Baking Soda


484 reviews

81% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $


Sodium bicarbonate

on 4/3/2015 5:33:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Used this as a clarifying wash along with a acidic rinse after. Made my hair really dry and ridiculously coarse even weeks after using it. I have also used this as a face mask which I won't ever do again as I felt burning on my face.

on 1/19/2015 9:33:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'm reviewing this from a facial scrub perspective. It's a great exfoliator when mixed into a paste with water. Leaves skin baby soft afterward, though it takes a while to rinse the residue off properly FYI. My skin doesn't get irritated after use, though I usually tend break out into cystic acne a few days after. I'm not sure if that's because it's drawing out impurities or what. It's definitely worth giving a try due to price, but I wouldn't use it more than once a week.

on 1/17/2015 3:32:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

For as long as I remember I've had terrible skin troubles, got teased a lot as a kid when it was at its worst. My nickname was "pimple girl" and strangers came up to me and said my skin was so bad. I have tried:

-Accutane (twice), Skin became porcelain (perfect) for around 8 months, then back to acne again.

-Antibiotics: Only a temporary fix

-Microderms: $150, extremely expensive, left skin dry dry dry.

-Chemical peels: No effect, just drying, maybe skin looks radiant for a few days

-Urine: YES, i was that desperate..I put PEE on my face. No effect!

-Oils: I've tried organic olive oil, argan oil, etc...break out city!!!

-Facials by esthetician: I've spent around $100 a visit. skin looks nice for 3 days, after back to normal. I believe facials are ineffective.

-Skincare: Ole Henrickson, Shiseido, Eminence (people LOVE this but for me, it was the WORST!)

-Using acidic water to clean face: Face felt irritated

-Using plant (botanical) products: gave me acne, aloe vera on my face is a no no

-Aspirin mask, egg mask, honey mask: left skin irritated+dry

-Mineral makeup: No change

-Going without makeup: No change

Baking soda + exercise+ cutting out some foods (YES, food has a huge impact on your face, at least mine.) has solved all of my problems...After I incorporate them into my daily regime, I don't need super heavy makeup anymore. Thank you, I didnt know my acne cure was so cheap. My face feels So hydrated and so soft. For those people who say you should NEVER put alkaline products on your face, REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, you have to try. I wish you luck for your skin clearing journey.

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 12/16/2014 3:38:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Green

i love baking soda so much. i use it to exfoliate the skin on my face and nothing does a better job of eliminating flakes and fading scars.

* mix with cleanser when exfoliating and rub in with your hands. I find applying it alone on a washcloth can be a little too abrasive even if it does give me a little more control
* always always always moisturize after using this, it's incredibly drying. moist skin heals itself more quickly than dry skin does, AND it's less prone to premature wrinkling!
* try to avoid using clay masks the same day you exfoliate. because baking soda does such a good job of stripping off the top protective layer of skin, your products will certainly penetrate better, but if you've rubbed yourself raw then clay's going to do more harm than good and you'll just get splotchy.

i've got acne prone skin but i cannot for the life of me stick to big complicated routines and regimens so keeping a simple routine is key for me as it minimizes the risk of me wasting money on fancy products that either don't deliver on their promises or that need to be used consistently to see promised results. i also like using accessible products that can fill a number of roles (cornstarch for translucent powder and dry shampoo, body soap that can double as dish soap, etc). baking soda can be found anywhere and when used as a part of an appropriate, otherwise moisture-rich routine, works much better than most (if not all) high-end scrubs as far as exfoliation goes. i will never pay money for a scrub as long as baking soda exists~

on 11/30/2014 5:13:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I just use this as an exfoliator on my face. I have a lot of high end scrubs but I feel like this is about as good as it gets. I have pretty tough skin - so this might not work so well for the more baby skinned amongst us... but if you have skin like an elephant / me its really fantastic!

on 11/30/2014 2:27:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

After reading all the great reviews on baking soda and using it as dry shampoo and even setting powder for the face, I had to try it as I spend $$$ on these items. I have to say using it as dry shampoo didn't work for me - my hair looked very dull and felt like "cardboard", I tried using less - which didn't absorb all the oil - and more - which really made my hair dull and very lifeless, it felt stiff like cardboard! In terms of body - can't say that I got a lot of body when using it, so I'll go back to my super expense dry shampoo from Bamboo (nice scent and my hair still looks soft and not dull).

When I used it as a face powder/setting powder it made my face burn for some reason, I have very sensitive acne-prone skin and I'm not sure if my face just reacted to it, I also saw more breakouts appear after I had used it for a couple of days so I immediately stopped using it and my skin normalized again.

Since I spent so much $ on dry shampoo and face/setting powder I wish it would have worked for me, but unfortunately I had to go back to the $$$ items which I know work and didn't give me any headaches.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I use this mixed with my usual toothpaste whenever I am due a visit to the dentist. She actually commented on how 'naturally' white my teeth were looking (British dentist/British teeth so not the perfect, glow-white variety!) so I was quite pleased. I use it morning, noon and night for three days leading up to a visit and two days a week all other times. I worry a little about it being a little too abrasive but mixing it with toothpaste really seems to help. The only time I've used it on my hair though has been to 'open' the cuticle so that I could fade the dye from my over-dyed hair ends and it needed lot of TLC afterwards, so it's not something I'd wash my hair with (Reetha/Aritha is gentler and effective if you're considering no 'poo-ing).

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 9/18/2014 11:29:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have oily acne prone skin. I mix baking soda with my Elizabeth Grant cleanser to make a paste and use it as an exfoliator every morning and evening on my face neck and chest. I've been doing this for three weeks. My face is clearer, brighter, smoother, more refined, less oily, sun damage is a less deep, feels firmer. It's like a mini-dermabrasion. I used to use Proactive cleanser so now I can save on $$$!
Morning routine: Paste, (no toner), Cellex-C High Potency serum, Elizabeth Grant Supreme Revitalizing Day & Eye serums with Gold, EG Supreme Day & Eye Creams, EG Anti-Sag Neck Cream, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Screen SPF 50
Night routine: Paste, EG Supreme toner, EG Supreme Renewal Night Serum with Gold, EG Supreme Night & Eye creams, EG Anti-Sag Neck Cream

on 8/19/2014 2:16:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

The great thing about trying this is you probably already have some in your house. I steam my face, make a baking soda paste with water, then GENTLY move in circles. No pressure, it will irritate the skin and it will do the exfoliating on it's own. However I was concerned since this is so basic that it will cause a pH imbalance. So I just do a lemon juice astringent, a few drops on a cottonball, after the scrub to balance the base with acid. Then moisturize after and do a little extra. I'm currently using St. Ives Collagen Elastin moisturizer but I'd like to try something else (just a little broke). I do this once a week since I have dry skin I'm afraid to do it any more often. But it's super cheap, like 0.50 USD a box. (Packaging is kind of a hassle but it isn't made for cosmetic use so it's something you have to look over) Versatile, you can use it to clean. It whitens teeth, etc. i just use it for face and cooking but there are tons of uses for it. It's worth a try for 50 cents, it really does not get any cheaper than that in the beauty world.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Deep Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

is there really a place to review baking soda?> wt heck.. everybody loves baking soda. i guess

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