deodorant: well, i tricked you. what i have been making all year is technically an "antiperspirant" and the original recipe i tried was found here. i made the solid and it worked so well! it even got me through the hot texas summer. what i loved the most about it was the fact that it didn't stain or rub off onto my mostly all black wardrobe. the problem was that it gave me a slight rash. i tweaked it and even tried other recipes, but my skin stayed slightly irritated. i've gone back to crystal roll-on, which is made of mineral salts and can be found anywhere (usually on the bottom shelf). it doesn't stain my clothes either!
the oil cleansing method: i wanted this to work and didn't give up on it until quite recently. i suffer from dry skin and last fall when i started doing this my skin became so supple. it works in theory (oil dissolves oil). i got all of my original information here and even thought i didn't have breakouts and my skin was soft, i didn't like the way my pores felt. the day i switched back to my trusted aveeno, they opened up in thankfulness.
skin moisturizer: this page really got me thinking. if it's THAT good, why don't we just bathe in it? well, i didn't to that, but i did try to use coconut oil as my body and face moisturizer. it feels (and looks) amazing on the skin, but i found that it transferred to my hair somehow, leaving it greasy and limp, even when i just used it on my body.
hair care: homemade shampoo was the most massive fail of all. i'm not going to even post the link. i moved on to organic shampoos and tried several before i realized that as terrible as "sodium laurel sulfate" is supposed to be, my hair needs it to have some sort of shine and body. i'm sticking with my suave professionals.