More deodorant experimentation

Now, you may recall that we've already been trying out some homemade deodorant ideas. And what we did try does work, but I began to notice that it was starting to be a bit irritating for my skin. So, I thought I'd experiment with some more recipes, why not?

First, I tried a spritzer bottle of vodka with a few drops of tea tree oil. The irritation was no more! But, the smell was not that great :/ Back to the drawing board.

Next, I tried:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
5 drops of tea tree oil
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
Kept in a container in the fridge and then used as you would a bar (doesn't stay solid at room temp)

This seems to be over all less irritating for the skin than just the baking soda and corn starch alone, and smells much better than the vodka in my opinion. But, after awhile, it too began to be a bit irritating (granted not as bad).

So, it's a process. I need the best of both worlds: smells good AND soothing to my skin.

For now I will continue with the coconut concoction, but when this is gone I plan to try using arrowroot instead of cornstarch. I have read that that proves less irritating than the cornstarch. I plan to try it in both the coconut bar recipe and the powder recipe. Rob started to have some irritation from the powder, but otherwise preferred it to the coconut bar, so he wants to try it with arrowroot to see if it is more soothing.

Anyone have deodorant experimentation stories to share? I'll be sure to check back in when I try the arrowroot.