5 ZERO-WASTE AND NATURAL DEODORANTS THAT ACTUALLY WORK

Keep the planet and your pits healthy
Deodorant is part of pretty much everyone's daily routine, but a lot of us are reaching for the antiperspirant without knowing what's inside the can. Let's get things straight: antiperspirants and deodorants are two different things. The former usually uses aluminium salts to plug pores and stop sweating, while the latter simply disperses or covers up body odour. For that reason, many aluminium-free deodorants don't help with sweating, but they do help stop bacteria from breaking down sweat and releasing body odour.
And, if you're on a mission to live more sustainably, your first stop is to look for products that are zero-waste, a movement that aims to buy and use products in a way that sends little to no trash to landfills. Ahead is a round-up of the brands with the best zero-waste deodorants for a more sustainable way to sweat odour-free. If you're already on the natural deodorant bandwagon, great, finish your current stick, then try one of these zero-waste deodorants to take it one step further.
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WAY OF WILL

Way of Will took its popular natural deodorant and made a version with plastic-free packaging made of a paper-based alternative. The brand is also getting rid of all plastic tubes and shipping materials, such as plastic bags, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam in favour of completely recyclable alternatives.

The scents are derived from essential oils, such as bergamot and peppermint, rather than artificial fragrance. The line was created for active lifestyles, so the zero-waste deodorant contains magnesium, arrowroot powder, and essential oils to combat odour, inside and outside of the gym.
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CLEO + COCO

There's no plastic (recycled or otherwise) in this bar of Cleo+Coco zero-waste natural deodorant- and the design is pretty genius, too. On the bottom of the solid stick, there's a sustainable, waste-free, recyclable wax for you to hold when you swipe the deodorant under your arms. Done with your daily application? Drop your deodorant in the cotton bag for safekeeping.

The natural deodorant bar contains charcoal and bentonite clay to help absorb odour and moisture. Choose from lavender vanilla or blue tansy and sweet orange.
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MYRO

The beauty subscription wave has hit the natural deodorant market, which actually makes a lot of sense for a product you likely repurchase monthly. With Myro, you buy one chic, colourful case, and each month (or whatever your preferred frequency) they send you a recyclable deodorant pod refill, which uses 50 percent less plastic than a traditional deodorant stick. The case is refillable and dishwasher safe to keep it smelling fresh if you switch scents.

Myro's sweat and odour fighters come from barley powder, cornstarch, and glycerin. The plant-based scent options feel sophisticated and more like perfume than a deodorant. Try Solar Flare (an orange, juniper, sunflower scent) or Cabin No.5 (a mix of vetiver, patchouli, and geranium).
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BY HUMANKIND

The formula for by Humankind's zero-waste deodorant is entirely naturally-derived and aluminium and paraben-free. It uses arrowroot powder and baking soda to absorb moisture and natural fragrance to keep it (and you) smelling good.

Their sustainability plan is three-tiered. First, the deodorant containers, which come in chic colour options including black, grey, and neon green, are refillable. The refills are made with biodegradable paper and a small amount of #5 polypropylene plastic, which can be composted and recycled, respectively. Finally, the company is carbon neutral, offsetting its carbon footprint by investing in forest preservation projects. While you're at it, check out their other zero-waste products like biodegradable floss and cotton swabs, shampoo and conditioner bars, and mouthwash tablets.
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HELLO

Hello zero-waste natural deodorants use plant-based butter and waxes, such as coconut oil, rice wax, shea butter, and cocoa butter to glide on smoothly and hydrate your underarms to stop body odour. Choose from the citrusy bergamot and rosemary scent or clean and fresh ocean air (there's also fragrance-free if that's your thing), so you'll always pass the pit test.

The ocean air scent is formulated with activated charcoal. Similar to how it's used in a face mask, activated charcoal absorbs toxins from the skin and it has the potential to soak up bacteria (science lesson: it's the bacteria that sits on your skin that causes you to stink, not the sweat itself!). The tubes are made with 100 percent recycled materials and are also 100 percent recyclable so the lifecycle can continue when you're done.
Article by Mia Eng