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Choose This, Not That: Deodorant

When purchasing deodorant, I now buy Pit Paste instead of Old Spice. And I'm never going back.


I often use these two apps on my phone to scan products at the store to find out what is in them.

Think Dirty App and Environmental Working Group's Healthy Living App

Old Spice

EWG Skin Deep Safety Score: 6/10 - Moderate Hazard

Think Dirty App Score: 8/10 - Dirty



Old Spice Ingredients:

  • Dipropylene Glycol - Derived from oil. It is a colorless, nearly odorless liquid with a high boiling point and low toxicity.

  • Water - H20

  • Propylene Glycol - Derive from oil. Also used in your vehicle's anti-freeze/coolant. In general, glycols are non-irritating, have very low volatility and very low toxicity.

  • Sodium Stearate - A common ingredient in soaps. Suspected to be an environmental toxin.

  • Fragrance - No idea what this is. They legally don't have to reveal what it actually is. Is it good? Is it bad?

  • PPG-3 Myristyl Ether - PPG-3 Myristyl Ether is a polypropylene glycol ether of myristyl alcohol.

  • Tetrasodium EDTA - Penetration enhancer for cosmetics. Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low doses.

  • Violet 2 - Basic 2 Violet is a cosmetic colorant. Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations. Rated as moderately dangerous by the Environmental Working Group.

  • Green 6 - A cosmetic colorant. Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions.



Primal Pit Paste

EWG Skin Deep Safety Score: 1/10 - Low Hazard (Note: Lavendar scent used for rating)

Think Dirty App Score: 1/10 - Clean



Pit Paste Ingredients:

  • Organic Shea Butter - Skin conditioning agent. Determined safe for use in cosmetics.

  • Baking Soda - An inorganic salt. Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food.

  • Organic Coconut Oil - Skin conditioning agent. Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food.

  • Organic Beeswax - Can be eaten.

  • Organic Arrowroot Powder - Can be eaten. Often used in baking.

  • Organic Chai Flavor - A combination of herbs and spices.

  • Vitamin E - Skin conditioning agent.



When looking at the ingredients, it is obvious that one is chemical based and the other is natural ingredient based.

Did you know that the two main ingredients in Old Spice, Dipropylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol are both made from oil?

Which is better for my neighbor?

How do we know which is better for our neighbors? Let's examine how each one is made and try to determine which does more harm. On the one hand, the Old Spice deodorant is made from chemicals, aka oil. We don't know what the byproducts, toxins, or waste from the production are. Where do those byproducts go? How are they affecting the communities where the Old Spice is produced? Also, we don't know what is in the "fragrance" listed on the Old Spice label. The company is protected by law and does not have to reveal it. On the other hand, the ingredients for the Pit Paste were grown on a Organic farm without pesticides or herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. My bet is on the Pit Paste.


How effective are they?

What I want you to know is that Primal Pit Paste really works. It works better than the Old Spice deodorant I used to use. I would sometimes have to re-apply Old Spice at the end of my work day or after a workout, but I don't have to with Primal Pit Paste. The stuff is amazing. It is a little rough on the skin when applying it, but I'm never going back to Old Spice or a similar brand.




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