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primal pit paste natural deodorant

You know you have a bit of an obsession with a scent when you want to smell like it from head to toe — armpits included.

As part of my search for the best of the best natural deodorants on the market, Primal Pit Paste offered to put its collection of de-stinking agents to the test.

When I saw they formulated a scent called “Jacked-up Jasmine,” my ears perked and I got a little sweaty thinking about the fact that I could seriously smell like jasmine even in places where flowers go to die.

(No flowers were harmed in my testing of Primal Pit Paste products.)

primal pit paste natural deodorant

{Primal Pit Paste sent me samples of its natural deodorants in Jacked-up Jasmine, Royal & Rogue and Thyme & Lemongrass. A 2-ounce jar costs $8.95 while a 2-ounce stick costs $10.95.}

Primal Pit Paste sent me two jars of creamy, cruelty-free natural deodorant to test as well as a sample of a similar deodorant formulation packaged in a convenient stick applicator.

(The deodorants in jars are vegan. The ones in stick form contain beeswax for stick compatibility purposes.)

As those of you who are natural deodorant veterans know, it’s a bit difficult to find a truly clean deodorant that’s available in stick form.

While Primal Pit Paste’s stick applicator is by no means perfect — the deodorant cream is still rough to apply and has to be massaged in just a bit to avoid bits of white deodorant on your clothes — it’s a step in the right direction for those of us who aren’t really in to dipping our fingers into pit paste every day.

One trick for applying the stick deodorant almost flawlessly, though, is to give the tip of the deodorant (cap off) a shot of hot air from your hair dryer. This gently melts the shea butter-based formula just a bit and allows it to glide onto your skin a little better (less flaking off).

I still have to massage it in a little to ensure there are no clumps, but consider this your natural stick deodorant tip of the day. You’re welcome.

primal pit paste natural deodorant

I found the jars of Primal Pit Paste more convenient to use — probably because I’m used to this application by now — and because again, my beloved jasmine scent was in jar form.

With the jars of Primal Pit Paste, you know the drill: Mix’er up, scoop a bit onto your fingers and rub it into your pretty little pits.

(Doesn’t it look like some sort of beautiful cake batter?!)

The texture of Primal Pit Paste is velvety and smooth. It’s not whipped and fluffy like Meow Meow Tweet’s, and definitely not hard like Schmidt’s. I’d say it’s most similar in texture to that of Lovefresh.

This is likely thanks having shea butter star as the base ingredient, followed by de-stinkifying arrowroot powder and a mix of antibacterial and moisturizing oils to round out the list.

While all three of my samples contained the regular strength of baking soda for odor-fighting goodness, Primal Pit Paste also offers “light” and “strong” versions for those of you who may need a little less or a little more depending on your body chemistry.

I found that the regular strength was just fine for my smelly self, and that Primal Pit Paste caused zero irritation and left me with zero stinky smells when put to the test for several weeks.

As you may remember from past reviews, my standard test is a typical 9-5 workday, with deodorant going on at about 8 a.m. and needing to last until closing time.

That’s the bare-bones requirement, but truly superior natural deodorants also perform through a vigorous, 85-degree heated Ashtanga yoga practice for 90 minutes.

I typically reapply around 5:30 in prep for my 6 p.m. practice, and Primal Pit Paste performed with me during my practice.

But I also put it to a couple other tests.

One was to wear it throughout my typical 9-5 workday and then go to yoga from 6-7:30 … with no reapplication. A bit of a bold move, as no one wants to be the stinky student in a small studio, but I risked it. For you. You’re welcome.

Primal Pit Paste did not let me down.

But the biggest test I put it through — just for funsies — was a 90-minute Bikram yoga class (I’ve been doing Bikram on Monday nights because I’m a masochist). For those of you unfamiliar with the practice, it’s also a 90-minute yoga class … but in 105-degree heat and 40 percent humidity.

Yeah. Good luck with that one, right?

Primal Pit Paste did not let me down.

That was not a typo.

