, if you judge by the scent.

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