Natural Deodorant

Body Odor. That nasty, overbearing smell that can make you lose your friends and become a social outcast. If you’re going natural, there is a way to get rid of that smell, you do not have to be stinky by avoiding deodorant.  I’ve also got several options, so you can try a few and find what works best for you.

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Recipe # 1: Make a paste from Coconut oil (melted), baking soda and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. This is the strongest working natural deodorant recipe that I’ve tried, and I use it whenever I know I’m going to sweat a lot. It doesn’t stop the sweating (but you release toxins when you sweat, so why stop a natural process?) but it is excellent at reducing smell. In addition, several essential oils (like lavender) are anti-bacterial so they will kill the smell-inducing bacteria inhabiting your pits. Put the paste in a container (I used the top to a tea container). It will harden in cold weather (coconut oil is solid in cold temperatures but liquid in warm)

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Recipe #2: Buy Trader Joe’s vitamin C crystals (or another powdered vitamin C). Add a little water and rub under arms. While this deodorant definitely gets rid of that musky sweaty smell, I’ve found that it makes me smell sweet, like a sickly fruity smell. I’m not the biggest fan of this smell, but it is better than no deodorant.

Recipe #3: Rub a lemon or lime under the armpit. This deodorant has a shorter duration than the first recipe, but it works for about one day.

Recipe #4: Buy a bottle of milk of magnesia (I got mine from the dollar store). Rub the thick milky liquid in your pits. Re-apply daily. Magnesium is supposed to reduce body odor. You can try supplementing with magnesium, but I haven’t tried this personally so I can’t tell you for sure if it works.

 

Please leave a comment and share your experiences with natural deodorants. If you have any recipes, comment below and I will add them to this list.

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