Methinks She Doth Repeat Herself
This is not the first time a container has inspired the contents. As is the usual situation for mega-sized corporations such as mine (insert shaking head with rolling eyes here), finding containers and packaging that can be ordered in amounts of less than 5000 units is a rarity. I am pretty much constantly on a container quest.
As for the Contents
There is only one active in this formula. I've been checking out its capabilities as a solo deodorizing ingredient for weeks, and it has passed all tests with flying colors. Commonly known as 'natural deodorant crystals', the active ingredient is potassium alum. I've mixed it into a base of cocoa butter, mango butter, beeswax, a couple of soothing oils and an optional essential oil combo that smells like fresh green leaves (and will be loved by men and women alike).
A stick deodorant should go on effortlessly – without drag, stickiness or discomfort – delivering just the right amount of product for all day deodorizing action. The main challenge has been getting the texture to do just that. My most critical tester (and painfully honest husband) has been a huge help. Men have a very straightforward approach to personal care products and are actually quite satisfying to work with/for. The comments to each batch have been constructive and have helped me refine the formula to where it's close enough to be tested in a regular-sized container...
...if I could only find one on the European side of the pond.
Maybe You Know?
So far, all of the cool containers I have been able to find are in North America (read: exorbitant shipping costs). Therefore – if you have links/know of anyone in Europe who does a twist-up or push-up container that holds about 60gr (about 2 oz) and can fill less than corporation-sized orders, I would be eternally grateful if you leave a comment or email me the info (lise@lisalisecom).
Pictured top: batch 5 with fresh-picked herbs from the garden (that have absolutely nothing to do with the contents but look very decorative, don't you think?)
Pictured midway: man (who also happens to be a model) happily applying deodorant and smiling (you didn't really think he was my husband, did you?).