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How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)

 

Baking Soda

Since I learned about aluminum in normal antiperspirant about 19 years ago, I have been searching for the best non-toxic deodorant. For whatever reason, most “natural” deodorants don’t work for me – they don’t deodorize my underarms (how unladylike!).  


But several years ago I found Alvera Aloe & Almond Deodorant.  It works and smells beautifully.  It’s not tested on animals and it has ingredients I can pronounce.  The problem:  not very many stores carry it.  So over the years I’ve gone from natural store to natural store looking for it, I’ve stocked up from time to time, I’ve had stores order it, and I’ve ordered it online, but all that is time consuming, frustrating, and resource-depleting.  I did this for years!

[UPDATE October 2012: due to several comments about Alvera, I no longer recommend that deodorant. It contains "alcloxa": here's what Wikipedia says about alcloxa, or allantoin. And Cosmeticsinfo.org has this to say: "Alcloxa is a heterocyclic organic compound that contains aluminum. In cosmetics and personal care products, Alcloxa functions as a cosmetic astringent. Alcloxa, the aluminium salt of allantoin, combines the astringent and mild antimicrobial properties of aluminium with the anti-irritant, soothing, healing properties of allantoin." Thank you, readers, for looking into it!]


That is, until the week Matt went to the hospital when I brought him a bag from home that included a brush, shaving supplies, and… yep – our only stick of deodorant.  So, after stepping out of a nice clean shower at home, I desperately searched for an alternative.  I reasoned to myself that if baking soda works on my hair, why not try it on my underarms?  Afterall, it’s an ingredient in many deodorants….


So I used it like baby powder, just a splash.  And it was the best deodorant I’ve ever used.  No kidding.


The following day, I didn’t need to re-apply.  Amazing!!


But then… on day 3, I realized my left underarm was itching a bit.  So I did some online research, and found that straight baking soda might be too strong. Apparently, you need just a tiny bit.  In my various hours of research, I came upon a solution:  mixing baking soda with cornstarch.  The cornstarch actually works as a light antiperspirant, and the baking soda deodorizes.


I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and I love it.  Absolutely love it.

Antique Powder Jar

Instructions.

  1. In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.
  2. Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.
  3. Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator.  Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.

Notes:

  • The application should last at least a day – for me it lasts at least 2 days!
  • This method hasn’t left any stains or residues on my white or black clothing.  It seems to do better than normal deodorant in that regard! (Still, of course use caution with expensive and/or hard-to-clean items, as you would with any deodorant.)
  • A nice way to store your deodorant powder is in an antique cosmetic jar (above), which you can pick up at a garage sale or thrift store.


More Information


  1. Aluminum is a neurotoxin, and is found in most antiperspirants.  It has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory illnesses, reduced renal function, and DNA damage. Find out more here, here and here.  You should be able to find aluminum-free baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) in your local health food store. Note at 7pm:  After receiving a few notes from readers, I’ve done some extensive research, and found that aluminum is used to make baking powder, but not baking soda. … So it looks like any old baking soda will do!
  2. The parabens in many antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer, and there are possible complications associated with SLS in deodorants.
  3. Curious how conventional antiperspirants work?  Find out here.
  4. If you decide that straight baking soda isn’t right for you, you might try “The Rock” or use one of the recipes here or here for homemade deodorant.

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305 comments to How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)

  • Allan

    Being a bloke, I’m probably a bit hairier and smellier than you. Has Matt tried this recipe?

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  • I exercise hard/sweat a lot and all I use is baking soda. I love it! I put it in an old honey container (you know those plastic bears) and can sprinkle small amounts in my hand at a time. You’re right. The best ever, although I don’t temper mine w/cornstarch.

  • I’ve used baking soda at school and it worked so much better for me than anything else — neutralizing smell instead of trying to prevent it. It really worked for me and I can’t wait to start using it again once I can find aluminum-free baking soda and possibly corn starch now that I’ve seen this…. here in Berlin. ;) So thanks for the info! I may use it to switch things up a bit.

  • I just use baking soda too!

    I started off with a gentle baking soda wash in the shower and then coconut oil – worked well but after a couple of days my armpits were sore! I then mixed the baking soda in to a paste with the coconut oil (which is a soft solid at coolish room temp) – this worked well… until I got a bit lazy about making some up.. so I started using baking soda on it’s own – like dash of talc under my armpits each morning – perfect!

