Frequently Asked Questions


We can answer this question with a decisive yes. Ben&Anna Natural Soda Deodorant uses the natural effect of bicarbonate of soda.
Yes, the ingredient Maranta Arundinacea root powder or arrowroot for short, ensures that excess moisture is absorbed and that the armpit feels dry.
The first attempts at making Ben & Anna were indeed by hand and in our kitchen at home. However, since production is legally prescribed to be carried out under strict hygienic conditions (which is good), Ben and Anna is now mass-produced in a certified factory for natural products.
Yes, Ben&Anna is manufactured according to the strict standards of the ICADA Organisation.
The term cruelty free emphasises that we as manufacturers do not carry out any animal tests on our products or have any animal tests carried out by others.
We are currently working hard to make Ben & Anna commercially available as well. So far, the following commercial partners are carrying our range:
Yes of course. We, Ben & Anna, are real! We still live a strictly vegan lifestyle. Since we have now become parents, we have left the big city of Berlin and returned to Anna´s hometown, Kassel, in northern Hesse. It is quieter here and the air is cleaner than in Berlin. The optimal living conditions for raising our children. Though we do miss the big city a bit.
The most common cause for your reaction is either due to an allergy or skin intolerance to bicarbonate of soda or one of the components of the essential oils used. It is quite common to have an allergy or skin intolerance to bicarbonate of soda, but unfortunately the only way to find out if you have an intolerance is to apply it directly on to the skin and test!

Also, if you have an allergy to one of the components of the essential oils it can be hard to pinpoint because it is different for each individual person.

We recommend you apply a very small amount of the deodorant (one or two wipes) to see if that creates a reaction. Some people may only react if they apply excessive amounts. A few drops of lemon juice or vinegar in water applied to the skin before applying the deodorant may also help neutralise the ph value of the baking soda to make it easier for your skin to tolerate. Cleansing your underarms with a mild soap or shower gel before applying your deodorant each morning may also help as any excess sweat can cause irritation or inflammation if it becomes trapped.

If your reaction continues we recommend avoiding products that contain bicarbonate of soda and use a fragrance free moisturiser until your irritation clears.
Bicarbonate of soda also known as baking soda is a versatile ingredient that can be used in toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, baking, etc. It is an alkaline and needs to come into contact with moisture and an acidic ingredient in order for it to activate.
Bicarbonate of soda is known for its antibacterial properties and is good at absorbing moisture. It can neutralise the sweat that is being produced by your underarms with its natural pH reducing odour.