Who hasn’t used an antiperspirant/deodorant before? I liked using them a lot. I have never care about what they are made of a lot as long as they keep me from stinking.
After switching to true soap, lye soap, I decided to go natural on deodorant. Most deodorants on the market are antiperspirant. No sweat, no smell. Sweating is not bad; rather, it is a part of good functioning of our organism.
Have you ever by chance checked the first and only active ingredient of your antiperspirant/deodorant? Most of them are made with Aluminum Chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. In brief, an aluminium film blocks pores around armpit area from sweating. Is It the only way we can fight bad smell in armpits? The following natural ingredients do great job as well.
Before shower, cut a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of half lemon in your hand and rub in your armpits and your body as well. Let it dry on you for about 5 minutes. Shower or bathe. Your sweat will smell fresh for hours. To stay all day smell free, after shower, squeeze a little of the lemon juice and rub it in your armpits.
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
Rub a pinch in your armpits 5 minutes before shower or bath. Alternatively, after shower, in your palm, mix a little of unrefined shea butter and a pinch of baking soda together. massage in your armpits. You will stay smell free all day. Extra virgin coconut oil could be used instead of unrefined shea butter as well.
Natural Deodorant, no aluminum, no talc
Melt 1 part of unrefined shea butter in hot water. Let it cool. Add 3/4 to 1/2 part of baking soda. Mix well. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil or grapefruit essential oil per 1/2 cup of shea butter. Mix well. Close the jar and store away from light. Start using it after it hardens. Just rub a little in your armpits after shower or bath.
Do not use any of the above natural deodorants the day you shave as they can irritate broken skin.
What other natural deodorants have you used and can share with us?