There is no doubt that no one out there like to smell unpleasant. So we use deodorant and antiperspirants to prevent the unpleasant and annoying smell of our own sweaty armpits. But now many people are worried about the commercial deodorants because they contain chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde, and triclosan. And the most focus is on aluminum, the ingredient in antiperspirant that blocks pores and fights wetness. Aluminum is rumored to be linked to breast cancer and other diseases; but, the National Cancer Institute says this research is inconclusive. Luckily, you don’t have to stick with these commercial deodorants if you are worried about their potential health problems. There are many natural ingredients that can be effective alternatives to deodorants. Here are the most popular natural ingredients that can be used as a natural deodorant.
1. Lemon Juice: The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria. You can apply the lemon juice to your underarms in the morning to prevent any unpleasant smell. Keep in mind that, lemon juice will act as a deodorant, not as an antiperspirant. That is mean that you will sweat but the smell will not be unpleasant.
2. Baking Soda: Baking soda has a deodorizing power that making it a popular ingredient in both DIY deodorant recipes and commercial sticks. Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Try mixing 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms. The good thing about this method is that it will help you get rid of smells and moisture, so it’ll act like your regular stick deodorant.
3. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, so it may kill some of the bacteria that cause the unpleasant odor under your arms. Plus, it has its own natural fragrance for masking odors.
4. Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel offers natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe sunburns, clears up zits, and helps dry up oily skin. Also, it offers a great result when used as a natural deodorant. Witch hazel has many beneficial natural ingredients, including tannins, flavonoids, saponins, choline, gallic acid, and bitters.