A Primal Pit Paste Giveaway! (Because nobody likes stinky, toxic pits)

Primal Pit Paste Giveaway

This giveaway has ended, but you can use coupon code EATINGRULES to get 20% off your next order of Primal Pit Paste!

I started Eating Rules nearly four years ago (!) to focus on achieving better health through good food. It’s clear that the food we eat impacts our health directly. It makes perfect sense, of course — we’re putting something directly into our bodies, and they are literally breaking it down and absorbing it.

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about how products outside our bodies affect our health, most notably cosmetics and cleaning products. I’ve started reading labels of my shampoo, hand lotion, laundry soap, dish soap… it’s a bit overwhelming, to be honest.

I’m slowly doing my homework and trying to find alternate products that are less toxic. It’s a daunting task, so I’ve decided to focus next on products that I leave on my body – the ones that are directly and deliberately absorbed by my skin. Lotion, sunscreen, and deodorant top the list. I figure they have the potential to have a larger health impact than those products which I use and rinse off immediately. Logical enough, right?

I’m paying particular attention to parabens. There are a lot of alarmist websites out there that claim they cause cancer and can mimic estrogen – though there seems to be a lot of misinformation and referencing of the same (inconclusive?) studies. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database specifically calls out Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, and Isopropylparaben as being worse than the others – so it may also be that not all parabens are created equal. The Food & Drug Administration is not particularly concerned about them.

But here’s why I’m now avoiding them: Parabens are the high fructose corn syrup of the cosmetics industry.  In small amounts, they probably won’t have a meaningful health impact. But just like HFCS, they’re in huge numbers of cosmetic products. It seems that every cosmetic out there contains at least one kind of paraben. (Go to your bathroom right now and read a few labels – you may be surprised.)

So I’ve started using parabens as a shorthand way to judge a cosmetic product. The more health-focused companies will specifically avoid them — and vice-versa. It’s not perfect, of course, but it’s a start.

One of the products that’s challenging is deodorant. Last year, at the Natural Products Expo West tradeshow, I received a sample of Primal Pit Paste deodorant. It was a small jar of paste — containing truly natural ingredients: coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, aluminum-free baking soda, and essential oils. No parabens, and no complicated chemicals I’d have to research.

The idea is that you take a pea-sized amount in your fingers, and rub it into your armpits. Easy enough! The only catch was that I didn’t like the smell. It was reminiscent of those hippie pothead stores that burn patchouli incense and somehow stay in business by selling yoga mats (apologies to my hippie potheads friends). I hate patchouli.

About a year later, the awesome folks at 350 Media asked if I’d write a sponsored giveaway post for Primal Pit Paste (spoiler alert: yes, this is that sponsored post). I responded that I would have to pass, because I didn’t like how it smelled. They told me that the scents have gotten better, and sent me some samples. They were right! They now offer Thyme & Lemongrass, Lavender, Orange Creamsicle, and Unscented. All of which smell great! I’m particularly fond of the Thyme & Lemongrass (and the unscented doesn’t smell like much of anything, really).

Now that I’ve gotten past the scent issue, I’m convinced this is a terrific product. It does require a bit of a deodorant-paradigm-shift, but really, it’s not a big deal. It’s easy to apply: Just run a pea-sized amount into your pits and then go about your day. (They’ve also recently launched a stick version for those of you who are squeamish about rubbing paste in your pits…)

Primal Pit Paste

So that brings us to today’s giveaway! Four lucky Eating Rules readers will each receive a $25 gift certificate, to give Primal Pit Paste a try. (I might suggest you try a jar of the regular strength first, and maybe a stick of deodorant or the body powder.)

To enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Entry period ends on April 2nd, and I’ll randomly pick the winners shortly thereafter.

This giveaway has ended, but you can use coupon code EATINGRULES to get 20% off your next order of Primal Pit Paste!

Hooray for stink-free, non-toxic armpits everywhere!

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Artwork and Photo courtesy of Primal Pit Paste.

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