4 Natural Deodorant Alternatives

Deodorant is intended to inhibit bacterial growth with the use of an antiseptic (the bacteria is what causes the odor). Deodorants do not reduce perspiration, though, so they are simply considered a cosmetic, rather than a drug like antiperspirants (interfere with an essential function of the body (perspiration)

Antiperspirants rely on aluminum based compounds like to block the pores from producing sweat.  Most antiperspirants include a deodorant of some kind, too, to mask any odors that might slip through after it begins to lose its effectiveness.

We are learning more and more each day about the dangers of many of these commercial brand body care products and the toxic ingredients like parabens (absorbed through the skin, mimic estrogen) that have been found to be linked to  breast cancer.  I have found that alot of customers are asking what alternatives are there to their over the counter deodorant.  Here are some alternatives to keeping your pits healthy and your body a little safer from those cancer causing antiperspirants.

Baking soda and cornstarch


Using baking soda as a deodorant is the simplest way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water, don’t dissolve it, and rub it under your arms.  There are some who need to combat both odor and wetness so you can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help keep wetness down. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.


Lemon juice


The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method.
Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits!

Citric Acid 



Now I know everyone may not want to use lemon juice especially after shaving.  Here is a recipe for a less stinging use of citric acid.

1/2 cup distilled water

1 tsp Citric acid crystals

10 drops of an essential oil

Pour that mixture into a small spray bottle and spritz your underarms



Homemade deodorant


Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences.
Here is a simple recipe
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tbs of  coconut oil
10-20 drops of essential oil, tea tree & peppermint work verywellMix baking soda & cornstarch  and add enough coconut oil to get a good paste consistency. Add about 10-20 drops EO and mix well. Store in air tight container.A little goes a long way.


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