the lime experiment

As I announced a couple of weeks on the Body Unburdened Facebook page, I recently embarked on a little week-long self-experiment: for a week straight, I applied lime juice to my underarms. Man oh man, this was a risky experiment to conduct in the mid-summer heat! Luckily, it worked out rather well. But we’ll get to all that in a bit.

While I am head-over-heels in love with the DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant (it keeps me odor-free naturally and pulls toxins from my skin – what more could anyone ask for?), it has been said that lime juice can be used as a natural deodorant and I have been very curious about whether or not this was true.

So, I juiced a lime, strained the pulp and seeds, and put the juice in a little glass spray bottle. I kept the bottle in the fridge and sprayed it on my underarms every morning for a week.

The big conclusion: it worked! Not as well as my other deodorant (I was a little stinky by bedtime which is not usually the case for me) but it did work.

So will I be making the switch to lime juice? Nope. I’m still very committed to the DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant. But this may be an option for others who have a sensitivity to baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot, common ingredients in many natural deodorants (both DIY and store-bought).

A word of caution before giving it a go: 1) it can sting when applied immediately after shaving, and 2) lime juice and the sun react in such a way that can cause your skin to burn, so absolutely do not apply lime if you are planning on exposing this area of your body to the sun.