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  3. Hannah D

    Does anyone know if the sunflower oil she shows in the picture will go bad in the deodorant? I was going to buy it for this recipe but I didn’t because it said to keep refrigerated and use within 6 weeks. So I didn’t know if that would affect the deodorant, or if that only mattered if you were using it for cooking. Then I looked at this article again and wondered if maybe I should have bought it anyway.

  4. Vanessa

    I have found that if I want a soothing bath after making oils or balms, I keep the oily plant material bound up in the filter (you just can’t get all the oil out…. :-), bind it well so as not to loose the material, and then stick it in a thin sock or a cheesecloth tube and use it in the bath water… Japanese style, I take a shower first so that I am clean and exfoliated, then run a very warm soaking bath with the soothing oils giving their last to me. Especially nice on those drying winter nights… with candles and … well, you get the picture… :-)

  5. Robin

    For years I used a similar concoction to the basic recipe you link but got tired of the liquid state especially when the other ingredients separated from the oil and you had to mix it up before using. Then I tried one with cocoa butter and shea butter instead of coconut oil (Angry Chicken “pucks” of deodorant) but they were crumbly. I decided to melt the too hard and mix it with the too liquid and voila – creamy texture that doesn’t separate, get too hard in cold weather or melt in hot. I need to make some more and I’m hoping I can replicate it. I need it now so can’t try your infused version but I’d like to give it a try.

    For me I switched to DIY during peri-menopause when I became super stinky. Commercial and natural deodorants were ineffective and clinical strength antiperspirants made my armpit skin die off – first turned brown then peeled off, yuck.

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  7. Susan

    I make this and add one capsule of activated charcoal. I also use jojoba oil or safflower instead of coconut because I am alergic. I haven’t had any staining even with the charcoal. You do not need a lot just a tiny bit will do, I find that it soaks into my skin quickly. When I am going to be extra active I just through in a tiny pinch of bentonite clay. I don’t think this is actually necessary but better safe than sorry! I have been doing this for two years and love it. I generally only have to apply every other day after I shower. Now I have to make it for everyone in my family……the bitter deodorant queen!! LOL

  8. barb

    Does this leave greasy or white marks on clothing?

  9. Moira

    I started to make this deoderant. I have infused all the ingredients and they are being stored on the dark top shelf of my kitchen cabinet. After one day it has solidified. What do i do? Of course i can warm it up but i dont want to ruin it AND don’t want bit to keep happening!
    Help, this is my first foray into diy and I want it to be successful so I keep trying! Thanks, moira

    • Sara

      Just run it under warm water, or leave it in the sun for a day or microwave it for a minute.
      It will solidify again, but give a bit more time for the flowers to infuse.

  10. Joy

    My daughter and I have dry, sensitive skin. Coconut oil is very drying for us. Can we replace coconut oil with something? Or can we add more avocado oil?

  11. Joy

    My daughter and I have very sensitive skin. Coconut oil is very drying for our skin type. Can we use more avocado oil or another oil in place?? Thanks! My last message email was typo

  12. Toni

    I use plain old Milk of Magnesia from Family Dollar. Their store brand has no bleach in it, as do most others.

  13. I haven’t had any staining even with the charcoal. You do not need a lot just a tiny bit will do, I find that it soaks into my skin quickly.

  14. Diana Oakley

    Hi all,
    I have made my own deodorant in the past, but it made my pits turn dark gray. Not attractive. It was scented with basil and peppermint. Awesome scent combo, but I am wondering if the basil was responsible for the discoloration. I also made it with cornstarch (no arrowroot in the house at the time). Has anyone else had problems with this? The large corporation from Maine has nice smelling deodorant, but it makes my pits turn red and the skin peels off! Eek! Thank you all for your time, and have a crunchy day.

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