I use baking soda to exfoliate and can't see using anything else. Most other exfoliators are way too harsh and irritate my skin and cause breakouts. This is very gentle and rinses away clean. I actually found some Arm and Hammer baking soda in a plastic shaker thing that is great for the shower. I wish I could remember where I found it because it's lot more convenient than the cardboard box. This is a great product and the price just can't be beat!!!
I do enjoy baking soda as an exfoliant for face/body but my real love for it is with hair care. For those times when a shampoo (or two) has been skipped, the weather was warm, and the scalp just feels oily and vile, baking soda helps immensely. I like to grab about a tablespoon or two and massage it into my wet roots. It can be used solo or in conjunction with shampoo/conditioner. It makes my hair so incredibly clean and soft. I have been doing this for years and it never fails. I wouldn't suggest replacing regular hair products with it or using it daily. The amount needed probably varies greatly from person to person as some have reported horrible rashes/acne from baking soda usage. I have a pretty normal scalp and never experienced anything but fresh, revived hair from this beauty trick. Give it a try!
Miracle Worker for sooo many different things!!!
How i use it at the moment -
TO HELP ACNE - I am suffering from really bad acne that sprung out of no where last year, I've always had mild acne but my face is now disgusting. I've tried no end of products, antibiotics etc but nothing had worked. I read about using this as a mask and I'm only on my 3rd night of a new regime and the difference is great. I do this at night after cleansing my face, a teaspoon mixed with tiny bit of water into a paste and pat over my skin, I've read to leave for 10 mins but as soon as it is dry i wet my hands and gently rub it all in to exfoliate then rinse. I find it stings/burns and makes my spots looks worse straight after but this fades within the hour, it can also be quite drying so a moisturizer is a must!! I'm finding afterwards my pores have shrunk amazingly, my skin is less oily. I also seem to have a few whiteheads come up, ive read this is normal as the crap is coming to the surface. they dry out pretty quick also with continued use. if the whiteheads continues to appear after a full week of this then I'll change it to once every other day. (I'm hoping to only need to do this once a week once acne under control) I'm so so happy with the change in my acne, except for dryness but I'd rather deal with that!!! (i will also say i use this in conjunction with panoxly which i apply lightly in the mornings)
HAIR - Not so good for me but i seen improvements. I quit shampoo and conditioner and used a tbsp with cooled boiled water then vinegar for a rinse. I tried this for 2 months and went through an awful transition period that never ended. Ive read others only last a week but hey, what can you do. I so wanted this to work and may try again in the future, except for the symptoms of my transition i noticed my hair was thicker, less split ends. I would recommend people who want to go no chemicals to try this. or even do it now and again to clear product build up. I think I'll continue to do that and try and introduce it sparingly next time (I'm now using a lush shampoo bar and continue to vinegar rinse afterwards). My BACNE also vanished when i done this :) for that reason alone after i have cleaned my hair i shall be pouring the same mixture down my back to keep it clear.
TEETH WHITENER - I've started mixing this with toothpaste twice a week and noticed a change after to second time :)
I am soo happy with this stuff and cannot wait to use it in different ways
Baking Soda is amazing! I literally spent most of my money on skin care products that everybody raved about and just been disappointed each time. I leave this on my sink and just wash my face with warm water and mix it with baking soda and lightly rub my face. i also wash my face with COLD water afterwards. First time using this wasn't all that great cause my face stung and the baking soda left it extremely dry! My face didn't look great but after awhile my face got used to it. I recommend this product because there's nothing to lose. It's cheap and effective!
UPDATE: No longer using Baking Soda due to my sensitive skin. I also think it's a hassle to use as a cleanser since I don't have the patience to wash my face in the first place. Didn't do much for my acne.
I use baking soda to both clarify hair and as a deodorant, and in both functions I have yet to find something more effective. I mix with my shampoo into a sort of paste and just shampoo like normal. As a deodorant, I just wet my underarms, rub on a thin layer and allow to dry. This has been so effective as a deodorant that I now can wear clothes for multiple days if needed (i.e. I don't have to wash my clothes as often) and there are no white marks (unless I apply too much, in which case there will be a bit of powder on clothes, but unlike traditional deodorants this is easy to wipe off). Overall, I LOVE baking soda and take it everywhere with me when I travel.
Best beauty bargain ever!
Two esthician (sp) friends separately told me that is what they use & I was sold!
