Scent can be a powerful thing. A single smell is enough to trigger a memory, an emotion, or even attraction. In fact, a person’s musk can sometimes be powerful enough to make us fall in love.
But what if your BO isn’t exactly beckoning any hot dudes (or ladies) your way? What if instead, your aroma is causing entire train cars to vacate during your morning commute? Then it’s time to break out big guns. And by that, I’m talking deodorant.
I get it, maybe you’re more of an au naturale kind of gal. Or, maybe you’re just too cheap to pay $5 for something that’s going to make your underarms smell like sweet peas and lilac. Whatever your issue with the classic antiperspirant is, there are a few basic measures you can take to turn that bad BO into a pleasant musk.
Not only is lemon juice pretty easy to find when you’re in a pinch, but it’s a natural antibacterial that can help kill off some odor causing bacteria.
Witch Hazel is a topical astringent that’s often used in the natural treatment of skin irritations and even some cancers. The tannins in this natural chemical are also good for their bacteria-killing properties. Spritz a little on a cotton ball with a drop of lavender oil and you’ve got yourself a decent smelling, odor-fighting substance.
You know how you stick a box of open baking soda in your fridge to combat the smell of the 2-week-old Chinese food that gets pushed to the back shelf? Those same magical odor-killing properties can work for personal hygiene as well. Mix with a little coconut oil and you’ve basically got a hydrating, odor-killing paste. For instructions on how to make your own deodorant, check out the video up top.