There are safe, natural alternatives to chemical commercial deodorants. Natural deodorants can be made with essential oils, beeswax or rock crystal salts. Oils distilled from plants such as lavender, cypress or geranium give natural deodorant a pleasant scent and bacteria-fighting properties.
For deodorant that is unique to you, making your own spray or stick is fairly easy. By choosing the essential oils you like best, you can create your own unique scent.
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Causes of Body Odor
Natural deodorants fight body odour in two ways. They mask the odour with scent and suppress or kill the bacteria with essential oils that have natural antibacterial properties.
According to Gurupasad Madhavan of Binghamton University's Ask a Scientist website, body odour is mainly caused by the interaction of bacteria found on the skin with sweat produced by glands in the armpit. The sweat does not make the smell, the bacteria does.
Natural deodorants can be made with many of the same ingredients used in ancient times. The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to use scent to cover body odour. Aromatic oils, beeswax, and spices were applied to the body or carried in bracelets or earrings.
According to Shannon L. Karppinen in the website A View Of Perfume, the ancient Greeks used scented oils to cover body odour. Agnes Gomes, in A Short History Of Perfume, states that the Romans favoured perfumed oils so much that money was allocated from the state treasury to keep all the public baths supplied with deodorant scented oils.
To combat body odour naturally, you have three types of deodorant elements to pick from. The first simple and sure method is using baking soda. Dissolve a small amount of baking soda in some water and wipe your underarm area with it. You only need about a half teaspoon of baking soda to neutralise bacteria all day.
Another natural deodorant uses natural essential oils distilled from aromatic plants, mixed with a small amount of alcohol as a blending agent. You can make this deodorant at home and spray it on with an atomiser or perfume bottle. There are numerous essential oils to use for making a scent unique to you.
Many commercially available natural deodorants combine essential oils such as cypress, lavender, orange blossom or pepper with melted beeswax and cocoa butter to make stick deodorant. The cocoa butter and beeswax is gentle on the skin, and the scent masks any body odour.
Rock Crystal Salts
Another common natural deodorant is rock crystal deodorant. It is very effective at eliminating odour all day and can be purchased in scented or unscented varieties. The rock crystal is effective because the stone contains natural aluminium compounds that kill underarm bacteria.
Rock crystal deodorant has natural aluminium salts, and some people fear these and the aluminium compounds found in commercial antiperspirants pose a cancer risk, particularly breast cancer. However, the American Cancer Society issued a press release in 2009 titled "Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer Risk," which states that there is no good scientific evidence suggesting a link between aluminium in antiperspirants and breast cancer.
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