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  1. Helpful info. Lucky me I found your web site by chance, and
    I’m shocked why this coincidence didn’t came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

  2. Rebekah Miller

    I made your recipe for baking soda deodorant a few weeks ago and am loving it! I tweaked it a little by adding a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. This is the best natural deodorant I’ve ever tried! I think next time I make it I will use Shea butter or kokum butter to make it extra creamy rather than the evoo. I find that if I get to much on the evoo stains my shirts. It’s important to know that two swipes is plently. If I use the right amount it absorbs into my skin leaving no residue and I’m completely stink free all day! Thank you for your insightful blogs. I’ve learned a lot from your page :)

  3. Anne-Marie

    Wow! I thought I was imagining the darker skin in my armpits. I am super pale, tons of freckles, but very white otherwise. I’ve been making my own deodorant for a year and a half now and it’s only since this new batch that I’m seeing the darker skin. I’m using a different coconut oil this time and I think this batch had more baking soda in it. I’m going to give the acv a try (already have a spray bottle of that ratio water to ACV in the bathroom for my hair) We’ll see if that does the trick.

  4. kim

    usually darkened armpits is from PCOS. get that under control & armpits go back to normal.

  5. Art

    I mean what is PCOS?

  6. Art

    I just looked it up. Believe me–I don’t have PCOS. :)

  7. Crystal

    I get the darkening, but not just from my homemade deo. It started for me when using store bought ‘natural’ brands such as Toms and Jason. I had hoped that switching to homemade would help things but now I have darkening, rawness and peeling :( I have olive skin, I get pretty tan but I wouldn’t say that I have dark skin and interestingly enough, it’s always significantly worse on the left side. I am hoping for the best with my ph balancer adventures. No matter what, I’ll go the route of Peppy Le Pew before turning back to mainstream methods.

  8. Eric S

    These homemade baking soda deodorants don’t “throw your pH balance out of whack”. They simply irritate your skin because baking soda is too alkaline. This may sound like a quibble, but describing it like that masks the reality. The reality is you are applying a layer of mildly caustic stuff to your skin that may over time give you a mild chemical burn. When you apply vinegar on top of it, the vinegar is neutralizing the baking soda, so the layer of deodorant you’ve got on your skin is no longer caustic.

    This may well be a reasonable way to avoid wasting a batch of this stuff that you’ve made under the misunderstanding that baking soda is a reasonable thing to leave on your skin (as I did). But the real solution is to change your recipe to either not use baking soda or use only a very small amount. When you neutralize it with vinegar it is no longer baking soda anyway, so you are kind of defeating the function of the baking soda.

    The products of vinegar and baking soda are water, carbon dioxide, and sodium acetate. Sodium acetate itself can be a skin irritant, but the quantities here may be too small to have that effect. In any case I don’t think it’s what you are looking for in a deodorant ingredient.

  9. Claire

    I JUST started using baking soda based DIY deodorant, but did some reading up on it first before using. One blogger highly suggested “priming your pits” with alcohol or witch hazel first before apply the baking soda based deodorant. I’ve been using witch hazel, and so far no problem. I guess the witch hazel serves the same purpose as the apple cider vinegar, here, in balancing the pH as it is acidic, too.

    The combo of these two steps has been highly effective for me…so far.

  10. The Deodorant worked for me sooo great but then it start this itchiness, I think is also because baking soda was exfoliating my skin a lot.
    Every skin is different, my boyfriend found your recipe like a miracle because he’s not smelly anymore, he tried many products & nothing worked until I made your recipe for him.
    For me was the perfect deodorant as well, but my skin is more sensitive to the exfoliation, anyway still a great recipe & the most important… without chemicals !! pesticides & all that crap.
    Now I will try this with ACV & let’s see, thnks !!

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