Thursday, April 30, 2009

about the homemade deodorant

Angry Chicken posted her recipe for homemade deodorant ages ago, but I just got around to making it over Christmas break. That seems like ages ago too, but I thought now that I've been using it awhile, why not do a little recipe review? Especially with the hot summer months coming up? Okay, so I mixed this up one busy afternoon in January and it was really fun and easy. I followed Angry Chicken's recipe exactly. At that point I'd had the ingredients sitting around for several months so was way past due for trying the project. I scented mine with lavender and peppermint essential oils and I love it. Next time I might use more because the shea butter smells strong, just like Amy mentioned in her post. The texture of this is really hard--I have to scrape some up with the handle end of a plastic razor--then I form it into a little ball and work it in my fingers for just a few seconds. It softens up really fast with body heat, then I just work it into my underarms. There's something I like about the ritual of that and I also like the granola-hippie feel of using my homemade deodorant every morning. By the way, it leaves absolutely no white mark on my shirts--unlike the regular kind. And does it work??? I swear, it works amazingly well--100% no stink, and that is after months of use now. So if you were thinking of doing this project I highly recommend.
Work is crazy right now--good, but busy, so I'm glad the weekend is nigh. Hopefully I'll be making another fabric bucket and if all goes well with that one maybe I can consider a little (modest) tutorial sometime after. Other than that, I just want a simple homespun weekend. Reading with the boys, maybe some popcorn, maybe some games, that sort of thing. Happy weekend to you all.

9 comments:

Angie said...

That's great, I am going to buy ingredients while I'm out today and make some tonight.

Our Green Nest said...

I make my own as well and LOVE it!!

20Birds said...

I am not sure how i ended up here... i think from crafty cow... but then i saw you had two children named dieter and rainer, and being somewhat German (ex-husband and his name is Rainer ) I begna reading... and then reading and reading... you write about things i think about ....kids giving us the frights of our lives (one of mine survived something big), vegan-ness, crafts, sewing, huge age gaps in kids...hmmm did i mention blackberries? I need to get back to my work... but it was an adventure reading here... and I am praying for Rainer ... and all of you... you seem to be doing a good job meeting vaired needs... thank you for sharing your life... dont think i will be making deodrant anytime soon... I can barely remember to use the storebought variety

Anonymous said...

I just happened upon it today and... love your blog.

((hugs))

estrellazul said...

I love very much your ideas !!

Jessica said...

I've been wanting to do that for a while...I just haven't been able to find all of the ingredients (yet!).

Rach said...

Wow - it works? I may even give that one a go.

Luc said...

I made my own deodorant based on Angry Chicken blog and for me it works better than the ones that I'd been buying in a shop!!! I'm so happy as I'm still breastfeeding and all the chemicals from the previous antiperspirants get in the breast milk. Now I'm feeling very green-like and great about making my own deodorant :o)

Andrea said...

I made this too over the winter, and had the same result w/ it being kind of hard, but how else would we get intimate with our own armpits if not rubbing cream into them? I may substitute coconut oil for some of the cocoa butter next time to try and soften it up (but you use so little it's goign to last a long, long, time!)