Deodorants, along with many other different personal hygiene products, (including makeup), unfortunately rely on animal testing; supposedly to make sure that the product is safe for humans to use. Animal testing is not only a result of backward thinking, (i.e. that the product would react on a sentient being from a totally different species the same way it would a human), but it is extremely cruel to the many animals, (such as rats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, monkeys, and other animals), abused in the name of research. There are a few questions people need to start asking themselves:
- Why do scientists find it necessary to have to test the product on animals?
- Any animal is a sentient being, just like a human, and while we have many emotional similarities, why do scientists think that the animals will react in the same way a human would?
- Is the product actually safe?
- What is in the product that makes it so unsafe that it has to be tested on anyone?
There is a combination of chemicals in conventional personal hygiene products, which are often tested on animals prior to getting into consumer hands. But never fear! There are many natural personal hygiene products, such as deodorant, that actually have ingredients that you can pronounce and are cruelty-free, (not tested on animals).
Personally, I have always made my own deodorant, which has always been a pretty groovy way to be zero waste, (one of my ways of helping the environment), but a lot of people don’t want to make their own, are frightened by it, or it doesn’t work for them, (often leaving them stinky after just a few hours). Everyone’s body is different and sometimes it’s hard to find a deodorant that is long lasting, smells great, is made of all natural ingredients, and is cruelty-free. Despite me making my own deodorant for quite some time, I decided to buy Primal Pit Paste, (a natural and cruelty-free deodorant), try it out for a week, and give you my honest feedback.
I went to my local Whole Foods Market to find the pit paste, (which can also be ordered off of their website directly here). There are not only a few different scents, (I ended up getting the jar Thyme & Lemongrass since I am a huge fan of lemongrass), but there are a few different ways it can come, (in a cream or deodorant stick). They even sell a convenient travel/trial size as well, just in case you want to keep some on you for those labor intensive volunteer days at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary! J I decided to give this deodorant a go for a week because I felt that a day or two wouldn’t give a product enough justice to see if it really worked. Sometimes, I have to put on my homemade deodorant twice daily, (once in the morning and once at night), to stay fresh and smelling it. It’s not really necessary, but I do it anyway. With the cream form in a jar, not only can I reuse the jar after the product is gone, (yay for limited waste!), it is free of this yuckiness: GMOS, animal testing, chemicals, talc, aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, gluten, soy, corn, toxic packaging, or solvent-extracted oils. For a full list of the ingredients that are used in its products, check out the list here.
I do have to say, this is probably the best natural deodorant I have ever tried. I love it so much, I’ve actually used it longer than a week and am thinking of repurchasing when it runs out and “going primal” for good. I love my homemade deodorant, but I love that I can reuse the jar and cut out being wasteful that way. I am always in need of more jars in my house, due to the fact that I grow my own herbs and make most of my personal hygiene products. Another reason that I use the jar is because I actually noticed that organic beeswax is actually in the stick version of the deodorant, (I try to be as kind to the environment and the animals as possible, so I didn’t want to use it). I am sure that it works just as well as the jarred deodorant though.
After a week, my pits were screaming, “Hallelujah, Primal Pit Paste! I love you!”
Always remember: Live as kindly as you can; for the animals, humanity, and the planet.
** This post was originally featured on Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary’s blog, The Branch.