Most times I make a past with either a dab of cleanser or just water & use it as a facial and neck exfoliant. Sometimes I use it all over, especially on my elbows. It is also good mixed with a bit of olive oil, just make sure it is a paste. I do this all in my hand.
Your skin will be so soft, do it a couple of times a week., Great for blackheads!
Putting some in shampoo helps remove chlorine!
Hi can i use arm and hammar fridge and freezer baking soda for face and hair wash ? I found tht product in dubai spinneys store. Any one guide me . Plz. I did find ths product in dubai. Any one guide whr ths product is available in dubai
I use Baking Soda for almost all my beauty needs. I had a really bad break-out and literally nothing was working, no face wash or masks or other DIY recipes was working to clear my skin up. I've been using this with a bit of water to make a thin paste for the past two weeks and it has literally saved my skin. I love it! Once a week I mix some with my toothpaste too which makes my teeth really white, if my scalp needs a good clean to get rid of product build up I use it like a shampoo and for $3 a kilo, you can't beat it.
I store it in a container in my cupboard and use it every day, will never again live without my baking soda.
Baking soda is the BEST skin exfoliator in the world! It's mildly abrasive, dirt cheap, no nasty chemicals or fragrances, easy to obtain, and it imparts a lovely glow to the skin. Women have been using this kitchen staple for many years to exfoliate their faces and bodies - tried, true, & tested.
I pour baking soda into a sealable jar, store it in the shower, and exfoliate my face/neck/chest every morning. I do not use a facial cleanser in the am - only at night to remove makeup and daily grime. No breakouts, skin rashes or irritations, just lovely, silk-smooth skin that glows.
Try it out ladies! I do not believe that you will be disappointed!
I use baking soda the following ways:
- a few tablespoons in a foot soak, to help my poor little feet unwind from being stuck in beautiful shoes all day...makes them look clean, not to mention insanely soft...kissable. A tip: the orange box doesn't look very pretty on the bathroom counter, and is a pain to get the product out...so I just transfer it to a clear glass jar. And I had rocks of baking soda that stuck together, which I tried breaking with a knife, but that didn't work so well...so I just use those in my foot soak because they dissolve in hot water. :)
- as a facial exfoliator...now I have dermatitis (eczema) prone skin, and dry acne...but my skin is oily haha...but this has calmed down beautifully due to jojoba oil (go jojoba!!) but before that I used it on my face. I did NOT use 1 tablespoon, or a few tablespoons mixed with water. I literally used a sprinkle, and worked my way up. I have used this with water, with Cetaphil's Restoraderm, with olive oil and jojoba oil...I don't have a need for face wash anymore because I do the OCM (oil cleansing method) at night, and just rinse my face with water in the morning, but mixed in with cleanser/oil it wasn't as agitating as with straight water. I used jojoba oil with it one day before I left the house, and it made my skin look a bit blotchy because I think I massaged it a bit too hard, and the residue of the oil stayed on my face so it didn't make my make-up look to good.
The key here is literally use half a teaspoon if that and then work your way up, with a cleanser or oil (that you have been using for a while so you know it's not breaking you out) and massage very, very gently. I can not stress that enough because if you barely glide your fingers across your skin, your skin will look clearer, softer, and smoother after one use. Otherwise it will look blotchy because it is exfoliating your skin, even though the granules are much, much smaller then conventional exfoliators. I think I will try this again at night when I don't have make-up to remove, because currently the OCM with jojoba oil is exfoliating my skin without scrubbing haha, look into the OCM if you haven't already! And with oil it's the least agitating to sensitive skin, and we all know with sensitive skin, other exfoliators turn the skin bright red, no matter no *sensitive* they claim to be.
As a body exfoliator, I have not tried it, but I feel like it would be even better then the brown sugar, and olive oil combination that I am using now, because the granules are much smaller. It will take more work for that very reason, but anything for sexy skin. ;)
It also seems that people are using this to get the gunk out of their hair...I really don't have much gunk because the only thing that goes into my hair is beeswax (molding cream), Dove soap (my shampoo), and olive and jojoba oil...but I will try it one day and see how it works!
Another note...I tried this on active red pimples and whiteheads, and while it only made my skin more blotchy because I scrubbed a bit too hard, you have to be extra vigilant on active pimples because it might irritate your skin more, even with the gentlest of massaging. In the stage of drying or flaky pimples, I definitely would recommended! But to each, their own. I <3 natural and cheap products.