Baking soda is one of the best odor-absorbing ingredients out there, but because of how alkaline it is (a ph of 8.5, versus the 4.5-5 ph of the skin's natural acid mantle), it can cause skin reactions in a lot of people. It really depends on the individual: some people can tolerate it fine, others not at all, and for others still - like me - it all comes down to how much is used in a given product.
Schmidt's Deodorant is pretty popular around the blogosphere, so I was excited to get my hands on it over the summer. It passed the smell test - all day odor protection - but it always managed to turn my armpits into an angry, red, bumpy battlefield. Eventually I gave up and set it aside.
You might know - if you've ever seen my empties posts - just how much I hate to waste products, so months later, I decided to try my hand at transforming this deodorant into something I could more comfortably use.
Based off several different variations of homemade deodorant I've made, I combined:
7/8 of a jar of Schmidt's Lavender Sage Deodorant
An equal amount of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Sprinkle of Ora's Amazing Herbal Clay/Arrowroot-based Body Powder (arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or kaolin clay would work fine too)
5 drops Young Living Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
I melted the Schmidt's and coconut oil together over a double boiler, then removed it from the heat and stirred in the last two ingredients. After that, it's just a matter of pouring it into jars and waiting for it to cool.
Today was my first day using it, but so far it's everything I was hoping for! It hasn't burned or irritated my pits, and it still works well to keep any stink at bay. As an added bonus, it's also a perfect creamy, buttery consistency now, where the Schmidt's was always very solid and required a lot more effort to work into the skin.
I'll keep you guys updated once I've used it for longer, but so far, I'm really happy with how it turned out.
P.S. Check out my favorite, super simple DIY Deodorant recipe here.