April 07, 2016

Homemade Tea Tree Deodorant

Last Summer I suddenly became allergic to commercial deodorants. One day I applied my usual deodorant and my underarm skin became itchy and developed some sort of huge pimples (TMI, sorry) that worried me a bit. I tried to use other deodorants but, apparently, they all had the same effect on me, and at some point I stopped applying deodorant altogether in order to let my skin heal. The itchiness stopped immediately, but those sort of pimples were still there. I asked Google, my mum and my pharmacist what to do and ended up using Tea Tree cream and essential oil on my bad spots. Tea Tree magically healed my armpits, and after reading Niomi Smart's blogpost about natural deodorants I ended up getting a crystal deodorant stick - which is actually not the healthiest option on the market, but didn't irritate my skin and did a pretty good job for the past six months.

This year, my friends got me an unexpected gift for my birthday - a customised starter kit to make homemade beauty products. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was that I had to put together the perfect deodorant for my sensitive skin. So... I'm here to show you the recipe I followed and let you know my opinions on the final product.



Ingredients:
  • Shea butter - 2 tsp
  • Sweet almond oil - 2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 3 tsp
  • Corn starch - 2 tsp
  • Tea Tree essential oil - 3 drops

I found this recipe on someone's blog but I was stupid enough not to save the link, therefore I can't link it in my post. I'm really sorry for that, as I would have loved to thank the blog's owner.

Anyway. I followed the instructions that the blogger had written in her post, I only changed the amount of each ingredient (keeping the proportions of course) as I only wanted to fill half of the jar my friends had given me for my birthday, just to test the product and avoid wasting any ingredient. Also, I believe it's better to use this kind of natural/DIY products when they are still fresh, so I'd rather just have to prepare a new jar every month instead of making a huge one and keeping it for ages.

After taking some pictures of the ingredients nicely displayed on a tray, I went on to melt the shea butter in a double boiler (I think that's the name, I basically just put a small pot inside a bigger one, filled the bigger one with water and put it on the stove). I added almond oil, mixed the two until the butter melted completely, turned off the fire and added the other ingredients in the pot. I mixed well until it looked creamy enough, then poured the mixture into the jar (which I had kind of sterilised earlier) and let them cool down.


The final product has a cream-to-powder feeling (which is kind of weird to say about a deodorant, I know) and a subtle Tea Tree scent, which almost disappears when I apply the cream on my skin (and that's a bonus for me as I don't like super scented deodorants). It's quite easy to apply, though sometimes it leaves some white patches on the skin and I kind of have to rub them in order to get rid of them.

I've tested it for four weeks already and I think it's time to let you know my final thoughts on the product.

The first thing I found out is that you only really need to apply a small amount of it, a super thin invisible layer, and it will do its job perfectly. I started with wearing it for a casual day out, then to university, then to the gym, and I can honestly say that at first I didn't expect it to work so well. Its deodorising power lasts even after a sweaty gym session. One week I wanted to test it properly so I went to the gym twice, the first time without wearing any deodorant - call me crazy if you want - and the second time wearing the handmade one. I definitely, DEFINITELY noticed the difference. I did sweat a lot both times, because this DIY deodorant is not antiperspirant, but it really did get rid of bad smells completely. 

The second thing that I was glad to notice is that it has never left oil stains on my clothes. The days I wore black tops I noticed that the baking soda had left some white powdery traces on the inside of my sleeves, but a simple wash has always been enough to clean up my tops without leaving any visible mark on them.

The only downside that I've found so far is that when I tried to apply it after epilating my skin got slightly irritated. It didn't last long though, and it's always better to wait before applying anything on the armpits after epilating anyway, but I thought you had the right to know.

Okay, I think that's all I needed to say about my experiment. I hope you enjoyed!

Have you ever tried a DIY deodorant?
Do you use any homemade beauty product?

Link your favourite recipes in the comments and I'll check them out!

Marti xx

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