Zero Waste Deodorant

September 17, 2019

Zero Waste Deodorant

I’ve tried and tested several natural deodorants without plastic or nasty ingredients for the last few months. Very few tick all the boxes of being low waste, effective, and kind on sensitive skin. I’ve found quite a duds and only one I truly trust to last all day.

If you’re looking to make the switch from traditional deodorant to a more Earth-friendly alternative, here is a good place to start. This is a selection of deodorants I’ve tried at length that come in plastic-free, recyclable packaging; the ones I recommend, the ones I don’t, and something to try (if you’re willing).

As with a lot of these switches, it comes down to personal preference. What works for me might not work for you. Natural deodorants tend to be a little pricey so in a bid to help you avoid any costly mistakes, I’m sharing my favourites.



Crystal Deodorant

This is my absolute favourite deodorant. I used it years and years ago and for some reason slipped back into the habit of using traditional roll-ons. I’m glad I’ve rediscovered the crystal since it’s effective, long-lasting, and completely packaging free. It’s made from natural mineral salt that, when you wet the rock and swipe it under your arms, applies an invisible salt film preventing odour-forming bacteria. It’s non-staining, non-sticky, and hypo-allergenic so perfect for sensitive skin. There’s absolutely zero fragrance, which is deserving of bonus points from me but perhaps that's a negative for you. If so, I recommend Eden Perfumes for organic, ethically sourced fragrance. I’ve had mine almost 2 years and it’ll probably last another 2 so it really is an extremely low waste, cost effective deodorant.



Cacao Pow Deo Bar

Another winner for me although this one has a couple of pain points worth considering. It has a lovely gentle fragrance that’s not at all overpowering and won’t interfere with any other scents you wear. It comes packaged in a little glass pot that can be reused or recycled, and the generous 100g of product should last approximately 100 applications or up to 6 months. What I will say about this deodorant is I found it left marks on dark clothing (despite claims it wouldn’t) which didn’t always wash out. Perhaps this was due to me washing on a cooler cycle; a higher heat might have blasted out the marks. I also found I had to reapply on a couple of occasions, and application isn’t the most convenient. You have to warm the bar first for the product to glide on smoothly, and it can get a little messy. This was best done fresh out of the shower or at least before you get dressed so it doesn’t transfer onto your clothing. Still, I do recommend this deodorant especially if you’re looking for a more traditional cream roll-on.



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Nuud Care Deodorant

I so badly wanted this deodorant to work out for me. The idea is fantastic; one application every 3-7 days with a single 20ml tube lasting up to 10 weeks. The formula prevents odour by neutralising bacteria with micro silver. There’s no aluminium, fragrance, or alcohol, and the packaging is a bioplastic sugar cane tube in a biodegradable cardboard box. I found the deodorant to be very hit or miss when it came to keeping me odour-free. I just couldn’t trust it to work effectively. Sometimes it would last for a few days, other times it wouldn’t work at all. I found I’d have to keep checking whether I needed to reapply and that wasn’t always possible. If there’s one thing I want from my deodorant, it’s trust worthiness and this wasn’t it. There’s a starter pack so you can see if it works for you without investing too much.



DIY Deodorant Recipes

I’ve found the most popular DIY deodorant, baking soda, is a little too harsh on sensitive skin. It doesn’t work for me but it might for you, and it’s a very low risk DIY since you’ve probably already got the ingredients in your cupboards. I’ve heard alcohol (like vodka) mixed with essential oils can work as a deodorant too, and is in a convenient spray making application easier. I prefer to stick with a crystal deodorant, which works well and requires much less effort, but you may find the DIY route is the best for you.


Have you tried any natural zero waste deodorants? Did they work? Please do leave your suggestions of deodorants to try (or any to avoid) in the comments.




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