The smell of bacteria growing on the body is called body odor. The bacteria known as bromhidrosis thrives in human body parts where there is a presence of sweat, normally at the armpit. This kind of bacteria grows and multiplies rapidly so that if not prevented it would make the person smell horrible. Body odor is influenced by diet, gender, genetics, health and medication.
There are plenty of commercially made deodorants and antiperspirants in the market today. These commercially made deodorants and antiperspirants, however, are sometimes expensive and create a bad reaction in the skin, making the underarms black. The different variants of homemade deodorants and how to prepare each of them at home follows:
Dry Deodorant #1. For this variant, what you need is only a baking soda and mint or bay leaves if you want a little fragrance. Fill an empty saltshaker or a small tin can with the baking soda. Add a few mint or bay leaves if you wish. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on your underarm, don’t rinse.
Dry Deodorant #2. In a plastic zipper bag, combine ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup cornstarch and a few mint or bay leaves if you wish it to have a little fragrance. Shake well and transfer into a tin can with a lid. Apply with a dry washcloth or directly sprinkle it to a damp armpit.
Liquid Deodorant #1. Combine ¼ cup witch hazel extract, ¼ cup aloe vera gel, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, and a few drops of essential oil if you want it fragrant. Omitting the essential oils make your deodorant unscented. Shake well and transfer it to a spray bottle.
Liquid Deodorant #2. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup baking soda. Mix thoroughly and apply as you would in any spray deodorant. Alcohol may irritate some skin types, be wary of the reaction of your skin to your homemade deodorant.
Wine drinkers have a distinct smell as they sweat and individuals who like to eat spicy foods have a very strong body odor as they sweat. The same is true with those who prefer to eat semi or raw foods, such as sashimi, sushi and the like. Sometimes, body odors can be smelled as vinegar-like proprionic acid, which is similar to acetic acid. To reduce or prevent the offensive smell, you can use deodorants, antiperspirants, disinfectants and special soaps and good hygiene practices. There are individuals though that even if they take a bath twice a day, unpleasant body odor can still be smelled.
Making your own deodorant will save you a few dollars a year. With these four variants of easy to make homemade deodorant, you can choose which is best suited to your skin type. To prevent body odor, change your clothes as you take a bath or shower. Don’t repeat unwashed clothes, most especially during summer when a person tends to sweat more.