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  1. Tanya

    Ha ha, I thought I was imagining things when I noticed my underarms looking a bit darker! Now I know I’m not! I’m not darker-skinned though, I’m a brunette but not olive-skinned.. just plain white, lol I’ve been using a handmade baking-soda based deo for years now from a great seller on ebay and I love her products but I started noticing my skin there being a bit darker! I will try your suggestions for this – I have the loofah already, that I scrub my legs & elbows with, now the armpits too!

  2. Krista

    I made a pre treatment spray as well and it’s worked great. Only I use 2/3 aloe juice, teaspoon acv, about 5 drops castor oil, 5 drops vitamin e oil, and a couple drops of tea tree and lavender ( I think I used lemongrass last time). No more bumps :)

  3. Another great article! Thanks, we have been waiting for our deodorant to run out before we try this so we’re looking forward to it.

  4. Danielle

    hey, thanks for pointing these things out. I’ve been using Dr.schmidts natural deodorant for about a year, but have been finding that it’s impossible to find. It comes in a little pot and includes a spatula, which is reminiscent of homemade deodorant. Which is why I thought about making my own deoderant when I couldn’t find it last month.

    I do have the dark armpit issue – which is why I may consider returning to Dr Schmidt. It’s honestly the first of 10 natural deodorants I’ve found that works for the full 24 hour (fresh pits the next morning!)day. Plus it smells nice. I didn’t really notice the dark skin issue with this product. And it has a nicer texture than my natural recipe.

    I didn’t have the arm pit irritation as described but I do get giant red halos (I was concerned I had ring worm!) when I either don’t use deoderant and experience sweating, or do use the natural recipe, which fade into dark patches. They are mildly irritating. I’m extremely pale/red headed. I’m wondering if Dr Schmidt was an acclimatized phase which lessened the itching.

    I’m going to try exfoliating because I only use soap and water and that is a reasonable explanation.

    As for the recipe, it’s based with baking soda, Shea butter, and coconut oil. I added lavender and lemon oils.

    • Emily

      I have the red halos too from Primal Pit Paste. Any suggestions? Or should I discontinue use and try something different? It was always under the left underarm and I just noticed it for the first time under the right, too.

    • Freddie

      Schmidt’s is still in business. I saw 2 jars at Sprouts this weekend. They also have an etsy shop and their own website. The etsy shop has sample sizes and the stick version.

  5. @Admin

    I have a problem guess that has both skin darkening and itchiness from homemade deodorant. i ma insanely irritated by this problem. Can anyone help me from this problem?


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  8. Emily P.

    If you ask a dermatologist, they will tell you to never apply baking soda to your skin in a strength much over 10% of entire solution. I have friends making homemade deodorants with 1 spoonful baking soda, 1 spoonful arrowroot powder, 1 spoonful bentonite clay, some essential oils, and coconut oil and I have news for you….that is going to hurt your skin! Your skin has a protective layer on top that is naturally a ph of 4.5-5.5 and you eat that protective layer away with non-oh balanced mixtures! I think if you are going to make a homemade deodorant, you should make sure you’ve got an acid in it (like apple cider vinegar) to balance out the basic (alkaline) ingredients such as baking soda, bentonite clay, etc. P.S. Everyone is all ‘I made an all natural homemade deodorant with only coconut oil, baking soda, clay, essential oil fragrance etc’ when baking soda by definition is a CHEMICAL compound (NaHCO3). Be careful people…

  9. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing, Crunchy! I’ll need to interface back to your site from mine all alone antiperspirant page. SO far I have continued preparing pop out of my own formula since I would prefer not to have a response to it however I’ll need to attempt this technique for ph rebalance when I make my next group of deo.

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  13. I have been using baking soda as my sole deoderant for over 6 years. It has worked extremely well for me! I can even wear a shirt twice if I want because there is no odor under the arms. However, several months ago I noticed my under arms are very dark. I didn’t know way to do. Now that the weather is warming, I was getting embarrassed when I lifted my arms up to do pull-ups etc at the gym where everyone could see me. So I searched for a solution and found your article. I am on day 5 of your 7 day prescription and my under arms are noticeably lighter. I am confident they will be fully restored to their original color in 2.5 more days. And the interesting thing is that the acv works well as a deoderant also! Except there is a slight vinegar smell on my shirts!

    Thank you so much for your clear explanation and instructions. I really appreciate it!
    Tiffany C. Wright

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  21. Stephanie

    I am totally going to try th ACV spray!!! I have been off my deodorant for a little over a week and my itchiness is just getting worse and worse and the bumps are spreading. HOWEVER, I have only been using coconut oil and tea tree oil and lavender oil. That’s it. Would the coconut oil and EO by themselves still cause a pH imbalance?
    I am so glad to know I am not alone! I thought I was going crazy!!

  22. Anthony

    Couldn’t I add ACV into my deodorant somehow to try to get the pH where it needs to be? If not are there any other natural additives to try to pH balance my homemade deodorant?

  23. Whitney

    Hi I was using DIY deodorant about 2 years ago now. I loved it, until I got an unbearable painful rash so I stopped. I was using tea tree oil to heal it, which seemed to work. Here I am 2 years later and still get the rash from time to time and can’t go anywhere near my pits with anything containing baking soda. I’m going to try the acv mix and also aloe Vera for healing after some digging. Is there anyone else that has any suggestions to help? Or has had similar experience and how did you get your pits healed?

  24. Thanks so much for the apple cider vinegar and water remedy…worked like a charm!

  25. Sarah

    Hello there, love the article but I do just want to put out there that I am pale as snow and when I use baking soda, arrowroot, or cornstarch deoderants ( homemade and store bought naturals) my armpits turn almost as dark as my husband ( he’s Indian). All my light skinned friends and family have had similar reactions. There is good news though- I use undiluted apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle under my arms every morning as a deoderant along with a spray of mother dirts aob mist! The combination works beautifully and I don’t smell at all even when exercising or on 90 degree days!

  26. Great article, Betty! Home made deodorant isn’t something I’d ever put on my body…

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  1. […] heat but I haven’t put that to the test yet.  Also, for what it’s worth, I found this article about how to balance your ph if your deodorant gives you a rash so I’ll be keeping this one […]

  2. […] using it.  He doesn’t care so much about the smell, obviously if he’ll use a strong undiluted vinegar.  But he found that his soap, and eventually mine, made his skin feel […]

  3. […] the gunk your ‘pits have been accosted with for years, or potentially a pH problem, which can be balanced out by simply sipping ACV ( apple cider vinegar)  mixed with water internally and/or misting it […]

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