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Soap nuts and crystal stone deodorant

I made an amazing discovery recently. Soap nuts! Nuts that grow on trees that you can wash your clothes with.

They make your clothes smell fresher and nicer than any branded detergent, and it's great knowing that you're not using some mass/factory-produced powder (also good if you suffer from eczema like I do). I've been re-using them and they seem to last a good few washes, so they're actually cheaper than detergent too (£4.99 for a bag of around 100). They're quite curious things, I love them and am glad I heard about them. My mum picked up a catalogue from a company called Wikaniko who're based up in Newcastle in the UK, and now she's acting as a distributor for them. They sell all sorts of eco-friendly products.

Another great item is a natural deodorant stone, made of crystal rock. You just add water and it rolls on. So much better than the shop-bought products, just feels healthier, cleaner. And the write-up says that the stone lasts a year, maybe longer, if you take care of it. Again, this cost £5, which is going to save me about £20 a year.

The deodorant stone says:

Natural mineral salt
No animal testing
No Parabens]No Aluminium Chlorohydrate

which is all excellent news.

Here's how the natural deodorant stone looks:

These are two really good ways of helping the environment, so I just though it would be of relevance to post and inform others. If you are interested in Wikaniko eco-friendly products, the web link I have for the products is:


There is also a free allotment e-magazine, which has given me loads of great tips for my gardening. And there are some bargain cheap seeds for sale too, starting at £0.99p.


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Aug. 1st, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I have tried using "natural" deodorants before and have found them to be, well, really lacking. After a several hours doing desk work or even just a few hours of working in the garden I smell like I haven't used deodorant at all. If you try it and it works for you, post about it.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I've had similarly poor results with them, sadly. I want them to work, because they're natural, they're non-carcinogenic and a whole lot less pricey than the stuff I'm currently using, but they just don't work for me.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
That's odd. Which one did you try? In this case the deodorant stone neutralizes smells - it acts differently to roll-on deodorants whereas they clog up your pores. Sometimes re-application is necessary, but I get that in Summer with any deodorant anyway. I've found it to be okay and I garden a lot and do a physical job.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
I used one of the "Tom's" brand deodorants.
Compared to normal deodorants, really, it hardly did anything.
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
I've been using it for a few years now and it works fine.
All you do is wet the stone and then use it. Never had a problem with it.
Also: It works wonders on pimples because it's disinfectant and it dries out the pimple.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
we've been using soapnuts for all our laundry for about two years now. they are awesome. i'm going to plant a soapberry tree in the yard this fall (it is not the asian soapnut tree, which won't grow well in my climate, but a relative native to Texas, that thrives in the high desert). the berries from the soapberry tree are smaller, but just as effective. i'm excited to be growing and harvesting our own soap!
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