Happy November! While many are already in the midst of their No-Shave month, I have been thinking of an experiment while my arms are in hibernation during the cold season. I recently stumbled upon
It got me thinking again about body odor. If more than a handful of members are interested in my results (or would even try different dilutions on their own pits), I’d like to test the efficacy of Borax and black tea (both diluted) in eliminating the dreaded BO. I am aware that black tea might cause discoloration/staining but I’m willing to give it a go. While Face Off is under way for some, why not dive into the DIY realm with me? I probably won’t post photos because it’s more of a nose test, which reminds me of (drum roll, please)
Measurements: 1/2 tsp 20 Mule Team Borax in 1 cup of distilled water and 1 generic black tea bag in 2 cups of water.
1 week results: The Borax lasted 18-20 hours and the black tea lasted 19-21 hours before any odor developed. No skin irritation experienced or discoloration. Using cotton rounds to apply, it took a few minutes to dry. Perspiration did occur.
Conclusion: I’m used to some kind of fragrance in a deodorant (not using antiperspirants nowadays) so it was different to have no pleasant odor of any kind. There was absolutely no smell at all, which was pretty unbelievable but I checked several times. I did try to reapply after I noticed the return of The Stink but that really didn’t work, it definitely dulled it but it was still there. Overall, it was cheap and remarkably effective. There are some concerns about the safety of Borax but I haven’t done enough research to dissuade me from using it. If I could choose only 1, I’d choose the black tea for it’s numerous health benefits. I’d like to try green and white tea so that’s next on my agenda.