How we use baking soda differently in our Natural Deodorant – ~Pourri

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How we use baking soda differently in our Natural Deodorant

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a jack-of-all-trades type of ingredient. It can whiten your teeth, bake your cookies, relieve your heartburn and clean your sink (to name a few of its purposes).

Another one of its superpowers is keeping your underarms smelling fresh and squeaky clean in natural deodorants without using harsh chemicals. Baking soda is a fabulous alternative if you’re looking to stay stink-free without the worry of toxic ingredients like aluminum or parabens found in most non-natural deodorants. It's well known for its odor absorbing abilities, and studies have suggested it may also have anti-microbial properties, which is why it makes perfect sense to apply it to the funkiest places on your body.

Baking Soda in Deodorant, Explained

Baking soda is a type of salt, normally appearing in a white, fine powder form. Not to bring you back to 4th period science class or anything, but we have to revisit the concept of acids and bases real quick to explain baking soda’s effect on your body.

If you remember learning about the pH scale, you’ll recall that it ranges from an acidic 0 to a basic 14, with a 7 being neutral. Baking soda sits at a 9 on the scale, meaning it is more basic. Our skin usually falls somewhere between a 4.5-6.5, in the more acidic range.

When applied to the skin, the basic baking soda mixes with our skin’s acidic, oily protective layer (also known as the acid mantle) to neutralize our pH level, in turn helping to eliminate any odors it may have produced.

The Baking Soda Aversion

We understand the hesitation when it comes to using a deodorant with baking soda in it. Heck, we’ve heard every type of horror story involving natural deodorant during our search for the perfect one! The truth is that most instances in which negative side effects like irritation and rash occur are due to formulas that use an excess of the ingredient.

Sometimes, a larger amount is added for extra perspiration protection, but too much of it can easily dry out your skin, and that’s the opposite of what we want. A little goes a long way with this superstar! You only need a small amount of baking soda to help keep your skin’s pH balanced, which is exactly how we’ve formulated our full-body deodorant.

Why Pit~Pourri is the Perfect Solution

Pit~Pourri is sensitive skin safe, and both gynecologist and dermatologist approved. It contains vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, and is plastic-free with a vessel made of recyclable paper materials. We use the following natural ingredients to stop the stank and leave your pits feeling fresh out the shower for up to 24 hours:

Works like magic.

Mandelic Acid

Mandelic Acid Mandelic Acid the most gentle Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) gently exfoliates and helps to brighten skin while also creating an acidic environment where odor-causing bacteria cannot survive


Prebiotics Restores your skin’s microbiome. Known as the perfect food for the good bacteria. If the good bacteria thrives, prebiotics will crowd out the bad stuff. 


Caffeine A natural astringent that is known to help slow sweat, leaving you feeling more dry and comfortable! 

Funk Lock Technology

Funk Lock Technology A proprietary, natural & non-toxic odor-fighting technology that attaches itself to malodor molecules and transforms the malodor molecules into a molecule that your nose cannot register. This technology was designed to kick in when your body sweats and needs it the most so you always smell fresh!

Try Pit~Pourri for Yourself

There are two ways to try Pit~Pourri before committing (don’t worry we’re afraid of commitment, too). First, you can try a little science experiment at home by doing a patch test on your skin.

You can apply a bit of baking soda to a small area of your skin like the inside of your elbow, for example, and wait 48 hours to see if any irritation arises. Second, you can order the Mini Deo Discovery Set which features all three of our scents in a mini but mighty size.

Take the plunge and try Pit~Pourri now!