You're thinking hippies, right? Hippies who don't smell very fresh?* You're thinking overpriced "natural" deodorants that don't work, right?
I have never had good luck with natural deodorants. The only one I found that actually worked cost about $20 for 2 ounces. And it required a lot of re-application to make me feel secure. Everything else has been a bust.
My life is forever changed!! I waited over a month to post this because I wanted to engage in plenty of tests. I have tested it at church. At the pool. On a hot day of gardening. On a walk. I have recruited a friend and my husband to corroborate my testimony that I am not odorous. It works AND it's cheap!
I used this recipe as written, except that I do not have patchouli oil--I just used a bit of extra lavender oil. The interesting thing is that the coconut oil seems to make this soak into the skin, so I really think it sort of protects even after it should have "worn off." I love this deodorant and it's simple and easy to make. The recipe makes enough to perfectly fill a 4-oz jar, and I've been using mine daily for a month, and I'm not even halfway through it.
If you are trying to save money and/or avoid conventional deodorant, I highly recommend trying this coconut oil-lavender concoction!
*If you're a hippie, don't take offense. I bet you smell fresh. I was talking about the other hippies.