Natural Deodorant

Smell Fresh and Clean without the Added Chemicals

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.


What is the Difference Between an Antiperspirant and a Deodorant?

- 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.


Make Your Own

Try this simple approach using natural herbs.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Lovage or Cleavers - both different types of herbs.
    Lovage is known to have antiseptic properties.
    Cleavers is often used to treat skin diseases.

  • Boiling water or a hot bath of water.
  • A heat proof container - not metal.
  • A strainer.

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Make a strong infusion of lovage or cleavers using the boiling water.
  • Cool, and then strain the infusion.
  • Apply under your arms or wherever it will be beneficial on your body.

    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.


    Bergamot for Natural Protection

    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.

    WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
  • OR

  • Witchhazel solution 

  • WHAT TO DO:
  • Add about 30 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil to the powder.
    OR
  • Add about 10 drops of Bergamot for every 1oz of Witchazel solution.
  • What You Should Buy

    All the ingredients for these recipes are readily available. It is quite possible you already have cornstarch or arrowroot powder in your kitchen cupboard.

    It is good to choose a quantity that you will use up quite quickly rather than have it sitting around unused for a long period of time.


    Crystal Stone

    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!


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