What to Use if You Don’t Have Deodorant?
It’s terrific to smell like heaven even if you perspire a lot. But you don’t want to use commercial deodorants and antiperspirants and subject your armpit to harmful chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde, triclosan, aluminum, etc.
You’re afraid of the rumors circulating online and offline that overexposure of aluminum will lead to cancer and other diseases despite National Cancer Institute’s assurances that there’s no conclusive research yet as of this time of writing that linked aluminum to breast cancer and other diseases.
Your option is to use cologne of perfumes, but oh, you also don’t want to wear fragrances. Then, what should you do? What to use in place of deodorant?
Here are some quick deodorant substitutes you can use in place of those commercial products with chemically-laden ingredients.
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) – this one of homemaker’s kitchen essentials can be used to combat body odor without exposing your pits to various chemicals.
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How to Use Baking Soda as Deodorant
You can mix an eight of a teaspoonful baking soda in your palm with ¼ of teaspoonful of water. You should dissolve the baking soda into the water until it feel slippery. Then rub under your arms.
Precaution: Using too much baking soda will irritate your skin. And if not dissolved sufficiently, the dry powdery sodium bicarbonate might chafe your skin.
Lemon Juice – the juice extracted from lemon have citric acid to help kill the odor-causing bacteria. A lot of people attested to the effectiveness of this deodorizing method. One of them is Jennifer Palmer. This organic skincare chief executive shares in The New York Times that she used sliced lemon and swipes it on her armpits every day.
Precaution: Don’t use lemon juice if you have just shaven your armpits. The acid will irritate and bring burning sensation on your skin.
Rubbing Alcohol – this odor-causing bacteria killer is another alternative to expensive deodorant. You can fill a spray bottle with alcohol and add a few drops of tea tree oil (to power up body odor relief) and spray your underarms. You can also wet a cotton ball or small cloth to apply alcohol on your armpit.
Precaution: Don’t overdo using alcohol. It might dry and blacken the applied skin.
If this quick alternative deodorant doesn’t work for you, you may need to make your own deodorant that will fit your needs. Read on to find magical DIY deodorant recipes to help you with:
Best Natural Deodorants for Sensitive Skin
Homemade Deodorant Recipe for Sensitive Skin – Basic Recipe @ Mommy Potamus
This tried-and-true man-stink killer recipe have the following ingredients:
3/4 cup arrowroot powder/non-GMO cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
4-6 tablespoons melted coconut oil.
See how Heather ~ Mommypotamus made it.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe for Sensitive Skin (Baking Soda Free) @ ShalomMama
2 T Beeswax
5 T Shea Butter
2 T Bentonite Clay (Note from Nina: I love the stuff from Redmond Trading Company)
10 drops Tea Tree/Melaleuca essential oil
10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
8 drops Lemongrass essential oil
4 drops Tangerine essential oil (if you don’t have that, you can try orange)
See how Megan Sargent make her own deodorant with these ingredients.
Best Recipes on How to Make Deodorant Stick
Homemade Deodorant Stick Recipe for Sensitive Skin @ ThankYourBody
This perfect recipe for those with sensitive skin make use of safe ingredients such as:
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 Tbs. beeswax, grated or pellets
2 Tbs. shea butter
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
2 Tbs. baking soda
10 – 15 drops essential oil
Check out how Robin Konie easily make her deodorant stick.
How to Make Stick Deodorant @ WikiHow
This recipe uses a natural moisture absorber (cornstarch), a natural deodorizer (baking soda), and a natural anti-bacterial/anti-fungal oil (tea tree oil) to keep you feeling fresh and smelling good.
See the 5 easy steps to make this stick deodorant and make your life a little greener.
How much deodorant to use and how to put on deodorant?
Apply a small amount to underarms with your fingertips as needed.
Other Places You Can Put Deodorant Aside from Armpits
Armpits is not the only place that need protection from body odor causing bacteria. Your face, heels, around hairline, bikini line, inner thighs, legs, behind your knees, the bottom of your feed, under your breast, and on your hands.
With these easy to do all natural deodorant that works, you will never forget deodorant quick fix again.