Teen Eats 15 Sticks of Deodorant Per Month

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Nineteen-year-old Nicole of New York, says she is addicted to eating deodorant and consumes 15 sticks per month.


Nineteen-year-old Nicole is battling a peculiar addiction: Deodorant. The teen says she tasted deodorant for the first time at the age of two and has become addicted to the antiperspirants and odor-fighting substance over the past two years. Nicole consumes half a stick of deodorant a day, or 15 sticks of deodorant per month.

Nicole says she once attempted to stop consuming the substance, but the withdrawals made her sick. Her cravings give her a dry mouth and stomach cramps. Sometimes, she’ll resort to spraying deodorant on her tongue if she is unable to find a stick. “My brain tells me, ‘you have to eat it’. I tried giving it up for a week but got really sick and had bad headaches.” She added: “When I realize I’m out of deodorant I panic. My anxiety goes crazy and I get really aggravated. Without it, I’d be a totally different person.”

Just like with any addiction, Nicole’s addiction to deodorant could cause serious threats to her life. Deodorant sticks are primarily made of waxes and oil; however, one of its main ingredients is aluminum. Aluminum can cause dementia, seizures, or death. Nicole’s boyfriend Zhakia convinced her to visit a doctor out of concern for her health. She received confirmation from her doctor that she is risking her health. She has since cut down on her consumption of deodorant — eating smaller portions of the substance every day. She also tries to eat almonds instead of deodorant, but she can’t quite forget about her favorite snack. “It’s really soft. It feels like it melts in my mouth,” Nicole said of deodorant. “Deodorant really has a unique taste of its own.”

Do you believe Nicole should go to rehab for her addiction?


Maria Lloyd (@WritingsByMaria) is the Business Manager for the Your Black World Network and Dr. Boyce Watkins. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and an advocate of dismantling the prison industrial complex, increasing entrepreneurship, reforming education, and eradicating poverty. 

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  1. saalik mustafa

    March 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I just pray that our little sister will get the help that she needs and that God will help her. I never heard of this before in my life, but remember the days of eating startch(lol)Take care of yourself lil sister and try to think about one day you may want a child and will this cause harm to your child?

  2. Jacqueline

    March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

    She needs professional help as we type!!! I hope she can overcome this.

  3. carolyn m.

    March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Pls let the Enquirer report this type of news. Stick to real news.

    • CB

      March 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Maybe the National Enquirer can do a tabloid story on ‘Insesitive People”, and use you as the poster child CAROLYN M.

    • Satchel

      March 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Carolyn, I’m convince your rely was meant to be cute, but consider this article as a way to shining a light on the fact that an addiction can be to anything and no matter how odd, it needs to be addressed. Some people can be additive to Insensitivity.


      March 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      this is real news there is no telling who else is suffering with tyhis condition.She very well could be saving a life.MAybe even someone close to you that you don’t know about.

  4. marv

    March 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    heck yeah! she needs help.

  5. BizG

    March 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    You mean that stuff will not immediately put you enroute to the nearest emergency room??? Only “aluminum” as the worst inert substance? Unbelievable that she’s not already severely ill. Hope help comes quick!

  6. Mecca

    March 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    It’s called PICA and it normally happens at an early age. Back then there wasn’t any awareness for this disorder. But many children have this on the Autism Sprectrum. I know a child that enjoyed eating rocks and another one ate the paint off a banister ( she chewed that suck a down). So yes, she needs help mentally with this and can do it with support of everyone.

    Stay blessed everyone and always help another.

  7. Regina

    March 3, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Where’s her parents in this life threatening situation?

  8. corbin56

    May 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    LOL@ Carolyn m.

    …and where is “Mr. Know-it-all??” He would probably blame her disorder on “caucasoids” in AmeriKKKa.

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