Yesterday I made home-made deodorant. For years I have felt a discomfort when I think about all the chemicals I'm applying to what seems like a sensitive area. Armpits seem like they should be treated almost like internal space.. A weird feeling I'm sure, it obviously seems external to most.. But.. Eh. Okay, so I'm weird.
I have a few "natural" deodorants that aren't very effective..
So I've been keeping the regular, drugstore kind around, along with Kiss My Face.. And now I have one comprised of coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda, and essential oils.
I've found myself highly attracted to jasmine recently. I always loved the smell, but it was so off my radar that I never actually made the connection.. I just saw my first jasmine plant this summer and I stared at it, not knowing the name of this cute plant making this INCREDIBLE smell.
This winter I realized that my favorite body wash from Lush is full of jasmine, and the body butter I got as a gift is super heady with jasmine and honey (and weird chemicals because it's from the body shop.)
While at Chucks for knit night (Chucks is a local produce store that is somewhat similar to whole foods, high prices, lots of organic and natural) I looked for jasmine essential oil. Instead of finding actual eo I ended up buying a little roller of jojoba oil scented with jasmine.
The next day found me though in another store, staring at a rack of eos. I bought jasmine, and on an impulse I also bought geranium eo. Geranium is a nostalgic scent, from my teen years when I spent the summer working at the family greenhouse..
Would they combine well? I didn't even care. It spoke to me.
At home I mixed up the recipe, added lavender to the geranium and far far too much jasmine.. Oh it's so stinky! Oh well.. It's a good combo, I think I just need to apply it sparingly.
This morning I spent some time looking up the properties of the eos I chose. I chose them mostly for scent purposes, with a bit of gut feeling to back it up. I studied aromatherapy and herbal medicine from books as a hobby for years and years as a teen and young adult. The oils I chose seem to support happy moods, serenity, mental well being, support libido and most of them are a bit anti microbial. Everything I could ask for in a deodorant.
the deodorant is a bit gritty. Imagine the feeling of applying baking soda paste to your skin.. It's pretty similar. I find that if my skin is wet, right out of the shower that it's easy to get a nice thin coat and the grittiness is far less noticeable.
I poured the mix into an empty, clean deodorant container (re-used from some grocery store kind) I was afraid it was an utter failure, because the deodorant failed to advance as I turned the bottom part.. I was certain it should be set up .. What was the problem? Finally I ran the whole thing under very hot water to make the outside layer more fluid and then it advanced properly. This sort of thing has happened with magic stick as well, it's hard to get it moving at first, but once it's been moved within its mold it's easier from then on.
My initial test left me feeling a teensy itchy. It made me worry, but no rash developed, no irritation.. And after I showered and reapplied (a super thin coat, on wet skin) I didn't notice any additional itchiness
This morning I don't notice any discernible body odor, nor any residual fragrance. Joel stuck is nose in my armpit and sniffed deeply (I was a bit taken aback) and had no complaints. (Weirdo).
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