Before I embarked on my plastic free journey, I had dozens different personal care products, because I liked to vary with different scents. But when I chose to reduce my plastic waste, I was forced to look for alternatives. One of the products I struggled with is deodorant.
As someone wrote in reply to one of our Instagram photos: “this is a special case as everyone sweats different.” I have no scientific evidence for this, but we all know that some people sweat more than others and that the smell of it is influenced by what you eat and drink. Moreover, in certain settings (or even cultures!), smelling and visible sweat is less socially acceptable than in others. Thus, different people and different situations may require different solutions.
Although I was reluctant to change my deodorant, I have explored different alternatives. For a while I used a crystal deodorant from the brand Salt of the Earth. While this is not plastic-free because the lid (and bottom?) is made of plastic, I bought it because it is supposed to last a lot longer than mainstream products and because it was all natural, as opposed to for example Lush products (more about that below). I tried it for months, but in the end I stopped using it, because it didn’t work for me. It felt like not using deodorant. I know that it does work for others though, so I would still recommend to give it a shot.
I also tried using coconut oil and bicarb. This is a very popular plastic free solution. If you search on Google you will find different recipes, but the main ingredients are coconut oil (usually available in glass jars) and bicarb (usually available in cardboard boxes). If you are creative, you should give this a shot. It’s cheap and healthy. There are different recipes out there. This is a one by our zero-waste friend Lindsay at Treading My Own Path. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the right solution for me either. Partly because I got oil stains on my clothes from it but also because my skin didn’t like it.
In the end, I settled for a Lush deodorant bar. I used to be a big Lush fan, loved their soap bars. Honey I Washed the Kids and the Rock Star were amongst my favorites. But the Swedish book “Badskumt” totally changed my mind, as I realized that the majority of mainstream personal care products consists of chemicals that pose risks to our health and to the (aquatic) environment. So after reading this book, I did not go to Lush for several years. But… when my prolonged experiments with finding a plastic free deodorant failed, I decided to buy the Lush T’eo deodorant bar. The ingredient list is long and incomprehensible, but for now, it’s an acceptable solution for me.
Another option that I considered is going back to regular deodorant, but in a glass bottle. This one for example.
Still not fully sure about #plasticfreedeodorant! I’ve experimented a bit with coconut oil and bicarb and essential oils. But was not fully convinced. Worried about the oil for my clothes, plus it didn’t work great. I recently found this option: glass bottle, with plastic cap 🙁 I can reuse it for something else I think. No special gases either. Maybe I can refill it with some essential oil water spray actually… Any tips out here? What do you use? #plasticfreetuesday #noplastic #plasticfreehygiene #plasticfreecosmetics #dontfeedtheplasticmonster #solutions #plasticfreetips #daretoask #nivea #deodorant
Have you tried a plastic free deodorant yet? What worked for you and what didn’t? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below and share your experience. Thank you and have a happy Plastic-Free Tuesday!