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Homemade Deodorant Cream

Delve into the world of natural deodorants with this homemade deodorant cream, beneficial for those with dry skin.
Story by Gina DeBacker, Recipe by Janice Cox
July/August 2013
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Avoid putting potentially hazardous aluminum on your skin by making this simple homemade deodorant cream.
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Natural deodorants are a tricky topic. While they don’t typically work as well as antiperspirants, they exclude aluminum, the active ingredient in most antiperspirants that temporarily blocks sweat but may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, brain and respiratory disorders, and breast cancer. To avoid aluminum, try making this deodorant cream at home. Cream deodorants are most beneficial for dry skin. This recipe uses baking soda, a classic odor-absorbing ingredient for all skin types. For more DIY beauty recipes, read the original article, 6 Basic Homemade Beauty Products.

Homemade Deodorant Cream

• 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons baking soda

1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and spoon into a clean container.

2. To use: Rub a small amount of the cream under your arms. Makes 3 ounces.

Homemade Deodorant Variations

Simplify: Omit the vegetable shortening if you prefer a deodorant powder over a cream.

Smell Fresh: For a scented deodorant, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Try lavender for its antibacterial properties and refreshing aroma.

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2/4/2016 8:41:40 PM
Hate to say it, but a shortening based cream sounds a little gross. Not to mention clothing staining. And a powder? Just can't see t being that effectve. And I certainly wouldn't be going sleeveless if I used it........ Sorry guys....

2/3/2016 10:55:10 AM
Does it harm your clothes at all?

7/28/2013 12:38:23 PM

Great article. I do something similar but I use coconut oil which also has anti-bacterial properties. Sometimes I use it without the baking soda and cornstarch and it works wonderfully.  SusanK522

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