Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant

What Causes Body Odour?

Mu ShangBody odour is an embarrassing problem for millions of people in our society. Afflicted individuals can suffer from lowered self-esteem and social withdrawal which impact both their personal and professional lives. How big is this problem? According to MarketResearch.Com, Americans spent an astonishing $1.9 billion on antiperspirants and deodorants in 2005 alone.

Considerable research has been conducted on the causes of body odour, and this research has concluded that in generally healthy individuals, contrary to popular belief, the sweat itself does not smell. The smell we associate with sweat is actually caused by bacteria living in the sweaty areas of our bodies. When we sweat, the moist conditions provide an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply, and the oils in our sweat provide nutrients upon which the bacteria can feed. Therefore, there are three ways to reduce body odour: reduce the sweat, reduce the bacteria, or cover it up with a strong masking scent.

How do Conventional Deodorants Work?

Most of the popular deodorants are actually combined deodorant/antiperspirant products. The deodorant component is simply a perfume which is intended to mask the scent of body odour, and the antiperspirant component is an aluminum-based chemical compound. Most of the major brand-name products use aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine, but other aluminum salts such as aluminum chlorohydrate can be used as well. When we apply the antiperspirant to the underarm area, these aluminum-based compounds are absorbed into the body, specifically the skin cells and sweat glands. This causes those cells to swell up, thus plugging your sweat glands and preventing sweat from coming out. Some of the larger aluminum-based compounds are not easily absorbed by the skin, so they simply lodge themselves in our sweat glands and plug them.

While all the well-known brands claim to have "long-lasting" or "all day" effects, real users report considerably less effectiveness. The products tend to leave noticeable residue on the skin, the perfumed smell wears off quickly, and despite what the television advertisements may say about being "dry all day", users can easily find themselves sweating well before the end of the day.

Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of aluminum-based antiperspirants. There are even some reports [9] which suggest a link between aluminum-based deodorants and breast cancer, although this link has not been substantiated with epidemiological studies. There is also a well-known association between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease [10], which has led to recommendations that people apply aluminum-based deodorants only to clean, unbroken, non-irritated skin so that it cannot enter the bloodstream. There was also a well-documented case of a woman developing hyperaluminemia (causing bone pain and extreme fatigue) which was linked to her daily use of an aluminum-based antiperspirant [12].

What about Natural Deodorants?

Concerns about aluminum-based deodorants have led to a number of so-called "natural deodorants". However, despite what we might think, the word "natural" does not necessarily mean that a product is aluminum-free. After all, aluminum does occur in nature, and if we read their labels carefully, we will find that a lot of these products don't actually say they are aluminum-free. Instead, they say they "contain no aluminum chlorohydrate", even though they may contain other kinds of aluminum such as aluminum sulfate (often referred to as "alum"). Anyone who wishes to avoid aluminum would probably not be happy with aluminum sulfate! Yet that is exactly what is contained in many "natural deodorants" which advertise that they "contain no aluminum chlorohydrate" and then list "alum" or "natural mineral salts" on their packaging.

Another increasingly popular natural deodorant is the "deodorant stone": a mineral stone which is rubbed against the affected areas of the body and which has an antiperspirant effect. What would you think if you learned that these stones work just like all of the other antiperspirants, by rubbing off aluminum sulfate onto the skin? Don't be surprised, because they are based on natural aluminum-bearing minerals such as kalinite. There are many terms that marketers can use in order to carefully describe an aluminum-based product without using the word "aluminum".

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Genuine Aluminum-Free Deodorants

There are genuine aluminum-free deodorants available on the market, but you must be careful. As the ancient saying goes, caveat emptor: buyer beware. The fact that they don't use the word "aluminum" on their ingredient label does not mean they are aluminum-free. Watch out for terms like "mineral salts", "alum", or "kalinite". Also, some of them are genuinely aluminum-free but they simply use zirconium instead of aluminum. While zirconium is not presently considered a toxic substance, more study is warranted [11], and not everyone will be comfortable with the use of this metal.

The best way to know that we are getting an aluminum-free deodorant is to make sure that it does not have any antiperspirant effect. Antiperspirants work by plugging your sweat glands, and there are not very many ways to do this that do not involve metallic salts in some way. It may even be undesirable to prevent sweat, since it is a natural and healthy function of the human body after all.

