Battling body odour? Ditch deodorants, pick essential oils

Here’s a peek into fragrant essential oils which can help you combat body odour, and leave you feeling fresh.
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Aayushi Gupta Updated: 18 Mar 2024, 11:05 am IST
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Everybody sweats. This results in an unwanted body odour, a stink that can be very embarrassing. But it turns out, your sweat is generally odourless. What causes the unpleasant smell then? Well, it happens to be the bacteria that builds up on your skin! When the bacteria comes in contact with the sweat, it leads to a reaction that emits body odour.

You may have found a quick fix in expensive deodorants to get your body odour woes in check. But ever thought of exploring the magical essence of essential oils? Well ladies, there are several easily available oils with soothing scents that can help clear away the odour, and keep you stress-free!

These are the top 5 essential oils for body odour:

1. Lavender essential oil

Want to keep your body smelling fresh? Well, the aroma of lavender oil is all you need to lift your mood and make you smell good. It is one of the most versatile essential oils and can help both physically and emotionally. Lavender is known for being antifungal and antibacterial, making it a popular choice for skincare products. These properties and lavender’s floral scent can keep you fresh while you break a sweat.

Note: Always conduct a skin test to ensure safety. 

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2. Tea tree essential oil

Tea tree oil is essentially known for its ability to heal breakouts, but it can also work wonders in helping you to smell sweet! That is because it has powerful cleansing, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that aid in eliminating bad smell. In addition, tea tree oil is an effective natural astringent and an antiseptic, which helps it to remove excess moisture and provide natural sweat-wicking properties. All in all, it’s a win-win option.

Note: Tea tree oil isn’t for everyone, so do not forget to have a skin patch test. 

3. Peppermint essential oil

What causes sweat smell is the action of bacteria on your skin. So, how can peppermint essential oil help? For starters, peppermint oil contains menthol, which is an excellent antiseptic agent. In fact, it is also antimicrobial and anti-viral in nature. What makes it the perfect choice for eliminating body odour is peppermint’s fresh and uplifting scent, and also its cooling effect on the skin.

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4. Rosemary essential oil

Like tea tree essential oil, rosemary oil also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties which make it an effective natural deodorant. Rosemary essential oil is popular for its wide range of health benefits. It has a powerful, refreshing herbal smell that can make you feel fresh and smell good.

You can use rosemary essential oil as a base, mixing it with sage essential oil for regular use.

5. Bergamot essential oil

Bergamot essential oil — a hybrid citrus fruit of bitter orange and lemon — is aromatic and heady with a floral and citrus-forward scent. Beyond its alluring fragrance, bergamot essential oil is a great addition to homemade deodorant since it’s also antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic.

Ladies, these essential oils are highly fragrant! Try them out.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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