Power of Baking Soda

Carnes, C.(2016). Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda


In the fascinating world of Pinterest and Buzzfeed videos, we’ve all been somewhat inspired to become Do-It-Yourself task masters, turning curiosity into sheer creativity – be it with food, crafts, decor, or any random thing one could think of. Today, the topic will be baking soda. Baking soda we all know as a random refrigerator staple, neutralizing odors or perhaps to use every so often while brushing your teeth to become an even more pearly white.

A few years ago, my mom had a bout with breast cancer (and survived), which made me look at everything a little differently. Your skin is the the body’s largest organ, so it’s important to be mindful of the products you use on it. There have been many theories and conspiracies over the years linking antiperspirants to breast cancer, and though no definitive study has proven this, it helps to be a bit more conscious.

An aluminum-based compound is the active ingredient in antiperspirants, and it’s the one ingredient that’s most often connected with antiperspirant worries. While perusing the feminine care and hygiene aisles, I noted that the use and amounts of aluminum were pretty high, especially considering the speculations floating around. Which prompted me to discard my paraben and aluminum-filled deodorants and take a more unconventional, holistic approach. I researched and was surprised to find a simple recipe with items I already had at home. Four tablespoons of baking soda, four tablespoons of cornstarch, six tablespoons of coconut oil, and a couple drops of lavender essential oil. Mix, brew it on the stove for a while, add to an empty or old deodorant case, leave in refrigerator to harden, and voila! My little “secret” works the same, smells just as good, and is a healthier alternative than clogging up your pores with added estrogen from chemicals and parabens (in the name of keeping odors and sweat away.)

Help Build A Little Library

Join the campaign to improve literacy amongst our communities with #BuildALittleFreeLibrary on April 9th!

As a mission and effort to improve literacy amongst African American/Latino children. PerfectlyBlack.com partners with UmojaLife, Sticking2Positivity, Project Smirk and Red Diamonds Management to host a book pantry to help Build a “Little Free Library”. The library will be chartered by Little Free Library with whom already has hundreds of locations in the Atlanta area. Organizers are asking for donations for building materials/supplies and food, and new & used multi-cultural children’s books.

Ashley Watson Founder of Perfectly Black Book Clubs says, “I felt particularly compelled to give back and do as much as I can to help such a great cause. Build a Little Free Library is trying to improve our youth and give kids a safe place to learn and develop: and that’s were I think true change begins.”

Wondering how you can help support this cause? Donations can be made on GoFundMe.com.  Although monetary contributions are greatly appreciated organizers are asking the community to simply spread the word.

Watson says, “We understand that everyone can not provide a financial contribution but more than anything we want to raise awareness and need to improve literacy in our homes and community. There are plenty of ways to help one is to simply tell some one.”


  • Download the 11×17 #BuildALittleFreePantry poster (PDF and jpeg),
  • Or contact us to pick up some beautiful hard copies distributed by our partners in cities across the U.S..
  • Circulate posters in your networks far and wide, including posting in your community, campus, organization, local storefronts, place of worship, etc.
  • Spread the word!