5 Healthier Alternatives To Deodorant

5 Healthier Alternatives To Deodorant

We’ve all had days when we're in so much of a rush that we ran out of the house without putting on our deodorant. Sometimes, we don’t even notice it until there is a ring of sweat on our clothes, right where our armpits are. Or we smell an odor that makes us say “Crap! I forgot to put some deodorant on!”

It’s not that this is a real emergency or anything. Whenever this happens to you, all you honestly have to do is run into a drugstore and pick up a travel size tube of it. But the reason why we’re providing some other alternatives is there are more and more studies that reveal some hidden health risks that happen when we do use deodorant on a regular basis.

For starters, a lot of deodorants contain parabens. Unfortunately, they've been linked to breast cancer because they throw off our body’s hormonal balance. A lot of deodorants also contain aluminum compounds. The problem with those is that as they stop the sweat from coming, they can also mimic estrogen production and possibly lead to breast cancer cells. Silica is another common ingredient that may irritate the skin and cause cancer. And really, we just scratched the surface of health risks (read more about them here), but it often seems to add up to cancer.

Does this mean toss out all of your tubes? Honestly, that’s up to you. But what we are saying is now is as good of a time as any to learn about some of the alternatives that you can try that are pretty effective, cheaper and definitely much healthier. 

Cut Open A Lemon

Have you ever wondered what causes the odor underneath your arms? It’s bacteria. And guess what lemon juice does? It kills the bacteria on contact. No one is saying that you should constantly keep a lemon in your car or anything, but it's there for you in a pinch. Slice one open, rub it under your arms and you will smell a lot better. Do keep in mind it won’t stop the sweating. Just the stink.

Dab On Some Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is so cheap (roughly less than $2 a bottle) that there’s no excuse not to have it in your bathroom. It’s a great toner for your skin. It helps to reduce puffiness under the eyes. It has anti-inflammatory agents that can prevent razor burn after shaving. If you gargle with it, it can help to soothe your throat. It’s also a wonderful remedy for healing a sunburn and insect bites. 

And, you can also apply witch hazel to your armpits. The tannins, saponins, choline, flavonoids, bitters and gallic acid work together to remove excess moisture and to keep you smelling good during the day. Just pour some onto a cotton ball, rub it underneath your arms and you’re good to go.

Try An Essential Oil Or Two

We LOVE essential oils. They're great for so many reasons, including removing underarm odor! So, which ones do that? Lemongrass, rosemary and lavender will get you some of the best results. You can put them on alone (some stores even sell them as a roll on) or you can mix them with a little baking soda. The baking soda will help to absorb some of the moisture and also neutralize the bad smells.

Rub A Little Coconut Oil

There are three things we really like that coconut oil does. It’s a great hair moisturizer (read here), it’s perfect for oil pulling (read here) and yep, it’s also an effective deodorant alternative. Since it contains anti-bacterial properties, it also keeps the stank at bay. The main thing to remember is that it is oil, so it’s best to apply it sparingly and to let it dry a bit before putting on your clothes.

Make Your Own

Another option is to make your own. No joke! Some baking soda, cornstarch, shea butter, Vitamin E and your favorite essential oil and you’re all set. You can click here for a recipe we really like or experiment with some of these ingredients and come up with your own killer combo. You never know. You might come up with something that will make you kiss all of your deodorant tubes goodbye, for good!

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