I found 4 very easy options for deodorant, and made a little video about it
Basically options are activated charcoal internally, and other 3 externally - bentonite clay mask on stinky areas, hold 20 minutes or so and wash off, milk of magnesia-put on and leave, and zinc oxide powder mixed with any oil, put on and left on.
Baking soda worked well, but made my skin itchy and eventually raw, so i had to stop
I think everyone has different needs and should experiment with what works for them.
I personally prefer my deodorant to smell like nothing, so I use dry baking soda after I get out of the shower. It stops bad smells but burns if you use too much, so I switched to a brand that has a finer powder and mixed it with a bit of cornstarch to make it less caustic. The cornstarch kind of gets white powder everywhere so its not super practical. I'll keep trying until I get it right.
Deodorant Cream - yield 3oz
• 1/4C tallow
• 2T arrowroot powder
• 2t baking soda
• 20drops essential oil* (opt)
Blend together til smooth, decant into a clean jar
To use: Rub a small amount of the cream under your arms.
*good options include (but not limited to); lavender, patchouli, tea tree, cedarwood, balsam fir, rose absolute, clary sage, ylang ylang, almost any flower, but go easy - those can be overwhelming, for the people you are near!
I prefer unscented, or sometimes add bug repellent essential oils, like lemongrass, geranium, or rosemary
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Trace Oswald wrote:A little less than a teaspoon of coconut oil with a few drops of clove oil mixed in. Couldn't be much easier and I smell delightful :)
I find clove oil smell not so nice, reminds me of the dentist. But possibly other essential oils would work too.
It's even worse for me. My husband used to use clove oil to humanly euthanize his pet fish when they were too sick to save. Looks like experts aren't quite sure HOW it works on fish, but that the Eugenol (which is 5% to 95% of the essential oils in cloves, and give it it's distinct flavor and acts as an anesthetic) numbs them and slows their breathing (perhaps by muscle paralysis?) until they are knocked out and then die. Needless to say, I couldn't put clove in my food for years, and the smell of it still turns my stomach.