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Deodorant alternatives

Published May 8, 2014 by teacher dahl


A more natural choice
Stores stock a variety of deodorants and antiperspirants, but if you’re concerned about the health or environmental effects of using such products, there are alternatives.


Baking soda and cornstarch
Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.


Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Jennifer Palmer, chief executive of an organic skincare line, told The New York Times that she swipes her armpits with a sliced lemon on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits — ouch!


Rubbing alcohol is another inexpensive and easy deodorant that kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spritz your underarms with it. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a scent — witch hazel absorbs oil and is mildly astringent, and tea tree oil can help relieve body odor.


Homemade deodorant
Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences. The Web abounds with DIY deodorant recipes, but here are two from popular bloggers.

Home made  deodorant #1
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder or corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix with a fork. Start with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the baking soda mixture, working it into a paste. You can store the deodorant in a small, air-tight container or put it into an empty deodorant stick dispenser

Home made  deodorant  #2

3 tablespoons shea butter
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze out the oil)
Essential oil

Melt all the ingredients except the oils and stir. Then mix in the oils, pour the mixture into a container, and place the container in the fridge to set. This recipe filled a 1/4 pint jar.



Tawas is the Tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape. Tawas or alum (common English name) has a chemical formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid. There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum that most can buy in botika or health stores and from street vendors near churches in the Philippines.

Tawas or alum has varieties of uses. Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits.

source:  Yahoo she

Underarm problems and Solutions

Published June 21, 2013 by teacher dahl


Hate the idea of waving bye, raising your arms, or even going sleeveless because of what’s happening in your underarm areas? Don’t let your poor pit plights bust your self-confidence and prevent you from doing more activities. Beating them is no sweat with our handy tips.

UNDERARM PROBLEM 1: Underarm sweating

What’s happening: Urgh, you just met a new guy and chances are all he’ll remember are the sweat stains on the underarm area on your blouse. We all sweat a little more when we are nervous or out and about. And for the one percent of us in the population, it could be a rare condition called axilliary hyperhidrosis, which causes you to experience dampness all the time.

Beat it! Here’s where antiperspirant come in, where it contains ingredients designed to stop–yup– perspiration. Use it daily to control underarm sweating as well as odor that may result from damp armpits. Also, stock up on cotton, silk and linen clothes, which absorb moisture better to prevent body odor.

UNDERARM PROBLEM 2: Redness and rashes

What’s happening: Humidity, excessive temperature, using the wrong deodorant and ingrown hair due to shaving – these are some of the major culprits when it comes to rashes or redness appearing under your arms. The skin here is sensitive, making it more susceptible to certain changes in the environment or if exposed to ingredients that are not suitable.

Beat it! In this case, use the right deodorant or antiperspirant that is suitable for the sensitive area and doesn’t cause any violent outbreaks of rashes. What to look out for? One that is fragrance free to reduce risk of inflammation as well as is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. Look for skin conditioners in your deodorant to soothe and moisturize the skin for further protection.

UNDERARM PROBLEM 3: Uneven skin tone 

uneven skin tone

What’s happening:  Hate how yours look dark, uneven and unattractive? Dead skin cells for starters, which get caught in the tiny crevices under your skin when pushed by new cells, resulting in the unevenness in skin tone. You can also blame it on your hormones, which can cause the discoloration as you age, and hyperpigmentation, a rare but possible condition that causes the overproduction of melanin.

Beat it! Dealing with dead skin cells is easy–exfoliate regularly but do this gently so you don’t irritate the area. If you suspect hyperpigmentation or hormones are the reasons, speak to a dermatologist who will offer you a safe and effective remedy. Also, it’s good to know that harsh hair-removal techniques can leave the area damaged resulting in skin discoloration. So go easy on the waxing and plucking.

UNDERARM PROBLEM 4: Ingrown hair causing chicken skin-like appearance

skin like chicken

What’s happening:  You spot a stray hair under your arms so you grab the shaver to nip it at its bud ASAP—great for efficiency but bad for ingrown hair. If your armpits are covered with red bumps, your shaving is to be blamed, as the hair-removal method often results in ingrown hair. Not a pretty sight, we say, one that resembles chicken skin! Left alone, ingrown hair can become infected, causing pimples to appear, resulting in scarring. Here is a picture of an ingrown armpit hair..

hair ingrown

Beat it! To deal with chicken skin, drop the shaver and opt for a safer hair-removal technique instead like waxing. Go to the pros – they are trained to prevent ingrown hair. But if you must shave, avoid doing it over and over in the same spot and always shave in the direction of the hair growth. If you can, let your hair grow a little longer to minimize ingrown hair.

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