DIY: Make your own deodorant
Be sure to give your concoction a trial run before your big date.
But isn't the real issue: Does it work?
Two personal-finance bloggers directed their readers to a recipe from Little House in the Suburbs, which starts with this statement: "In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the most feared replacement."
If homemade appeals to your frugal nature, or you're allergic to store-bought antiperspirants, this DIY deodorant may hold promise.
"Vh" at Funny about Money was intrigued, and for good reason. "I'm allergic to most commercial deodorants. Have been known to use plain baking soda, but it's messy and gritty," she said. Over the Cubicle Wall was curious about it too.
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It's a simple mix of baking soda, cornstarch, tea tree oil (or lavender oil) and a shortening -- in this case coconut oil. After mixing them together, you mash the paste into an empty deodorant stick and let it sit for a day. (If you prefer a powder, omit the shortening.)
"Ivory Soap" at Little House in the Suburbs said, "Used correctly, this stuff is invisible and lasts for ages, as it works with a very light layer. You should not be able to see it once applied."
But, you say, will it work? Like any new deodorant, give it a
trial run. Ivory suggested that you "make this stuff ahead and use it
on Saturday, or a sick day, or any day you aren't going to see anyone
special, so you'll feel secure and not look like a nut obsessively
sniffing your underarms all day."
Published April 13, 2009
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