Pick Your Pit Paste: Zinc v. Magnesium Deodorant

Not all pits are created equal. That’s why we offer five different deodorant formulas in three different applications. Many folks find our baking soda formula to be the only natural deodorant that works for them, but others find it leaves them with red, itchy, irritated pits. It’s all about finding the right fit for your unique body chemistry!

If your body just says NO to baking soda deodorant, we’ve got four different sensitive-friendly formulas. We have so many sensitive options, in fact, that we get asked all the time what on earth the differences are! It’s fairly easy to differentiate our Charcoal & spray deodorant from the others, but our Magnesium and Zinc formulas can be a bit more confusing. Don’t worry – the Primal Pit Masters are here to help you find your perfect fit!

Magnesium Formula

Because it’s safe and widely available, some call magnesium the “mighty mineral.” There are different types of magnesium, including magnesium hydroxide (an inorganic salt), magnesium oxide (Milk of Magnesia), magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) and magnesium citrate (one of the most highly recommended as a supplement).

Magnesium hydroxide, the active ingredient in Magnesium Primal Pit Paste, neutralizes body odor. When used alongside other naturally good-for-you ingredients like arrowroot powder, shea butter or coconut oil, magnesium hydroxide provides long-lasting freshness — without the risk of skin irritation.

Why Choose Magnesium?

  • You want an effective natural deodorant without baking soda.
  • Your pits are ultra-sensitive.
  • Magnesium works best with your body chemistry to combat odor.

Zinc Formula

You may already know zinc oxide as a safe, nontoxic sunscreen, but this natural mineral is also an effective way to eliminate body odor. Its antimicrobial and skin-soothing properties deliver powerful pit protection without irritating sensitive skin. Zinc Primal Pit Paste uses non-nano zinc oxide, arrowroot powder, shea butter and coconut oil to keep you fresh while nourishing skin.

Why Choose Zinc?

  • You want an effective natural deodorant without baking soda.
  • Zinc oxide works best with your body chemistry to combat odor.
  • You want a variety of scent options.

Magnesium Deodorant Zinc Deodorant

Still not sure which one to choose? Pick up a mini of each! You can find zinc here and magnesium here. If you’re new to Primal Pit Paste, we recommend you start with an unscented version, as some people can have sensitivities to essential oils. Once you find your perfect formula, you can get a few minis in different scents to find your favorite.

Our goal is to help you find the perfect pit paste! If you’re still left with lingering questions, just drop us a line in the comments below.


Hi Carla!

The “original” Pit Paste formula was our baking soda deodorant, so we would recommend that one for you. You can find it in Jacked-Up Jasmine here:


P3 Pure October 28, 2019

I haven’t bought pit paste from you since you’ve changed your line and i loved the old ones. If your original blend worked well for me, do you recommend the magnesium, zinc or the baking soda for me now. I loved the jazzed jasmine blend.

Carla October 28, 2019

Hi Jill! Glad to hear the magnesium is working for you :) As far as the wetness goes, keep in mind that Primal Pit Paste is not an antiperspirant. It won’t stop you from sweating, but that’s a good thing! Perspiration is one of your body’s ways of detoxifying itself. PPP lets you sweat, but will never let you stink. Let us know if you have further questions! You can always reach us at wecare@goprimalproducts.com

P3 August 27, 2019

Which one would be better for armpit darkening? I’ve been using natural deodorants for over 2 years and after a while realized it was the baking soda formulas that were making armpits dark. I tried a few PPP sticks hoping the zinc would work with the nice scents, but my armpits seem to be getting dark again with the blue tansy zinc stick :( is Magnesium my last option?? I can’t seem to find any info about armpit darkening and which would be better. Thanks!

Kayla August 27, 2019

The magnesium has worked best for me, as far as fighting odor. I just wonder why no matter which one I try, I’m left with quite a bit of wetness under my arm?

Jill Spurge August 27, 2019

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