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.
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