  • Hm. I may give that a shot when my LUSH runs out. I used to use Tom’s of Maine but then switched to the crystal for packaging-reduction purposes. The crystal gave me a rash. I went back to Tom’s and that also gave me a rash – though it never used to. I’ll try this. Love the container. ;-)

  • Hm, I will try it with cornstarch, I think I have some. Straight up baking soda was very irritating for me on shaved armpits. I’m just using Kiss My Face stick deodorant. It works OK, but I find myself smelly at times :(

  • Baked

    I had to give up the baking soda because when I perspired heavily while performing minor abdominal surgery, my armpits started foaming, intense pressure built up, and then BAM! my arm exploded up into the air. (Luckily my patient was still under and I was able to repair the damage).

    Cornstarch works better, but again, when it gets very hot, I keep thinking about tempura….

  • Great idea and great website! I’m not sure if the regular baking soda I get from the grocery has aluminum in it, but I’m going to check it out!

  • I just bought some deodorant powder from Honeybee Gardens (I love their make up!) I looked at the ingredients and there they are: baking soda and cornstarch. Hmmm. When it runs out, I might just make my own.

  • Are you saying my pits smell?

  • I just penned an article in our community newsletter about baking soda replacing cleaning products, shampoo and toothpaste . . . for a dollar stretching feature. I need to go back and add this. I have been waiting for my antiperspirant to run out to try alternatives. I believe I will go with this – I’m on a roll.

    Question – I recently read in someone’s comment somewhere (sorry) that Arm and Hammer was not our best choice because of some heinous labor practice. Does anyone know more about this or what alternatives there are to Arm and Hammer.?

  • Would it be possible to wet this concoction and shape it into a brick, and then apply like normal stick deodorant, or would that make it too hard? I don’t think a person with hairy armpits could just ‘splash’ it on and get good coverage.

  • Chaos Motor – I’m not sure it matters if you are hairy or not. Just spread some baking soda over your hand (all 4 fingers) right after you towel off. You’re body will still be warm and slightly moist from the shower. Just pat your pit rubbing it in a little and then do the other with another sprinkle of powder on your other hand. I always do it leaning into the shower so I don’t get baking soda all over the floor. As long as your body is slightly moist, it should adhear.

    Any hairy pits out there have trouble?

  • N.

    I’ve tried Weleda (natural spray on in glass container) and Tom’s of Maine (natural solid stick in plastic) and didn’t like either very much. When Tom’s runs out I’m going to give this a try.

    My husband and I use our homemade lye soap as shampoo and love it.

  • Thanks for your comments, everyone – please continue to add thoughts, methods, and questions! Also, due to some questions I’ve received, I’ve altered #1 in “More Information” re: Aluminum. Please read for more details.

    Allan, Ha! Well, funny thing is, my husband can use deodorants that just don’t work for me – it seems I’m the -uh- smelly one in the family. He hasn’t tried this yet (I’m still working on him), but I’d say you may just want to futz with the baking soda ratio: add more baking soda to cornstarch until it works well for you. Or just use baking soda straight – being a bloke, you may not be as sensitive as I am!

    Risa B, ??

    Baked, Sounds a bit like an urban myth – your perspiration would have to be pretty acidic to form that kind of a reaction. It was definitely not the heat nor pressure, as baking soda is used in all sorts of cooking.

    Angela V-C, See my comment up top – my apologies for the confusion – the baking soda I buy says “aluminum free”, but it turns out that all baking soda is aluminum free as long as it doesn’t include baking powder in it.

    Rob, Definitely would never come out and say such a thing…

    katecontinued, I have heard that Arm & Hammer isn’t so great, but I honestly don’t remember any specifics. There is a local company we use called “Bob’s Red Mill.” They’re a good company, if you can find their products. Otherwise, I’m sure your local health food store carries non-Arm & Hammer baking soda. Possibly even in bulk.

    Chaos Motor, See Yategirl‘s comment above – I’ve read about this method, too. Other people mix it with beeswax. Here is a good recipe. But I agree with Heather, that you may not need to bother with that – try it and see how it goes first!

  • Dawna

    My boyfriend is laughing at me right now. I use baking soda for practically everything and just bought 12 pounds today. Now I have yet another use for it. I cannot wait to try this. Thanks!

  • I have been living 100% off grid for a year now, I have been looking for something to replace my commercial deodorant/antiperspirant, I can deal with a lot of things, taking sponge baths, shampooing once a week… but being stinky isn’t something I can do.

