Battling the man-stank

My latest bath & body project: homemade deodorant.

See, my poor Josh has a problem – he’s allergic to whatever anti-perspirant it is they put in deodorants. I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that there are certain places you just don’t want rashes and so he’s always been very careful about what deodorant he buys.

First he had to switch to organic deodorants, and then to aluminum-free ones. Then he had to start reading the really fine print and buy only the ones that were also zinc-free. Lately he had to switch to another one without any kind of crazy stuff in it and he still broke out and there were reports of peeling and ewwwwwww let’s not go there.

It was when he said he was going to try going without deodorant at all that I knew I had to step in and do something. Thanks to this post over at angry chicken, I knew it could be done with the ingredients I had on hand and I got cooking. I followed her recipe ish, but had neither vitamin E nor cocoa butter so here is my concoction:

3 Tablespoons shea butter
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 Tablespoon beeswax
1 teaspoon aloe vera oil
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil

Edited to add: Maybe it’s just my beeswax, but this combo turned out way too stiff. I remelted and added 3 tbsp olive oil and that solved the problem, but next time I may just leave out the beeswax altogther and up the amount of shea butter.

Melt it all gently (just add in the essential oil at the end) and pour it into jars or an empty deodorant tube and there ya go.

It’s been a few days now and Josh reports that he feels fine, with no itching or irritation. The man-stink seems to have been kept around its usual levels, too, so I think we can go ahead and call this project a tentative success! My husband will continue to use deodorant.

Feel free to thank me.

4 Responses to “Battling the man-stank”

  1. Erin Says:

    Tell Josh he is not alone…I too have the same issues:( Mine got to the “fine I just won’t wear deodorant stage” at one point too. After a month of letting everything heal and desensitize I was able to go back to Tom’s of Maine. I’m glad you found something to help him, you are right rashes underarms is horrible!!!

  2. Rose Says:

    Excellent! Josh is indeed not alone–many people have these same issues! But not everyone has a concerned, helpful wife who is ready and able to whip up a batch of anti-allergenic awesomeness! Some people may not be allergic to the products but just choose not to use them, too. :mrgreen:

  3. Erin CV Says:

    I’ve had similar issues as well….. Just in case something similar happens to Josh, if it works well for awhile and then rashes appear again, it may be the corn starch. I found that out the hard way! :sad: OH, and about the stiffness of the batch – it’s not your beeswax in particular, it’s beeswax in general. Beeswax has a really high melting point – 144 degrees or so! Shea butter or cocoa butter work well as they melt just below body temperature, but they seem to feel… well, a bit slimy when applied on their own. What you did probably made a very nice consistency – I’ve never tried that particular combo and may do so when I run out of what I have! Just minus the cornstarch…… :smile:

  4. diana Says:

    Huh, interesting about the cornstarch! I didn’t mind tweaking the consistency because I figured it couldn’t be much harder than making lip balm. But knowing the melting points to begin with would have been better! :)

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