However, there is one problem with most of these aluminum-free deodorants: they are not very effective. There is a reason why most deodorant manufacturers (including makers of so-called "natural deodorants") use aluminum-based antiperspirants in their products: you cannot cover up the smell of body odour with fragrances alone. The fragrant oils found in most aluminum-free deodorants are merely perfumes, and they cannot overwhelm the underlying body odour for long.

Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant

Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant is unlike other aluminum-free deodorants because it uses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients to kill the source of the body odour. While aluminum-based deodorants seek to plug the sweat glands and most aluminum-free deodorants seek to cover up the body odour with a fragrant perfume, Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant uses acetic acid, citric acid, inula root extract, and peppermint in order to unplug the sweat glands and directly attack the bacteria which lie at the source of the problem. Because it is an unconventional deodorant that contains only mild fragrances, it has a slightly antiseptic smell at first, which quickly disappears.

Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant is not a "quick fix" like conventional deodorants. For the first few weeks, it will gradually remove sweat gland plugs and bacterial accumulations, and during this time will have to be applied more frequently, perhaps even more than once per day. However, once the sweat glands are clear, one application of Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant should have a longer-lasting effect. Some users even report that its effects can last as long as one week between uses.

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  • Acetic acid has been used for thousands of years in the form of vinegar. Vinegar is simply low-concentration acetic acid, and in addition to being a food condiment, it is also popular as a mild and completely safe cleaning agent because of its well-known anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • Citric acid is found in all citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. Like acetic acid, it has well-known anti-bacterial properties, and it is also a well-known anti-oxidant.
  • Inula root (which has gone by many names in the past, such as Costus, Kustha, and Takmanashana [4]) has been used for centuries in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and artificially cultivated Chinese-grown variants are also used in traditional Chinese medicine (these are the types we use, since the original Indian variant is now an endangered plant species). Recent medical research has indicated that it has anti-bacterial [2], anti-oxidant [3], and anti-inflammatory [5] properties, as well as potential applications in treating hepatitis B [6], arthritis [5], ulcers [7], and some types of parasite [8]. It is also used as a fragrant.
  • Peppermint has been called "the world's oldest medicine" and is one of the world's most ancient and popular flavouring agents. Due to its immense popularity as a food additive and "minty" fragrance, most people are unaware that it also has anti-bacterial properties [1], associated with its high menthol content.

Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant is a gentle yet highly effective formula, designed for people who want an aluminum-free deodorant which attacks the source of body odour rather than merely covering it up with perfumes. It has a mild "vinegar" aroma, which fades quickly after application. Unlike most deodorants which are used in the morning, it is applied at bedtime, so that it can work on bacterial growth overnight. Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant is designed only for direct application to the skin, and must not be ingested. While Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant does not contain any strong perfumes, some people are extremely sensitive to fragrants of any kind (including natural herbal fragrants such as inula and peppermint) and might theoretically experience a mild rash. Mu Shang Aluminum-Free Herbal Deodorant comes in a conveniently portable 50 mL (1.7 fl. oz) roll-on bottle.


