1 Ingredient Simple Baking Soda Deodorant
This cannot get any easier, only 1 ingredient, simple baking soda… I am going to tell you how I use 1 simple ingredient plain old baking soda to keep underarm odor at bay…
For years I have been looking for a natural deodorant that I like to use, one that worked, that was not scented, did not cost a fortune and did not contain the toxic chemicals of regular deodorants…
Crystal Mineral Stone
Off and on for years I used Crystal Mineral Stones they were unscented, lasted for a long time, and seemed to work for awhile, but I always seemed to have break though odor and sweating…
Oil/Cream Based Stick Deodorants
Another type of natural deodorant I tried was oil or cream based stick deodorants… The latest brand seemed to work at first, but I found that if I went one day without it I had worse underarm order than before I started using it… I have not tried this brand, but it has a similar enzyme that my last stick deodorant had, it might be a good one.
Homemade Deodorant Recipes
Maybe like me you have seen the homemade deodorants made with baking soda, usually they are part of a formula that includes some kind of oil, fat & or wax, usually coconut oil, shea butter, bees wax and some essential oils… I never understood how putting wax, oil or grease on my arm pits would prevent odor, and I wondered if the wax & fats would clog my pores, or prevent something important from happening. It just did not seem like a good idea…
I Tried To Develop My Own Formula
Being the free spirit that I am, a couple of years back I went so far as to try and develop my own deodorant formula… It basically consisted of Distilled Water, Ground Mineral Stone, a Natural Antibacterial, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender and possibly Rosemary (I forget) essential oils, and a soap as an emulsifier.
The testing was hilarious and painful… If you have much experience using essential oils, you might understand… Oregano essential oil is very strong, it stings and burns at very low doses, trying to adjust the dosage made testing quite unexpected, and my arm pits hurt for quite a while… Lesson learned, but it took a few attempts to get it low enough…
I even had two devoted friends who helped me test… One still talks to me, I don’t see the other often, but it could have been worse… The thing is my formula worked, but it was a pain to make and not just in my pits… my notes were sketchy at best… I tried but I just did not keep good notes… I would make changes and forget to write them down, plus the cost of the ingredients were not cheap…
Baking Soda To The Rescue
Not to long ago I remembered that I had seen or read of some people using plain baking soda as deodorant, they claimed that it worked… I already buy Baking Soda in bulk from Sams Club, it is pretty cheap so I had some on hand, and being tired of smelly pits I decided to give it a try. I put some baking soda in a reusable container to keep in the bath room.
What I had learned from what I read was that all you need is a finger full of baking soda, so after my shower I take a damp finger and dip it in the baking soda and lightly rub the baking soda on my pits, the excess if any just falls off. It wasn’t long before I realized that it was working not only did it work I could go more than a day without showering (did I just say that? Whoops) and it still held up.
When I first read of using baking soda this way the person said she could wear a little short sleeve black dress after her baking soda deodorant, without it showing, the trick is not to use to much baking soda, just a finger full… Actually one digit full you know to the first crease or bend.
Natural Baking Soda
While researching baking soda for this post, I came across a lot of information about baking soda not being natural and that it is made in a lab… I also found that there is a natural source, there may be more than one company that supplies it, but if you are concerned that the old stand by baking soda is not natural you might want to look into Bob’s Red Mill, they sell the naturally occurring form of baking soda, I found it on Amazon and it is not too expensive, when you consider a little goes a long way…
Concern About Baking Soda
Another concern about baking soda, is that some people are allergic to it… For some it causes a rash, and reddening or darkening of the arm pits… I hope that you are not allergic, but there is no way to know unless you have been tested for it or have tried it before… Also I wonder how many are allergic when they get rid of the other ingredients many homemade baking soda deodorants contain.
I do not have any discoloration, rash or bumps after using baking soda as deodorant… If you give baking soda a try, just take it slow watch and see what happens, if any sign of allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use…
Remember Baking Soda can be abrasive if you are heavy handed applying it… Apply lightly do not overly rub it in.
I Don’t Shave
Most women shave their arm pits, baking soda is said to be painful after shaving. But I cannot say one way or the other, I have not shaved my arm pits since I went natural in the late 80’s… Baking Soda does not hurt my arm pits, I do not get in grown hairs, bumps or rash that I did when I shaved. Not that it is related or you need to know but since I bought it up, surprisingly I do not have bushy pits either. 🙂
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