The first time I saw Lush’s Aromaco, I thought “There’s a way to smell like a hippie. Pass.” As a neophile, my curiosity beat down my skepticism and I bought a bar last August.
I’m not impressed with using chemicals to stop my body’s natural temperature-regulating process (that is, sweating) and the aluminum in many antiperspirants may or may not have long-term health effects. In a small way, using a bar with no wrapper reduces the amount of plastic I send out into the environment.
Besides, I like Aromaco. At the end of the day I almost always smell like a clean version of my sweat; a little like water if anything. I don’t like the yicky end of the day smell from regular antiperspirants and the buildup it leaves on my clothes. I never found Aromaco to have any particular scent of its own or to stain my clothing. I do sweat but it doesn’t stink. (Though I noticed my antiperspirant stained tops stink when I wear them and sweat. The rest of the time, nothing.) My husband uses it, too.
Six months later, with my bar of Aromaco nearly depleted, I thought to try making my own. I’m not sure this is especially “green” or even all that “thrifty,” but it’s fun. I’m pleased with the idea of blending different oils to find my own scent. I used Miss Smith’s basic recipe and tweaked it:
Melt the butter. Dump in the dry stuff and mix until smooth. After it cools a little, drop in some essential oil if desired.
I left out the glycerin because I didn’t have it and used Palmer’s cocoa butter- should I use pure? Where do I find that? My reasoning is that the cornstarch and bicarbonate deodorize, the butter acts as a carrier and the glycerin makes it harder. This deodorant has the consistency of thickened lotion, I just put a little on my fingers and apply.
The scent of jasmine reminds me of my wedding day. Citronella is naturally anti-bacterial and promoted on the bottle as a deodorant. I used more citronella than intended, the bottle slipped but I think it smells fine. In fact, I rather enjoy the combination of chocolate, citrus and jasmine scents and may play with the balance of those elements in the future. I wore it today with no problems.
If you know me in real life and notice I smell like a porch candle, please let me know.
Update on Oatmeal: A few months ago I brought up daily oatmeal masks as a way to combat the pustules which appear on my face in hot weather. It works like magic! I found the best way to use oats is to grind them rather fine and mix with water or lemon juice. I use yogurt sometimes, it has a revitalizing effect on my skin but is too heavy for daily use. I can’t believe how well this works for preventing acne, clearing blackheads, and generally refining the texture of my skin. And cheap. Missing a day or two doesn’t upset my skin, any longer causes a breakout and I remember why I use the oats in the first place.