When it comes to my food and the products I put on my body, I usually try to keep things as natural as possible. This can sometimes be hard because it seems like the fewer ingredients in a product, the more expensive it is. So when I saw beauty blogger Farah Dhukai touting the benefits of lime as deodorant, my interest was piqued. Can a fruit really keep me dry and stink-free under my armpits? Well, I decided to put it to the test.
I've got to admit I was skeptical as hell. You see, I wish I could say that when I sweat, I do so in a dainty, discreet manner, but that would be a bold-faced lie. So these limes were in for a challenge.
Day one: I eased into the lime test with a super low-key day. I cut half a lime and applied it directly to my underarm, just like Dhukai did in the video above. When I first put the lime on it was a bit itchy and uncomfortable. I scratched it and was nervous I did it wrong but after the first 10 minutes any discomfort went away and I forgot I'd put it on.
I work from home so I was pretty much at my desk the whole day. There were a few stressed-out moments where my sweat glands went into production mode, but for the most part I stayed dry and stink-free.
Day two: Since I went easy on day one, I decided to really amp things up. I made sure my armpits were nice and fresh and put the lime on about a couple hours before I went to workout. I tried an aerial fitness class for the first time, which got my heart pumping and also challenged my fears by making me flip upside down. Suffice it to say, I was sweating within the first five minutes.
I could definitely smell myself and worried I'd have to keep my arms down for the rest of the class. Fortunately, the lime stepped up its game, because I stayed fresh throughout the class. I was so amazed that the lime worked that I literally kept bragging about it to my boyfriend. However, he insisted he didn't want to smell my armpit to see how it well it had worked. His loss.
Day three: At this point I was convinced in the magic of limes as a natural deodorant, but since I had some lime left over, I decided to keep my experiment going. It was a little hotter in my apartment so as I worked I felt my armpits get a little sweaty, but there were no unpleasant smells.
Knowing that limes can work as a deodorant is a total lifesaver. Now if you forget to put deodorant on before you leave the house, all you have to do is buy a 30¢ lime rather than a new stick of deodorant for $5. And since no lime should go wasted, use the rest in a margarita.
Super important note before you give this a try: You should not use limes as deodorant if you're planning on being in the sun for long periods of time. When lime interacts with the sun you can get a chemical burn, a condition referred to as phytophotodermatitis. The skin can swell and leave a mark, which will eventually go away; however, it can be painful and not pretty, so if you're planning on spending the day at the beach, stick to regular deodorant. Otherwise, you're in the clear!