Many people consider using deodorants
and antiperspirants essential to preventing
body odor. Finding a good deodorant that does not contain aluminum oxide,
aluminum compounds, synthetic fragrances or stabilizers makes for a tough
search. Brands advertised as organic, all natural or herbal often contain the
same chemicals, either with lesser quantities or with certain additives removed
but others added. Alternative, natural deodorants can be homemade, are cost
effective and very simple to make. Best of all, they are not damaging to
Natural Alternatives to Chemical
- By mixing cornstarch and
baking soda with a few drops of essential oil, an effective and natural dry
deodorant can be created.
- A wet deodorant can be created
by mixing witch hazel and glycerin combined with the essential oil of your choice.
- Blending pure essential oils
with a base oil (such as olive oil or jojoba oil), or blending a few drops of
essential oil to use directly on the skin can make a delightfully scented,
- Crystals or salt rocks that leave an almost
unnoticeable residue when applied can take care of underarm odor. Salt rock
crystal deodorants are safe, even for people with allergies and skin
sensitivity. They do not leave behind any noticeable residue on skin or
clothing. Though there are several brands available, verify that you are choosing a pure salt crystal without any additives or
Essential Oil Blends - What to
For body odor, use essential oils
that will limit the bacterial growth that causes odor. Be careful of oils that
may irritate the skin, especially the sensitive skin under the arms.
Try lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, patchouli, cinnamon and clove
Be sure to use very good quality
essential oil, since some oils are poorly processed or contain additives that
may irritate the skin. Look for organically sourced oil, pressed at low
temperatures that are safe to use topically.
Recipe for Deodorant Powder Using
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup baking soda
3/4 teaspoon pulverized lavender
15 drops pure lavender essential
Mix lavender oil with the
pulverized lavender flowers. Add the other ingredients
and mix. Store in an airtight glass container away from any light for a
day or two.
To use, lightly dust the
underarms using a shaving brush or blush brush and/or apply to any other area
of your body you wish to feel fresh.
For external use only.
Recipe for Natural Spray
Deodorant Using Tea Tree Oil
Pour 2 ounces of clean water
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix together, shake up and spray
whenever necessary for a natural deodorant that can double as a
Holistic Facials by Karina offers the highest quality Essential Oils from Provence (France) as well as any blends. Please note these are Professional strength oils you cannot buy in the stores. Over 50 scents to choose from.
If you are interested, you can also a purchase wall diffuser to make your home or office smell fantastic all day ($20)