Deodorants: An aside (the introduction and definition post)
Deodorants: A recipe with alcohol and propylene glycol
Tinosan SCD: Deodorant and preservative
Deodorants: A recipe with glycerin and water
Deodorants: A recipe with dipropylene glycol and witch hazel
Deodorants: A few thoughts on additions
Deodorants: If you want to make a lotion bar deodorant...
Duplicating products: The Healthy Deodorant
A few thoughts...
- Baking soda is alkaline and can really irritate your arm pits. I know it's natural, but that doesn't mean your skin will love it. Some people can use it, some can't. I encourage you to try this only when you might have a chance to wash it off because you don't want to be irritated all day!
- Consider using something other than an essential oil as your fragrance. Again, people think that natural = safe, but there are properties these oils have that aren't great in high doses or must be avoided by pregnant or nursing women. Check out every essential oil before you use it! Peppermint at 1% feels awesome, but it's not so great on your face or at 5%. (Tea tree oil might be a good choice.)
- I buy my containers at Voyageur Soap & Candle, where they are called oval stick containers, but you should be able to find them easily in suppliers near you. I buy the little ones for my tester sizes, but I've come to love them for lotion bars as well. I really don't need huge quantities of things, and these little deodorant tubes are perfect for throwing into a purse or gym bag. I also like the 75 gram containers from Aquarius Aroma & Soap. You can use lip balm containers for testers, but they might be too small for actual deodorants.
- If you're planning to use Tinosan, make sure you are using opaque containers. It doesn't like light. And you can't use baking soda with it as it likes to be at a pH of 7.
- I have a hard time finding sodium stearate these days. You can't use magnesium stearate or glycol distearate or anything else called stearate in its place. They aren't necessarily the same thing just because it says "stearate" in the name. Soapgoods in Georgia, USA, seem to have it, but I've heard they won't ship out of country, plus I've never used them, so I don't feel comfortable recommending them. If you have a suggestion, please provide a link in the comments so others might visit that site!
As an aside, if you are looking for an anti-perspirant, may I suggest Secret's cocoa butter one? It goes on dry and it smells absolutely like cocoa butter, a scent that seems to get stronger the more I work out! I haven't been asked or paid to say this - it really does smell lovely!