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Lemon juice as a deodorant?

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Created April 05, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I was watching Regency House this weekend - you remember, when PBS was doing all those recreation shows, having people live as if it was the victorian era, or pioneer era, or whatever? This one was regency era, the time of Jane Austin, Pride & Prejudice and all that.

ANYWAY, I noticed the ladies were using lemons for underarm deodorant. Has anyone ever heard of or tried this? Thought it was interesting.

Of note, they also used egg whites, rum, and rosewater to shampoo their hair.

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817 · December 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I dont use anything anymore. I did the ACV/baking soda thing and it just worked for a short time.. I now use just water and occasionally a bar of castile soap. i wrote about my process of changing to this + the ACV way here: http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/i-do-not-wash-my-hair-yes-you-read-that-right I think it is truly freeing to now have to buy shampoo!!

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817 · December 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

In terms of washing hair, I cut out all shampoo! I have long brown hair and get tons of comments on it now about how healthy it looks ect. I stopped using shampoo and switched to a baking soda mix, but have recently nixe it altogether. Now I just use castile bar soap occasionally to do a deep clean.. I documented it all here if you are intersted http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/i-do-not-wash-my-hair-yes-you-read-that-right

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305 · December 19, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I have crazy thin hair (i.e., not much hair and each strand is unusually thin) and I've tried the egg/vinegar thing twice. It left it greasy. Normally I wash with 2 tsp baking soda in water, then sometimes an ACV rinse, and it works great.

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11557 · December 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM

That's interesting for the shampoo, I have tried a few "make your own" shampoos that involved extensive lists of ingredients, but they have all left my hair feeling oily. I have very thin, straight, grease-prone hair, do you know anyone that's tried the egg/vinegar on thin (like, crazy thin) hair?

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473 · August 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I mix equal amount of coconut oil and baking soda to make deodorant paste and work wonderfully for my underarms! I have sweaty underarms that usually have some unpleasant smell and I hate how deodorant stains my clothing.

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1648 · April 06, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I really like that it doesn't stain clothing. That is one of my biggest problems with deodorant.

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13983 · April 06, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Patrik, I think that finding ways to eliminate chemicals from what we ingest through our skin (lotions, shampoos and deodorants) follows a paleo milieu of of health - avoiding processed, chemically-laden foods and eating unprocessed, grass-fed, pastured foods.

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970 · April 06, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I have been using a whole egg, but yeah egg white would be fine to try. I might do that actually, since I have leftover egg whites all the time. Tell your gf to try it! It's the first time I've been through winter without static problems and using vinegar leaves hair really soft and shiny.

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529 · April 05, 2010 at 10:54 PM

nice...I just learned a lot! This fits in well with Mark Sisson's latest post about egg whites...maybe this is something good to do with them. Lets see if I can get the gf to use egg and vinegar to wash her hair. I bet she'll take to it like a cat to water.

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10502 · April 05, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Not sure what this has to do with Paleo....

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7063 · April 06, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Lemon juice is a great deodorant, the citric acid with it's low pH breaks down the cell membranes of the bacteria and dries up excess oil - (the same goes for vinegar too) although some people can be really sensitive to it (especially after they have shaved under the arms).

It can be mixed with baking soda to make more of a 'powdery' texture which is easier to apply and dries quicker - the baking soda absorbs excess sweat or you can water down juice (with vinegar if you prefer) which has been strained through a cheesecloth and put it in a spray bottle to spray directly under arms.

Make sure the juice is completely dry before you put on your clothes as it may stain clothing or alter the color of the dye when it is subsequently washed.

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40 · January 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

I use lemon juice as my deodorant and it works very well- much better than other natural deodorants. It even works when I work out and get all sweaty:)

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970 · April 05, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I use coconut oil and baking soda as a deodorant. Just rub some deodorant on then pat some baking soda on with your fingers. Doesn't stain clothing and works better than any store-bought deodorant I've tried in the past.

I also use a whole egg and vinegar (about 1 tbsp in 1 cup water) to shampoo and condition my hair.

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970 · April 06, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I have been using a whole egg, but yeah egg white would be fine to try. I might do that actually, since I have leftover egg whites all the time. Tell your gf to try it! It's the first time I've been through winter without static problems and using vinegar leaves hair really soft and shiny.

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1648 · April 06, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I really like that it doesn't stain clothing. That is one of my biggest problems with deodorant.

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529 · April 05, 2010 at 10:54 PM

nice...I just learned a lot! This fits in well with Mark Sisson's latest post about egg whites...maybe this is something good to do with them. Lets see if I can get the gf to use egg and vinegar to wash her hair. I bet she'll take to it like a cat to water.

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473 · August 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I mix equal amount of coconut oil and baking soda to make deodorant paste and work wonderfully for my underarms! I have sweaty underarms that usually have some unpleasant smell and I hate how deodorant stains my clothing.

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305 · December 19, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I have crazy thin hair (i.e., not much hair and each strand is unusually thin) and I've tried the egg/vinegar thing twice. It left it greasy. Normally I wash with 2 tsp baking soda in water, then sometimes an ACV rinse, and it works great.

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11557 · December 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM

That's interesting for the shampoo, I have tried a few "make your own" shampoos that involved extensive lists of ingredients, but they have all left my hair feeling oily. I have very thin, straight, grease-prone hair, do you know anyone that's tried the egg/vinegar on thin (like, crazy thin) hair?

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817 · December 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I dont use anything anymore. I did the ACV/baking soda thing and it just worked for a short time.. I now use just water and occasionally a bar of castile soap. i wrote about my process of changing to this + the ACV way here: http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/i-do-not-wash-my-hair-yes-you-read-that-right I think it is truly freeing to now have to buy shampoo!!

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3125 · January 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

i just shave my arm pits and dont use deodorant. i figure i dont want cancer causing chemical applied directly to the lymph nodes of the arm pits. i did this for 35 years long befor going paleo. sometimes i have to shower three times a day but i enjoy it. i think lemon or orange oil is a wonderful idea and will give it a go.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Showering can be bad for you especially that many times a day. It can cause dry skin and not to mention everytime you shower your skin absorbs the water and that much fluoride being absorbed is never good (in the US anyways I hear water fluoridation is banned in some other countries, I don't know where your from so it might be different)

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10 · December 18, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I'm going to try adding in the baking soda because when playing sports you do become a bit sweaty, but otherwise I say lemons all the way.

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-2 · April 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

my sister uses lemon juice as deodorant and she smells terrible. How can I tell her she stinks without hurting her feelings. She needs to go back to using deodorant and she needs men's deodorant that's how bad she smells.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Maybe she's using lemon juice from a bottle maybe it could be different than straight up rubbing lemons under your arms.. Anyways I don't think you should try and make her use deoderant from the stores, she is very smart in using a natural thing instead of chemicals that can cause her harm (no matter your opinion) also maybe she doesn't care if you think she smells bad maybe she feels she's not here to please you or anyone and people smell it's natural, if you don't like it don't be mean respect it if she just wants to be human... Animals stink and dont shower (some do but I don't think their main reason is to not stink)... Anyways it's her choice just try not to be mean about it (not saying you will be it's just I have a sister and she would probably just say "dude you stink" also I'm getting the idea it might come off as mean because of how you mentioned she stinks so bad she needs mens deoderant which is a mean thing to say, considering it's not even her fault(although it could be her fault depending on how she eats etc.))

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