Tips For Reducing Your Body Odor Naturally


Body odor certainly isn’t dangerous, but it can be offensive to others. Not everyone produces smelly sweat under their arms, by the way. About 2 percent of people have a single gene variation that leaves their underarms sweat- and odor-free. It’s the same gene variation that causes dry flaky earwax as opposed to “wet” sticky earwax. Research shows that even these odor-free people typically use deodorants and antiperspirants anyway, even though they don’t need to.13

If you have foul body odor, this is typically related to toxins being expelled; it’s probably not your “natural” scent. If you’re living a “clean” lifestyle, meaning a lifestyle in which you’re minimally exposed to dietary and environmental toxins and therefore have a low toxic burden, your sweat will be close to odorless.

Please don’t attempt to stop your body’s natural sweating by using antiperspirants. Profuse sweating can actually help decrease body odor. Your body releases sweat to help regulate its body temperature to prevent you from overheating, and there are many other benefits to it as well.

Sweating helps your body to eliminate toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload. Sweating may also help kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as on the surface of your skin.

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Interestingly, research involving bacterial transplants to stop excessive body odor is being conducted. The idea is to fight odor-causing bacteria with their own kind: more bacteria. Researchers explained:

Another option for eliminating body odor, aside from washing regularly with soap and water, is exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet light, specifically UVB, is a very potent germicidal. I have noticed that by tanning my armpits it eliminates armpit odor nearly completely, probably because the UVB kills any odor-causing bacteria.

As mentioned, a paste of baking soda and water is an effective deodorant for some people. You can also try dabbing a bit of apple cider vinegar under your arms. If you want a deodorant that smells great and can be put into “stick” form like you may be used to, try Tree Hugger’s natural recipe below.15

Homemade Natural Deodorant With Coconut Oil16


  • 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)


  1. Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt.
  2. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool.
  3. At room temperature, the deodorant is hard. You can scrape out a small ball and apply it directly to your armpits, or transfer it to an old deodorant tube for easier application.

    In warmer months, you’ll need to keep this deodorant in your refrigerator to prevent the coconut oil from liquefying.



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