Smells Like Tween Spirit: Deodorant and Kids

Though many associate puberty and the accompanying change in body odor with the teen years, some parents – including our founder – find that their child needs deodorant well before then. Some girls start puberty as early as 8 years old, and some boys as early as 9. Although that may seem too young for a child to start wearing deodorant, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to puberty. Every child is different, and every parent must decide when is the right time to introduce deodorant to their child.


It depends! If your child has a musky odor after a few hours of outdoor play, that’s completely normal. Active kids sweat, and sweat creates an environment where odor-causing bacteria can thrive. This run-of-the-mill kiddo stink can usually be remedied with a good old-fashioned bath – no deodorant necessary. However, if your child is sweating (or smelling) excessively or exhibiting other signs of puberty, it may be time to consider a deodorant.

But since their bodies are still growing and changing, is deodorant safe for kids to use?


Every parent wants the best for their children – and personal care products are no different. After all, what you put on your child’s body ends up in their body.

Our underarms have fat cells which can store the compounds that we apply to our skin. Underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors that can be disrupted by the chemicals in conventional deodorants. Aluminum, parabens and propylene glycol from deodorants are all absorbed by the skin and then processed by the liver and digestive system, ultimately going straight into the bloodstream without being metabolized. These might not be the type of ingredients and effects that you want your child to be using daily. But finding a deodorant that’s safe for kids isn’t as easy as it should be.

Many conventional deodorants and antiperspirants aimed specifically at children contain ingredients that are proven endocrine disruptors, which are particularly worrisome for bodies that are still developing. During puberty, important hormonal changes are happening, and the long-term effects of endocrine disruptors on developmental and reproductive issues is still unknown. So before choosing a deodorant for your child, be sure to read the ingredient list carefully!

If you’re looking for a safe and effective deodorant for children, look no further than Primal Pit Paste kids' sticks for all-day odor protection with no aluminum, parabens, triclosan, alcohol or any other bad stuff!


Primal Pit Paste natural deodorant for kids is made with natural ingredients that are gentle and non-irritating, even on the most sensitive skin. It’s also free from heavy metals that prevent sweat glands from producing sweat, so it won’t stop perspiration completely. But sweat is a natural bodily process that is good for us, helping to flush toxins from our system and keep us cool. And since sweat is odorless, sweaty doesn’t have to mean stinky.

Natural deodorants like ours include oils with antibacterial and disinfectant properties, such as organic coconut oil, to help neutralize the bacteria that causes body odor. Organic arrowroot powder helps absorb moisture while magnesium and non-nano zinc oxide combat body odor to keep kids feeling fresh throughout the day. And with 3 fruity flavors to choose from, our kids sticks make using deodorant fun!


  1. Our deodorant is made using natural oils and waxes that can harden in cooler temperatures, so always soften the deodorant with natural body heat before application to prevent any unnecessary friction. Have your child hold the stick under their arm for at least 5 seconds to warm the product.
  2. Swipe 1-2 times under each arm – remember a little goes a long way and applying too much can cause staining.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the product to fully absorb before getting dressed.
  4. Enjoy healthy, happy pits!


Does your child use deodorant? How did you know it was the right time? Let us know in the comments below!

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