1 ounce witch hazel astringent
4 drops lavender essential oil (or other essential oil(s) of your choice)
Pour ingredients into a bottle and shake to combine.
Love at First Swipe
This is basically the same thing I use as a toner on my face and I'll admit I was skeptical of how well it would would perform as a deodorant, but right from the first application, I was smitten. I saturated a cotton ball with the mixture, swiped it on, gave it a minute to dry, then got dressed and went about my day. That night, I checked back, and even with some up-close and personal sniffing, I couldn't smell anything. Like a good blogger, I diligently tested this, checking every day for stinkyness. It worked great - no irritation, no unsightly white marks on my clothes, and absolutely no sweaty smells to be found!
A Short-Lived Affair
Unfortunately, after about a month of using it, the deodorant stopped working. There were no hints, no gradual lessening of effectiveness, just an abrupt 180 - one day we were great and the next, it was over. I was stinky again. I tried using different essential oils, adding more essential oils, and even reapplying throughout the day, but to no avail. I'm so disappointed! After a month of working perfectly, I can't seem to get this deodorant to work at all anymore.
The Bottom Line
While it worked, this was probably my favorite deodorant I've ever used. Long term is another story, and for whatever reason, it stopped being effective for me. Still, deodorant can be a funny thing and tends to interact differently with different people's body chemistry, so just because it stopped working for me, doesn't mean it won't work for you. I'd still recommend giving it a try. Besides being ridiculously easy to make, these are inexpensive ingredients that I expect many of us already have lying around. Really, what have you got to lose?
I'm back to using my cream deodorant again, but I have to ask: store bought or homemade, what's your favorite deodorant? Are there any wacky DIY concoctions on your vanity?
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