i plan to research some things mentioned in this thread. i have been making my own pit paste for several years. i think it is important to mix essential oils in a carrier oil before mixing into dry ingredients. they can burn your skin full strength.
i use bentonite clay in my "pit mask".
use vitamin e as a carrier oil to mix with essential oils & tea tree
corn starch or arrowroot powder
i try to make it creamy.. but usually its more like paste.
i use body powder as well. check out vera, wish i knew her
i make this as well and it is very easy !! drop essential oils on cotton ball or fabric and place in jar of arrowroot or corn starch.
i dont usually smell bad, unless i sweat and cool down.. and sweat some more. and its more odor on clothes. however, i like smelling good, and do not want to offend (or be offended for that matter). i use the above. bathe and wash my clothes regularly. AND... so happy i live in usa where this is the generally accepted practice !!