Lavender Magnesium Deodorant Spray
So in my last post about deodorant, I mentioned a coconut-oil and orange recipe I tried that didn’t quite give me the results I was hoping for. After it broke me out in an uncomfortable and embarrassing rash, it now has a new life as quite a nice exfoliating body oil! Though I limit to using it only on areas I don’t shave at all, as it doesn’t seem to be very friendly on broken skin.
In vain, I decided to try a magnesium spray inspired by Wellness Mama which actually seems to be very effective! I have tested this now for a full week during which time I have also completely ditched my shop-bought anti-perspirant. To my favour I am trying this during winter so the embarrassment factor is fairly low risk, however my office at work is quite hot as we keep the heater on all day (it can turn into a bit of a sweat-box…. nice!) – I count this as pretty rigorous testing and incredible faith in nature!
- 1 part magnesium flakes (magnesium chloride)
- 10 parts distilled water
- Lavender essential oil
Method and application
Either dissolve the flakes in freshly boiled water and wait until cool to add the lavender oil, or simply add the flakes to cold distilled water in a glass atomiser bottle. I found an atomiser worked best as the fine mist doesn’t soak your clothes as you put this on, also it helps it to dry much faster. Alternatively apply to a cotton wool pad and wipe under arms before dressing in the morning.
I decided to add the lavender to the recipe for it’s anti-bacterial properties as well as it’s floral scent, as an additional ‘active’ ingredient since body odour is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat. Note: lavender is a powerful essential oil and should not be used neat on the skin as it can be an irritant so make sure it accounts for only 1% of your concoction!
Extra body odour control
- Straight after spritzing the magnesium spray under my arms, I let dry after a couple of minutes then apply a generous amount of coconut oil. I found this is a really important step as the coconut oil seems to also help to prevent odour.
- As well as spraying this on in the morning, I also use throughout the day if I can (I have a small glass bottle of this magnesium mix that I keep in my bag and take to work). Mostly I don’t need to use it as a top-up but I feel much better knowing I have some to hand should I desperately need it.
- In conjunction with the magnesium spray, I also use another lavender-based spray. It’s not completely necessary but I like to use it for further deodorising protection! I simply mix distilled water with a few drops of lavender oil in a separate glass atomiser bottle. The magnesium spray can be a little sticky so this is nice as the final extra add-on step to spray on right before I head out the door for work.
I have no idea why the magnesium seems to work as a deodorant, but I am very happy with the way it works and my now toxic-free under-arms! This was probably the most significant aspect of my health and beauty regime that I wanted to change, and which I thought would be a difficult one to find an effective natural alternative for.
Last note; the magnesium spray does sting a little on the skin, whether it is broken skin or not. The stinging does subside after about 5-10 minutes so don’t panic if this happens. The spray can be used all over the body as a prep before getting dressed as a way to absorb magnesium into the body, which is particularly beneficial for women as we tend to have lower levels than men.