I’m sort of a DIY maniac, even though juggling a summer job and an internship while trying to enjoy the city in the summer has left me with little time to mix my usual beauty potions in my bathroom. But last week my grandma’s old-school baking soda toothpaste inspired me to get familiar with sodium bicarbonate (the fancy science term).
Baking soda is kind of like coconut oil for those with oily/combination skin. It deodorizes, neutralizes and cleans, and is free of toxins. It’s similar to coconut oil in that it can be used for pretty much everything you can imagine, and if you’re like me and blotting papers are your BFF, you might benefit from adding a bit of soda to your beauty regime. Here are a few of my favourite products and DIYs I’ve concocted that contain the $2 box of magic.
Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub
This product is like a gift from the soda gods. Bioré, already pretty high up in my books, teamed up with baking soda to give you a product you can’t find anywhere else (literally, no other commercial brand has a baking soda cleanser!). The grit from the baking soda exfoliates just enough and leaves a fresh, deep-clean feeling on your face. After just one use I woke up with happier pores and a softer face. I also noticed that my makeup was staying put longer and my skin wasn’t as shiny. Not to mention it fizzes, which makes it super fun to use.
Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste
Finding toothpaste that helps whiten and protect your teeth at the same time can be a serious struggle. I dread the dentist because I have low enamel, which means I sometimes have cavities, even if I floss twice a day! This toothpaste leaves my teeth stronger and brighter, and the baking soda provides odour control by reducing the acids in my mouth. Another bonus? Baking soda is less abrasive than other cleansing agents in toothpaste.
DIY recipe: baking soda and shampoo
We’ve all heard of the no-poo revolution (people using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash their hair and ditching shampoo altogether), but some of us just aren’t there yet. In summertime my locks are full of dry shampoo and hairspray, as I’m trying to keep my hair looking good in the humidity, but that can result in product buildup. Instead of totally ditching your regular shampoo, try sprinkling a bit of soda into it to help reduce residue on your strands for more manageable hair without buildup.
DIY recipe: baking soda foot scrub
I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to max out on pedicures in the summer. Open-toe shoes only come out for three months of the year, and the novelty wears off quickly when you realize how often you need to pamper your toes. Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda into a warm bath or a big bowl of water and let your feet soak for about 20 minutes. I like to add my favourite essential oils (lavender and grapefruit) for a soothing soak. Afterward, mix a bit of baking soda with some water and scrub your feet for a minute or two. This quick fix will save you a couple of dollars and hours at the nail salon. You’re welcome!