I actually made the initial switch on my deodorant back in November of last year, but then I gave it up. I’ve gone back to it now, and I’m pretty glad that I did. I didn’t know the first time around that much like going No ‘Poo, using natural deodorant has a breaking-in period of sorts. Your body has to get used to using something natural instead of chemicals, so it can seem to fail in the beginning. I was too impatient last time, but I’ve changed my tune now and I’m mostly happy to have switched.
Here’s the breakdown:
Degree Dry Protection Deodorant:
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly (17.8% W/W), Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG 14 Butyl Ether, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG 8 Distearate, Talc, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (Corn)
Natural Tea Tree Deodorant:
arrowroot powder, aluminum free baking soda, organic coconut oil, organic unrefined beeswax, tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil
Degree Dry Protection Deodorant: $3.69 ($1.36/oz.)
Natural Tea Tree Deodorant: $8.00 ($4.00/oz.)
Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I’m pretty happy with the Natural Tea Tree deodorant. It’s not perfect, but it’s good. It keeps the smell away on all but my worst days, and even then I only smell a little. It does nothing as an antiperspirant, but I have plans to fix that. I’m actually going to get a few ingredients and add them to the mix. After that I may or may not just make my own. I’m going to add extra arrowroot for dryness and extra bees wax for stability.
The natural deodorant is kind of a pain to use because it’s so soft. It works pretty well, but it’s messy. That’s why I’m going to add bees wax, so that it can hold up better in the recycled deodorant applicator I have. I still get wet spots under my arms and stains on my clothes from the deodorant, and that’s why I want to add more arrowroot, since it absorbs wetness. It may sound like I don’t like the product I bought, but for the most part I actually do. It has a light scent and works pretty well. I just happen to be one of those people who has more odor and wetness than most. The tea tree deodorant probably works great for the average person, as-is. I just need more than the average person.
The price on this one is more than the commercial product, but since it’s all natural, I think it’s worth it. I could probably make it at home for less, but I’m going to use up what I have first. I feel a little bad any time I can make one of Georgia’s products at home myself, but there’s still plenty I’ll buy from her like soap and toothpaste. I guess I shouldn’t feel bad. The more I know how to make, the less I have to spend to have things shipped to me, and the better off I am if she or any of my other sources go out of business or stop carrying the products I want.