HOW CAN I SMELL GOOD WITHOUT ANTIPERSPIRANT?
While having a pleasant personal scent is a priority for most people, many would rather not slather on a conventional deodorant or antiperspirant to achieve this, preferring to address body odor with the application of more natural alternatives that contain fewer harmful ingredients and are less likely to result in negative side effects. Traditional antiperspirant products often contain ingredients like artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and anti-bacterial preservatives, which can have a negative impact on the body in the long-term. They also generally contain aluminum, which is reputed to form a block in the pores, thereby restricting the emergence of sweat and resulting in decreased moisture secretion. Conversely, because natural deodorants do not prevent perspiration, they benefit the body by not inhibiting its normal purification functions. Although natural deodorants could also potentially clog the pores, the positive difference is that the pores will be introduced to only pure, “green” ingredients rather than the synthetics present in conventional options.
Read on to discover simple recipes for safe, skin health-enhancing deodorants with all-natural components that are known to eliminate bacteria and neutralize odors while imparting refreshing scents.
ARMPIT DETOX – HOW DO YOU DO IT?
The body is not malodorous inevitably or by nature – it emits an odor only when the bacteria that live on it respond to that from which they receive “nourishment”: the diet. A body that is fed mainly unnatural, processed, and refined foods or a diet that is rich in meats and sugars will expel more foul odors than a body that is fed wholesome foods. The underarms will not be foul-smelling if they secrete only healthy waste products of digestion and surplus minerals that are found in natural deodorants.
Underarm detoxification is often recommended for those making the switch from traditional deodorants and antiperspirants to natural deodorants, as it is believed that this helps to expel pre-existing bacteria as well as residue from previously-used chemical-laden products, to optimize the performance of a natural deodorant, and to assist the body in returning to its original, organic perspiration that is conducive to good health.
To easily detoxify the underarms, try the following recipe:
Dilute 8-10 drops of one or more preferred Essential Oils in 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and add this to a 60 ml (2 oz.) spray bottle, then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water (Note: This blend is also suitable for hair care and foot soaks). Simply shake the bottle well, spray the blend onto freshly-cleansed underarms, and allow the skin to dry. Although it is recommended to use this blend during a time when the body is at rest, such as before bed, nonetheless travel-size spray bottles will also make it possible for users to continue with this detox while on the move.
Repeat these steps on the following day. While individual users’ bodily responses to this detox will vary, generally, results can take approximately one week to manifest; however, as with any detox, persistence is encouraged. Underarms might require several washes throughout each of these detox days.
HOW DO YOU MAKE NATURAL DEODORANT?
For a quick and simple DIY natural deodorant recipe that is reputed to last a minimum of 12 hours, try the following steps:
In a bowl, thoroughly combine ½ cup of Baking Soda (for those with sensitive skin, a lesser amount may be used to avoid irritation) and ½ cup of either Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder. In a separate bowl, combine 5 Tbsp of Virgin Coconut Oil and 15-20 drops of preferred anti-bacterial Essential Oils. *Organic ingredients are recommended whenever available. Next, stir the oil blend into the powder blend until the mixture reaches a smooth uniformity. This amount should last approximately 3 months. Transfer the final product into a clean container, such as a round jar or a deodorant tube. To apply, use the fingertips or a cream deodorant applicator, such as a scoop stick, to rub a pea-sized amount into the underarms.
In cold temperatures, this deodorant can harden. To keep it soft, simply hold the pea-sized amount against the area of application and allow body heat to melt it. Alternatively, it can be kept nearby during a warm shower in order to allow any steam to melt it for application to the underarms afterward. In warm temperatures, this deodorant can liquify. To achieve a thicker consistency for application, simply place it in a cooler area, such as the refrigerator, for a few minutes.
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR A MORE COMPLEX NATURAL DEODORANT
|INGREDIENT||REPUTED BENEFITS||RECOMMENDED NDA PRODUCTS|
|Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Carrier Oils||
|GMO-Free Vitamin E||
|Unrefined Beeswax (Beads/Pastilles)||
|Organic Crude Shea Butter||
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE GOOD FOR HOMEMADE DEODORANTS?
Any Essential Oils that are reputed to exhibit antibacterial properties are ideal for adding to formulations for natural deodorants. The following antibacterial oils are believed to:
- Help eliminate and prevent the growth of bacteria under the arms
- Neutralize body odor
- Impart pleasant scents
- Reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface
- Cleanse the skin
- Tighten the skin
- Cool and invigorate the skin
- Bergamot Oil
- Clove Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
- Cypress Oil
- Geranium Oil
- Grapefruit Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Orange Oil
- Patchouli Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Roman Chamomile Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Sage Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vetiver Oil
- Ylang Ylang
WHY ISN’T MY HOMEMADE DEODORANT WORKING?
Natural deodorants, much like underarm detoxes, require persistence in order for the body to adjust to the change in the skincare product and to achieve the desired results. Natural deodorants should be used continuously for more than one week. The lack of functionality is not necessarily related to the ingredients in the product but is instead usually due to one or more of the following reasons:
- An unhealthy diet consisting largely of processed foods
- Wearing synthetic and/or tight-fitting fabrics, which trap moisture and do not allow the skin to breathe
- Bacteria trapped under the arms; ensuring that the underarms are clean before applying a natural deodorant will help it work more effectively
WHAT CAN YOU USE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR DEODORANT?
For other natural deodorizing options that do not require the formulating of a deodorant cream or stick product, try the following natural antibacterial ingredients:
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Essential Oil Blends (Immunity Synergy Blend / Pillager’s Potion Synergy Blend) – dilute with a Carrier Oil prior to direct application
- Witch Hazel Distillate Organic Raw Material
- Rose Floral Water
GENERAL SIDE EFFECTS
Products, listed in this article are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using them for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use any of the aforementioned skincare products without the medical advice of a physician/dermatologist, as they may have effects on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in areas that are inaccessible to children.
Prior to using any product, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by properly diluting (when applicable) each chosen product and applying a dime-size amount of each to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Individuals who are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action.