When life gives you lemons, use them as a natural deodorant!

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

People are more concerned than ever before about the substances in the cosmetics they use on their skin, and armpits are no exception to this rule. When it comes to natural deodorant, we are big fans of natural everything, but when I learned lemons could be used as a chemical-free alternative, I was a little sour.  So I asked my doc and did a little trial at home. 

Lemon juice can be used as a natural deodorant because the citric acid in the juice kills bacteria and bad smells, which makes it a good choice. It won't help you stay dry, though. Antiperspirants, even natural ones, work by blocking sweat glands for a short period of time. Lemon juice doesn't block sweat glands.

As a precaution, we should clarify the distinction between deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorant is just a cosmetic product that deals with removing or disguising odor. Over-the-counter antiperspirants like aluminum chloralhydrate have an active component that can be used to treat excessive sweating. Antiperspirants are a common product in drugstores, thanks to the prevalence of well-known brands. There are, however, a number of natural deodorants in those aisles as well! We still recommend you try the lemon juice alternative at least once to see if it works.

Lemon juice contains moderate astringent effects that tighten pores, similar to antiperspirant chemicals. Consider how many cleaning solutions have a lemon flavor to help mask unpleasant odors. Lemons are extremely acidic, which kills bacteria. Be cautious if you are prone to rashes after shaving. Also, before using lemons in your pits, please use cautiously with sun exposure as it might cause irritation. Despite the precautions, I took a chance and haven't regretted it yet. I will advise that if you are really active, don't expect odor coverage to last all day.

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