A lot of you would never dream of stepping out without deodorant. The same way you would not dare leave your house without brushing your teeth, getting rid of your armpit odour is one of the most important things you probably do before leaving home. These deodorants could come as sprays, gels or sticks and they keep the stink far away, letting you be the great-smelling champ you would love to be.
Sometimes though, we think twice while applying these chemically produced deodorants because of the negative effects we fear they might have – cancer for one. Medical researches have come up with studies that suggest antiperspirants contribute to the formation of cancer.
This is as a result of the ingredients used to produce these antiperspirants. Some of them are parabens, triclosan, aluminium and formaldehyde.
Aluminium, for example, which plugs sweat ducts temporarily and prevents perspiration has been said to be associated with breast cancer and a few other diseases like Alzheimer’s even though some other researches say this is inconclusive.
Apart from its potential carcinogen property, it is more certainly known to be destructive mining.
If you’re looking out for more natural ways to “deodorize “, you’ve come to the right page. There are a lot of natural alternatives that you could go for instead, so you smell fresh but do not compromise your health doing so.
Before we get to that, let’s briefly look at something else.
How Deodorants and Antiperspirants Work
A deodorant is a substance which is applied to prevent odours that come from the break down of perspiration by bacteria. This occurs in different parts of the body like the feet, armpits, groins etc.
An antiperspirant works by stopping or reducing perspiration. Some of these antiperspirants contain aluminium salts which stops you from sweating by having an astringent effect on the skin pores which makes them constrict and reduce how much sweat gets to the epidermis or the upper skin layer.
As a result, the moist climate that lets bacteria thrive is reduced, and the odour, as a consequence.
These antiperspirants have been around since the nineteenth century before there was extensive knowledge about cancer and the harmful effects of applying chemicals topically. Now, claims have emerged that continuous use of these antiperspirants could lead to cancer.
This is why we’re suggesting a few natural ways to keep the stink away without putting yourself at risk of developing complications.
Natural Alternatives to Deodorants
1. Essential Oils
This is a great way to smell good . Essential oils are antibacterial, have wonderful scents and come in variations like thyme, lavender, rosemary, lemongrass and a host of others. Of course we’re not saying they will work as well as your commercial deodorants work, but at least you won’t have to worry about side effects. Using an essential is much better not because it works better, but because it has no side effects, is gentle on your skin and causes no irritations whatsoever. You could even tailor the ingredients to suit your needs.
Baking Soda & Corn Starch
This one could easily be birthed right in your kitchen. Using baking soda is a great way to fight body odour without exposing your body to a deodorant that messes with your skin. It’s antibacterial qualities will also help keep the odour at bay. To make, mix one eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda in a little water and rub under your arms without getting the baking soda dissolved in the water.
You could also mix cornstarch and baking soda to combat odour and prevent moistness. All you have to do is mix six parts of cornstarch in a part of baking soda and dust a small quantity on your underarms.
What’s great about this mixture is its ability to get rid of wetness and odour, the same way your stick deodorant would.
The juice of lemon is acidic and thus gets rid of bacteria. Applying it on your underarms in the morning will kill bacteria and thus keep smell at bay. Lots of folks use this method and recommend it greatly. This method however will not get rid of moisture, that means you’ll still sweat. Since the bacteria is gone, you’ll have no odour, except the lemon scent.
Everyone should always have coconut oil around. It could be used for practically anything from body lotion to hair mask, face wash, face mask and even lip balm. Oh, and deodorant!
The antibacterial property of coconut oil helps protect your armpits from odour-causing bacteria. As a result of its oily nature, be careful not to apply so much, especially when you’re wearing a white shirt or blouse. What’s great about coconut oil is that it has a beautiful fragrance and will make you smell like the beach or summer.
You already know that a lot of perfumes and deodorants are made from alcohol. Alcohol has antibacterial properties and are thus able to kill bacteria responsible for odour. You could mix you favourite essential oil with some alcohol in a spray bottle to get a beautiful scent.
Witch hazel and tea tree oil are good essential oils to add, the former has astringent properties while the latter relieves odour.
Want to Make Your Own Deodorant? Here’s how to
It’s easier and cheaper to make a natural deodorant you won’t have to be worried or scared about since it will be chemical-free. It will also have a long lasting smell that is great.
Here’s what you’ll need :
• Three tablespoons of baking soda
• Two tablespoons of cocoa butter
• Three tablespoons of cornstarch
• Three tablespoons of sheabutter
• Two vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze the oil out)
Here’s what to do
• Melt the ingredients and stir them. Do not melt the oils yet
• Next, add the oils and pour the mixture into a container.
• Keep the container in the fridge so that it sets. Twenty-four hours is good enough.
• Store in a deodorant stick that is empty or a container that is airtight so that if remains fresh.
• Go ahead and try it out!