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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Deodorant & Antiperspirants alternatives

Recently, i have been seeing many posts online about the side effects of using deodorant & antiperspirant.

I, myself am a daily user of deodorant. So, after reading all these posts about the health impact to the body, i have decided to try some natural alternatives.

Before I start talking about my experiences of the alternatives, let's have some basic knowledge about deodorants and antiperspirants first.

What are antiperspirants and deodorants?
They are personal hygiene products designed to control sweating and body odour. They contain ingredients that control sweat and body odour effectively.

Differences between an antiperspirant and a deodorant?
Deodorant contains only antimicrobial agents to prevent body odour, they do not control flow of sweat. Whereas, antiperspirant control sweat and body odour via antimicrobial ingredients.

Ingredients found in antiperspirant and deodorant:
-Alcohol (dries quickly once applied to skin and gives an immediate sense of coolness)
-Aluminium salts (reduce the flow of sweat from the sweat gland to the skin surface)


If you have read online, many states that these aluminium salts etc, might lead to breast cancer or mental disorders like Alzheimer. Some states that all these are just myths.

Whatever it is, i've decided to try out some natural alternatives.

1. Lemon
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Citric acid in lemon juice kills odour-causing bacteria.
Hence, I've tried swiping half slice of lemon on the armpits after bathing.
However, due to my sensitive skin, probably its too acidic, i got hives at night.
But, the next day, i realised the armpits are pretty dry, and odourless the whole day.
Decided not to try this anymore, cos i dont wanna have itchy patches coming back.


2. Baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda)
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Pat probably about a teaspoon of baking soda onto you armpits to neutralise the body odour.
I have tried this for a week, and still ongoing now.
Its pretty effective. I do still sweat a little, but there's no odour.

Furthermore, i found out some useful tips of Baking soda.

1. Adding a little of baking soda to your toothpaste gives a better whitening and plague removal effect to your teeth.
2. Freshen your mouth - Put a teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odours are neutralised, not just covered up.
3. Help your hair - Do you normally apply hair spray or gel to your hair? Add a little baking soda with your shampoo while washing your hair. It helps to remove residue that styling products leave behind.

More details, check out at:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html?page=2

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