What about the smell?
The foods you eat can determine how your sweat will smell. Sweat shouldn’t be that bad of a smell, if so you may want to reconsider your diet. I personally haven’t used deodorant in over 8 years now and even when I exercise I sweat but don’t stink that much.
What Really Stinks
Why I’m careful using commercial deodorants.
- Most deodorants contain hormone-disrupting chemical ”fragrances” that disrupt the endocrine system.
- Most deodorants contain propylene glycol (also a carcinogen) which blocks and covers up the skin and is also used as radiator fluid in cars. So just as the body is trying to eliminate toxins, putting toxins on there is probably not the way to go.
- Deodorants contain glycol as an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants contain aluminium which is specifically designed to clog the pores not allowing you to sweat. This process actually changes the physiology of the body.
- Most antiperspirants contain aluminum and there are studies being done to see what the effect is on prolonged exposure.
- There are many ongoing studies to find the relationship between breast cancer and deodorant use.
The alternative is simple. Look into natural deodorants or oils that don’t contain artificial fragrances, propylene glycol, aluminium or other toxins. Use natural deodorants that contain plant based essential oils. Also, make sure you are eating an healthy diet with plenty of water.
Limes or lemons
Believe it or not, it works brilliant. Just cut the lime or lemon in half, and then wipe each of the halves on each armpit. Lime’s ability to combat armpit sweat is due to its acidity. The acid in the lime juice will help to reduce sweat production and can work as a natural deodorant. Additionally, limes have strong antibacterial properties. The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria. I swear by the lemon deodorizing method.
Baking soda (arrowroot powder or cornstarch are also good)
Another natural alternative is baking soda. I just dust my armpits with this (as a kid I would see my mum do this). However, I noticed that if you disolve the baking soda with a little bit of water (don’t dissolve it) it works also pretty well with less mess. But the dry powder works really well against wet armpits. It will soak up all the sweat, especially if you mix baking soda with arrowroot or cornstarch.
My beloved coconut oil. Especially after shaving my armpits, I really love coconut oil. This is the only natural method that is not only a great natural deodorants, but it also feels like I’m taking care of my armpits at the same time leaving them smooth and soft.
You can also make your own deodorant by a combination of the above. It’s very simple.
Natural DIY deodorant
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder or corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine the baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix. Start with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the baking soda mixture, mix it into a paste. You can store the deodorant in a small, air-tight container.
Are you using a deodorant? If so, what kind of deodorant do you prefer?
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