Just how good is a 'DIY how to make natural deodorant' blog post

Are you sick of that chemical smell of shop bought deodorants?

How can we trust in the cosmetics we buy? Are they cruelty-free?

Do natural deodorants work? 

I get asked these questions all the time, which is odd. But I realised that since I "became "vegan" friends, family, and far away friends on the internet think that becoming vegan comes with a download of everything healthy.

So, I decided to do some research. And came up with an interesting answer: 

Baking Soda

Also know as sodium bicarbonate or Na2CO3 + CO2 + H2O → 2 NaHCO3. It has often been lauded as a great deodorant as it can absorb odors and contains natural ingredients that help balance and regulate pH levels in the body.

But, there's always a but!

It is a harsh chemical. And needs to be treated with respect. 

The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for sodium bicarbonate warns of the following symptoms with prolonged exposure of baking soda to the skin:

  • rash 
  • redness 
  • dry, cracked skin 

Why DIY deodorant can be tricky

If you find a DIY deodorant recipe online be careful. Some that I've seen have listed the baking soda to take up to 25% of the total formulation! A 1% concentration is all that's safe to use. And you will need some pH regulating ingredients. Do you research as you are dealing with chemicals.

And while there are baking soda deodorants commercially available they have undergone testing and have realms of paper work submitted to health authorities. 

I just cannot stress the importance of treating chemicals with due respect. So,for that reason; I'm out!

 

 

Fleet and Flower