If you suffer from itchy, irritated pits whenever you use baking soda (USA / Canada) powered homemade deodorants, you are going to love this soothing aloe pit toner. It’s a lightly acidic, soothing toner that helps pH correct your armpits so the basic nature of baking soda (USA / Canada) doesn’t leave your underarms up in arms (groooooan). I got the idea from Crunchy Betty, and while I’ve been directing readers to her simple recipe for ages, I thought I could amp it up to be soothing and healing as well as balancing. And here we are!
The base of this pit toner is a aloe vera juice, which is a fantastic healing and soothing ingredient. I’ve amped that up a bit with some allantoin (USA / Canada) (a natural soothing skin protectant that’s often found in diaper creams) and silk (which helps boost healing and manage moisture).
Because the whole point of this pit toner is its acidity, we’ll obviously need to add something acidic. I’ve chosen apple cider vinegar because it’s readily available and inexpensive. I know some people loathe the smell of it, so for those folks it’s super easy to just use a bit of powdered citric acid instead for the same effect, bit with no vinegary scent.
Last but not least, essential oils of chamomile and lavender boost the healing, calming, and soothing properties of this pit toner, plus making it smell pretty. I used polysorbate 20 to emulsify them into the water, but you could use Turkey Red Oil instead.
Soothing Aloe Pit Toner
1/32 tsp allantoin powder (optional) (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
1/32 tsp silk powder, peptides, or amino acids (need a substitute?)
50mL | 1.7 fl oz aloe vera juice (not gel!)
5mL | 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or 0.25g citric acid + 5mL water
Use a funnel to measure the allantoin (USA / Canada) and silk into the mister bottle, and then add the aloe juice and apple cider vinegar. Cap and shake to combine. The reason you want to send the powders through the funnel first is so they don’t stick 🙂
In a small dish, count out the drops of the essential oils and add an approximately equal amount of your emulsifier. Add your preservative, and stir to combine. Pour that mixture into the mister bottle, cap, and shake again to combine.
To use, mist the pit toner over your clean pits, let ’em air dry, and apply your favourite baking soda (USA / Canada) powered deodorant over top. If you find this too acidic, you can dilute it by adding a bit more water (try 10mL/2 tsp to start with). If it doesn’t seem to be effective, add a bit more apple cider vinegar (start with 2.5mL/½ tsp). Take notes so you know what works for you so you can re-create it next time 🙂