For the past several years, I’ve been hunting for a good, natural deodorant option that actually works. Perhaps my pits are just extra smelly, but I’ve really struggled with finding one that’s effective. My hunt for a natural deodorant started long before my hunt for a zero waste deodorant. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to find a both natural and plastic free deodorant. But we will get to that later. So let’s talk about why I decided to switch to a natural deodorant first!
Why Go Natural??
My biggest concern with standard deodorants is they contain a lot of chemical ingredients. I’m usually pretty mindful about not eating foods that contain long lists of chemical ingredients I can’t pronounce; I try to do the same when it comes to products I am using on my body. Many conventional deodorants contain parabens and phthalates that are known hormone disruptors that can negatively affect the endocrine system.
Actually, there’s been much debate in the past few years over the safety of standard deodorants. And to be honest, there still isn’t a clear answer as to whether or not standard deodorants are dangerous or not. Recently, many researchers are discussing the theory of breast cancer being caused in part by the use of deodorant with the ingredient aluminum. Doctors have stated that most cancerous tumors are found in the upper fatty tissue quadrant for those with breast cancer, and this location generally comes in quite a lot of contact with deodorant and antiperspirant products.
It’s a correlation but not necessarily cause and effect. Much more research and studies need to be done to make a clearer conclusion about the effects of deodorant. However, until then, I’d rather be certain to keep my body safe from harmful chemical so I believe it’s best to find a natural deodorant that works for your body. In my opinion, the smaller the amount of chemicals in/on your body, the better!
Why Go Zero Waste??
OK, I understand that a lot of conventional, plastic deodorant containers are now recyclable that didn’t used to be. You do have to be sure that your plastic container is completely empty before recycling and check to make sure your local recycling facility accepts that particular kind of plastic. If your recycling facility does not, there’s also the option to recycle through TerraCycle, a company notorious for accepting hard to recycle containers and materials. BUT, why I choose to use a zero waste and plastic free deodorant is because every single piece of plastic created still exists today. Also, it’s estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. I am trying my best to reduce plastic consumption in my household as much as possible for this reason!
Which Natural Deodorant Is Right For Me?
From experience, I can tell you that the best way to find a natural deodorant you like, is to try several different kinds. I tried a few natural but not zero waste deodorants in the past and didn’t like them because they weren’t strong enough for my pits. I would be quite smelly by the end of the day, not cool! I’ve also tried some others, and they’ve made my skin burn probably due to a skin allergy. Do some research on your own and purchase a few different kinds to find your best fit! Everyone’s body is different and you might find a deodorant that is compatible with your skin but might not be a great pick for someone else.
BUT let’s talk about my favorite zero waste and natural deodorant. At the beginning of the last year, I ordered myself a jar of the Elevated Pits Natural Deodorant. I wanted to try it out myself before sharing it with you guys in the shop. Like I’ve stated before, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to natural deodorants so I wanted to make sure it was something super great before carrying it in the Tiny Yellow Bungalow shop. This deodorant is the bee’s knees. It comes in a glass jar (yay zero waste) that you can reuse infinitely or recycle. It’s made in the USA, vegan, and MOST importantly in my book, it works!! This deodorant has been able to withstand my stinkiest of days (knock on wood).
If you’re feeling really spunky, you can try making a natural, zero waste deodorant on your own at home. I know lots of zero waste bloggers that have experimented with DIY deodorant recipes. Nadine from The Zero Journey uses 1/4 cup each of coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch or arrowroot powder. She also adds lavender oil for a little scent and says it’s a really great, effective DIY recipe! You can read more about her zero waste bathroom routine here. Also, My friend Eva over at Kind Planet has a zero waste deodorant recipe on her blog, you can find it here. Another option is to just do a quick Google search. There are lots of recipes for homemade deodorant online! They generally have coconut oil as the base due to its antimicrobial qualities. DIY deodorant is a great option if you have a tighter budget. Let me know if you do some deodorant experimenting, would love to hear what works best for you!
Other Natural Deodorants
Just because I love the Elevated Pits Natural Deodorant doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for everyone! There are a few other natural deodorants that I’ve heard good things about from friends and throughout the zero waste community. Here are just a few that I’ve heard mention of. Not all of these are 100% plastic free (some have a plastic lid) but I think they are great alternatives to conventional deodorants and antiperspirants that come in plastic tubes.
Have a wonderful chemical-free day guys!
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