Can You Use Essential Oils Instead of Deodorant?

Essential oils prevent smelly bacteria from growing, leaving you fresh without relying on harsh chemicals. However, since these homemade concoctions don't contain chemicals to prevent you from sweating, they won't be as powerful or long-lasting as commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. On the other hand, using an all-natural formula is typically gentle on your skin, which means that you can apply it frequently without irritating your skin, and you can tailor the ingredients to suit your exact skin care desires.

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Choosing Deodorizing Oils

Although you can choose your oils based on how they smell, it's also important to include essential oils that kill bacteria. This way, you're not only masking odors -- you're also preventing them. Some examples include coriander, Roman chamomile and sage. Other potential candidates include lavender, cypress, sandalwood, citronella, myrtle or tea tree oil.

Using Essential Oils as Deodorant

Make your own spray deodorant by combining 20 drops of essential oil for every 4 ounces of distilled water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, gently shake it and apply it as necessary. Alternatively, if you also want to help absorb wetness, combine 10 drops of essential oil in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of coconut or jojoba oil, 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Store the concoction in your fridge and apply it to your clean skin as needed.

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