It is finally SUMMER TIME. This means two things: 1. I get to go back to camp to be with some of my favorite people on the planet. 2. Everyone starts sweating more because of the glorious summer heat. Hopefully this also means everyone will be layering on deodorant to cover up their smelly pits. So, now’s a good time to talk about some of the best deodorant alternatives I’ve seen and used!
When I started my zero waste journey, a more natural, eco-friendly deodorant was one of the things I was hesitant about. I don’t sweat a lot, but I used it regularly to keep smelling fresh.
One day, it hit me just how much plastic was required to get me to smell nice under my arms. I also heard that aluminum in deodorants could potentially cause breast cancer. I don’t know if this is true, but after a breast cancer scare, I was ready to take just about any precaution.
Sometime after my scare, I tried to switch to a mineral stone. Sadly, it did nothing for me. It couldn't compare to my regular brand, so after a few months I gave it up.
Then, I found this wonderful deodorant paste in a small tin at the Harrisburg Flea Market. It smelled great from essential oils, applied easily, and kept me smelling fresh most of the time. I was hooked.
Sadly, that tin cost $8 and only lasted 6 weeks. As much as I wish I could continue to support a community member’s small business, I couldn’t justify paying that much every couple of months when regular deodorant is less expensive. But after using the homemade paste, I was inspired to start doing some research on DIY alternatives.
Naturally, that led me to this wonderful DIY recipe that matched the ingredients of the deodorant paste I had used. I purchased some ingredients on Amazon, bought my essential oils from Aldi’s, and had coconut oil on hand. Overall, the ingredients cost me about $40 (that was an ouch), but I’ve been able to make 5 batches so far (1 batch = triple the amount I bought), and have enough for at least 3 more.
One of the best parts of this recipe is your can choose whichever essential oils to use to create your desired scent. Once you have all of your ingredients, it’s as simple as melting the coconut oil a little and mixing it all together.
One note on this is when you make it, only allow non-metal spoons, bowls, jars, etc. touch it. The bentonite clay (an ingredient) will absorb any of the metallic properties. Therefore, it would make a move away from aluminum products useless.
If you don’t want to DIY for any reason, Nuud is a new option on the market that, from what I can tell, is similar to the DIY paste.
It comes in a bioplastic sugar cane tube and biodegradable cardboard box, so it’s a better Zero Waste product.
Sadly, it's not the best since most people don’t have access to compost piles. If it goes to the landfill, it defeats the purpose of earth friendly packaging since such materials can’t “breathe” and decompose under heavy plastic tarps, cement, etc.
NOTE for both the DIY and Nuud, you need to apply it with your fingers. I’ve heard that some people are uncomfortable touching their armpits. If that’s the case, you can try the next option!
A relatively new product as well, Myro is seeking to provide a safer deodorant and cut down on plastic waste. Although they still use plastic in their packaging, they say it is 50% less than one would use with regular roll-ons. Whatever plastic you do dispose of, can be recycled.
With your first purchase, you get a reusable case and a refillable pod. Then, you can subscribe for new pods to be sent to you at your preferred interval (typically 4-6 weeks).
BONUS: If you decide to purchase it, send me your email in my contact form to receive $5 off your starter kit!
Below is my starter kit that I received as part of an Earth Day promo (hence the canvas bag and pin). I got the Cabin No. 5 scent and am loving it! I’m looking forward to using it on the warmer summer days for a fresher feel. It's also a TSA approved size, so it's perfect for avid travelers!
MINERAL STONE (not recommended)
As I mentioned in the beginning, this was my initial deodorant alternative attempt. I tried it for a couple of months, and it barely worked. I’ve also heard from others that it’s not the most effective option on the market. HOWEVER, I do want to mention it in case it’s something you want to try and it ends up working for you!
NOTE for all options: With any more natural deodorant alternative, it may take some time for your body to adjust. In my first month of using deodorant paste, I usually applied it every morning and evening (I shower at night). Within a few months, my body adjusted to the more natural ingredients. Eventually, I was even able to skip days using it because it was so effective!
I hope these choices will help you make another swap on your zero waste or natural health journey. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write a note below or message me in my contact form!