Tuesday, June 23, 2009

homemade deodorant: check it off my list

So maybe not everyone would be as excited as I am to say that I have made my own deodorant. It's been on my mind for months now every since I read this post over at Angry Chicken. I knew that I just had to try my hand at melting shea and cocoa butters and mixing in some amazing essential oils to create my very own, aluminum-free, perfume-free underarm cream.

I took Amy's advice and held a I'm Not a Dirty Hippie Party and split the supplies with a friend. It has to be a good friend. You can't just invite anyone over to make jars of cream that you know full well will be used on your underarms. Plus, since the jars apparently last for months, you will be smelling exactly like your friend well into the Fall.

We had a lovely afternoon mixing and measuring while our five children ran around enjoying the cool breeze of yet another cloudy June day. The process was simple and involved lots of melting, stirring and sniffing (a highly scientific process that is used to gauge the perfect ratio of essential oils to butters). In the end, it was a perfect mixture of grapefruit, lavender and peppermint that gave our deodorant it's signature quality (this is my favorite blend of essential oils and I have been using it since last year to make my own room spray).

Today was day one of using my homemade deodorant and so far, so good. I will be sure to keep you all posted as to how it is holding up in a few weeks. That is for those of you who care enough to read about my thrilling experience with my homemade deodorant.

9 comments:

Jackie said...

so far so good here too! tho' i didn't really give it a run for its money yet...wait 'til we do have a hot day...whenever that may be!

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Chuck said...

Here's to NOT smelling you - and you too Jackie! LOL. How exciting homemade deodorant - I have finally switched over to Tom's of Maine I love the great scents they have now but it is so $$$$$ I might just have to give this a go if it works. Please be "Sure" to let us know how it's going! :)
One question is it "strong enough for a man even though its made for a woman"??? (no lavander for me I'm busty enough already!

renee @ FIMBY said...

I've used the same recipe but substituted cocoa butter for shea butter since I use that more often in my homemade creams and such. I love it! Smells so good I want to eat it.

daniele @ domestic serenity said...

I saw that same post & put it in my favorites...maybe at some point! hope it goes well.

Matt and Christa said...

I kinda have the same question as Charlie...'cause in our family, we smell like men, and I'm sure my mom wouldn't mind getting a hold of your homemade concoction. But we don't mind the feminine scent. :-)

P.S. I guess a lot more people care about your deodorant exploits than perhaps you'd expected?

Jeremy said...

Here's another recipe for homemade deodorant. http://www.marilynfarms.com/blog/my-favorite-deodorant.html

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