Learning From Failures
While finishing this book, I have been working on a 'side-project' throughout most of this year. So far, it hasn't been much of a success.
It has been a series of stinky failures.
(you'll get the little subtle pun I threw in there in a moment)
The entire experience, however, has been quite educational, so I thought you might like to read about some of the interesting bits.
But let's start at the beginning, shall we?
It Begins in ArmpitsOver the years, I've developed several stick and roll-on deodorant formulas. They are a little fiddly and time consuming to make, but every one works beautifully – even if I do say so myself. As a matter of fact, it's been so long now, I can't even remember what it's like to use a commercial deodorant.
In truth, I could just sit back and be eternally pleased with myself and leave it at that. But unfortunately, I just can't.
Because this post continues to be the all-time, number one most visited on this blog. The number of people experiencing some degree of baking soda burn and finding their way to this post has now surpassed 400.000.
Yes, you read correctly: four hundred thousand.
That's a lotta armpit rash.
So, while my pits are pleased, deodorized, and quite comfortable, other pits are suffering, red, itchy and rashy.
The Self-Appointed Quest
After convincing myself I might well be the only person on the planet with the necessary skill and know-how to crack this (yes, it is indeed possible to get that swell headed), I set out to create an 'acceptably natural' DIY deodorant that would be able to eradicate baking soda burn once and for all.
And, while believing I could walk on water, I set up the following requirements for the formula:
- has to be easy to make – even for absolute beginners
- has to use only easy-to-get ingredients
- has to deodorize longer than half a day - preferrably 12 hours or more
- may not stain clothes, skin, towels or anything else it comes in contact with
- is composed entirely of 'acceptably natural' ingredients (read: preferably using nothing that could risk freaking anyone out)
Next, we'll examine why I can't walk on water – yet.
Meantime, here's an earlier attempt at solving this problem (from 2013) DIY deodorant stick formula.
Have you ever worked on a formula for so long you felt like throwing it out the window and stomping on it and banishing it from your life? What were you working on? Did you solve it?