I have been experimenting with natural deodorants for years, ever since I read a few studies about antiperspirants and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and breast cancer. (Here’s one report – “may” and “more research needed” is enough for me to find an alternative. You can web search and find more.)
However, the elimination of aluminum, parabens, and antiperspirant has been a tough one for me. I work out, HARD. I don’t always have time to take a shower immediately post-workout. Sometimes I need to be near people, and I don’t want to smell bad. I tried Tom’s of Maine, which I heard good things about. It made me smell nice after my shower, but it couldn’t hold up during exercise.
I made my own natural deodorant for a while – just baking soda and coconut oil. Easy breezy. This worked really well, but I couldn’t get the mixture just right. The baking soda irritated my armpits easily, and then when I would sweat things would really hurt.
I read a blog review recently, and I took their advice. I am telling you guys, I have found the holy grail of natural deodorants. Primal Pit Paste. The name is funny, but the stuff is amazing. I bought some two months ago, and it WORKS. The basic ingredients are the same as my home recipe – baking soda and coconut oil. However, they add essential oils and a few other ingredients to keep it from being irritating. Also, the smells are fantastic. I finish my workouts and I do not smell. I can run a few errands post-PiYo and not feel self-conscious.
I bought the Pit Paste Sticks, because I went the jar route when I made my own deodorant and it was pretty messy. I like the stick method because I am not getting deodorant all over my hands. The sticks work great – just hold it under your arm for a few seconds to warm the coconut oil, and the product glides on. I am a huge fan of the coconut lime currently. I smell like a margarita.
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