Dear 200.000 Armpits - It's Not Your Fault

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have noticed that 'Popular posts this week' on the sidebar always seems to have the same post at the top.

In fact, the post Why your DIY Baking Soda Deodorant is Causing a Skin Reaction has been at the top for quite some time.

This particular post has been visited over 100.000 times.

That's approximately 200.000 armpits – looking for information and relief from the skin reaction they are experiencing from using homemade baking soda deodorant.

The many, many communications (comments and emails) I've gotten from people who have read this post show a clear pattern.

People seem to be convinced they are the problem - not the baking soda deodorant they are experimenting with.

But it's just not true.

Because – as fabulous and multifunctional as baking soda is – it is just not fabulous on armpits. In fact, sodium bicarbonate is everything BUT fabulous for prolonged skin contact.

Really and truly.

So, dear 200.000 armpits who have found your way to this blog, please be at ease.

The skin reaction you are having is not your fault.

Neither are you detoxing.

Your leathery, itchy, miscolored, and rashy skin is being caused by one thing: baking soda.

If you stop applying it to your armpits, you will find relief.

Thank you.

Now, please heal quickly.


Anonymous said…
Hi Lise!

It has been a while since I last post any comment on your blog, but I am still a regular to this site. I just want to share my experience. Baking soda deodorant, as you said, is definitely a cause to those itchy-rash skin. As more people starting to venture on a more 'natural' deodorant which does not contain any aluminium salts whatsoever, I would like to suggest an alternative by using a zinc oxide base deodorant. I've had major success in using one, which I formulated by myself, and my customers are happy with their non-itchy no-smell armpits :) You can find many articles regarding Zinc Oxide as deodorant.

LisaLise said…
Hi Zan - Great to hear from you again! I have more posts on deodorant ingredients coming up. Your experience with zinc oxide sounds interesting. How long have you been using it?
Anonymous said…
Hi Lise!

I've been using my zinc oxide deodorant for about 8 months plus...almost 9 months. And it has been great. No rashes whatsoever and I'm happy with it.