Lard. Yes indeedy. It's not just for tamales.
This was a tough one for me. Not because I don't believe that lard is an excellent ingredient for the skin, but because I thought, "How am I going to convince people that LARD is something they want in their deodorant?"
I'm adopting no euphemisms here. When I say lard, I mean lard. Pig fat. Blubber. Sure, I could have used tallow in our deodorant. (I would almost bet that half of you readers don't even know what tallow is?) It sure does sound nicer than "lard"...
T a l l o wwww.
It's beef fat. Just the cow version of lard. So why didn't I choose this more pleasantly obscure ingredient? Why lard?
Because pigs don't sweat. But you do. (h/t to Rachael for reminding me of this)
Yep. The truth is, there are properties of lard that make it better-suited for deodorant than tallow. And here's another big reason: we don't have cows. We have pigs. And one of the pillars of our "Farmaceutical-Grade" Skincare is that we use ingredients we grow here on the farm. Lard is a biproduct of our grassfed pork. This is Pasture-to-Pits folks.
Let me start by saying that our all natural deodorant really works. I've been using it through the summer while working on the farm, and I've sent it to friends and family in more humid parts of the country (hello Texas and Florida, I'm lookin' at you), and we're all thrilled by how fresh our pits stay throughout the day. So it's farmer tested and approved, tropical climate tested and approved. And even Professor tested and approved -- I'm not sure I know any better test for a deodorant than the nervous sweats that come with public speaking, but my hubby and I rely on it to get us through those long lecture days.
Why should you make the switch to a natural deodorant? Well, that could be the topic of a whole other blog post. Here's the short of it. First, understand that antiperspirants and deodorant are not the same thing. The active ingredient in antiperspirant is aluminum. It works by blocking your pores so that you can't sweat. This is cause for concern because your arm pits also contain some important lymph nodes and are very close to your mammary glands. The chemicals from antiperspirant have been detected in breast tissue. The inactive ingredients in antiperspirants (parabens) have also been linked to breast cancer, and some studies have drawn a link between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease. Deodorants, on the other hand, do not prevent you from sweating but simply work to "deodorize" or prevent/neutralize underarm odor. Some may still contain synthetic chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin or enter through a razor knick. I advise you to do your own research and decide what you're comfortable putting next to your lymph nodes.
But let's talk about the lard.
We use leaf lard from our own grassfed pigs. It comes from the kidney area. It's the highest grade of rendered lard and will do wonders for your skin. I experienced this first hand (literally) after triple-rendering some and finding that my hands were the softest and smoothest they'd ever been. It's healing to the skin like nothing else. There a few other reasons I decided to include it in our deodorant, despite the marketing challenges it presents:
Our "Farmaceutical-Grade" deodorant includes some drying ingredients, like arrowroot and baking powder, but it is not an antiperspirant. It will not prevent sweating, which is a natural part of your body's detoxification process. The good news is, with continued use, your body will adapt, and our natural, toxin-free deodorant will support this detox process. Some have found (including myself) they actually notice less dampness once they stop applying antiperspirant. If you have sensitivies to baking soda, we make a Sensitive Skin version that does not include baking soda but is fortified instead with food-grade magnesium hydroxide, kaolin clay, and zinc. It's just as effective as our regular version.
The deodorant comes in four different scents: Lemongrass, Grapefruit + Mint, Lavender + Rose, and Vetiver + Bergamot (this is a woodsy citrus scent that also includes a touch of tea tree oil). We only fragrance with organic essential oils (nothing artificial), and I've carefully chosen those that pull double-duty, meaning they smell wonderful, without being overpowering, and also have antimicrobial properties that help fight bacteria (and thus, odor).
For our blog and newsletter subscribers, I'm offering a 15% discount code to encourage you to be brave and give all natural deodorant a try. Just hop on over to the shop and use the code "Pasture2Pits" at checkout.