When life gives you lemons, make deodorant

You read that correctly. Lemons aren’t just Beyoncé’s muses for her sixth studio album. You can use them as a natural deodorant alternative too. Most deodorants contain chemicals such as aluminum, parabens, triclosan, among others. Aluminum is a common ingredient used to fight a natural human trait called perspiration. Antiperspirant substances, aluminum and parabens have both been linked to causing cancer.

With this in mind, I decided to do my own research a couple of years ago. None of the deodorants I was using helped in the odour department until I began adopting the lemon method. Although it is scent-free, it still gives me all-day coverage. In fact, the citric acid content in lemon juice kills odour-causing bacteria.

What you’ll need:

1 lemon
1 knife
1 cutting board
2 armpits

Step 1: Buy your lemons. I would suggest buying them from a Chinese supermarket because it’s incredibly cheaper than your common grocery store. You can get 5 lemons for a dollar. They don’t need to be organic, unless you’re picky like that.
Step 2: Slice up your lemon. I typically use a slice for two armpits.
Step 3: Squeeze on armpits
Step 4: Air it out for a couple of seconds before putting on your clothes.
Step 5: Remove pulp residue from said armpits.


  1. Do not apply lemon juice on your freshly shaven armpits unless you’re a masochist.
  2. Given the natural ingredient of this deodorant, it is not antiperspirant. Please be prepared to still sweat without the odour.
  3. If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest doing a swatch test before committing to the entire armpit.



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