I’ve played out this scenario in my head many times:
Heather: Sniff, sniff. Do you smell something?
Renee: No. Why are you standing so close to me?
Heather: Because I like you. You sure you don’t smell something kind of musty or medicinal? Do you detect any offensive odors in your proximity?
Renee: Well if you’d back off a little I could have some room to, uh, breathe maybe? What are you…get your armpit out of my face, you weirdo!
I was really just looking for some honest feedback because I’m deeply involved in an important experiment regarding tea tree oil deodorant and how effective it really is.
I am also trying to see if I can wean myself off my Secret antiperspirant/deodorant! With my transition to living a healthier life – I am working from the inside out to improve my well being. I have really started working on eating better – like bringing these DIY oatmeal packets with me to work – to trying new healthier skin care options.
I know over the counter deodorants are not the healthiest option because most contain ingredients such as aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex – and while the ingredients really have not been proven to have any real impact on health I would rather try healthier alternatives.
But can a more natural DIY alternative antiperspirant option hold up to this busy moms sweat?
I was on a quest to find out.
At my local pharmacy the sales clerk saw me carefully analyzing the deodorants and asked if she could help. After telling her about my needs she recommended I just try tea tree oil and lavender essential oil instead of any over the counter options! I had not even considered this.
Both of these items contain deodorizing properties and since I already had the tea tree oil I just needed to buy a small bottle of lavender oil.
Using Tea Tree Oil & Lavender
Below are the details of what I did during my test period.
- Make sure my armpits are completely dry so the oils can absorb
- Each day I dabbed one drop of the tea tree oil under each armpit and rubbed it a bit to make sure I covered my armpit.
- I waited for that to dry – about 60 seconds or so
- Then I added 1 dab of lavender oil and waited for that to dry before getting dressed
For about an hour after dabbing both oils I could still smell them which was a bit overwhelming to be honest – but eventually subsided and faded away.
After four days of this experiment it seems to be working really well.
I’ve worked up a pretty good sweat this week between yard work, window washing, long walks and strawberry picking, and so far the oils seem to be keeping the odor under wraps (I think).
UPDATE: I have heard from some readers that they like to use the tea tree oil underneath their traditional deodorant as an extra layer of odor protection. So if the teat tree oil on its own is not doing its job – then this would be an option as well!
My New Tea Tree Oil Deodorant Recipe
Now that I am moving forward with using this as part of my daily routine I decided to make a batch of it so I can easily access it when I need to instead of dabbing it all the time! While some have created real deodorant using coconut oil or shea butter to create a type of roll on deodorant, I opted for a spray to keep things easy and it works really well for me.
- 20 drops of tea tree oil – I particularly love the Rocky Brand Tea Tree Oil
- 1/2 cup distilled water or witch hazel*
- 5 drops lavender oil or another scent you prefer* – I use the Rocky Brand Lavender Oil as well – it has the lightest scent without being too much in my opinion.
- Add tea tree oil to an amber colored spray pump bottle (buy here)
- Add water
- Add lavender
- Shake vigorously to mix
- Store away from light in a cool place
An 8 ounce bottle usually lasts me about a month – but may vary for you. I just do 1 spray in each arm pit and am good to go. You may need more or less – so be sure to test!
*I use water for the recipe – but in doing my research I found that witch hazel can be a great option as many have said it does a great job of controlling sweat. I am not someone who sweats a lot so did not feel I needed that.
*I used lavender oil because for me it is a soothing element to counteract the roughness of the scent of the tea tree oil – but I would play around with other oil scents if you are not a fan of lavender!
Why Does Tea Tree Oil Work?
Tea tree oil is a great deodorant option for a few reasons!
- Antifungal – it has the ability for it to kill yeasts and fungi and has been proven in several medical reviews.
- Antibacterial – it will kill off the bacteria that your body creates when you sweat. While sweat itself has no odor – the combination of sweat with the bacteria that is on your skin does! Tea tree oil helps kill that bacteria leaving you relatively odor free.
The lavender I added just gives a nice subtle scent so the tea tree oil odor is not so overwhelming.
Have you given this a try? Let me know what you thought and it it worked for you to mask those yucky odors!