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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make… Deodorant?!
3. Rubbing alcohol
Another alternative is filling a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. This mixture is convenient and easy to apply. If you are looking for a fresh scent, you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the alcohol. If you want to make sure you don’t end up with any body odor, you can also add a little tea tree oil to your spray bottle.
4. Essential oils
If you would like to try your hand at making your own deodorant using essential oils, you have a host of choices that act as both antiseptic agent and antibacterial products. Choose from: Thyme, tea tree oil, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, lemon, and geranium. If you have never worked with essential oils, you should start slowly. Not all oils are created equal — some are much stronger than others, and you will need much less of them. All you need to make your own deodorant from essential oils is a glass jar that is wide enough for you to reach your fingers int, 1/4 cup of baking soda, a small spoon, and your favorite essential oil. Plan on 15 to 20 drops but start out with less, as it’s easier to add more.
5. Witch hazel
Women who tried witch hazel found that the product is even more effective than their regular deodorant, but there was a little issue with the fragrance. True witch hazel does not offer a flattering aroma, but there are versions that have scents added. The problem with this variety was it was more of a scent that was geared towards grandmothers than younger women. Another issue, and one that comes with many deodorant alternatives, is the application process is messy and not convenient to carry with you to the gym to apply after working out. Applying deodorant with the traditional stick form wins hands down as opposed to applying witch hazel to your underarms with a saturated cotton ball.
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