While body odor is attributed to a not-so-healthy diet, it can also happen when you’re stressed or anxious. Many health practitioners will tell you that your sweat should not stink, but it’s always nice to have a little insurance just in case. Before I get into the oh-so-easy deodorant recipes, here is a really brief list of foods that will cause and inhibit body odor.
Foods Attributed to Body Odor
Junk/fast food, processed meats, conventional meats. Processed snack foods high in sugar and refined grains. Onions and garlic can also cause an odor – the amount that causes an odor varies on an individual basis, and may just end up smelling like garlic, not body odor.
Foods that Prevent Body Odor
All leafy greens! Kale, spinach, baby greens, romaine, parsley, cilantro, etc. Cucumber, celery, mint, and lemon. Sprouts. Supplemental chlorophyll.
I like to make my own deodorant, and sometimes I buy it (my favorite is Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy). Below are my two recipes for all natural, super effective deodorant (works on men and women).
Actually not a recipe at all. If I’m lazy, I just swipe my underarms with some aluminum-free baking soda. If I use too much or the regular (not aluminim-free) baking soda, I get an itchy rash that goes away in a day or two. I have simply learned to only use the good stuff.
This one is so nice and moisturizing, and allows for some creativity in the function and fragrance of essential oils. How much you sweat, fragrance preferences, and skin sensitivity is a very individual thing, so alter this recipe as you see fit.
Note: Baking soda absorbs odor but tends to alkalize pH. Our skin likes to be on the acid side, so that is where the citric acid or ascorbic acid and essential oils come in – to help keep the formula more acidic so as not to irritate your skin. If the recipe cause irritation, decrease the baking soda to 1/8 cup and check that you are not sensitive to the essential oil you added (also make sure the essential oil is properly made, without hexane).
- 1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (if you are a heavy sweater, use non-GMO cornstarch instead)
- 1/8 cup citric acid (if you have ascorbic acid a.k.a. vitamin C powder or capsules around, you can use that instead)
- High-quality coconut oil (if you’re allergic to coconut oil, use shea butter or cocoa butter instead – just melt it down first)
- A few drops of essential oil (try lemon, tea tree, or lavender for extra antibacterial/anti-stink properties and maybe jasmine, vanilla, or sage for additional fragrance)
- Dark glass jar
Mix together the three dry ingredients, then add in your oil. Add the oil slowly and make sure it’s enough to make it a nice paste without being too liquid. Add a few drops of essential oils of your choice and you’re done! Store it in a glass jar in your bathroom and simply use clean index fingers (don’t re-dip the same finger after you apply it to one armpit) to apply to each underarm. You can also get a deodorant container and pour the mixture in and store it in the fridge so it remains solid (coconut oil is liquid at room temperature). And remember, don’t glob it on! A little goes a long way.
I hope you enjoy the recipe! It’s fun and easy to make, and frees you up from having to spend $5–10 on a tiny stick of natural deodorant.