I've always used deodorant, but noticed that by the end of the day I was always smellier, no matter how fresh the day started.One day a friend of mine told me "I don't use deodorant and I hardly sweat!"
That day I had an epiphany!
I thought: "maybe I don't need it either!" and for some days I was one happy creature using no deodorant
...but one day I sweated a bit more and the smell was back (and so did the deodorant)
One fine day I was so sick of using supermarket products that I did a tiny research on home made deodorants and found some recipes on the internet*
*The original english recipe is here, in the Passion Home Making site.
* O blog de onde tirei a receita chama-se Criações Caseiras e o post sobre este tema está aqui. A receita original está na nota em inglês, no site Passion Home Making.
It was a bit dry, but I was still able to make this dough that I could use on my armpits. And it smelled beautifully like coconut...
So I started using this thing! I just had to have my usual shower, then dry myself very well... and then use a bit of this deodorant.
Right after I use it, it smells deliciously like coconut, but it soon fades out.
Anyway, if I have to move a lot or if its hot and start sweating, the smell comes back again .
Maybe the recipe wasn't right with the coconut butter instead of oil... or maybe I should have added some drops of some essencial oil...
I reached the conclusion that nothing beats washing your armpits in the middle of the day and putting some more deodorant (whaterver kind of deodorant you choose). As a freelancer I spend most of my time in my studio alone, so I can do this without disturbing anyone...
And actually, if we snif our armpits all day long and wash ourselves everytime we are stinking and put on a new t-shirt, then I'd say we don't need deodorants at all...
Anyway, I'm always interested in new natural products, so if you have any suggestion you want to make, please do!