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.)

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