ne of the most embarrassing things that can happen, especially in the summer months, is when you lift up your arms, and that smell hits. That smell that you thought your deodorant or antiperspirant was supposed to prevent, is waiting to strike every time you raise your arms.

Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants are probably the most common thing that people use to stop from sweating, and dare-I-say stinking. Unfortunately, there are many ‘pit’falls when using most commercial deodorants and/or antiperspirants, as they can contain aluminum, inhibit natural perspiration, and many contain parabens as well as additional toxins that are very harmful to your health. Is smelling good and reducing sweating worth the health risks associated with using deodorant/antiperspirant?

Here are some popular and healthy DIY alternatives to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice has so many benefits when used on skin. In the case of using it as a deodorant, you apply lemon juice to your armpits (in the form of juice on a cotton ball or just a sliced lemon). Lemons are antibacterial, and the citric acid in the lemon juice can kill the odor causing bacteria living in “pity city”. If you do decide to give lemon juice a try, please don’t use it right after shaving your armpits or if you have cuts… it will sting!

☼ Baking Soda and Coconut Oil – Another common homemade deodorant replacement. To make this, combine ¼ cup baking powder, ¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder, 4 tbsp coconut oil (for a scent, add 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil). Mix the ingredients, and store them in an airtight glass container. For use, simply massage a small amount into your armpit (don’t use too much, as it may irritate skin or stain clothing).

☼ Salt Scrubs – They exfoliate and remove dead skin, and can aid in getting rid of theodour causing bacteria that like to congregate in your pits. After use, your armpits will be left feeling soft and smelling like whatever essential oil you decide to use. To make a salt body scrub, simply put ½ cup epsom salts, ¼ cup pink himalayan salt, and ¼ – ½ cup organic olive oil in a glass jar. Add 10 – 15 drops of your chosen essential oil such as rose, lavender, geranium, and orange, and stir well.

☼ Homemade Perfume – You can make your own perfume, which can be sprayed on armpits to leave a lovely scent. To make it, put 30ml jojoba oil in a small dark glass spritzer bottle, and add 15 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Let the perfume dry before you put any clothing near your armpits, as the jojoba oil may leave oil stains.

If you don’t want to experiment with the aforementioned DIY deodorant/antiperspirant alternatives, you can always try crystal salt deodorant; all it is is salt, no extra additives or bad ingredients. It works by killing the bacteria that causes odor, and by absorbing some of the sweat that you may exude throughout the day.

If you have any open cuts, please don’t use any product containing essential oils, as they may irritate your skin. Additionally, certain essential oils should be avoided if are pregnant or have certain medical conditions. It is always worth trying a 24 hour skin test on a small area before using a suggested DIY deodorant and antiperspirant alternative.

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