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TPGP Review: Primal Pit Paste

Us girls at The Pretty Guinea Pig are always on the lookout for chemical free, healthy cosmetic alternatives that actually work as well as their non-natural counterparts. Sometimes that can be hard to find, especially when it comes to antiperspirant/deodorant. Regular antiperspirants use aluminum to keep you dry, a heavy metal that can leech into your body. ┬áBut it’s a very effective ingredient, as any antiperspirant user knows.

I can’t remember exactly how I came across Primal Pit Paste. I’m pretty sure I was surfing Amazon for something and it popped up in the recommended bar. It peaked my interest enough I decided to give it a try. At $12.50 I wasn’t going to put too big a dent in my checking account.

Primal Pit Paste Ingredients /

I was excited about a product with fairly good reviews that was lacking in all the bad stuff that goes into regular antiperspirant. I choose the lavender scent, which smells exactly like it’s named. ┬áThe texture of the paste is a bit grainy due to the baking soda in it, but rubs onto the skin easily. It’s also moisturizing since it contains shea butter and coconut oil.

But did it work?

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The first day I used the product I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, it was a pretty low-key day–not much running around and nothing really stressful happening. Could this be the natural product I’d been looking for?

The second day was about the same. I had another quiet day, and Primal Pit Paste seemed to be taming any odor.

But then I got to day three. Back to work, in the office. Lots to do, and stress levels up. Mid day I noticed my pits were wet, took a whiff, and it was then I realized Primal Pit Paste had failed me. I high-tailed it to my desk drawer, pulled out the travel size Dove Clear Tone antiperspirant I keep for emergencies (this was an emergency!), and slathered it on my sweaty, and smelly, pits.

Oh Primal Pit Paste, how I wish you would have been the answers to my natural deodorant prayers. In all fairness, Primal Pit Paste does off a “Strong” version of their product, and I just purchased the normal. Also, I haven’t tried applying more pasted than I did the first time to see if there would be any difference. My gut tells me there wouldn’t be, and until I can be alone for a day to test it again (so as not to force my stank upon others), I’ll have to stick to my regular antiperspirant.

I will keep using the product on quiet days, I like the thought of giving my body a break from the metals and chemicals in regular antiperspirant/deodorant. But unfortunately Primal Paste has made it onto the long list of natural deodorants that just don’t cut it for me.

Do you have any natural deodorant recommendations that have worked for you, even on hot or stressful days? Please share in the comments!

Author: Sarah

A self educated health enthusiast, I love geeking out on the latest information on healthy eating and exercise. Although this may happen while drinking a glass of wine...

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  • Jimmy Cazin

    Sarah, thank you for your review of Primal Pit Paste. We would love to help you find the right deodorant that works for you, and it appears you may want to try our Strong version. Just let me know which “flavor” you’d like to try, and also send us your shipping address, and we will gladly send you something to try. Our commitment is to help every customer find just the right deodorant that works for them… since every “body” is different. Thanks again for taking the time to review our product!

  • Sarah

    Jimmy, thanks for the offer! I sent you an email.


  • Angela

    That’s too bad that it didn’t work for you. I’ve used Primal Pit Paste (Thyme & Lemongrass) for several months and have had no issues with any body odor. I run or lift sometimes during my work day and once I shower I don’t even need to apply any more deordorant. The initial application in the morning carries me through another workout (Crossfit or another HIIT) at night and I still don’t have any B.O. I should mention that I sweat almost upon any movement at all, even when I’m getting ready in the morning. PPP really does work great for me. I hope you’ll give it another try!

  • Sarah

    Angela, thanks for the comment! I’m actually using Primal Pit Paste right now. I wasn’t ready to completely give up on it. I’m taking a stronger approach with it, as in doubling the amount I used the first time. It seems to be working favorably. I have a little bit of BO by the end of the day, but nothing like the one day I described in the post. I really want to avoid heavy metals when possible, so am experimenting with this product to see if I can make it work for me. Glad you’ve have success with it!