In an attempt to NOT die from the aluminum toxicity in deodorant, we tried every single trendy deodorizing supplement on the market. You may have heard of using chlorophyll in your water as a way to "deodorize" your body, but we stumbled upon a few other tricks of the trade and we thought we'd share!
We tried all three of these trends in conjunction with a natural deodorant too so if you do decide to try it out yourself, you may want to save yourself the embarrassing mistake that we did (someone may or may not have went for a run with JUST glycolic acid..) and use as a supplement, not a replacement for your normal deo.
We're going to rate each supplement option on a scale of 0-5 stars, 0 stars suggests we'd never recommend even to our worst enemy, and 5 stars assumes its a big bad gal tip and you should RUN, not walk to get some off of Amazon.
Disclaimer from the editors: All three of these items are active supplements so its important to not start any new supplement regimen without consulting your health provider. This article is for entertainment and informational purposes only.
Let's start with the tried and true: Chlorophyll
Our ranking: 4/5 stars
A naturally occurring pigment in plants, chlorophyll in water became a trend a few years ago and is having a resurgence in popularity. When it comes to its overall deodorizing capabilities, Chlorophyll is so popular because it really, really works... for a time. We used chlorophyll liquid and added about 2 droppers worth of liquid to 8 ounces of water, every day for a week. Chlorophyll pills can also be found at local health food stores.
Click the photo to find the Chlorophyll we used on Amazon!
Pros: Works really well, leaves no added smell, promotes drinking more water, has a cute color. Great for skin health as well!
The efficacy of the deodorizing effect seems to go down after a week and half or two of use.
In addition, there's some research that suggests this can interfere with birth control pills which can be a HUGE no-no for some women. (Us included.)
However, regardless of the type, liquid form in water OR in a pill form, chlorophyll is great supplement, BUT we definitely felt the decline in potency over longer term use which is why we gave it a 4 out of 5 stars rating.
Our ranking: 5/5 stars
Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid is a multipurpose product because it's normally used for skin toning and brightening purposes but has been recently acclaimed for its deodorizing capabilities. Since Glycolic is an AHA, it lowers pH to kill the bacteria that causes odor, so it reduces odor at the source.
For our trial, we transferred some of the Glycolic Acid into a small spray bottle, and sprayed the underarm morning and night, let it dry, and then applied our regular deodorant.
This really works so well that we often go to bed with just the Glycolic Acid alone and we wake up still smelling fresh!
Click the photo to find the Ordinary's Glycolic Acid on Amazon!
Pros: Easy to use, brightens underarms, works really well. Has less contraindications than both fenugreek and chlorophyll.
Cons: It can cause underarm wetness, so we recommend using a small hand fan to thoroughly dry the area after application if you have one!
*PRO TIP: The Glycolic Acid is a new staple in our regimen and an absolute favorite because it can be used in conjunction with either the fenugreek or chlorophyll. More on that at the end!
Our ranking: 4/5 stars
Fenugreek, an herb of Asian and Mediterranean origin, is often used to season food and medicinally for lactation support for breastfeeding mothers. This one took some research and we were so surprised to that this one isn't talked about more often!
For this trial, we two fenugreek capsules in the morning everyday for a week.
We came to find then when taking Fenugreek as a daily supplement, it does not totally eradicate body odor, but it masks it almost completely. The masked scent makes your body give off a very sweet, warm, maple syrup-like aroma and it is surprisingly very nice! But warning is advised, the natural scent can be a tad strong for some.
Click the photo to find the Nature's Way Fenugreek Supplements on Amazon!
Pros: We really liked that this not only eliminates smell but gives a really pleasant maple syrup scent to the skin. Unlike the chlorophyll, the fenugreek potency doesn't wane as much over time.
Cons: Fenugreek is a very potent supplement. Similarly to Chlorophyll, Fenugreek contains may interfere with birth contraception as it increases fertility in women and also improves lactation for mothers.
Given these qualities of Chlorophyll and Fenugreek, it is important to remain cautious when using these supplements, and to consult a medical professional if needed.
Overall, all three of these options get the job done and serve as great supplemental ways to feel as confident as you can in the rising temps.
From one bad gal to another, we started interchangeably using the Chlorophyll and Fenugreek, two weeks at a time for Chlorophyll and two weeks for Fenugreek, and layering the Glycolic Acid topically right before deodorant for best results.
We were SO pleasantly surprised by the results of this trial!
So much that we have now incorporated all of these natural deodorizing supplements into our everyday routine, and we absolutely love it!
Have you tried the Chlorophyll water trend before? What about Glycolic acid, or even Fenugreek?
If you haven't already, check these natural deodorizing supplements and be sure to let us know your experience in the comment section!