So, well it’s been a week since I started using this deodorant and I’ve got updates for you! First, I want to show you how I made the “applicator.”
It’s simple. I feel stupid for doing pictures, but you know, sometimes people just need a visual, so I’m going to do it anyway.
I didn’t want to take the time to go to Wal-Mart and buy a “nice” washcloth because I’m lazy. So, while I was grabbing some groceries, I saw the “cleaning aisle” and went down it. If they had some, I’d buy it. If not, then I’d do the Wal-Mart thing. Well, they had some. I paid too much for them, but it saved me a trip to the other side of town, so hey.
Once I got home, I took one and rinsed it out with a bit of soap in it. When the water ran clear, then I just hung it outside to dry. This is the desert. By the time I was done petting the dog, not long because it’s HOT out there, I grabbed it and brought it in. It was dry. Oy.
I used a full handful of cotton balls. Big ones.
I just set them in the center of the washcloth.
I grabbed each corner and the center of each side and held them in one hand while I use the other to wrap the rubber band around the top of the bunch like a pony tail.
Voila. Done. It’s that simple.
Now, for the real question. Does it work?
I’ll be honest. I didn’t think it would. I thought I’d feel damp all day and I’d stink. But I gave it a fair shot and I took a shower. I chose a navy shirt and navy workout pants because I wanted to give it every chance to fail (I’m not very nice).
First, I have to say that it FEELS GREAT. I’ve never felt so clean after putting on any kind of deodorant. I use Arrid X-tra Dry aerosol. ALWAYs. I flip between the blue and yellow cans because if I don’t, it stops working. I like aerosol because I prefer the dry feeling of it. So this part of it was amazing. The powder DID dust off onto my pants and my shirt. I thought, “Great. Just what I needed.”
Guess what? Unlike Arrid, when I dusted it off, it just came right off. Took a second with a dry towel to rub it right off. FAST. After a time or two, I learned to do it by leaning over the tub. With that, I got nothing on my dark clothes. That said, there IS white inside my clothes. It washes right out and no under arm stains so far.
I stayed dry all day. I didn’t stink. I even didn’t let myself take a shower on day two to see how that worked out for me. I still didn’t stink. SHOCKER. I really thought it would be gross.
Furthermore, we had high humidity the first 3 days of use. Considering we cool our house with a swamp cooler, that means that we added humidity to our high humidity and usually I would have been sticky, stinky, and gross by the end of the day. I wasn’t. I’m still astounded.
Will I use this all the time? Probably not, but I will use it MOST of the time. I’m not taking it on vacation. Maybe someday, but right now, no way.
Now the only question remains: how long will this last? I spent about 5.00 making the deodorant. I’m not including the cost of the applicator because I figure that’s optional and because it is “non-consumable.”
So, I’m curious to see if anyone else tries it and if it works for them. I’m sending a baggie for my friend Christy. We’ll see how it works for her in a climate closer to Willow’s.