    I am going to give your method a try and I’ll let you know how it works for me. :)

    I just found your site and I am getting lots of ideas from it, thanks for all your hard work AND documenting it here for everyone’s benefit.

    Wretha

  • becky

    i’ve used straight baking soda for almost a year now. it works better than ANY deoderant i’ve ever used before, even under pressure, in humid, sweat producing south florida! i also use straight baking soda for toothpaste and mixed with a bit of water to make a wet paste it works great to clean up pots and even baked on spills in the oven.

  • Barrington

    Argh, I went to the food shop with this recipe in mind and bought cornflour (==cornstarch) and, incorrectly, baking powder! Reading here, I see this is not good enough due to the use of aluminum in the production of baking powder. I guess I’ll have to wait to the next shop to try this deodorant out.

  • Hey everyone, I’m back to answer more comments!

    If this recipe doesn’t quite work for anyone, just add a bit more baking soda until it does. Or alternatively, you can just try baking soda straight and see if you skin is ok with it. The worst it did to me was make my underarm itch a bit (and I have very sensitive skin).

    Heather, Here I was thinking it was my own invention. : ) I wish I could use straight baking soda, as it’s so simple! But darn it, my left underarm gets itchy. Not the right, just the left… so weird!

    Stephanie, Yeah, you should be ok with any old baking soda… I bought “aluminum-free baking soda”, but from all the research I’ve done since, it’s all aluminum free. Baking powder is the one you have to watch out for.

    GB, Thanks. : ) Let me know how it works!

    Olga, Yeah, Kiss My Face hasn’t worked for me either.

    Abbie, LOL. Too funny.

    N., I’ve tried both of those brands, and neither worked for me either.

    Dawna, I know, my husband is starting to laugh, too. There are a million ways to use baking soda and vinegar around the house, and I’m discovering each of them, one by one!

    Wretha, You’re welcome. I enjoy helping others and helping the planet, so your praise is good to hear. : )

    becky, Ha! I feel a post coming on… All the ways to use baking soda…. It has been cooking in my head for a while, and it’s about time it emerged!

    Barrington, Oh no! Bummer. I hate it when that happens. Well, guess you’ll have to do some baking to use that powder up. ; )

  • rachel

    Thank you so much for posting this! For the past few months, deodorants have suddenly started giving me rashes. I’ve been trying all different types (natural, minerals, etc.) and nothing worked….until now! I can’t believe how well the baking soda and cornstarch works. And like others, I buy baking soda in bulk and use it for practically everything, so I don’t know why I was so surprised. I currently keep my deodorant mix in an old porcelain cold cream jar and apply with a soft cloth, but I think I want to get a vintage powder container (with powder puff, of course!). Thank you!

  • rachel, You’re welcome, of course! I’m so glad to hear it works for you!! Thanks for stopping in to let us know. : )

  • Funny, I continued my research too and thought that Bob’s Red Mill sounded like a great company to support – rather than a corporation. And, it is sold at a store I can walk too! Maybe in 2010 – since I have so much baking soda on hand.

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  • Bureinato

    I’ve been using Listerine for a couple of years now, it works very well. Just a splash on the armpits at the end of the shower. Although having to recycle all those plastic bottles is frustrating.

  • katecontinued, LOL. It does seem like a good company. Probably still will be in 2010. ; )

    Bureinato, Interesting. I wonder if it’s the alcohol that makes it work…?

  • I love to hear new tips about using baking soda – and this is a great one! My organic deodorant woks OK most of the time, but is rather expensive. And comes in plastics.

    I use baking soda for cleaning, to make tooth cleaning powder and much more, so I’ll give it a go tonight! I’ll try to add a few drops of essential oil.

  • Vesna, I think you’ll like it – I’d be interested to know how it works with the essential oil!

  • Herman

    Actually, commercially manufactured stick deodorant (like old spice) doesn’t have any aluminum compounds. Antiperspirants do have them because the aluminum compounds actually prevent the skin from sweating, whereas deodorants merely provide a long lasting fragrance to cover up the funk.

  • Herman, that is true. By using baking soda and cornstarch – or straight baking soda – I’m using the fewest ingredients possible, avoiding the parabens & SLS in many conventional deodorants, and reducing overall packaging. Plus it’s cheaper.

