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Using Bergamot as a Deodorant

Try Bergamot on Your Pits

One of my friends is a true follower of all things natural. Food? All organic and local. Clothing? Either recycled or handsewn. Beauty? When it comes to products, nothing of the paraben/synthetic nature remotely touches her body.

So, when I saw her splash a little bergamot oil on her pits one day, I was intrigued. "It's a natural deodorizer," she said. I gave it a whirl. With surprising results, I was practically stink-free. From what I could tell, my underarms smelled rather nice — well, like citrus. She also recommended I dab on a little baking soda if I ever felt a little drippy.

Like playing mad scientist? You can always mix up your own custom scent. Try Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil ($13.59) paired with a complementary aroma such as sandalwood, nutmeg, vetiver, geranium, lavender, lemon, neroli, or ylang ylang.


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Liebestar Liebestar 5 years
What a great idea! I wear a bergamont based perfume anyway so bergamot oil would be perfect. I wipe or spray my armpits with vinegar before showering and it keeps the BO at bay all day! I don't recommend doing this after a shower unless you want to smell like a pickle. Corn starch, powder, talc, etc also work well to minimize any sweat.
Tech Tech 8 years
Thanks for this Bella! I'm going to take this one for a test drive and get back to you! Fingers-crossed I don't stink up the office with my body odor!
Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
great tip!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I don't think I could do this. I hate to be sweaty and have pit stains when it's so cold outside but roasting inside.
Zinziii Zinziii 8 years
Gonna have to try this. I'm trying to start using all natural products since moving away for uni my psoriasis has come up really bad.
graylen graylen 8 years
Thanks corduroy! I'll check out Whole Foods this week. I also checked the aura cacia site and it had great essential oil information and recipes.
corduroy1 corduroy1 8 years
this is a great tip, but i too need stronger antiperspirant protection. aura cacia is the brand i personally use! (for other applications) graylen: the most popular chain i can think of getting essential oils at would be whole foods. usually any organic, holistic, or better health retailer carries them. but beware of imitation oils...if they arent authentic, they wont carry the qualities that make them effective.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I hate deordorant, so this sound so good to me - does it help with perspiration, though?
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
I really wish I could just use deodrant. Unfortunately, I am a sweaty Betty.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I think I'll try this too, even though I love my Mitchum.
graylen graylen 8 years
emalove- I have to wear natural deodorant (I'm allergic to anti-perspirant)- and I always have to put lotion on my underarms first. That seems to have cut back on the severe dry skin it caused. Where would you get bergamot oil?
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Great tip, Shadowdamage! I'll have to try that one.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Bergamot is also good for keeping kittens off curtains - if you make a light spray of bergamot (water is fine, just be sure not to mist so hard that it ruins the fabric) and it helps keep cats away from furniture, curtains, etc. Worked like a charm on my cat when he was little...he hated the smell but its quite pleasant for humans of course.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Interesting. I happen to have bergamot EO.
emalove emalove 8 years
Hmmm...I'd try it, but I feel like it may irritate my skin. Every natural deoderant I've ever tried has made my underarms so red and itchy. I wonder if this would have that same effect...
laughing808 laughing808 8 years
I think I'll actually try this.
softchickenyou softchickenyou 8 years
I have been reading how bad commercial deodorants are for you and for a week now I have stopped wearing it (that's kinda gross but i don't stink! haha) I wanted to try natural ones they sell at Whole Foods but was afraid they will leave white marks on my clothes. I will definitely try the bergamot and maybe mix it with jasmine. Thanks for posting this!
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 8 years
definitely going to try this one! thanks for the tip. i love hearing random ideas that work!
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