I needed a new batch of homemade deodorant (featured in the jammed packed issue of eMailorder #11 and a free copy of the recipe is here, but of course, if you buy it you will get so much more!) and it was a bit on the dry side. I found I wasn't using it as much because getting a pea-sized ball from the jar was proving to be difficult, and I was lazy—so I skipped days and started to stink. That's how it goes.
So, I decided to take action and re-melted the deodorant and poured it into mini-muffin tins (lightly oiled) and froze them and banged them out the next morning. They work perfectly! I keep the extras in the refrigerator and keep one in the bathroom, on a little dish, and get it slightly damp with water before I use it and it's so much easier than digging in a jar. I think I added too much shea or cocoa butter this time—because it was just harder, but now I wonder if it would work better this way all the time.
When I first published this recipe many people asked if they could pour it into an empty deodorant container, with the dial. I had never tried this, but now I think it would work great. Especially if you slightly increase the butters, which make it more solid. I have been using this for so long I don't have any empty deodorant containers lying around. These pucks work great, but it looks like you can get empty containers online. Or these? But I think reusing an old one would be so much easier.
And, I have been rockin' some slightly 1940s vintage hair styles lately and need to report that the all natural hairspray that I have a recipe for, again, in the same issue, is up to the task. Three huge bonuses—It has no lemon juice (lemon juice is not so so good for dark hair) and doesn't need to go in the refrigerator and won't spoil. Outstanding! I might have to experiment more and see just how high my hair can go with this. If I do, I will report back for sure. With photos.
Unrelated: I have extended Alice Apron theme over on Tie One On—so, now you have until June 1st to get the aprons done. Yippee!