I've been making my own tea tree oil deodorant for myself and hubby for a few years now. I am allergic to the aluminium salts in conventional anti-perspirants, so have been buying aluminium-free ever since I was a teenager. I've tried numerous permutations of 'natural' deodorants and they've either not worked or they've given me a nasty rash (including rock crystals and straight bicarb soda).
So when I first read Amy Karol's (Angry Chicken) deodorant recipe last year, I didn't pay too much attention to it: It seemed counter-intuitive to me that smearing wax in your armpit could stop it from stinking!
However! Given Kelly's recent rave about it, I thought I might revisit it. I duly bought the organic ingredients and made it up a couple of weeks ago, but the weather hasn't been warm enough to really give it a good test... until yesterday.
It was officially 38'C (that's 100'F) but my gauge still read 38'C at 5pm so I reckon it got hotter than that, particularly at 3pm when we walked to and from school in the blazing sun. That sure gave me - and the deodorant - a work out!
The verdict? Nice! It didn't stop me sweating profusely, but then that goes with the territory when you are an amply-endowed woman shall we say, and sweaty bras have their own pong that competes pretty stiffly with any underarm whiffiness... but I asked Miss Six how I smelt when we got home (you can't go past the honesty of kids), she said I smelt like clean nappies? I'm guessing that could be interpreted as Shea Butter smell (which is pretty strong and smells a little like lanolin), and she assured me it wasn't offensive, so yay! No B.O.
* Amy mentioned in her recipe that she'd add a little glycerine to her recipe next time, and I will too I think; it's chalky and a little hard, and along with a poor choice of container from my perspective (I used the jar with the widest mouth I had but it's still hard to get it out), I have to use the tip of a teaspoon to scrape some out to use, though it does melt nicely in the heat of my fingers so that it can be smeared around easily. Or maybe I'd just use more wax/butter and less bicarb & cornflour.
* It does need a lot of essential oil to overcome the Shea butter smell. I didn't add nearly enough - about 30 drops, which I will at least double in future.
* It does leave your fingers greasy afterwards which is not easily removed with soap, but hey, if it works...!
I know Veggie is using it too and loves it, anyone else using this recipe? What's your favourite essential oils to add, and how much do you use in your mix?