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Why I Use Natural Deodorant (and give it out as presents)


We’re right in the middle of a SUPER hot and humid heat wave here in Florida. That means there are three staples in my home. Water, green smoothies and plenty of natural deodorant!

I spent a lot of years using store bought deodorant… Teen Spirit and Old Spice were my favs back in the day. Because let’s face it… Body odor is one thing you don’t want to mess around with.

In 2011, I kinda went down the hippie road and started making granola, trading my car for a bike and even went 10 days without shampoo (def don’t recommend it). It was during this time that I began questioning all the stuff I was putting in and on my body.

Deodorant was one of them.

Most store-bought deodorants contain parabens, aluminum, dye and a bunch of chemicals I can’t even spell (or type correctly). They can be argued to cause hormonal abnormalities and linked to breast cancer.

Yes, I know all of this is debatable, but why take the chance?

And why put these things on your body IF there are safe natural alternatives that work even better?

Natural Deodorant that really works!

Six years ago, I started making my own homemade deodorant with coconut oil and absolutely love it. To this day, I use it and so does my husband. We don’t stink and we barely sweat under our arms— I’ve had friends smell my pits many times to advocate for  this stuff. It really works!  I’ve even given it to family and friends for Christmas presents— that’s how much I believe in this stuff!

While making my own deodorant works for me, I’m also a realist and know that not everyone wants to go this crunchy. That’s where Primal Pit Paste comes in. They’re the creators of a natural deodorant line that has a variety of strengths and scents that work AND are good of your body.

I love their Coconut Lime scent because it reminds me of our spring break trip to Key West in 2016. We snorkeled, drank cuban coffee and walked around in flip flops and swim suits for an entire week. Every time I use this stuff, I am immediately taken back there.

Made with quality ingredients like organic coconut oil, shea butter, and non-aluminum baking soda, Primal Pit Paste provides the perfect alternative to homemade deodorant. Their ingredients are so natural, you might even be able to use their products as a snack in a pinch! Here’s the ingredient label so you can see what I’m talking about!

Natural Deodorant - Simple Green SmoothiesHow to use Natural Deodorant

Using natural deodorant can seem a little intimidating. It’s a little different from store bought deodorant in that you have to use a topical stick (sort of like a tongue depressor) or your fingers to apply.

When I first started using my homemade natural deodorant, I used a topical stick. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about sticking my fingers into my deodorant every morning. That didn’t last long because I decided it didn’t hurt me to just scoop it right out of the jar and apply it. Whether you apply with a topical stick or dive right in, you’ll find the style that works best for you. No judgement here!

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you want to scoop deodorant out every morning, Primal Pit Paste has a great solution. Give their natural spray deodorant a try.

I remember years ago when I purchased spray deodorant, only to be disappointed because I didn’t have time to dry out my armpits before putting my clothes on. Primal Pit Paste has fine tuned their spray deodorant to dry quickly. I mean, you can’t beat a three second dry time!

Primal Pit Paste also has a wide variety of natural deodorant sticks, if that’s the method you’re used to and not interested in switching just yet. Their sticks are convenient to carry around, and help swipe away the stink—whether you’re hitting the gym or going to work.

Regardless of whether you use a topical stick, your fingers, or spray it on, you’re going to love, love, love this natural deodorant.

 Comment: What deodorant are you using?

Now I want to know… what deodorant do you use and how does it work for you? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.

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  1. Gayla

    September 2nd, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I’d like to try this. I only use natural deodorant. @gaylaclaboo

  2. Jen Hansard

    September 4th, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Then this is just for you Gayle! The flavors are fun and the company is great. Hope you enjoy!

  3. katy

    September 2nd, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    i’ve tried making homemade organic deodorant but have never been successful! ig: @katyflamik

  4. Jen Hansard

    September 4th, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Have you used my recipe? (https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-beauty/homemade-deodorant-that-really-works)
    It def works— I’ve been using it for 5 years now. You should try that… and also Primal— they make great products too.

  5. Jai

    September 2nd, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve tried so many diff natural deodorants just praying for one that actually works! -@sneakchillin

  6. Jen Hansard

    September 4th, 2017 at 9:20 am

    It does!!! I promise Jai!

  7. Jody

    September 2nd, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve tried to avoid aluminum for years. I’m very intrigued about this company…..and the name cracks me up. Thx for offering this giveaway. IG handle is @jodychickadee

  8. Jen Hansard

    September 4th, 2017 at 9:22 am

    They do have a great name! 😉

  9. Nicole Demus

    September 3rd, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I love that you wrote about this!!! I have been using Dry Idea for years!! I am not an every day deodorant user because 1. My pits aren’t unruly in the stink department 2. Breast cancer does run in my family and 3. I just don’t like having that junk on my body for extended periods of time knowing it may be harmful.
    I have made my own deodorant in the past but had to keep it in the fridge and would forget about it (because who remembers to get their deodorant from the fridge when getting ready in the morning?).
    I actually just ordered from the company Native to try their natural deodorant but now I’m going to have to try your recommendation too!!!

  10. Jen Hansard

    September 4th, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I def would have a hard time remembering to get deodorant out of the fridge! Primal really does make great products and it works– which is most important to me. If I use a natural option and it doesn’t work, what’s the point?! I’m gonna check Native… thank for the tip!

  11. A.W.

    September 5th, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I tried using the discount code PPPSGS, listed in the article but it doesn’t work 🙁

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 8th, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Hi A.W.

    Oh no, I am so sorry we didn’t include the end date in our blog post. Unfortunately our promotion with Primal Pit Paste ended on August 31st. I hope you’ll still check out their sticks + jars, they truly have an amazing product!

  13. Katie

    September 21st, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Hey Jen, I want to try Primal Pit Paste out. Which do you prefer, the spray or the stick? Which works better in your opinion?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 22nd, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Hi Katie,

    I love the stick, I feel like I get great coverage! And I know Jen uses a jar for her homemade deodorant.

  15. Jen Hansard

    September 27th, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I’m gonna jump in here too— I like the jar because it’s glass and smaller. I do make my own deodorant, but I also us Primal when I run low or want a different scent. I really like the coconut lime scent that they have.

  16. Jeannie

    October 3rd, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Would you share your recipe for the deodorant you make please?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 11th, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Hi Jeannie,

    Of course! You can find it here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-beauty/homemade-deodorant-that-really-works

  18. Shannon

    November 30th, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I really like Primal Paste, and will definitely check out the coconut lime! Sounds delightful. My pre-teen stinky kids have been using and have great results with Black Chicken. I LOVE the deodorants by Erika Brooke, fave scent is wildflowers and they have others and unscented too.

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 6th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for sharing! I always love learning about new brands that you love!! Especially with pre-teen stinky boys only a few years away for me!

  20. christyvb

    February 1st, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I use Schmidt’s stick and love it. I totally agree with you on using a natural deodorant.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 9th, 2018 at 10:33 am

    KALE YEAH! 🙂

  22. Cassie

    March 2nd, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Thank you for this article. Similar subject: can you recommend a good dry shampoo?

  23. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 7th, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Hi Cassie,

    I love this dry shampoo. It’s a little pricey, but you use so little it ends up being worth it!

    https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/organic-natural-dry-shampoo?taxon_id=646

    Whole Foods also has this great DIY recipe…

    https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/diy-dry-shampoo

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