I know I promised y'all another story from my weekend, but I'm a tad swamped and those stories take a long time to write. I'll fill you in this week though, don't worry!
A couple of weeks ago I watched a Huffington Post video on not washing your hair. I was morbidly interested in seeing how nasty this girl was going to look, as I tried not washing my hair for a while but instead used cleansing conditioner, and it was super gross.
In the video, this other chick talks about how she quit using deodorant too because the chemicals were toxic and making it at home is way easy and better for you and the environment and all that jazz. She mentioned that after using her homemade version for a while, store-bought deodorant smelled bad to her. That sounded like a fun experiment so I looked up a recipe and ordered stuff on Amazon pronto.
6 tbsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Shea Butter
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
A few drops of Essential Oil of your choice (for fragrance -- I chose lavender)
I have to say here that shea butter is expensive as is coconut oil, and as is essential oil for that matter. Really the only thing that's not expensive is baking soda. So you'd expect a super luxurious deodorant that better blow your socks off...or I guess the point is to mask your body odor so that wouldn't happen...anywho, check out this shea butter! It's really thick and was basically solid, not what I imagined shea butter would look.
The recipe is pretty simple from here on out. You just put all the ingredients in a glass mason jar.
Turn off your heat and take the mason jar out of the water once it's all melted. It will be somewhat separated.
Shake it up so it looks like this.
Once you pour it in, give it about a day to solidify. I got worried I did something wrong when it was still really liquidy a couple of hours later, so I added a bunch more baking soda and then a bunch of baby powder before I poured it in the bottle. But, uh, if it weren't still liquidy, you wouldn't be able to pour it into the bottle so...my bad.
Since I was out of deodorant, hence the empty bottle, I had no choice but to use the homemade stuff. And it happened to be my first week at my new job. And I did that Dating in the District panel. And I had a wedding that weekend where I danced like it was my job and I was a professional. So basically I put it to the test with lots of stress-sweating and dance-sweating.
It wasn't my brightest idea.
It smelled nice, but it was really grainy from all the baking soda. I also didn't have enough coconut oil, so who knows. Maybe that would have made it smoother. It also felt wet. I compared the texture to a bit of the evil deodorant that was left in the bottle, and it was about the same, just grainier, so I decided I was being too sensitive. But it was also yellow because of the shea butter, not that nice creamy color in the recipe I used. I wore a white tank top one day and it was all yellowed afterwards, and not because of my stress sweat, which was really gross y'all! I started putting baby powder in my armpits on top of the deodorant to help absorb some of the wetness. It was okay. I became increasingly concerned that this would not be sustainable once summer hit.
My mother came for a visit in the middle of all this, and when I told her all about it, she pointed out, "Well that's nice for a deodorant, but what about your antiperspirant?"
Ohhhhhhhh right. That's why you buy the evil chemically stuff.
Sadly, my homemade, ridiculously expensive deodorant is missing in action. I think my mom threw it out. That or she stole it. But I'm guessing she didn't steal it. I haven't gone to CVS to replace it yet. So, um, I should probably do that.
I tried, y'all!