HOWEVER (yes in all caps), we have had random reactions and sensitivities to the deodorant and need to take a break from using it every now and then. I've also asked my friends to help me test it. Some have had a reaction, while others have used it successfully. I've gone back a few times and re-researched all the ingredients, reading blogs, searching the cosmetic safety databases and consulting my reference books. Everything I read says that these ingredients should be safe and effective. If it is not the individual ingredients that are causing a reaction, then it must be how I'm mixing them, right?
|Formula 3: solid, hard consistency|
Then there is the issue of texture and consistency. The recipes have come out ranging from a hard solid to a runny cream. I've experimented with different blending techniques and quantities of ingredients. I melted the oils first and the blended them with the dry ingredients. The last time, I combined all the ingredients first, then set the mixture over a double boiler to soften the oils and butters as I mixed it by hand. I've also tried changing the ratios of dry to wet ingredients, but this just produces either an oily or gritty formula. Nothing seems to be working.
Here's what I figured out today...
I'm not too proud to ask for help. I could use some constructive criticism and suggestions to help identify things that I might be doing wrong. I'm frustrated with the process. My brain just doesn't work well with numbers. And I cringe at the waste of good ingredients. Maybe the same bloggers that I've been using for inspiration are up to helping me with this challenge?
Floraesthetics Deodorant - Formula 4
|Formula 4: creamy, runny consistency|
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Corn Starch
- 1 tsp White Clay
- 1 tsp Oat Flour
- 3 tsp Coconut Oil
- 3 tsp Cocoa Butter
- 2 tsp Shea Butter
- 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/2 tsp Emu Oil
- 6 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops Vitamin E
- 3 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
Previous posts on my homemade deodorant attempts:
- Scare tactics or not, I'm giving homemade deodorant a try - October 29, 2011
- Three days and still feeling fresh - November 01, 2011
- DIY Diary: Back to the drawing board with paste deodorant - January 09, 2012
- Homemade deodorant in twist up tubes - March 22, 2012