  • Geia sas! Tha ithela na rotiso, to alouminio den periexetai mesa sti mageiriki soda, etsi den einai??? Kai kati allo, gia na arxiso ti methodo gia ta mallia xoris sampouan, prepei na eimai vegetarian i omofagos?? Giati mono tetoio kosmo sunanto pou tin akolouthei…

  • Hi everyone! If i understood correct, there is aluminum in baking soda??? Oh! It will be so difficult to find aluminum free in Rhodes, Greece…
    And something else! I find raw vegetarian people who do the shampoo free method with the soda and vinega. Do i have to be vegetarian as well??

  • DutchDave

    Ever thought of using an Alum bar?

    I saw somewhere on a forum something about this product and bought a bar at this site http://www.pitrock.co.uk Well it a pure bar of alum put in a fancy push-up system. It works like a charm as the reason for the smell is taken away. (it gets tid of the bacteria).
    On another forum I read about making your own spray using the same alum bar crushed up and diluted in a spraybottle.
    When the push-up bar of alum is finally used up (will take a long, long, long time (I have used it for over a year and still see no real wear)) I probably will buy an alum bar at the chemist and used that.

  • I live in the desert (Arizona) and have been using a combination of half baking soda and half Walmart brand Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Baby Powder – Equate for 2 years now. I put the ingredients into a small baby powder container and shake an amount onto my dry pits after showering. Works for me and I sweat a lot! The Walmart brand is made with Pure Cornstarch.

  • Roxanne

    I will be using baking soda & cornstarch in the Spring & Summer.I don’t really need it in the fall & winter.I have used the rock in the past & it’s a good product,but it comes in plastic packaging,so I love this recipe.Very excited about anything that is less expensive & doesn’t come in plastic.

  • [...] contain proplene glycol, which I also try to stay away from. So yesterday I was reading online, and found a recipe I’m going to give a try. I figure with all the detoxing, etc. that it should really put it to [...]

  • marysjewel, no, there is no aluminum in baking soda. And certainly you don’t have to be a vegetarian to use this method! : )

    tlspiegel, I had no idea that baby powder was made from cornstarch. So funny – I learn something new every day!

    DutchDave, I believe you are referring to salt rocks such as “The Rock,” which I referred to above in the article. Many people find it very helpful. They don’t work for me, unfortunately.

    Roxanne, enjoy!

  • Melinda, thank you for your response. I didn’t know about certain brands or variations of baby powder containing cornstarch rather than talcum powder until I started doing some research and reading labels. Here’s a bit of information on that:

    http://www.thebabydepartment.com/babycare/baby-powder.aspx

    “Baby powder is usually made from talcum powder or cornstarch. Both talcum and cornstarch baby powder are meant to absorb excess moisture, prevent chafing, and soothe diaper rash or other minor itchy skin irritations. Baby powder can absorb moisture on your baby’s thighs, under arms, and in all those creases and folds where moisture develops, preventing irritation and chafing from rubbing.

    Baby powder is available scented and unscented. Many are made with ingredients such as aloe vera to help moisturize your baby’s skin.

    Many parents have refrained from using baby powder out of fear of talcum powder, the most common form of powder used in baby powder. Inhaling talcum powder can cause your baby’s lungs to swell, irritating them and leading to breathing problems. Talcum powder can also irritate and inflame broken skin or a raw diaper rash. Talcum powder has also been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in females who use talcum powder around their genitals.

    The talcum powder scare has led to a rise in baby powders made with cornstarch. Cornstarch based baby powders are coarser than talcum powder, but absorb moisture and reduce rubbing and chafing just as well.

    Whichever powder you choose, use it carefully. Never shake baby powder directly on your baby or near your baby. Sprinkle a small amount into your hand and then apply it to your baby.

    Always wash away powder that accumulates in your baby’s folds or creases. Powders easily cake and hide away in skin creases and can lead to irritation and rashes. If your baby powder is made with cornstarch, a build up of powder can lead to the growth of harmful fungi. Washing or removing baby powder when changing your baby’s diapers is also a good idea to prevent build up on your baby’s legs.”

  • [...] I did was I mixed up six parts cornstarch and one part baking soda, per this recipe. I put it in a little Gladware container I had in the kitchen (while I’m thrifting, [...]

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  • Hi Melinda,

    just to report, the baking soda deodorant works really well for me! I’ve infused it with lavender oil and love the lightly scented version. Next batch is currently being infused with a used and dried vanilla bean, hopefully I’ll get that lovely vanilla scent I’m addicted to.

