There has been a lot reported about the dangers of commercial deodorants and antiperspirants because they contain aluminium, which has been linked with breast cancer. Also antiperspirants operate by preventing the pores from sweating, which is a natural process. You can buy alternative deodorants made of mineral salt crystals at health shops. But you could also consider whether you need one.
There is no doubt some people sweat profusely and smell foul. But there are many others whose body odour ranges from mild to non-existent, and they could probably get by without rolling chemicals on every morning. I’m still one of those people who rolls it on but only because I think I’ve grown up with advertising which has conditioned me to believe that if I sweat my workmates and friends will shun me into oblivion and I’ll be Nelly No Mates. I’m working on deprogramming myself and here are some alternatives I’ve tried. See what you think.
• Cider vinegar or white vinegar dabbed under the arms not only keeps you incredibly clean but neutralises the pH levels.
• Pat baking soda onto your underarms with a powder puff or similar.
• A cut lemon rubbed under your arms is great.
• Make a solution of 3 tbsp witch hazel, 2 tbsp vodka, 2 tsp glycerine and 30 drops of your favourite essential oils, blended. Pour into a spray bottle and spray away. Oils particularly good for disguising odours are patchouli (although you will smell like a hippy, which could be worse than the original problem), cypress, lime and bergamot.