Well, the simple answer as to why I have been throwing good money after bad at name brand deodorants all this time has recently become quite apparent to me. I just don’t like to sweat. I hate feeling like I have a personal irrigation system right under my arms, and since I’ve been using Certain Dri with Ban, drought conditions have gloriously reined for the past year. Certain Dri is like having a wet-dry Shop-Vac under my arms.
Since converting to natural deodorant , I must admit that my pits have begun irrigating once again. I have been sweating for the past two days, although not abnormally so (of course you can barely trust what I say on the subject, seeing as I normally sweat abnormally). Perhaps sweating will decrease as my underarms acclimate to their new all-natural environment. However, I have taken it upon myself to make some changes to my method.
At the end of the day yesterday, I evaluated the sweat/odor situation. Although I have had some dampness, I haven’t noticed any offensive odors. At the same time, I’m so used to my pits exuding scents like “shower fresh” and “energizing grapefruit & lemongrass” that I’m finding myself spoiled. I’m a total fragrance snob, and (to me) as far as freshness is concerned, I’m not setting the world on fire right now.
I’ve since tweaked the recipe to call for TWO parts baking soda to three parts corn starch, in the hopes that my natural deodorizer might suddenly give birth to some flowery freshness. It’s a long shot. I’m also now using a damp tea bag, rather than a dry one, to add fragrance. I started with a dry tea bag, because I was worried that a damp one could cause clumpiness or goopiness when added to powder. However, I think the moisture will help to awaken the scent of the tea leaves a bit more than the dry air has done – I’ll update about the goopiness factor.
One final exciting update: I’m saving money! Using some quick (and hopefully not questionable) math, I’ve established that my store-bought deodorant lifestyle was costing me about $11.36 for 6.4 oz. of product. Mother Nature, in this instance, gives me way more bang for my buck: 118.5 oz. of product for $6.18. Here’s the breakdown:
Certain Dri (1.2 oz) – $4.96
Ban (2.6 oz) – $2.57
Dove (2.6 oz) – $3.83
TOTAL (6.4 oz) – $11.36
Tomato Juice (64 oz) – $2.98
Lemon Juice (32 oz) – $1.98
Baking Soda (16 oz) – $0.54
Corn Starch (6.5 oz) – $0.68
TOTAL (118.5 oz.) – $6.18
My pits might still be thinking, but they’re a lot cheaper to have around than they were before!