"Pit Cream". Not a pretty name, but descriptive. I went on an odyssey for an organic, chemical-free deodorant almost 2 years ago after using a big-name product that goes with the word "Fahrenheit". It clogged my sweat glands something fierce, causing break-outs and rashes. It also collected in the pores like a deodorant zit. Gross! Something that did that to you cannot be good for you. Worse were the chemicals in it.
I do not "glisten". I do not "glow". I sweat. Yet, sweating is not what I care about. Sweating is normal and good for you. What I do not like is smelling like an old pencil factory.The stuff in the stores? Did not work for me. That crystal rock thing? Nope. After a few hours, complete failures.
I decided to see if I could make it myself. I looked at all the recipes online. They are all pretty much the same recipes with a few small variations. I noticed most used corn starch. I use arrowroot instead of cornstarch. Some of the recipes were too high in baking soda, which can be irritating to that area. I found one that was easily "fixed" to our liking. I went for a cream instead of a stick with beeswax. Himself does not like stiff deodorants that pull his armpit hair. I was unsure of those for travel. Coconut oil, even with beeswax, melts once the temps get over 76°F. Cream in a jar is perfect for our needs. We are not grossed out by putting a dab on our armpits and smoothing it in.
After going on for too long about nothing, here is the altered recipe I made. I have no clue to who made up the original with so many posting the same or similar recipes. I cut the recipe down to fill two 4-oz. canning jars. I get the plastic lids for them. Cheap and reusable containers. You can adjust the recipe to your tastes. You can scent it with essential oils of your choice. I would not recommend commercial perfumes and the like. They can irritate the skin, being a sensitive area.
Oh yes!, I forgot, it does not sting when you apply it right after shaving your armpits. And yes, the pictured jar is used.
Pit Cream aka Cream Deodorant
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp. baking soda
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 oz. beeswax
3 to 4 drops per jar of tea tree essential oil
Melt coconut oil and beeswax on very low heat. (I use a double-boiler.) Take off the heat source.
Mix the baking soda and arrowroot together in a bowl. Pour the coconut oil and beeswax in with the dry ingredients and mix well. Put into jars. Add the drops of tree tea essential oil in each jar and stir in. Done! It sets up quickly.
To use: Put a small dab on your armpit (like shown below), and spread. It soaks in quickly. I have not found it to leave reside or an oily mess in the armpit areas of my shirts. Your mileage may vary?
Tea tree essential oil is anti-everything. The scent does not "stick" when applying.
I added a couple drops each of orange and sandalwood essential oils to Himself's jar; a couple of drops of ylang ylang essential oil in mine. You can just catch a whiff, but it is very faint and does not seem to cause us any problems.
Edit July 8, 2016: I now decrease the baking soda down to 1 tbsp. You
can add more beeswax for a firmer stick-style cream, too. I decreased
the baking soda after getting a rash from it after a year of use.
The next batch, I am going to grind the arrowroot and baking soda together with my mortar and pestle like I do for making my tooth powder. It makes the baking soda even finer and smoother. It is not necessary, just my personal preference.
You can go a couple of days before "deodorant failure" occurs. Yes, we tested the endurance. Working all day in the sun in the garden?, no smell before we hit the shower. I found I sweat a lot less than before, yet sweating does not seem to lessen its deodorizing powers.
Too Much Information Alert (like my blather before was not enough!): Some of us get sweaty and smelly at our leg creases. I have not and will not put the cream "There", but the cream keeps sweaty odors from occurring in the leg crease areas for me.
That is it for now...
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or claim to be one. This recipe is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice. Always see your favorite Medical, Voodoo, Hoodoo or Witch Doctor/Practitioner, Old Man Tree, Mr. Toad, etc., when you are sick, broken or having a bad day. Always research something on your own. I claim no responsibility nor can be held accountable for any reactions and/or any other undesirable results one may have if they follow and use this recipe, including zits, warts, smelling funny, and so on.