Many men and women are plagued by underarm odor. Some underarm odor sufferers cannot use store bought deodorants to quell their body odor because they are allergic to some of the chemical ingredients. Many tend to avoid commercially available deodorants because they simply don’t want to coat their underarms with potentially harmful chemicals. Washing away underarm odor with soap and water is an effective method of controlling bad body odor, but it is not always convenient to wash your armpits or find a private area to do so. Adding to that, how many people would choose to carry soap and a washcloth along with a drying towel wherever they go in hopes of keep underarm odor at bay. That is a lot to bring along on say – a dinner date or a trip with friends to the movies. Plus think of the odd looks you would get in the men’s or ladies room as you are stripping away the top half of your outfit, running some warm water and unpacking your toiletries and bathing in a public place –hopefully you won’t be thrown out.
Making your own natural deodorant is a convenient and safe way to control under arm odor. Natural ingredients that help to absorb sweat or perspiration are readily available and highly effective. Natural deodorant alternatives also cover or eliminate odor and will have you outdoors playing in the heat in no time. Using a few fairly common household ingredients is all it takes to make deodorant. The best part of making a natural deodorant, is knowing exactly what you are putting on your body without the fear of chemicals. No one really knows the long term health effects of commercially available deodorants, but considering they are made of all chemicals, the effects can’t may not be good.
There are store bought natural deodorants that are also very effective such as Tom’s of Maine. Tom’s of Maine uses naturally sources, organic ingredients and blends them into a powerful, odor fighting deodorant. Tom’s of Maine is one of the closest commercially available deodorants that you will find that will rival homemade deodorant.
Save a small lidded glass jar or buy a pretty one.
Place the small glass jar and lid into a pot of boiling water to sterilize it. A small wide mouth jar is optimal. Make sure to choose a glass jar because plastic is more likely to harbor bacteria and you will end up applying that to your body.
Carefully remove the jar from the water and dry it thoroughly.
Add the following natural ingredients to the jar:
3 tablespoons of baking soda, use fresh baking soda because the longer baking soda sits, the more odor it absorbs.
3 tablespoons of petroleum jelly or organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil, which can be found in a health food store or online.
2 tablespoons of either talcum powder or cornstarch
6 to 8 drops of only one of the following essential oils: lavender, cedar, lemon, orange, vanilla, jasmine, lime, patchouli, rose or lemongrass. If you suffer from excessive perspiration lemongrass essential oil helps to reduce sweating and therefore reduces the odor.
2 drops of tea tree essential oil
Stir the ingredients thoroughly to blend them well with a small wood stir stick such as a popsicle stick.
Using Homemade Natural Deodorant
Dip either a natural cotton ball or gauze pad into the mixture.
Wipe a light coat of the homemade natural deodorant onto your underarms after bathing, showering or before getting dressed. The deodorant should be applied to clean underarms.
Throw away the gauze or cotton after you use it to prevent the spreading the bacteria.
When storing the natural deodorant, keep the lid tightly closed on the jar to prevent the ingredients from evaporating, accidental spills or contamination from airborne dust, oils and germs.
Keep the lid on the jar tightly and store it in a dry, cool area. Many people use deodorant in a bathroom and keep it there, choose another place because the heat and steam usually present in the bathroom can break down the ingredients rending them ineffective or less effective.
Affix a label on the deodorant jar with a list of all ingredients just in case someone in your house doesn’t know what it is. Clearly label the jar as deodorant.
If someone else in your home is interested in using natural deodorant, make a separate jar for them rather than sharing it. Sharing deodorant may cause you to share bacteria and germs.
Choose quality essential oils.
If the scent of the essential oils is too strong, add less or if the scent is not strong enough, add more. The following essential oils; lavender, cedar, lemon, orange, vanilla, jasmine, lime, patchouli, rose, provide a nice scent, but are not necessary for the deodorant to be effective.
Do not cut back on the amount of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil adds antibacterial properties to your deodorant and helps reduce the odor.
Discard the homemade deodorant after six to eight weeks because the essential oils lose their effectiveness every time they are exposed to air. Save the jar and sterilize it again before making your next batch of deodorant.
Buying Essential Oils
Find a reputable retailer that sells high quality essential oils. Not all oils are the same. It is worth investing in a better quality oil rather than wasting your money on lower grade oils. Typically, unless you are planning on making large quantities of deodorant, a small vial of essential oil is all you need to get started.
If your underarm odor is uncontrollable or particularly offensive, consider seeing a doctor to address any underlying problems. If you have a medical condition that is causing foul or offensive body odor, no amount of deodorant or washing will eliminate it.
If you are using homemade natural deodorant because you choose to use an alternative to store bought deodorants, choose scents based on your personal preferences and don’t be afraid to play with scents until you find one that is pleasing to you.