Chances are you have a little yellow box filled with a naturally occurring substance found in all living things in your cabinet that can be used for countless of household and personal care uses. What am I talking about? Arm & Hammer Baking Soda of course! Baking Soda ( sodium bicarbonate) comes from trona ore found in ancient lake beds beneath the high plains deserts of the central Midwest and helps regulate your pH balance. This extremely versatile, environmentally safe and highly effective, yet gentle cleaner is an excellent alternative to replace other household and personal items which may have ingredients harmful to your family, pets, and the environment. It can be used for all kinds of things like cleaning and deodorizing spills or accidents on carpets, getting off tough dried-on foods, removing dirt and grime from no wax and tile floors, lifting coffee and teas stains off mugs, to bake sweet treats, and so much more! Not to mention, it’s perfect for making at home spa treatments to soothe your body and mind for just pennies!
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, through Mom Central, sent me a wonderful beauty basket filled with items to create a relaxing spa experience at home. The basket included box and designer shaker of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda along with how-to’s to recreate spa treatments at home; an aromatherapy candle, organic tea bags and a tea cup to create a spa experience; a nail kit, nail polish, lavender oil for a manicure/pedicure; and a terrycloth hair wrap and organic wash cloth for a facial.
The basket couldn’t have come at a better moment, because I definitely needed some pampering after going through the stress of all the holiday preparation plus activities a few weeks ago and now the dreaded TAXES. UGH! Plus, my very spirited toddler has been driving me crazy and I needed to take time out to spend with my thirteen year old daughter who needed attention too. Having a fun night trying out homemade beauty recipes was a great way for her and I to connect and enjoy each other’s company. I lit the candle, poured her and myself a cup of tea, and made the baking soda “Facial Glow” and “Brightening Manicure” recipes below. We had a blast! I plan on trying the rest of the beauty tips throughout the following week.
Do yourself a favor and test the beauty tips below. You might just find out you can’t live without one of them and being a box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda costs less than $1 – you don’t have too! Affordable, effective, environmentally friendly, and SAFE! How can you beat that?
Beautiful with Baking Soda!
Stay fresh and beautiful the natural way with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda! Exfoliate your skin, jumpstart your home pedicure, rid your hair of chemical buildup, and freshen your breath… all for under a dollar!
Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Rinse clean. Gentle enough for daily use!
Get rid of product buildup by sprinkling a small amount (quarter-size) of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
Soothing Bath Soak
For a relaxing ending to a long day, add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. Your skin will feel silky smooth!
Home Pedicure Foot Soak
Start your home pedicure by dissolving 3 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a basin of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub with a paste of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.
For gleaming smiles, brush teeth with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. . Just sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush*. For a refreshing mouthwash, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in ½ glass of water. Swish the solution through your teeth and rinse.
*ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride. Use it where water is fluorinated or when non-fluoride toothpaste is desired for adult use or as directed by your dentist of physician.
Soften skin with a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water. Forget the harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
Dust ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda under arms as needed to feel fresh all day. The magic of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up.
To use as a scrub in a facial, mix 3 parts ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda with 1 part water. Consider enhancing the treatment by including 1 part ground oatmeal. Cleanse skin as usual, followed by the gentle scrub. (Be careful to avoid eye area.) Rinse with warm water. Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed.
Dip brush into ARM & HAMMER baking Soda and scrub nails and cuticles. Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle, circular motion over hands and fingers to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse clean with warm water and apply polish as usual.
Blend 2 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. If desired , add a few drops of lavender oil. After a nice soak, make a scrub using 3 parts ARM & HAMMER baking Soda and 1 part water. If more exfoliation is needed, add 1 part brown sugar to the scrub. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Feet will feel smooth and clean.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a beauty basket to thank me for taking the time to participate.”