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Lemon as Deodorant? Challenge Accepted {results inside}

DIY Deo - Lemons

In the quest to green one’s beauty regimen, many things are tried and tested. And if you’re really into ingredients, with a desire to find the most effective in the purest of forms, then you’re probably no stranger to DIY products.

Nowadays, you can make a ton of beauty products right in your kitchen. I’ve made everything from  deodorant  to  scrubs  and moisturizers. I still remember making my first face mask when I was 13 years old, my skin felt so soft and smooth, and I’ve been hooked on DIY beauty ever since. Next month, I plan on making lip balm and hair gel, the options are endless and you can’t beat the savings.

Personally, I detest commercial deodorant. It’s like intentionally applying a bit of disease under your arms with every swipe, and it sickens me that I used it for years until I researched & found out about the dangers. If you’d like to do the same, read about the top five ingredients to avoid in deodorant  here  or the dangers of chemical deodorants  here.


One legendary DIY deodorant option and perhaps, the simplest & most natural of all, not to mention there’s only one ingredient which eliminates all the mixing, pouring and stirring required in other homemade recipes is the lemon solution.


Yep, lemons. Lemons have been used as deodorant for decades, it’s nothing new. The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are those who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. All you do is slice a fresh lemon & swipe it under your arms each morning, like you would with deodorant. That’s it!

Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven underarms — ouch!

I decided to give it a go this week. I always have lemons in the house so I sliced one in half, swiped under my arms post-shower and waited to see if there were any negatives. I’m surprised and happy to say that it worked like a gem! I think I actually prefer this lemon method over my regimen of using tea tree and lavender oil as deodorant. While the oils work great, they leave behind a slightly medicinal scent for a bit, but the lemons had no real noticeable fragrance, I expected to smell like a citrus tree, but that didn’t happen. Like my beloved oils, the lemon solution kept me dry and fresh all day. I plan to put away the oils for a while and switch over to lemons.

It’s been a week and I’ve only used one lemon so far. I store them in a Ziploc baggie labeled ‘DIY Deodorant’ and keep it in the fridge.


DIY Deo - Lemon storage

So, what do you think? Would you ever consider lemons in place of your regular deodorant?

2 comments on “Lemon as Deodorant? Challenge Accepted {results inside}

  1. Delia
    February 28, 2013

    Very interesting, deodorant ingredients have been bothering me as well, I’ll definitely give this a try! 😀

    • suite7beautytalk
      March 1, 2013

      Hi Delia!

      You absolutely should, I can’t get over how simple yet effective it is!


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