Having body odor is the worst. There are plenty of commercially produced deodorants in the market, but chances are, you’ve struggled with BO, irritation, and other kilikili concerns despite using them. It’s tempting to try organic products, but because there are only a few—and not to mention, more expensive—choices, try these alternative deodorants straight from the kitchen.
1. Citrus fruits
Slice a lemon, lime, or calamansi, and then carefully squeeze the juices onto your underarms after taking a shower at night. It makes a great overnight whitening and anti-bacterial treatment. If you have extra sweaty pits, it’s best to use this only as a bedtime treatment and then use your regular deodorant during the day. If your skin gets easily irritated, pat off with a clean tissue or wash the underarm area with cold water a few minutes after applying the citrus juice.
2. Baking soda + cornstarch + coconut oil
Most organic deodorant creams actually contain these three basic ingredients. Based on the recipes we found online, we mixed 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup cornstarch and 6 tablespoons coconut oil. Mix them in a jar until the texture is creamy. If you want it scented, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Transfer the mixture into a small jar or container. Spread a thin layer on your underarms using your fingertips. If you don’t like this messy procedure, just empty an old deodorant stick container and use a fork or spoon to carefully press the mixture into the container. Let it solidify in the fridge before using.
Dilute two tablespoons of raw honey in a bucket of warm water. After taking a shower, use this mixture as your final rinse, focusing more on the underarm area. Raw honey (not the processed supermarket type) has anti-bacterial, soothing, and skin lightening properties. Do not be tempted to use pure honey directly on your armpits or you will attract ants!