Hello! Yes I am using raw. I have Braggs brand with "the mother". It's unfiltered and unpasteurized. Why skip the baking soda? Does it have any affect on the ACV? I did try applying it directly to my skin when it was itching at the time but it did not stop the itching. Unfortunately I don't have much time to take baths, only showers. Do you recommend applying during itchiness or not during itchiness? Thanks so much for replying and your help is appreciated!