While cosmetic deodorant sprays, roll-ons and sticks are often very effective, there are concerns that the exposure to the chemicals they contain can contribute to health problems in the long run. More so, this is alarming for people who are already sensitive to this product.
If you find that you get irritation, discomfort, and bumps as a result of a cosmetic deodorant, you might want to consider going for a natural alternative. Below are a few you could choose from.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer. Thus, it’s no surprise that it also works as a natural deodorant. Mix about an eighth of a teaspoon of baking powder with some water, to create a paste, and then rub this into your underarm area. You could also mix cornstarch into the baking powder, to help manage the wetness from the plain baking powder water mixture. Just mix six parts of cornstarch with one part of baking soda and dust the mixture under your armpits.
2. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice kills the odor causing bacteria from the sweat. Thus, it can be very effective when used as a deodorant. Just, make sure you don’t have any cuts or bruises on your armpits before applying. All you have to do is rub your armpits with a slice of lemon, and you’re good to go!
3. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel kills bacteria, and eliminates moisture and oils trapped underneath the skin. All you need is a cotton pad to apply it to your armpits. You could also put some in a spray bottle and spray it directly on your armpits.
The good thing with witch hazel is that it doesn’t leave residue on the skin, as you would experience with many stick deodorants. The downside is that it leaves the underarms considerably wet, which can make you feel very uncomfortable. Although effective, its effects don’t last too long. You will have to keep reapplying it in the course of the entire day.
4. Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol has double effects. It acts as an odor neutralizer and as a bacteria killer.
All you have to do is fill a spray bottle with some isopropyl alcohol and spray your underarm area several times. To give it a sweet scent, you could add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or tea tree oil.
5. Arrowroot Corn Starch Deodorant
To make this you’ll need a quarter cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of arrowroot powder (you can use cornstarch instead) and five tablespoons of coconut oil.
Start by mixing the baking soda with the arrowroot powder in a bowl. Then, add the coconut oil into the mixture, and stir little by little until you get a paste.
The deodorant should have a rough and thick consistency. Depending on the temperature you expose it to, it could get harder or softer with time. I suggest transferring it in an empty stick deodorant dispenser.
Try out these natural deodorants and see which one works best for you. You can share your experience in the comments section down below.