I did reapply Primal Pit Paste in preparation for the class, but it’s true — it got me through several weeks of sweaty, ohmygoshIthinkImaydie Bikram yoga classes smelling like a blooming jasmine.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the truth is, I did not smell myself and neither did my coworker, Tonya, who also attends the class.

Needless to say, Primal Pit Paste is legit and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to those of you still searching for your one true natural deodorant love. It’s on the repurchase list for sure (because #jasminepits, y’all).

Primal Pit Paste Stick Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Beeswax, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, and Essential Oils

Available Scents: Lavender, Thyme & Lemongrass, Orange Creamsicle, Unscented, Royal & Rogue, and Jacked-Up Jasmine

Primal Pit Paste Jar Ingredients:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, and Essential Oils

Available Scents: Lavender, Thyme & Lemongrass, Unscented, Royal & Rogue and Jacked-Up Jasmine

Have you heard of or tried anything from Primal Pit Paste? What do you want your armpits to smell like? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Cute packaging….and glad it has some great results. I have done Bikram yoga in the past .so know what it feels ;-),x

  • Sounds like it holds up well! Would love to try a nat deodorant in stick form…on my wishlist!

  • mangomadness

    Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick in Unscented is the best natural deodorant I’ve tried. It keeps me smelling fresh with no irritation — even through a intense work out. I’ll definitely repurchase it.

  • Looks like a great product, can’t wait to give it a try!

  • I tried Primal Pits and it also worked wonderfully for me. Unfortunately, it’s very irritating to my pits. I can’t wait to try the Meow Meow Tweet Tweet baking-soda free deo!

  • I have yet to try this one. Thanks for the suggestion! You always seem to find the best products.

  • Laurie B

    I have the Primal Pits deoderant in stick form & it was good for a month 1/2 & then my pits broke out in rashes. I’d also agree that the texture of the stick is very rough when applying.

  • Ooh, these sound GOOD! I’m using the Soapwalla deodorant right now, but while I really like the texture and scent, I feel like it doesn’t really do anything in terms of odour control.

    A jasmine deo that actually works, though? Sounds like a dream!

  • Oh, it looks good! And I love the quirky name ‘Primal Pits’ plus a cute designed label. XD
    Never tried any natural deodorant, oh, maybe, the most natural I found years ago was DeoDry from The Body Shop. Since natural products are so limited and exclusive here in Indonesia. *sadly*
    Would love to try Primal Pits some time! Looks amazing! <3

    Anyway I like your vocabularies! Hahaha. Sorry for being so random. X)

  • I have had the worst time finding a natural deo that works. I have thought about giving this a go. Right now I’m trying Pit Putty and it seems to be actually be working.

  • This is a great post! Thank you for sharing as I had not heard of Primal Pit before. As another person mentioned in an earlier comment, I use Bubble and Bee’s Pitt Putty. It also includes aluminum free baking soda. So far I am really liking it but it’s nice to learn of other alternatives too.

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  • Katharine

    Hey there, do you think this deodorant works better than Schmidt’s? Thanks!

    • I think they are both fantastic. Keep in mind that the texture of Schmidt’s is harder than the texture of this one. But as far as stink control, they are both A+ in my books.

  • Jill

    I’m in love with P3. I like to rock the coconut lime. I’ve also tried the special they put out sometimes, chai spice. I am currently trying the stick formulation, I think I prefer the cream better for application, but both are equal in results. Great review!

  • Sara

    Thanks for the post! But how does it fair as an antiperspirant?

    • I’m not sure what you mean…this is a natural deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so it’s not designed to stop sweat glands / keep you dry the way aluminum-based antiperspirants do. So, you will still sweat, but you won’t stink.

  • Rebekah Cay

    I really want to try this but baking soda irritates my pits. I originally made my own with just coconut oil and soda, and it burned my skin badly. So I did 2/3 corn starch, 1/3 baking soda, with added oil, and it still burns. Should I try primal pit? If so, what level? I get pretty stinky… like for reals!

    • That’s hard for me to say for you. Sounds like you’re very sensitive and may want to look into a baking soda-free option, like the one from Meow Meow Tweet. It’s all trial and error — and knowing your skin! Good luck!

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