A few months ago, I posted about some great natural deodorant options I had found and it’s been one of the most-read posts lately. So, apparently, I’m not the only one who has struggled to find something that works. Since initially hearing about how harmful the chemical ingredients in regular antiperspirant deodorant, I’ve been committed to not putting myself at risk for those health effects (learn more here). But, I have had such a hard time finding something that truly lasts all day (for me, at least) and that also helps with sweat. While not the worst inconvenience, I still had to reapply most products at least once during the day. So, when I heard about a local company (with an awesome name!) producing a new product, I had to try it out!
I have seen plenty of DIY natural deodorant recipes online that I’ve been meaning to make, but I decided I would go the lazy route and buy it first to see how it works. The ingredients are simple and contain no artificial preservatives or parabens: shea butter, arrowroot powder (similar to cornstarch), coconut oil, non-aluminum baking soda, beeswax (in some versions) and essential oil. The kind I use comes in a small glass jar and you just swoop a pea-size amount out with your finger to apply under your arms. They also have a stick version if you prefer to apply that way (though it’s a little tougher for guys with underarm hair to apply). The consistency is really smooth with the shea butter and coconut oil and melts as soon as it hits your skin, plus it’s super moisturizing.
The best part about this product is that the arrowroot powder absorbs any moisture and leaves you dry, while still allowing you to sweat. This is essential to your body being able to naturally sweat out toxins (and very unlike regular antiperspirant deodorant which uses aluminum to block your glands). Primal Pit Paste does not inhibit this function, which keeps you healthy while still preventing any embarrassment when you raise your arms.
The baking soda in this product does a super effective job at deodorizing. I got the strong version and the regular version to try; the strong certainly lasts longer for me but the regular lasts all day still. Everyone’s body chemistry is different so they have sample sizes to try if you’d like to see what works best. While I haven’t experienced any issues personally, I know that baking soda can be irritating to those with really sensitive skin – their Happy Stick is an option made with clay instead.
Of course, I am a big fan of essential oils and love the different scents this company offers. Plus, it’s natural way to add a scent without chemical fragrances. So far, I’ve tried the lavender and lemonade, but the Jasmine one is next on my list. Lavender & Lemon essential oils both have freshening properties as well and are great for the skin, so I know they can only adds to this product’s effectiveness.
If this is your first time trying a natural deodorant, I want to note that you may experience some detox effects depending on your diet and overall health. Primal Pit Paste has a whole protocol on their website that explains exactly what that means and how to get through it.
If you are still looking for a natural deodorant option that will convince you it’s possible they can work, you should definitely give this one a try. Buy Primal Pit Paste here!