Have you switched to using a zero waste deodorant yet? Maybe, it’s time you should.
Commercial deodorants come in plastic. They’re also filled with all sorts of chemicals that can disrupt your endocrine system and more.
Aluminum is in there too. It gets into your pores to block sweat. That’s why antiperspirants work – it’s the aluminum!
Say no to that! No, to the harmful chemicals and no to the plastic.
I have my own awful antiperspirant story.
A couple years ago, I was in a really, really hot space for 6 hours a day for 4 days straight. My body needed to sweat to keep itself cool but couldn’t because I was wearing antiperspirant deodorant.
After the fourth day, I’m not kidding, I developed this really hard painful lump in my left breast.
Can you imagine how scared I was?
After that day – seven years ago – til now, I’ve never worn antiperspirant deodorant. Never!
I also got the lump checked out – it’s a fibroadenoma. And, it took a really long time to stop paining and reduce in size.
But, it’s still there!
So, from my own anecdotal experience, I strongly recommend to get rid of the store-bought antiperspirant crap.
Let the pits breathe and sweat it out. They need to be free!
Wear sleeveless clothes when it’s warm so you won’t sweat as much. Or wear an inner vest or DIY pads to trap the sweat so you won’t see wet spots.
I also use reusable wipes (I just add water) to wipe under my arms ever so often. Doing this removes smelly odors. I try to do it often so the smells don’t get on my clothes.
Of course, I use a few of these zero waste deodorant brands to keep the pits smelling like rainbows and butterflies. Haha!
Zero Waste Deodorant Brands to Try
Here’s a little summary of the brands before we dive deeper.
|Pack and Leaf||stick||cardboard|
|Fat and The Moon||cream||glass jar, metal lid|
|PureChimp||cream||glass jar, metal lid|
Please note, these deodorants are NOT ANTIPERSPIRANTS. They aren’t going to stop you from sweating.
Ethique is all about that zero waste lifestyle. I talked about their eco friendly shampoo bar here.
They have so many solid bars for your personal care needs. And they use biodegradable ingredients and compostable packaging. Yes please!
This bar uses magnesium hydroxide – aka milk of magnesia – which has shown some antiperspirant benefits.
It also has sweet almond and jojoba oil, derivatives of coconut oil, candelilla wax, tapioca starch, zinc oxide and bamboo extract. Its scent comes from lime and cedarwood oils.
Clearly, this deodorant is aluminum-free, baking soda-free, palm oil-free, and vegan.
It comes wrapped in paper. No plastic here.
This zero waste deodorant is made with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, candelilla wax, baking soda, plant-derived vitamin E, and natural vanilla extract.
Magnesium oxide is also in this deodorant along with arrowroot powder. These help to keep you relatively dry. But remember, this isn’t an antiperspirant, so you will sweat.
The deodorant comes in a cardboard push tube – how fun is that! All packaging is 100% compostable.
This one is another push tube product.
It’s made with coconut oil, baking soda, candelilla wax, shea butter, tapioca starch, kaolin, and zinc oxide. Its smell comes from citrusy essential oils.
The deodorant is aluminum-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in completely recyclable packaging.
This isn’t a stick one – it’s a cream based deodorant.
It’s made with coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot and beeswax.
Since coconut oil and beeswax are temperature dependent, the deodorant can be harder in cool conditions and softer when it’s warm.
The scent here is from essential oils like black pepper, clary sage, bergamot, tea tree, and grapefruit. These essential oils smell great and are proven antimicrobials and anti-inflammatories.
But, be sure to patch test with a little to make sure you aren’t sensitive to the essential oils.
The deodorant is cruelty-free and comes in a glass jar with a metal lid. Glass and metal are infinitely recyclable so be sure to reuse and recycle them.
This deodorant balm has coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, charcoal and banana extract.
The banana extract adds a really interesting, tropical banana smell to the deodorant.
As for packaging, it comes in a glass jar and aluminum lid. Again, like I mentioned before, both are infinitely recyclable.
Instead of the oil based, stick deodorants and creams, why not try the old school way? Body powder!
This one is made with arrowroot, baking soda, zinc oxide, lavandin oil, and citrus seed extract. That’s it!
It’s aluminum-free and vegan. You can use it as body powder, baby powder, anti-chaffing powder, and even dry shampoo.
Yep! It’s really versatile.
As for packaging, it comes in a cardboard tube. But… there’s a but… it comes with a plastic sifter. You can recycle the plastic though.
DIY Zero Waste Deodorant
You’ve seen all the ingredients in each of the zero waste deodorant brands. Why not get the ingredients and make your own?
You can choose your favorite oils – it doesn’t have to be coconut oil based. Avocado oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil all absorb really fast into your skin.
You can also choose your favorite scents. Lavender oil is pretty nice.
Drying and odor absorbing agents are magnesium hydroxide, arrowroot powder and baking soda.
Choose what you want to use. It’s all up to you.
Here is Lauren’s recipe from Trash is for Tossers. She uses arrowroot powder, baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils.
You can also try a non-deodorant option. Consider making your own DIY sweat pads to fit under your clothes.
Be sure to repurpose your old clothes and fabrics to make the pads. And keep a few in your bag to switch out throughout your warm, sweaty day.
Now, it’s time to turn it over to you. How do you beat the sweat? And under arm odor? I’d love to hear from you.