Deodorant is the most controversial product in my bathroom. I know I shouldn’t be using the mainstream, brandname products we are all familiar with for countless reasons ranging from the environment, to the aluminum content, to my own health! But it’s not like it’s been easy to find amazing natural, zero waste alternatives…until now!
Check out this list of zero waste deodorants for inspiration to finally kick your poison, plastic deodorant habit and go waste free!
You Heard Me: “Meow Meow Tweet!”
This deodorant cream is baking soda free for reduced irritation and comes in a few different scents as well as an unscented version. All it takes is a pea-sized amount of product in each armpit – rub it in with finger tips to stay smelling fresh all day. The glass jar, aluminum lid, and paper box are all recyclable. You’ll want to keep the seal and send it back in to Meow Meow Tweet – who also has a Bulk Refill program – for continued purchases that produce no waste!
Meow Meow Tweet In a Stick
This deodorant stick isn’t just super cute, it packs a pretty scented punch! Much like a traditional deodorant stick, this product works by pushing the product up from the bottom. One thing to be aware of: the product does not retract back down into the tube, so be conservative and push only a little bit up at a time. Rub a thin layer into each pit and wa – la! You’re good to go all day.
The tube and seal are both either recyclable or compostable. The Eucalyptus Lemon scent is divine, and will have you sneaking sniffs of your pits from time to time, it’s that good!
Check out another zero waste deodorant stick on Amazon
Ethique Deodorant Bar
Stay fresh and odor free all day with the Ethique Deodorant Bar. Made with none of the yucky stuff (looking at you, aluminum) and instead with magnesium hydroxide, zinc oxide & bamboo (which is super absorbent – can absorb 200% of its own weight in sweat). Ethique is also baking soda free, so no need to worry about negative skin reactions. Simply rub the bar on your underarms to apply. Reapply before and after exercise as needed.
I tried mine out before taking a 2 mile walk on a warm, spring day and can report that while I did sweat a bit (it’s not an anti-perspirant) I smelled fresh all day without needing to reapply the product.
Ethique’s mission is to rid the world of disposable plastic, as such you’ll love that their product comes in compostable and recyclable packaging. No stinky trash and no stinky pits – it’s a win-win!
LUSH Aromaco Deodorant Bar
The Aromaco deodorant bar from LUSH is a great zero waste deodorant because it comes naked – that is, with zero packaging. Like many zero waste deodorants – this one is easily applied by rubbing it inside your armpits as needed. It is made with astringent witch hazel, eliminating bacteria that cause odor.
You’ll want to make sure you store it in an airtight container as the product can become hard and rough if left exposed. One thing to note, this deodorant has a very strong scent, it is so strong if it is left out, your bathroom takes on the scent of patchouli. If you are not a fan of patchouli this deodorant won’t be one of your favorites.
A Party For Your Pits
Choosing the best zero waste deodorant for you can take some trial and error, but in the end you’ll find the brand that works best for your pits. Zero packaging, compostable, and biodegradable packaging coupled with natural ingredients will keep you guilt free, odor free, footloose and fancy-free! Just kidding, you’ll still feel pretty fancy. If you’re ready to take your deodorant game waste free – don’t forget to share this list with all your pals!