The History of Crystal Deodorants

      There is a rich history behind the manufacturing and use of Crystal Deodorant stones.  When Crystal Deodorants where discovered in ancient times there was an upsurge in its popularity and medicinal applications.

      The first references for these stones date back to at least two millennia B.C. It was used by Egyptians as early as 1500 BC to clarify and help clean muddy water. Ancient Indians also used it in Ayurvedic medicine as an astringent, hemostatic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It was also a popular ancient Thai method for controlling body odor in such a humid environment like Thailand.

      There has been much praise and notable features of these stones. The stone is comprised of Ammonium Alum which is a natural mineral salt. The mineral composition as well as the absence of color indicates its purity.

      The process for manufacturing and making these stones is extensive. Crystal deodorants are made from alum bearing shale which is harvested in nature. The natural occurrence of this shale is in the deserts of the Middle East, Thailand, and regions with active volcanoes. Once this shale is harvested it then undergoes a long and extensive process of extraction, purification and re-crystallization into pure stones that can be applied to the body. The methods of manufacturing the stone took millennia to evolve.

      The deodorant stones began to be manufactured in the 15th century in Tyrol, which today is modern day Bavaria. Once these stones were discovered news spread quickly to other parts of Europe. The stones began to be manufactured extensively in parts of Italy around 1458 and quickly became an important commodity in trade and of high value to the Pope (Singer, 1948).

      Today Crystal Deodorants are starting to pave a way in the market. In a day and age when there is a chemical upsurge in synthetic products that are harmful to the body, the simplicity and purity of these deodorants are beginning to speak.

      To learn more about the applications and benefits of these stones, visit our website FAQ page on Crystal Deodorants. 


1. Singer, C. (1948). “The Earliest Chemical Industry: An Essay in the Historical Relations of Economics and Technology Illustrated from the Alum Trade.” London Folio Society: xviii+337

Note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. For informational purposes only. 

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