Most body odour comes from under the arms, where the tiny apocrine glands produce a milky secretion. If this stays for long periods of time without being washed off it the bacteria will colonise it, multiply and start giving off an unpleasant odour.
Almost all deodorants and antipersperants are aluminium based due to the metals drying qualities; the compounds dry up the epidermis and prevent sweat leaving the body. By combining with the mucus-like substances found in sweat they form a plug that blocks the exit to the sweat duct.
Not allowing our bodies to perform its natural function means that the toxins remain. This is our body’s way of adjusting our temperature and I imagine that blocking pores could also cause other issues with underarm functions. Also, as the pores are open when you use standard antiperspirants/deodorants and this is a highly absorbent area. There is concern that the use of these products can cause a build up of this foreign metal in our bodies. Therefore it is much better for your health to use a natural or plant based deodorant. I have collated a few of my favourite recipes below;
Here is my super easy tried and tested deodorant recipe:
I have created an exceptionally pleasant; easy to make and use deodorant that works really well (I use this all summer long and do not smell all day!)
On the internet there are many ‘wacky’ suggestions such as; rubbing a lemon under your armpit or rubbing vodka under the arm pits. I have tried these and they do not work. My recipe below is a reliable, easy to make and keeps me fresh all summer long.
Green Goddess Deodorant Cream
What you will need
- 12 drops or about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice / interchangeable with lemon essential oil
- 3 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda or baking soda
- 4 tbsp arrowroot
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Shea butter
- 1 tbsp beeswax
Essential oils of your choice: I used tea tree (5 drops) which I recommend as it has anti-bacterial properties, rosemary (8 drops) again for the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, chamomile (5 drops), lavender (20 drops), rose geranium (10 drops) and ylang ylang (10 drops)
For men I would recommend mixing a different blend of essential oils: bergamot (10 drops), frankincense (10 drops) and/or vetivert (10 drops) which will produce a muskier smell alongside lemon (20 drops) for the antibacterial properties.
What to do
Heat the beeswax in a double boiler until it has completely melted, stirring in the coconut oil and Shea butter and letting them melt slowly.
Add the lemon juice and stir.
Take the glass bowl off the heat and add the arrowroot powder followed by the bicarbonate of soda. Now blend the mixture with a hand whisker for a few minutes allowing it to cool and thicken slightly.
Put the bowl into cold water and as the mixture cools, add the essential oils whisking for a minute
Decant into your deodorant dispensers, allow to cool and solidify completely and use daily.
Bay and Lemon Spray Deodorant
If you prefer a spray on liquid then this may be the recipe for you. Keep in a fine spray dispenser and it should keep for up to 3 months.
What you will need
- One deodorant stone (this is a crystal grown from potassium sulphate which works by inhibiting bacteria) can be purchased from Amazon
- 1 litre /4 cups water
- 5 ml/1 tsp aloe vera juice
- 10 drops bay laurel essential oil
- 5 drops cedar wood essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
What to do
Smash the deodorant stone into pieces add them to the water and boil until they dissolve. Allow the solution to cool.
Add the aloe vera juice then mix in the essential oils.
Decant into a glass bottle with a spray dispenser, label and use as desired.
Magnesium Deodorant Spray
Magnesium is known to support body functioning and can reduce sweating in our bodies. There are lots of magnesium based deodorant products on the market and sage is an effective antiseptic as well as having excellent drying properties.
So I thought I would come up with my own DIY formula.
What you need
- Bunch of mint (6 medium stalks)
- Bunch of sage
- One lemon half sliced and half squeezed for its juice
- 200ml of distilled water
- 1 x tablespoon Isopropyl Alcohol
- 5 x tablespoons of Magnesium Flakes
- 2x tablespoon of Glycerine
- 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera *optional
- 1 x tablespoon of ACV *optional
- Essential oils of your choice, I chose; 10 x Eucalyptus, 5 x Rosemary, 10 x Lemon, 15 x ylang ylang
- Spray bottle dispenser
What to do
Heat the distilled water adding the sliced lemon, squeezed lemon juice and herbs. Bring to simmer, adding the magnesium flakes and allowing them to fully dissolve. Take the liquid off the heat allowing all the ingredients to infuse. In a separate container pour out the glycerine, alcohol, aloe vera juice and ACV, adding the essential oils of your choice. After 15 minutes; strain your herbal infusion using a sieve, muslin and funnel into a glass jar and gentle stir adding your alcohol mix. Decant into a spray bottle and use as needed.