    Great website!

  • [...] deodorant recipe. I’ve found several, but too complicated to make. Then I came across a great post about using baking powder as a natural deodorant. I gave it a go, and it worked well for [...]

  • Hi, thanks for the recipe. I’ve actually stopped using deodorant for ages because i refused to use the ones on the market, including in nature stores. I’m definitely going to try this one.

    Saucy Salsita, AKA The Sexy Hippie – Because sexy comes in GREEN!

  • Bee

    Hi, a couple of weeks ago I started using coconut oil. After an initial phase when I had to wash and reapply again during the day, I am now finding I last through till the evening and am fine. Prior to that I was using an alum stick which worked fine. Then tried the ‘baking powder’ method (yes, I realise now, it wasn’t just baking soda) and ended up in a terrible rash. Hence, my move on to coconut oil. Now I am looking for a way to get away from shampoo, but am already using olive oil soap and an apple vinegar rinse. I find my hair (straight, of course, but fairly short) gets greasy on day two already…

  • Vesna, thanks for letting me know it’s working – so glad to hear!

    saucy salsita, excellent to hear.

    Bee, I have not posted about this yet, but I’ve been starting to use coconut oil mixed with a dab of baking soda, and that seems to work best of all for me as a deodorant. As for hair, I’ve posted a recipe for what I use here: A Non-Toxic, Frugal Way To Wash Your Hair Without Buying Shampoo, with a follow-up here: No ‘Poo New And Improved. Hope that helps!

  • I’ll have to try this. I’ve tried several of the natural deoderants but I find they just don’t do the trick.

  • Toby Lee

    More tips for baking soda? I found the best facial scrub. Wash your face, then while wet apply a paste of water and baking soda. Works fantastic and couldn’t be any easier and cheaper.

  • I use a lot of baking soda for cleaning, but I have never heard of using it as deodorant. Awesome idea, though!
    I will definitely try it!!

  • Great information, thank you! I first saw this post back in January, and have not used ‘normal’ deodorant since mid Jan – never going back! I found that the recipe that works the best for me is half and half baking soda and cornstarch (actually I use tapioca flour). Then I add essential oils, and a bit of ground cardamom for the lovely smell.

  • I’m going to give this a try. I have a hard time finding a deoderant that works, let alone a natural one. the natural one I tried gave me a rash and um, failed in the middle of the day.

  • [...] first homemade deodorant recipe comes from Melinda at One Green Generation. This was an excellent post, and this is probably the recipe I’m going to try [...]

  • dave

    Has nobody noticed that she says she didn’t need it on day 2, only for day three to present an itching problem.

    Does this mean had day 3 not caused discomfort she would have carried on regardless?

    Also a more glaring statement is that if you smell so much why not shower more regularly than every two or three days!!!!

  • Dave, I shower every 2-4 days because I am conserving water and it’s unnecessary to wash more than that. If simple cornstarch and baking soda work as a deodorant, there is no need to shower more often.

    Toby, thanks for the tip! I have also tried baking soda and water (1:6) as a facial scrub and it works really well!

    OpheliaD, thank you so much for returning and letting us know!

  • Bee

    I have been experimenting with several things over a month now. The alum stick did work but seemed pretty harsh. I am not sure about its aluminum content either. So, next, coconut oil seemed a solution, while I also read there was a transition phase. But as it is getting warmer now, I found it stopped working by lunch time, I had to wash and reapply – too much work, too insecure. I tried rubbing in baking powder, came out in a terrible rash, way too harsh for me. But guess what? Apple cider vinegar is doing the trick beautifully. I pour some out of the bottle into my hand and rub it in under my arms. Then I make sure to let it try fully. So far, I have had at least 30 hours of non-smelling underarms (it does not stop sweating totally, though, but no smell, and I can rely on it even as it gets warmer, or I am active a bit more). If you let it dry completely, there won’t be any vinegary smell either. I absolutely love the simplicity of this concept.

  • Alex

    I tried this and it seems to work

  • sam

    i need toknow how to get it to smell like the deodorant axe(im a girl) i love how it smells, but if i put a luiqiud in baby powder it clumps help!

  • sam

    i just tried it. it works perfectly.(especially with baby powder)

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  • Laura

    I too have been searching for an effective aluminum free deodorant for a while now. When the adidas cotton tech came out I thought I had found a match but I can’t seem to find it ANYWHERE. They have a new formula now without the cotton that doesn’t work for me at all.

