Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium Bicarbonate in Deodorants

What is it: Sodium Bicarbonate is the scientific name for Baking Soda and it is used in many products including food.

Where will you find it?

Sodium Bicarbonate is a salt. It is a white crystalline solid, but often appears as a powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs.

Sodium Bicarbonate comes out of the ground in the form of minerals Nahcolite and Trona. These two minerals are then refined and turned into sodium bicarbonate, among other things. Most of it comes from the United States, which contains the world’s largest Trona deposit.

There is no risk of depletion anytime soon:

As written by The Natural Deodorant Co 2018

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How is it used in Deodorants? Sodium Bicarbonate is a powerful antibacterial that inhibits the grown of bacteria. When we sweat it is not the sweat itself that has an odour but the mixture of the sweat and bacteria on our skin that causes the smell. If you can prevent the bacteria from growing you prevent the smell.

Sodium Bicarbonate can cause some sensitivity, but it is all about the right concentration. I know if a deodorant has Sodium Bicarbonate in the top 3 ingredients I will not be able to use it as it will cause redness and soreness under the arms. But if Sodium Bicarbonate is lower down the list of ingredients, I can use it if I am careful. Being careful includes washing it off before bed, so it is not on my skin for so long. The sodium Bicarbonate sensitivity is not usually an allergy but a reaction with the skins PH.

Our bodies are always changing, due to diet, hormones & stress so you may find that this occasionally happens after using a deodorant for some time.

Alternatives: If you find Sodium Bicarbonate is not for you, there are plenty of deodorants that you can try instead. On Wild Earth Beauty click on the “All Deodorants” on the main menu, then on the left-hand side menu tick “Sodium Bicarbonate Free” and any other criteria you want in your deodorant. Personally, I have used Scence & The Natural Deodorant Co, which I can recommend. These deodorants both use Magnesium Hydroxide in place of the Sodium Bicarbonate.

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