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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) Though the internet’s wisdom on the dangers of using antiperspirant are overblown (you don’t actually need to worry if yours contains aluminum ), you may nevertheless have pondered whether you should go the more natural route when dealing with your body odor. Deodorants mask odor without inhibiting your body’s production of sweat ( which is what an antiperspirant does ), and there are a whole bunch of brands promising to do so more “naturally,” from Tom’s of Maine ($4.89), to Native ($12.99), to Schmidt’s ($9.19), to Lume ($16.99). The problem is, with the exception of Tom’s (which leaves underarms feeling wet all day), they’re often rather expensive. ( Thirty dollars for this Routine deodorant gets you an amount that looks comparable to what you’d find in a container of silly putty.) But there is another way to have “naturally” less odiferous pits—making your own deodorant. While it may sound ineffective or inordinately time-consuming at first, DIY homemade deodorant is a good way to avoid using those ingredients you’d rather not spread onto your skin, and keep a few extra bills in your pocket. Why would you make your own deodorant? While the fears around the toxicity of aluminum in deodorant have been discredited (there is no conclusive evidence linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s or breast cancer), you may want to avoid antiperspirants for other reasons. Their fragrances can cause itchiness, allergic rashes, or aggravate asthma ; according to the David Suzuki Foundation , the antioxidant BHT (listed […]