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The FDA should regulate baking soda use in cosmetics and “all natural” deodorants


Baking Soda is a chemical which negatively impacts the delicate balance of the skin. Many companies are using baking soda as an active ingredient in their deodorant formulations, then going to market their products as ‘all natural.’ The FDA is allowing this to continue, and thousands of consumers are breaking out with  rashes and burns due to the altering of the skins pH caused by baking soda, a harsh alkalizing chemical.

Because of the chemical nature of Baking Soda, we hereby petition the FDA to regulate this ingredient as a chemical and not allow products labeled “all natural” to continue using baking soda.


While we’re at it, let’s check out Wikipedia for a moment… where exactly does Baking Soda come from?  (warning, the writing below may cause flashbacks of high school chemistry)

NaHCO3 is mainly prepared by the Solvay process, which is the reaction of sodium chlorideammonia, and carbon dioxide in water. Calcium carbonate is used as the source of CO2 and the resultant calcium oxide is used to recover the ammonia from the ammonium chloride. The product shows a low purity (75%). Pure product is obtained from sodium carbonate, water, and carbon dioxide as reported in one of the following reactions. It is produced on the scale of about 100,000 tonnes/year (as of 2001).[59]

NaHCO3 may be obtained by the reaction of carbon dioxide with an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide. The initial reaction produces sodium carbonate:

CO2 + 2 NaOH → Na2CO3 + H2O

Further addition of carbon dioxide produces sodium bicarbonate, which at sufficiently high concentration will precipitate out of solution:

Na2CO3 + CO2 + H2O → 2 NaHCO3

Commercial quantities of baking soda are also produced by a similar method: soda ash, mined in the form of the ore trona, is dissolved in water and treated with carbon dioxide. Sodium bicarbonate precipitates as a solid from this method:

Na2CO3 + CO2 + H2O → 2 NaHCO3