I’ve been on a quest for the past few years to reduce the amount of toxins I put in and on my body. I’m excited to tell you about my favorite non-toxic all natural deodorant.
In the past I’ve tried making my own deodorant with baking soda. I’ve also tried a few commercial brands and I’ve like some of those as well. But this one is something you probably have in your kitchen and it’s easy to use.
Before I tell you want it is let me tell you about how I found out about this little gem. I was watching an episode of Dr. Oz a couple of months ago and one of the guest said that she uses lemons for her deodorant. Yes, lemons! Life was a bit chaotic at the time, but I tucked that piece of info in the back of my mind to use at some future date.
Well, things have calmed down a bit after our move so I thought I would try it. The first day I put it on and did the old smell-a-roo test a few hours later. No odor. And I mean I had been working ~ moving furniture around and unpacking boxes.
I tried it again the next day. And still not bad body odor. Actually no odor at all. I’ve used it every day for about a week now. I remember the lady saying that after you use it for a bit, you don’t have to use it again. So today was the test. After I took my shower, I dressed without putting the lemon juice on. It is 11 p.m. as I’m writing this post. I’ve been in the kitchen cooking most of the day and no smell.
Hmmmmm…why does this work?
So I did a bit of research. It’s no secret that lemons are acidic. That’s exactly why they act as a great deodorant!
It’s all about your Apocrine glands and bacteria. Apocrine glands release secretions from inside the body. Bacteria, which makes the bad odor, is naturally attracted to these secretions before they leave your body.
When you use lemons as deodorant, you are saturating your underarm Apocrine Glands with the acidic juices neutralizing the bacteria in the secretions with the citric acid. How cool is that!
HOW TO USE
When you get out of the shower, or wash your underarms, make sure you dry them completely.
Cut a not too ripe lemon in half.
Gently rub into your armpits.
Let your underarms air dry afterwards as you want the citric acid to soak into your underarm pores to stop the bacteria from forming, which creates underarm odor. Another reason to let them air dry is that citric juice can stain clothing.
Save lemon in the refrigerator in a marked glass container as you can reuse the same 1/2 for a few days!
Obviously, don’t lemon juice on freshly shaved armpits! OUCH!
The only down side to using lemons for deodorant is that it would be hard to travel. I guess we’ll have to save the other all natural deodorants for travel.
Test it out and let me know what you think in the comments.