Choosing a natural deodorant is as important as any of your skincare.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and so it makes sense that your natural skincare is not just about your face and body.
Not everyone likes the idea of having to artificially control your body smell, but there are many times, in our modern society, when it is desirable to keep your body odor in check.
Under your arms is the most common place where odors can build up.
The first line of defense is to keep this area really clean with a good scrub with soap and water on a regular basis.
If you find you need additional help keeping fresh smelling, then try making this recipe below.
- Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat glands, and this can only be achieved with using minerals such as aluminium based ingredients.
- Deodorants do not stop sweating - rather they mask or neutralise odours produced due to the activity of the bacteria on the skin.
- This is one of the most hotly discussed topics in the natural personal care markets.
- The risks associated with antiperspirants are well documented, with some links to breast and lymph cancers along with Alzheimer's Disease, being the two most well known concerns.
Try this simple approach using natural herbs.
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Alternatively you can add either of these herbs to your bath as you would with any other herbs.
Find tips on preparing Herbal Baths here.
Here is another simple recipe to try. I find this one easier as I don't have to find fresh product as the ingredients simply store in the cupboard (although you can get dried lovage and cleavers as shown above.)
The Bergamot also has a lovely fragrance, while both the arrowroot and witchhazel are quite neutral in fragrance.
Bergamot Essential Oil can also be used as a natural deodorant.
As it has antiseptic properties, it can be used to kill the bacteria responsible for body odor.
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This is a great natural product that I have used for a long time.
It is not the only product I use as I like to have more protection from perspiration and body odour if I am exercising with others around!
But it is very effective for an "average" work day when I am just out and about, or at home.
It is made from natural mineral salts and has no perfumes and chemicals, and takes absolutely months to wear down - so it is very cost effective too!