Mar 17, 2012 at 11:26 am #1287281
@ckrusorLocale: Northwest US
When I backpack alone, I grow a beard and don't use deodorant. When I backpack with my girlfriend, I shave, wash my face, take cat baths, and wear unscented deodorant. In the past, I have always just broken a piece off of a deodorant stick, put it in a little bag, and applied it with my fingers. I found myself thinking recently, as I wiped deodorant off my fingers, "Wouldn't it be handy to have a tiny deodorant stick, with a cap?"
Just melt a little bit of solid unscented deodorant in the microwave and pour it into an empty chapstick tube. Maybe someone has already invented this.Mar 17, 2012 at 11:32 am #1855207
Daryl and DarylParticipant
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Very clever. I haven't seen this idea before.Mar 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #1855209
Ha! Very nice. Probably last 3-4 days?
RyanMar 17, 2012 at 11:56 am #1855215
I have done this but if you use these smaller push up chapsticks it is easier to fill and lighter(look at the two packs in center of photo,it comes with one regular size and one smaller sample size)the smaller sample size is a push up tube instead of the usual twist up.I also replace the chapstick with a different one I like better.There is no need to melt it.Mar 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm #1855248
Couldn't find the one you recommended but this seller has empty tubes. I just bought a complete kit on sale at e-bay. Nice that they are clear so you can see what's left.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180817184476#ht_536wt_1085Mar 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm #1855253
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
Great idea. I've seen the same thing done with shaving soap.
Another great item is a small block of alum or an alum stick. It's truly a versatile item with many multi uses:
Deodorant, aftershave, antiseptic (great for scrapes etc).Mar 18, 2012 at 3:36 am #1855431
Clever! When I'm trying to be less offensive on trips, I use these deodorant towelettes I found at minimus.biz. They're pretty small, light and work well. Despite what the name implies, there's no real scent. (no offense to UL'ers in LA, of course) ;)
lightpack.blogspot.comMar 18, 2012 at 3:51 am #1855432
I like having something I can refill without the garbage ,what are the chemicals listed for the wipe?I use a natural one that I know I won't have an allergic reaction to.Mar 18, 2012 at 4:01 am #1855433
Anna, you can find the ingredients on the product website. It has the typical list of contents that we're all accustomed to. They actually did a nice job with the waste management element. The pouch and the wipe itself are thin, minimalist materials without being so thin that they're fragile. The towel is biodegradable according to the packaging. I probably use them 3x a year since I don't bother to carry them most trips. I can still manage to look at myself in the mirror. ;)
As always, the lightest and lowest impact solution is to not carry any at all. It's ultimately an unnecessary vanity product.
DMMar 18, 2012 at 4:26 am #1855435
I generally use mine to put my favorite chapstick in since it is smaller and I don't like the ones that you have to use your fingers to apply.I have occasionally used it to for deodorant but I couldn't find the contents on the site you gave,I will look again.I have had allergic reactions to some deodorants so if I do decide to bring it I know I am safe.So you bring a mirror to look at yourself? interesting :)Mar 18, 2012 at 6:43 am #1855448
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Wow, you must have some tiny pits.Mar 18, 2012 at 6:56 am #1855451
I am very small 5' and my weight fluctuates between 100 and 107lbMar 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm #1855815
You wouldn't want to get it mixed up with your real chapstick. Dry lips and glossy pits.Mar 19, 2012 at 7:06 am #1855873
@tylerdLocale: SE US
If you wanted something slightly larger I suppose you could do the same thing with one of these. With friction block the weight on my scale is 25 grams or .9 oz.Mar 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm #1857194
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
"When I backpack alone, I grow a beard and don't use deodorant. When I backpack with my girlfriend, I shave, wash my face, take cat baths, and wear unscented deodorant."
When I am NOT backpacking, I grow a beard and don't use deodorant. However, I do take a shower occasionally. :)Aug 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm #1900476
@roddyratLocale: Southern Indiana
I just made one today very easy. I shaved some of my regular deodorant into a small container and microwaved for only a few seconds and it was melted. Poured it into an empty chapstick tube and viola it was done! Can't wait to try it in a couple of weeks.Aug 6, 2012 at 5:03 am #1900556
@rdalyLocale: outdoors amap
Another cool idea on the forum. Let us know how it works out.Aug 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm #1902446
@jasongLocale: iceberg lake
Just make your girlfriend doesn't mistake it for chapstick and use it after you.. yuckAug 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm #1902489
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I found a recipe:
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup mineral water
1/4 cup Witch Hazel Extract
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
a few drops of essential oils (antibacterial in nature)
(lavender, tee tree oil, etc)
You could take the liquid out of a bottle of roll-on too.
Then it is just the UL trick of decanting to the smallest possible container.
Personally, I take a sponge bath at the end of the day: a little Dr Bronner's Peppermint soap, warm water and a microfiber washcloth. Feels great and I'm sure it makes me more socially acceptable :)Aug 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm #1902510
@edhyattLocale: The North
In a similar vein I cut a disc from a stick of Pit Rock (UK name?) and keep it in an REI pill container – 14g – so far it has lasted three years of trips (I only take it on longer walks of a week plus).Aug 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm #1904426
George L PrivettMember
@gprivettLocale: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Recipes – organic deodorants
http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-deodorant-recipesAug 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm #1904434
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
George: Nice link. Thanks. I'll try a small batch, not the .83 cups that recipe gives, but the same ratio using 4 tsp solid coconut oil, 3 tsp baking soda and 3 tsp arrowroot powder.
More so, I love the idea of repurposing an old chapstick tube (CLEARLY MARKED!). That's plenty for a 7-day trip, or my more common business trips, so why bring extra? Cannisters for diabetic blood-sugar test strips have tightly-fitting hinged lids and are 2-3x the volume of a chapstick but smaller than the nearly extinct 35mm film canister.
I'm not overly afraid of "chemicals" (all health-food-store products are – guess what – mixtures of chemicals), so I may just repackage some unscented Mitchum stick deodorant into a chapstick tube.Aug 21, 2012 at 8:40 am #1904500
@woodenwizardLocale: Greater Mt Tabor
So y'all are the 'freshies' I pass on the trail.
…Deodorant on the trail- ha, that's a good one!
Now…. how to repackage hair gel…Sep 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm #1912276
What brand deodorant is everyone using? Mine will not melt in the microwave. I packed it in a CS tube but it just breaks apart.Sep 18, 2012 at 6:04 am #1913258
I did it with Tom's of Maine deodorant and it worked well.
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