Aromatherapy: Zero-Waste Deodorant

I had been using the same Dove deodorant for as long as I can remember, mostly because that was always what my Mom used. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a great deodorant, but knowing that something you use everyday is made up of single use plastic isn’t a good feeling.

The Math: Assuming you use deodorant every day (yikes), an average stick of deodorant lasts about 4 months. So, the average person disposes of 174 sticks of deodorant in a lifetime.

I’ll be honest, finding a zero-waste deodorant has been a bit of a struggle. I’ve tried a few that really reacted poorly with my skin, others that didn’t smell great, and finally some that just didn’t seem to work at all. However, through a lot of trial and error, I think I’ve found some great products!

The Winner: Refillable Deodorant by Humankind

Four refillable deodorant containers lined up next to each other.
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I love this deodorant! To me, this was a great transition from my old deodorant. It looks very similar to a traditional deodorant and the cases come in such cute colors! I have the lime green and have been using the Coconut scent. The refills come in a cylindrical cardboard container, with a small plastic top. So, the solution is not completely plastic free, but significantly improved from the classic container.

Runner Up: Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

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Another great option for a natural, low waste deodorant. Super cute packaging, although, tbh, I didn’t notice the scent much. The thing that really sold it for me on this brand was that the packaging came in two options. 1) The glass container shown above, and 2) a push-pop style option. I ended up keeping the glass container option at my house, then putting the cardboard container in the my bag.

In general, if you’re making a switch to a natural deodorant, you may need to apply a few times a day at the beginning. It took about two months for my body to fully transition back to once a day, so hang in there!

Always looking for more suggestions, so let me know what works for you!

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