Almost all store-bought deodorants are laced with questionable ingredients and loaded with synthetic fragrances. Antiperspirants can also be bad because they actually block sweat glands, this may be asking for trouble since the underarm area is especially sensitive and is susceptible to irritation and rashes. Once an antiperspirant wears off, underarm sweat glands produce more perspiration to compensate.

There is an alternative. Sweat is odorless until it comes into contact with airborne bacteria. Antibacterial herbs such as chamomile and coriander inhibit the growth of underarm bacteria and solve the problem naturally. If you do not perspire much, you may find that a simple aromatic powder will do. Arrowroot, cornstarch or white clay are good bases for powder.

Natural Deodorant

2 ounces witch hazel

5 drops each sage, coriander, and lavender essential oils

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before every application.

Natural Body Powder

1/2 cup cornstarch

5 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

Add essential oils to cornstarch. Put through a sieve and mix well. Let sit a few days to incorporate scents into the powder.



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