I'm sure some people can just go grab a natural deodorant at Whole Foods or wherever and be fine and dandy. Well that was the case with us for a few weeks.
1. Toms - I had a great couple of days first trying Toms... then my arm pits started to flake off like I had leprosy. Wonderful! Next...
2. Every Man Jack - This was a winner for a good while. A fresh, gender-neutral peppermint scent, a slightly high price tag, but it worked! Until it didn't anymore... Rats.
3. Earth Science - The mint rosemary was another awesome scent! Until it mixed with B.O. to create this uncanny resemblance to a rosemary chicken roasting in the oven. YUM!
So Zack found a recipe suggesting a simple mixture of baking soda + coconut oil + a starch!
Tips for use--
1. Store in a cool place. Since coconut oil has a melting point of 76 °F (24 °C), it's best to store your deodorant container in a cool spot or even in the fridge! When traveling, seal it up in plastic or a ziplock just to make sure nothing leaks!
2. This is not an antiperspirant. The starch does a great job of absorbing and preventing moisture, but if you are in 95 degree Alabama heat, you are gonna sweat, honey! It's good for you!
3. Just reapply! If you are going from work to the gym to a special event that night... You cannot think that this deodorant will still be sticking' around. These are natural ingredients not aluminum, remember? Just keep one of those travel sizes with you.
4. Not date-night approved. I will not even act like for a minute that I wore my natural deodorant on my wedding day. First of all, I couldn't be guaranteed that I would have chances in the craziness to reapply, and I wanted to look and smell like a frickin' princess that whole day! I also had loads of chemical hairspray and long-lasting lipstick, so it was a day for good ol' chemicals to do their job!
5. Alter the strength. My skin is more sensitive and Zack wants a man-strength deodorant... We have altered this recipe to have either more coconut oil (for sensitive skin) or more baking soda (for dudes). If you would like to try one of our batches before buying the ingredients to DIY, let us know which strength you want and we will sell you a jar!
I hope this helps someone else on their natural deodorant journey... Please comment if you have any other modification suggestions you've found. Also, if anyone is interested in how many batches you can make and how much it costs, comment below and I can get that info for ya!
Peace, love & good smells!