There is a difference between antiperspirant and deodorants. Antiperspirant work by clogging the underarm pores with astringents so they cannot release perspiration. Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the perspiration that mixes with the skin and bacteria under the arms. Many health care professionals argue against using antiperspirant because it blocks perspiration which is the natural way our bodies cool themselves. You can make a very effective liquid deodorant at home that will give you all of the benefits of store-bought deodorant, but will allow you to use natural products and choose your own scent.
Items you will need
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup mineral water
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel Extract
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- a few drops of essential oils (antibacterial in nature)
- spray bottle
Combine the mineral water, witch hazel extract, and vegetable glycerin in a spray bottle large enough to hold 3/4 cup of liquid.
Choose your essential oil scent. You can choose to use more than one essential oil if you choose. Lavender and Tea Tree oils work well, but feel free to experiment with your own favorite scents. Add several drops of the essential oils to your solution.
Shake mixture well until all ingredients are mixed. You are now ready to use your homemade liquid deodorant. This deodorant will have an indefinite shelf life so you won't have to worry about it going bad.