|First attempt at Homemade Deodorant|
As I had a visitor to the school staying this week who makes her own deodorant, and as she made it seem so easy, I had to try it. Basically a homemade deodorant can just have baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, corn starch, vitamin E oil (which for some reason I have around, but you can just open up those gel capsules too), and essential oils. Some recipes call for cocoa butter instead of coconut oil, but hey, I had coconut oil.
In this land of perpetual summer I've been having two problems with my natural deodorant:
- It tends to crumble a lot because it's not really a true solid at 80 degrees.
- One needs a ton of deodorant because it's so hot here (which is hard to accomplish with a deodorant that crumbles).
I decided to leave mine as a thick lotion. I thought if I added enough cornstarch to make it a solid, I'd be watering down the components that actually work. Plus, it's easier to use a lot if it's in lotion form. Today was my first attempt, and it worked great all day. I'm so excited! It's pricey to ship Pitt Putty here. If I can make deodorant myself, and if it stays on longer as a lotion, so much the better! :) And the combination of the geranium oil, eucalyptus oil, and tea tree oil smells amazing.
I'm just glad I discovered this before it gets really hot again.