He tried rubbing alcohol, I tried the internet. Of course I found about a kazillion recipes for home made deodorant. Most of them called for coconut oil as the carrier. Who in the heck has coconut oil just sitting around? But I DID have a random bottle of massage oil from the organic foods store. It was a blend of food grade oils; sweet almond, olive, peanut and jojoba. Unscented organic goodness. So into a baby food jar I mixed 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, enough oil to make a paste and a few drops of geranium oil for a pleasant scent (and supposed antibacterial properties).
We both used it and were amazed at how will it worked day after day. It became a game; come here babe, smell my armpit! I learned that the oil will float to the top and sometimes needs to be mixed back in. I learned that it goes on a lot smoother when it is more like a cream instead of a paste (more oil). I discovered that our armpits STUNK at the end of the day after using commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants, but they didn't after using the baking soda/cornstarch concoction.
Since we've been using the home made stuff, I've started reading about all the bad crap in anti-perspirant. I'm talking BAD stuff. And most of us put that right next to our lymph nodes everyday? Crazy! Since I had been sweating naturally now for a few weeks I decided that sweating wasn't all that bad. I could definitely live without anti-perspirants. But what about all those clear deodorants at the store? Would those be bad also? Well, they are full of things like triclosan and artificial scents too. But I picked up some 'natural' Arm and Hammer deodorant, just to try it out. It smells nice enough and is certainly easier to apply than our stuff, but at the end of the day, after the scent starts to wane, I can smell BO. So - Nina's HomeMade Deodorant wins.
And it has really passed the test today. It was 95 hot and humid degrees here. I spread a little on in the morning, and yes, I did sweat a little but it wasn't uncomfortable and I didn't smell!
Most importantly, Tom loves it. Last night he said 'We're out!! Make more!' So I did.
I guess I can quit clipping the Secret and Old Spice coupons now!