As many of you know, I have had a long running struggle with antiperspirants and deodorant. I am allergic to every kind of antiperspirant and the deodorants I have tried just don't work. I have tried the liquid rock and the crystal rock, Toms natural deodorant and many other brands from the organic food store, and I've made my own with a variety of ingredients. Really, nothing works. I have even gone so far as to keeping baby wipes next to me in the car during the summer so I could freshen up before going somewhere. I start sweating as soon as I am out of the shower most of the time and even sweat when it's very cold somewhere. Gross, I know.
I saw something the other day on facebook about making deodorant with strong alcohol and tea tree oil. I had to try it. I went to the liquor store and bought a tiny bottle of vodka for $1.25. I got a small spray bottle from the beauty supply store and poured the vodka in. I added a few drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of Patchouli oil for scent (I love the smell of patchouli). I spritzed a few sprays into my pits yesterday afternoon right after I made it. I spent most of my day going from place to place in the heat and even spent quite a bit of time in a hot gymnasium playing some music. I went to bed without a shower and woke up this morning with still fresh smelling pits. It's amazing.
So, why does it work? It's not actually your sweat that stinks. It's the bacteria that clings to your sweat that stinks. It's healthy to sweat. Sweating is your body's way to release toxins. If you wear an antiperspirant, you are blocking your body's way of releasing those toxins and you will absorb them back into your system. That can cause a variety of issues for you that you may not find out about for a long time, then you will be sorry. The alcohol and tea tree oil kill the bad bacteria that causes you to smell bad. The tea tree oil also inhibits the growth of more bad bacteria. The patchouli oil smells good. ;)
Give it a try and let me know if it worked for you.