There I was, in the bathroom. Staring into the mirror and wondering if I was tipping the scales into crazy or if I was about to embark on a whole new level of awesome…
…with a lemon wedge in my hand.
The only one around was my giggling 6 year old, so I really had nothing to lose. My homemade deodorant and pregnancy hormones weren’t playing nice, and I had developed an itchy rash from using it.
After a day of cleaning and ‘glowing’, now was as good of a time as any.
I rubbed a lemon wedge on my underarms and waited for something to happen.
It took almost an hour that first time, but any hint of body odor disappeared. And I mean completely.
Lemon as a Deodorant
A reader in my essential oils group commented that she only uses a lemon slice as deodorant. I heard this in passing but haven’t thought much about it. Til now.
Now, it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
For the last 3 weeks, I have used nothing but a single lemon slice for deodorant. Humid, sticky, summer weather and pregnancy have not put a dent in its superpowers.
The skin darkening effect of hormones + baking soda disappeared. The rash disappeared. And there’s never any residue on my skin or my clothes.
I am over the moon excited.
It’s the little things.
How to Apply Lemon ‘Deodorant’
1. Cut a slice or thin wedge from a lemon.
2. Rub on the entire underarm area (where you sweat). Cover the skin with a thin layer of lemon juice.
Both shaven and unshaven worked for me. Hey, I was conducting an experiment, right?
3. Let dry for about 30 seconds in front of a fan for faster drying or just suck it up and rush out the door like I usually have to do. Works the same.
So far, I’ve only had to reapply after showering but your results may vary if you are transitioning from a conventional deodorant. You can keep some lemon in a small snack baggie in your purse for a back up application.
If you’ve just shaved, give it 10-15 minutes before you slather on anything acidic.
This may not work for you. I haven’t met anyone who it hasn’t worked for yet, but there will inevitably be someone who has a body chemistry that doesn’t respond.
There are a TON of natural options out there, including my homemade deodorant. I used that recipe for 5 years with fantastic results.
You are now going to ask me if you can use the lemon that comes in a bottle or lemon essential oil or this or that. I have tried straight lemon essential oil with stinky results (bad, bad, bad), and I don’t use any lemon ‘products’ that pass as fresh juice.
Have you ever tried lemon as a natural deodorant?