By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!
While we’re normally all about food on this blog, we also touch on the idea that what you put on your body is just as important. So in today’s sponsored post, I’m happy to share a deodorant with you that I personally use and love.
Primal Pit Paste was started by Amy Cazin who, like many others, was seeking a natural and safe personal care product that actually worked. When one of her young daughters came home with noticeable body odor, the importance of “safe” became that much greater. But Amy’s research also unearthed more concerns. “After finding out that aluminum and parabens are found in the outer quadrant of the breast tissue of cancer patients, I was very concerned,” she says. Thus the story of Primal Pit Paste began.
Unwanted Ingredients in Your Deodorant
There are numerous articles written on potential harmful ingredients in conventional deodorant. Here are some in question:
Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredient in antiperspirants. They work to block the body from sweating and research has suggested that these compounds are readily absorbed through the skin and have the capability of causing changes in estrogen receptors.
These preservatives are used in deodorants and antiperspirants (as well as other personal care products) to prevent bacterial growth. Parabens have also been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells.
Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial agent which has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, and it is a known endocrine disruptor and a suspected carcinogen.
- Propylene glycol
This petroleum-based substance is used to create a soft and sleek consistency. It’s a low-cost ingredient with a versatile function, which is why it is so common in self-care products. Though propylene glycol is said to be eliminated from the body within hours, there are questions about it being a potential carcinogen and endocrine disruptor and causing developmental abnormalities, among other things. Our philosophy is – why take the risk?
Another class of chemicals often used in deodorants and antiperspirants, phthalates help to create a better consistency, but they have also been linked to a variety of health issues and have been suggested to be a hormone disruptor.
Yes, all of these ingredients can be argued, but my personal opinion is, why take a chance when there’s a good option that actually works without any of these questionable additives?
The base of Primal Pit Paste’s deodorant is organic coconut oil and shea butter. Together they provide an antimicrobial action when applied to the skin – sounds much better than the alternatives above, right? Baking soda is also added to neutralize the bacteria that causes odor, and organic arrowroot power wicks away the moisture. It’s important to note that it won’t stop you from sweating, with good reason. Did you know that sweating is your body’s intended natural process of releasing toxins and cooling you down? You sweat for a reason!
How to Sweat Less
Amy sheds light on antiperspirants and her experience with them:
Most people sweat more when they are on aluminum antiperspirants, as its role is to clog the glands kicking them into overdrive so the sweat glands are trying desperately to sweat more, thus creating increased sweating over time and leaving you feeling drenched, thinking you need a stronger clinical strength alternative. By getting off the aluminum for a few months, one will most likely start to notice they are not sweating nearly as much as their body was working so hard on overtime to do, but that they are sweating a normal healthy amount.
When you stop a body’s process, it will do anything it can do to continue that process. I used to have very bad almost hyperhydrosis levels of embarassing soaking wet shirt perspiration for 20 years. After 3 months of making and using our deodorant, Primal Pit Paste, I noticed a life changing difference in the amount I was perspiring. I could finally wear t-shirts with no sopping wet or yellow marks! I could wear nice silky fabrics that for over a decade I could not even wear.
Natural Deodorant That Works
I mentioned that we have worked with Primal Pit Paste for years, but I honestly didn’t start using it until a few months ago. When they first came out with it, I tried their stick, and I honestly didn’t love it. Also, I didn’t want to do the jar thing since I didn’t want to get it on my fingers. Let’s face it – I was being lazy and was used to my Dove deodorant. But then I learned that I had a sensitivity to triclosan, and I wanted to find something more natural to use.
I kid you not – I went through four different deodorants that I purchased from the health food store and none of them worked. One of them dripped badly and got all over my clothes …yuck! While packing to move, I came across one of the Primal Pit Paste jars they had sent me years ago, and I finally gave it a go. The rest is history. It worked, and I realized that using the jar was seriously no big deal when weighing the safety of the ingredients. (Sidenote: jars do come with a stick to apply it.)
I also learned that not every scent works for every body. Some people’s pits don’t work well with essential oils, so you may have to experiment or try the unscented version. There are actually three different strengths to choose from, so there’s a good fit for everyone. I am officially hooked myself and hope you’ll give it a try, too. Our friends at Primal Pit Paste are offering a discount just for our readers – 20% off all jar and stick deodorants with code PPP100.
Now I’m curious to know, what natural deodorant do you use and how does it work for you? Please comment below!