There鈥檚 nothing I love more than the sun. Summer鈥檚 free-wheelin鈥 vibes and warm weather rays are everything, but damn, that heat and humidity wreak havoc on my hair, skin and 鈥 umm 鈥 my underarms. I turn into Sweaty Betty as soon as the mercury rises above 77掳 Fahrenheit, and I haven鈥檛 been able to find that miracle product to keep me dry and unbothered throughout the summer months. The only thing that seems to be fail-proof is walking around with washcloths under my arms, and that鈥檚 not exactly the greatest accessory for adorable off-the-shoulder dresses and next-level crop tops.

While scrolling through Instagram, I saw a post by Farah Dhukai in which the makeup and DIY vlogger used lime as a natural deodorant, and I was immediately intrigued. Farak claims that using lime juice 鈥 just one single ingredient 鈥 keeps her dry and odor free. Apparently, the citric acid in the lime juice kills the bacteria that causes BO (who knew?!).

NATURAL #DIY DEODORANT 馃尭 its so hard to find a deodorant that keeps me dry and odor free all day without reapplying 鈽旓笍(leeetssss be honest - I love curry and you are what you eat? more like you smell like what you eat lol 馃崓馃崓#iaintsorry ) THIS DIY DEODORANT not only kept me EXTREMELY DRY 馃尙in this 鈽锔廻ot and humid Miami weather, it kept me smelling FRESH all day! #fresherthanyou #allday All you need: LIME馃崑 馃敧cut the lime into small little pieces and store in the fridge - OR you can juice the lime and use it with a cotton round馃嵐 馃檵馃従Apply the lime juice DIRECTLY to your underarm AFTER showering馃毧. DO NOT do this right after shaving cuzzzzzz it stiiinnggzzzzz馃棥 Let it dry COMPLETELY and then go on with your day. 馃檯馃徑Avoid sun exposure or tanning when you do this regimen. Your underarm will be #sofreshandsoclean all day long!馃拑馃徑馃拑馃徑馃拑馃徑 #diyremedies #hudabeauty #wakeupandmakeup #vegas_nay #makegirlz Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. Everyone's skin is different, so result can vary from person to person. I can not vouch for any substitute ingredients. This post is provided for information and educational purposes. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice. Please discontinue use if your skin does not react well to the regimen.

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I鈥檓 a big fan of citrus, with its tangy taste and tart smell, so I decided to try it out on a day where the temps were at a manageable 75掳 Fahrenheit (better safe than sorry).


Lime As Deodorant

After taking a shower, I cut a lime in half and rubbed it on my armpits. You can squeeze the lime and apply the juice to your underarms with a cotton pad, or you can apply the lime directly to your armpit, just like I did. It really is that simple. It feels strange rubbing produce on your body, but beyond that, it was super easy. Next, you wait for the lime juice to dry completely 鈥 then you鈥檙e good to go.


1. DO NOT apply to freshly shaved armpits. Seriously, don鈥檛. The lime juice will sting.

2. Don鈥檛 expose your armpits to the sun. Components of the lime juice will make your pits more susceptible to sunburn.

3. Make sure the lime juice is dry before getting dressed. The juice may bleach your clothes.


I was really nervous about leaving the apartment with nothing more than lime juice on my underarms. I didn鈥檛 really notice a citrus-y scent after the lime juice dried and, while my pits remained pretty dry, they weren鈥檛 exactly odor free. This didn鈥檛 work well enough for me to ditch my daily deodorant. That being said, if I鈥檓 ever in a pinch and in desperate need of deodorant with only a lime in sight, I鈥檒l use it.

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