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I have been using essential oils for quite a while now and I am attempting to make my own deodorant which calls for tapioca cornstarch I cannot seem to find this and am wondering if indeed I can substitute regular cornstarch?

asked by Rebecca about 3 years ago

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amysarah
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added about 3 years ago

I think you might do better on a website focusing on home made toiletries/remedies (there must be some?) But I can tell you that cornstarch is often mixed in talcum powder, or used instead of talcum powder - e.g., on a baby's bum. So perhaps it has the same drying quality you're after.

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added about 3 years ago

Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur Flour both carry tapioca flour aka tapioca starch. Texturally it's slightly silkier than corn starch, and when I try rubbing a bit of each into my skin the tapioca disappears a little better. You could give it a go with cornstarch -- what's the worst that could happen?

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Rebecca
added about 3 years ago

I will have to try those brands. Thank you so much

HalfPint
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added about 3 years ago

I think they mean "tapioca starch" or possibly "tapioca or cornstarch". Cornstarch is a good absorbent for moisture. Which may be why it's used in baby powder. Of course, now, doctors and nurses don't recommend using baby powder for diaper changes.

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Rebecca
added about 3 years ago

Thank you so very much amysarah!!

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Rebecca
added about 3 years ago

Thank you all for the excellent info!!

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Susan W
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added about 3 years ago

Cornstarch will work, but it may leave more of a residue. I've tried a few diy deodorant recipes and haven't liked any (I make all of my own cleaning products and love them) so do report back if you like it.

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Rebecca
added about 3 years ago

Thank you Sarah. I actually like the one I made where I had to substitute flour for the cornstarch. Crazy as it sounds it feels better, not so gritty and absorbs moisture and odor. Which now that I have learned here is why they recommend tapioca flour/cornstarch.

caninechef
added about 3 years ago

I've used both cornstarch and tapioca starch for grooming dogs ( like a dry shampoo thing, starch absorbs oil from coat) and agree that the tapioca is a bit silkier. I can not imagine using flour, especially after my experience of accidently taking flour instead of cornstart/talc mix to a dog show. I liberally sprinkled flour into the coat of a damp dog and as the glutten developed I had one very gummy dog to clean up.

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Susan W
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added about 3 years ago

Oh my..that really is hilarious.

Rebecca
added about 3 years ago

Lol thank you...

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HalfPint
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added about 3 years ago

I have this "recipe" for a deodorant that doesn't use any starch.

Mix a few drops of essential oil (like lavender) with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. This is merely a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant. The alcohol kills bacteria that causes odors and the lavender is also antiseptic in addition to being a fragrance. I've been using this deodorant spray for the last 3 years and it works really well. Again, it's a deodorant. It won't 'keep you dry'.

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Susan W
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added about 3 years ago

Oooo..I am going to try this. I'm not much of a sweater. I haven't bought lavender yet though. I only have eucalyptus and lemon. As much as I love my bathtub and toilet to smell like eucalyptus, I think I'll try lemon or wait until I get lavender.

HalfPint
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added about 3 years ago

@Susan, you can use any fragrance oil that you like since the alcohol is the antiseptic. The eucalyptus can be used for a foot odor spray.

Susan W
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added about 3 years ago

Yes, I was kind of joking about the eucalyptus. I think lavender sounds lovely and I was going to get some to use with my diy laundry soap.

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