Many products on the market will get rid of body odour. These products, however, are not particularly good for the body or the environment and include aerosol hairsprays, deodorants with aluminium, skincare products and products tested on animals. Smelling good naturally without chemical products is not only possible, but something everyone can do for the health of their bodies and to help the planet stay healthy.
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Things you need
- Natural soaps
- Citrus fruits
- Baking soda
Shower at least once a day with a natural soap such as peppermint or lavender. You may find it necessary to shower more often in warmer weather. Body odour is caused by sweat and oils from your skin. When personal hygiene such as showering is neglected, the resulting odour is what others smell.
Keep your hair clean. When you sweat, it mixes with the oils from your scalp and makes your hair smell bad. If you don't want to spend a lot of money for natural products, purchase a liquid soap such as castile that works for hair and body. Natural soaps and body care products are available at health food stores and online retailers. Dr. Bronner's, Tom's of Maine and Arm & Hammer are companies that produce natural care products.
Use natural products to deter sweat and odour. One recipe for a natural deodorant involves using a lemon rubbed on the armpits, followed with a light dusting of baking soda. The acid of the lemon restricts the pores so you sweat less, while the baking soda is an absorbent. Another idea is to purchase a crystal deodorant made from salt rock and available at most pharmacies. Wet the crystal and rub it under your arms like roll-on deodorant. It is long-lasting and fairly inexpensive.
Watch your diet. What you eat has a lot to do with how you smell. Strong foods such as onions, garlic and certain spices give off a pungent odour that seeps out of your pores. Cut down on strong-smelling foods and drink plenty of liquids. Water, juice and green tea help the body stay hydrated when it's hot.
Brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Carry a toothbrush in your purse to brush after lunch. Eating apples and citrus fruits helps keep your breath smelling good as well. A cheap, natural toothpaste is made with baking soda and lemon juice. Overuse of lemon juice, however, can damage tooth enamel.
Wear clean clothes every day. Some people prefer to recycle their clothing to cut down on laundry costs. A shirt may be worn twice before it actually needs to be washed. If you sweat heavily, however, this will not work very well. Wear breathable, lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen, which are easy to clean.
Tips and warnings
- Human sweat of itself does not smell, but when mixed with bacteria on your skin, it produces the smell referred to as BO.
- Aluminium, one of the main ingredients in underarm deodorants, may be linked to Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer, reports the National Cancer Institute and Alzheimer's Society.
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