DISCLAIMER 07/10/17: Do NOT use baking soda solely as a physical exfoliant. I wrote this when I was new to skin care and didn’t know any better. Baking Soda has an alkaline pH level and could damage the natural acid mantle of the skin. “Natural” isn’t always good.


As far as physical exfoliation goes, I’m good as long as there are fine grains that can slough off dead skin.  I don’t believe there’s a magic exfoliator out there that outperforms the rest.  I always look for something new whenever I run out of a facial or body scrub.  I was never in search for the best one though–I just want variety.

Except for this product, I have never repeated buying a scrub I already tried.  I know that I found something extraordinary when I notice that I’m buying the same thing over and over.

Why is this scrub the best?

  • It has very fine but tough granules that provide gentle yet effective exfoliation.
  • It’s multi-purpose.  The scrub can be used for both the face and body.  Most facial scrubs are not effective on the body because the grains are really fine.  Body scrubs, on the other hand, usually have bigger grains that might be too irritating on the face.  In recent years though, I’m not using this for the face. I prefer salicylic acid facial wash.
  • It’s cheap.  It only costs Php 54.75 for 454 grams of product.  It lasts me 2 to 4 months depending on how diligent I was in scrubbing or if I bought another scrub out of boredom.
  • It makes my skin feel baby-smooth and I’m not exaggerating.
  • It’s better than sugar.  It’s baking soda.

Baking soda is the best physical skin exfoliator I have ever tried.

The list above doesn’t end there.  Here are other reasons why I think this, for me, is the best:

  • It can transform my facial cleanser into a facial scrub.  I just mix the cleanser and baking soda together on the palm of my hand and wash my face. When I use it alone, with water, it irritates my skin.
  • Other than exfoliation, there are reviews saying that it can help reduce the redness caused by acne.  This makes sense because baking soda is a ph neutralizer, i.e., it can neutralize acids and bases.
  • I can adjust how dense I prefer the scrub to be.
  • It’s gentle enough to be used on sensitive parts of the body like the armpits, groin, neck, and the sides of the nose.

I’ve only tried 3 baking soda brands–Arm and Hammer, Queen, and a generic one sold at Mercury Drug.  I prefer the latter because it has slightly bigger bits.  Queen is too fine to be effective for the body and Arm and Hammer is the most expensive.

arm and hammer baking soda

Try it.  But I warn you, scrubbing can get addicting with baking soda.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Mary✨ (@FlyHighMKB) Reply

    can it be used for whitening the thighs ? and kili kili ?

    • I remember you’re supposed to mix it with hydrogen peroxide and soap chips to effectively bleach the skin :)

  2. Jenny Liao Reply

    Where did you buy the arm and hammer product? :) thanks!

    • Rae Reply

      Available at big supermarkets (eg Rustans, SM and Landmark)

  3. You can, but you have to mix it with a facial wash or something. Kapag on its own, masyadong alkaline. I end up with an irritated face.

    Kapag mixed with a wash, neutralized daw yung PH.

  4. I used this for my knees before, but I didn't know you can use it for the face din. :) I wanna try that tooth powder din, ang cool eh! :)

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  5. @Ile, that I'm not sure. But based on your entries, you have sensitive skin, this might not be advisable.

  6. Will it cause allergies? I want to try this on my face. :)

  7. Scatterbraintures Reply

    I don't think it did :)  Pero it didn't manage my oilies either.  and I always moisturize after I exfoliate, haven't tried doing it na yun lang :)

  8. Scatterbraintures Reply

    Ilog Maria sells tooth powder (instead of a toothpaste).  It's mostly baking soda with mint and bee propolis. 

  9. Kimberley Reyes Reply

    What's this Ilog Maria's tooth powder? Interesting ha.

  10. Scatterbraintures Reply

    Awww. That's too bad. How didn't it work for you?

    Sa teeth I use Ilog Maria's tooth powder. It has some baking soda in it.

  11. saccharine0158 Reply

    i've tried this before but it didn't really work for me. :) i still use baking soda for my teeth though. =)

  12. OrganizedJunkie Reply

    I've never heard of baking soda being used as a scrub before. Thanks for the tip!

  13. I've heard lots of uses for baking soda. Now I really wanna try it too.  XD

  14. wow, this is a new trivia for me. i didn't know good old baking soda can do beauty tricks as well. ;)

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