  1. Antimicrobial screening of Mentha piperita essential oils, Iscan G, Kirimer N, Kurkcuoglu M, Baser KH, Demirci F., Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2002 Jul 3;50(14):3943-6. Abstract.
  2. Saussurea costus: Botanical, chemical and pharmacological review of an ayurvedic medicinal plant, Pandey MM, Rastogi S, Rawat AK., Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2007 Jan 20. Abstract.
  3. Free radical scavenging potential of Saussarea costus, Pandey MM, Govindarajan R, Rawat AK, Pushpangadan P., Acta Pharmaceutica, 2005 Sep;55(3):297-304. Abstract.
  4. Medico-historical review of drug Kustha, Prasad PV, Subhaktha PK, Bulletin of the Indian Institute of the History of Medicine (Hyderabad), 2002 Jul-Dec;32(2):79-92. Abstract.
  5. Preliminary evaluation of anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activity of S. lappa, A. speciosa and A. aspera, Gokhale AB, Damre AS, Kulkami KR, Saraf MN., Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology, 2002 Jul;9(5):433-7. Abstract.
  6. Active compounds from Saussurea lappa Clarks that suppress hepatitis B virus surface antigen gene expression in human hepatoma cells, Chen HC, Chou CK, Lee SD, Wang JC, Yeh SF., Antiviral Research, 1995 May;27(1-2):99-109. Abstract.
  7. Saussureamines A, B, C, D, and E, new anti-ulcer principles from Chinese Saussureae Radix, Yoshikawa M, Hatakeyama S, Inoue Y, Yamahara J., Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin (Tokyo), 1993 Jan;41(1):214-6. Abstract.
  8. Field trial of Saussurea lappa roots against nematodes and Nigella sativa seeds against cestodes in children, Akhtar MS, Riffat S, JPMA: The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 1991 Aug;41(8):185-7. Abstract.
  9. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer, Darbre PD., Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2005 Sep;99(9):1912-9. Abstract.
  10. Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease, a personal perspective after 25 years, Perl DP, Moalem S., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2006;9(3 Suppl):291-300. Abstract.
  11. Zirconium. An abnormal trace element in biology, Ghosh S, Sharma A, Talukder G, Biological Trace Element Research, 1992 Dec;35(3):247-71. Abstract.
  12. Hyperaluminemia in a Woman Using an Aluminum-Containing Antiperspirant for 4 Years, Guillard O, Fauconneau B, Olichon D, Dedieu G, Deloncle R., Department of Toxicology, University Hospital, Poitiers, France, American Journal of Medicine, 2004 Dec 15;117(12):956-9. Article can be purchased here.


Mu Shang Herbal Deodorant

The following is a collection of E-mails we've received from customers via our contact form. In the interests of brevity and privacy, E-mail addresses and surnames have been removed and some messages have been abbreviated. They have also been run through a spell-checker.

Please note that your own experiences are not guaranteed to match those of our respondents. Every human being is different, so results will vary.

From Joanne G

Hi Julia,

Wanted to let you kn ow hwo much I like your deodorant. I started to use it about 4 years ago. When I first started to use I needed to use every day for a month or so. Then I used about twice a week for a month or so, then I went to once a week. Once it seemed that everything was cleared out I only used every couple of weeks.

I actually find no need for deodorant any more and don't have a problem with the exception that in the summer with a heat wave I might use just as a precaution. It has been totally amazing. Great product and no chemicals. I am so grateful for not having to use the chemical deodorants, or for that matter rarely need even your deodorant anymore. It seems to have cleaned all my system out. Many thanks and appreciation.

Joanne G

From Lenora Q

I usually do not give much thought to testimonials because every person is different and thus responds differently to products. But I have to give the Mu Shang deodorant the review it deserves, from my experience.

I've been frustrated for years buying natural deodorants from health food stores that do not work. And I really did not like using antiperspirants for obvious reasons, but I had to for the few times I would go out to a concert, party or gathering if I didn't want to smell by the end of the night. I've been using products from Sensible Health for a few months now and decided to try the deodorant. I followed the directions and used it every night for two weeks (twice a day for the first few days). My job is very physical so I sweat everyday. After the first two weeks, I was still a bit smelly after sweating but I continued to use it. Finally, after about 3 and 1/2 weeks, I absolutely don't smell at all when I sweat. I am amazed by this product. I sweat quite a bit yesterday during a workout at the gym and still, no smell. I have still been using it every night, but I'm going to try just once a week. It does smell like vinegar and herbs when you first put it on and its thin viscosity causes it to drip easily but those issues do not bother me at all. The smell fades quickly and applying it without getting it everywhere just takes some practice. It is well worth it.

Thank you so much for this product. I have told many people about it and hope this product will always be available. There is nothing to equal it that I have ever found.

Lenora Q

From Kim G

wow, that deoderant really works! IT smells kind of funny but after it dries and you put on your shirt and sweat all day I still smell pretty fresh. That is amazing beccause for years and years I have had trouble with smelly arm pits. No matter what I used every worked. I have used the crystal deoderant and all the different natural ones and even the regular ones from the store. So this is the answer I have been looking for. I will by ordering the mouth wash next!! Thank you for wonderful products that actually work!

Kim G

From Joann G

I am writing to you because I want you to know how much I like your new deodorant and to say thanks. Finally, a truly natural deodorant that works! I really like the clean vinegar smell. I used it every night for about 2 weeks as suggested, then went to about once or twice a week. I find it very effective and long-lasting. Please don't ever stop making this product. Nothing else on the market could replace it.


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