When the recipe I was following mentioned that essential oils was optional, I mostly ignored that figuring "why wouldn't I want to add a scent?" While the recipe mentioned Tea Tree oil as a good option for men, the first extract I grabbed from the cupboard was peppermint, and went with it.
Lesson #1: Peppermint is not a good choice for a deodorant. I never clued into past experiences where peppermint caused a nice heating effect when used as an aches-rub, and never expected that I might be inviting a heat rash which took only 2 days to bloom.
Lesson #2: Sometimes essential oils just need to be eliminated. Trying Tea Tree oil as the recipe had originally suggested next definitely helped reduce the heat rash, but irritation persisted. At this point I wasn't sure if the recipe proportions would need to be played with, or an ingredient eliminated. Thankfully, i found my answer in Divine Ms D's blog where she shared the fact that she had to eliminate essential oils for the same issue I was facing.
While I am finally finding the irritation to be finally subsiding, I may try the recipe she follows (if I'm not happy with the ultimate results) as the proportions are different from mine.
Thank you Divine Ms D for sharing on your Paleo Sistah blog!