    After spending months feeling like I needed a shower twice a day to not smell I found this. I can’t understand why I didn’t think of it before. Today is the second day I’ve used it. The baking soda was put to the ultimate test (for me anyway). I commute to work by bike and this morning it was 70 with 95% humidity and I was wearing long pants and a light jacket (stupid I know but I thought it would be colder and I didn’t have time to run in and change). To make a long story (slightly) short(er), even though I was dripping with sweat when I got in I am stank free! Woohoo!

    So far I haven’t bothered to cut the baking soda with cornstarch, but the baking soda alone hasn’t bothered me yet.

    Thanks for the tip! I love this site and look forward to becoming a regular :D

  • Hi Laura, so great to hear! Glad I could help. : )

  • Jane

    I tryed it out, and so far it has been working a whole lot better than the kiss my face liquid rock deodorant!! Yay!! Plus there is no white stuff left on my clothes! Here is the recipe I concocted:
    1tsp. Cornstarch
    1tsp. Baking Soda
    1 drop each Tea Tree and Lavender essential oil

    I apply it with a blush brush and it works great!

  • bureinato

    I think it works because Listerine was orginally developed as a disinfectant for surgery. It’s not really strong enough to be successful for that, so it was then marketed to the public. It’s one of those things I wonder if it would be regulated now, but it’s been on the market so long.

  • interesting that no-one here has any concerns about absorbing excess sodium levels [baking soda = sodium bicarbonate] which in theory might lead to elevated blood pressure and other things…

  • Hermione

    COOL!!!! My friend is making her own products, and she wanted to do deoderent! I still have one question…. can you add diffrent scents? My friend makes Cucumber facials, Lavendar Cucumber facials, wild citrus hair spray, and wild citrus shampoo! My friend is only 10 (so am I), so no you can not buy any of this stuff….. yet! Her line is called “Simply Teen.” I thank Simply Teen for letting me advertize her products!

  • Meg

    Since you mentioned “the rock” I have to tell you, that is nothing but a chunk of aluminum salts. Natural, yes. Good for you? no.

  • adrien

    I find using a slice of lemon as an underarm deodorant quite effective.

  • Lola

    Can you tell me exactly how to go about scenting this powdered mixture? I’d imagine that adding scented oils would cause the mixture to clump up, as one commentor mentioned (no one’s replied to her yet.)

    The vanilla bean idea sounds great.

    I just want to know specifically about adding scented oils.

  • Lola, I personally don’t add any scents to my powder. However, if you wanted to, you could probably mix some scented oil with filtered (clear) jojoba oil (some people use coconut oil – you can try that as well), and apply a light layer of that on your skin before applying the powder. I use plain jojoba oil after bathing, and it doesn’t take away from the effect of the baking soda and cornstarch.

  • india, Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is different from sodium chloride (salt) at its elemental structure – they are not the same thing. Sodium is simply an element on the periodic table – the base for many things in our environment. Even if it were salt – which it is not – this is such a small amount it would be negligible when measured against your average daily sodium intake. But again, baking soda is NOT salt.

  • i wasn’t implying that baking soda = cooking salt; i am also aware that sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide are vastly different substances.

    all i was suggesting is that the skin is a large and highly absorptive organ. and i stand by that.

    and as to sodium in general…it’s apparently been vindicated and is back on the recommended intake list as a possible preventative against early onset Alzheimer’s.

  • Rock

    Can you make the baking soda/cornstarch into a spray?

  • I tried the baking soda (long before I ever read this post. lol) and after 3 weeks, I had so burned my armpits that they are still scarred a light brown from the experience. For me, it was too strong.

    I switched to using a product called “Udder Cream” and a drop or two of lavender essential oil. That worked, but the udder cream does have mineral oil in it.

    About the same time, a friend gave me a concoction he makes. It’s a mixture of cologne and alcohol. Well…I’m not a guy and don’t want to smell like I wear aftershave.

    It did work, but wanting to get rid of the “male aftershave” smell, so I went to straight alcohol. Pour it into a little spray bottle, two squirts on each pit and I’m good to go. Those small bottles are easy to toss into my purse. So If I ever sweat through it, a couple of spritzes and I’m good to go again. I do have to say that I’ve only sweat through once or twice in the last year or so I’ve been using this and I live in the hot, humid southern US. (spray bottles are only 50 cents – $1 at Walmart in the travel size product aisle)

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