Why and How to Use Natural Deodorants

Can t stop that body odor? Tired of using deodorants full of toxic ingredients like aluminum, propylene glycol, phthalates, and triclosan? Well, you should be! These ingredients increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, birth defects, organ toxicity, and a string of life threatening diseases. There is a solution!  Maintaining a healthy diet, regular hygiene, and using essential oils can curb your body odor without putting your life and life quality at risk.

Body odor forms from the bacteria that thrives under perspiration. Your sweat carries loads toxins and waste that your body is trying to get rid of. These toxins are eliminated from your system through perspiration, where they unfold upon your skin and thrive with the heat and moisture there. Start treating your body odor from the root of the problem and maintain a healthy diet. Meeting with a nutritionist is the best way to organize the perfect, healthiest diet for you. Also pay attention to your hormonal activity as imbalances can result in abnormal sweating.

Make sure your hygiene is in order. Bathe regularly, wear clean clothing and avoid tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol these substances lead to toxins within the body just waiting to pour out of you and cause bad odors.

Once your health and hygiene are taken care of, it is time to make your own natural deodorant! You will need the following materials:

  • A 30 ounce spray bottle

  • 28 ounces of Witch Hazel

  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)

At least two of the following essential oils:

  • Parsley Essential Oil. Parsley contains chlorophyll which is known to neutralize body odor.

  • Radish Essential Oil: An effective underarm and foot deodorant.

  • Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary bears antibacterial properties that fight that odor-causing bacteria.

  • Sage Essential Oil: Sage reduces sweat gland activity.

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea Tree contains antibacterial properties that kill off odor-causing bacteria.

  • Lemon Grass Essential Oil: Lemon Grass is a natural deodorant and with antimicrobiral and antibacterial properties it fights off odor-causing bacteria.

  • Bergamot Essential Oil: Antiseptic properties kill off bacteria on the skin to prevent body odor.

  • Lavender Essential Oil: A natural deodorant with a lovely aroma.

  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: Antiseptic properties kill off bacteria on the skin to prevent body odor.

  • Cypress Essential Oil: An astringent, antiseptic, and deodorant Cypress diligently fights off odor causing bodily behaviors.

  • Grapefruit Essential Oil: With a sharp citrus smell this oil bears antiseptic and disinfectant properties that fight off bad odors.

  • Patchouli Essential Oil: An astringent, deodorant, and antiseptic this essential oil is famous for its use as a natural deterrent of body odor.

So, there you go! A list for you to choose from and play with. My personal favorite combination is Lavender, Rosemary, and Sage... try it out! It really is quite lovely.

Now that we have our ingredients, let s get to the concocting!

First, choose two of the listed essential oils. Mix 10-15 drops of each with 28 ounces of witch hazel (If you choose more than two essential oils vary the drops so that they total 20-30). The use of grapefruit seed extract is debatable in this recipe, if you find yourself on the Go Grapefruit Extract! side of the argument add 10 drops (personally I try to avoid anything controversial; so, until the debate is settled I go without). Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Make sure to shake the mixture before every use. Spray your new creation onto your underarms regularly and enjoy a toxic-free, aromatic, natural deodorant!

Now, if you really can t stand a spray on deodorant here is a recipe for a stick!

What you ll need:

  • Medium Sauce Pan

  • Quart size Glass Mason Jar with Lid

  • Oven Mitt

  • 3 tbs Coconut Oil

  • 3 tbs Baking Soda

  • 2 tbs Shea Butter

  • 2 tbs arrowroot (optional)

  • Essential Oils of your choosing from the list provided

Combine the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid. Place in a saucepan of water and heat over medium until melted. Remove the jar from the water carefully with an oven mitt. Add baking soda and arrowroot (if you don t have arrowroot simply add more baking soda). Mix well and add a few drops of your chosen essential oils. Let it cool in the jar, on wax paper, in the fridge or not at all. However if you don t let it solidify make sure to stir it before every use.

Using a combination of essential oils is highly suggested for both of these recipes as they have various properties and work together in unison to ensure that you are smelling your best. Play with the scents and find your personal favorite. This process can be as fun as it is beneficial.

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