Today, I made Angry Chicken’s homemade deodorant. The recipe (and its nifty upgrade from cream to puck) have been on my to-do list since the dawn of time. Like Angry Chicken, I love that stick-it-to-the-man feeling I get from experimentation and stepping outside conventional habits. Besides, y’all know I love a little novelty in my grooming routine.
The local health food store’s price for shea butter nearly stopped my heart— the stuff Angry Chicken ordered was WORLDS cheaper. Rather than postpone this project for another millenia, I paid.
Happily, most of the other ingredients were cheap and already in my possession:
I noticed that while all the shea butter I’d seen previously was lumpy, yellowish, and strongly scented, mine is very smooth, white, and almost unscented. Apparently, shea butter comes in both white and yellow varieties, and mine is refined. Also overpriced.
While Angry Chicken spent 30 seconds microwaving her ingredients, it took me 3 or 4 minutes; my cocoa butter resisted melting.
After microwaving, I used 3 times the vitamin E oil recommended. Why? Because it’s past the Use By date (despite having been purchased today, grrr!), and I have no other foreseeable use for the stuff. Any ideas?
Rather than making one big batch of same-scented deodorant, I used three sample vials of perfume oil from Soltice Scents— which were already paid for AND hogging valuable bathroom cabinet real estate. Where Angry Chicken’s underarms are sweetly scented with orange and ylang ylang oils, mine will reek of either Pumpkin Spice Latte, Harvest Moon, or a bold combination of Spiked Nog and Nutmeg + Gingerbread and Vanilla Cream.
I love being able to choose my own deodorant scents; I’ve never cared for Baby Powder, the perennial [inexplicable] drugstore favorite. Truthfully, I only buy unscented deodorant— facing the world with spicy, fruity, or boozy-scented armpits will be a big change. The pits that launched a thousand ships? What a shame I don’t know anyone with an underarm fetish.
Having ditched my mini muffin tin pre-cross country migration (it was such a bother to clean), I used lightly greased measuring cups instead. We’ll see which size (and scent) works best in action.
Left in the fridge, the deodorant hardened nicely in two or three hours. Perhaps I should have used the freezer and waited overnight; I had to pry the pucks out of the measuring cups with a knife. Messy, that.
It occurs to me that Mr. Jaunty has owned the same two sample vials of cologne for several years now… I wonder if traditional perfumes or colognes could be used in place of essential oils. Hmm.
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s see if these cute li’l deodorant cakes actually WORK.
Have you ever found a good natural deodorant? Ever made your own?