Find plastic free deodorant that suits your body and your ethics
There has undoubtedly been a change in public opinion in recent years when it comes to single-use plastics and there are now many plastic-free options. It might have been a shock to the system the first time you realised you were going to have to pay for a bag at the supermarket, but most of us are now on board with bringing our own bags or having to buy them if we forget.
Likewise there’s nothing unusual about carrying a reusable water bottle, using your own coffee cup, or saying no thank you when you’re offered a plastic straw. The tides are changing at long last but there’s still a long way to go when it comes to getting rid of unnecessary plastics.
Some changes are easy to make, others require a little more commitment, and some plastics we barely even register. The good news is there is almost always an alternative if you’re willing to find it.
Plastic-free toiletries including deodorants
If you have started making the switch to more natural toiletries that are also plastic-free then finding a zero-waste deodorant may well be on your do-to list. As with so many personal care products deodorant is generally packaged in plastic and that’s not what you want if you’re trying to reduce your environmental impact and protect the planet.
Unlike changing to a bamboo toothbrush the same deodorant doesn’t work for everyone. Our bodies work in different ways and we have different preferences when it comes to fragrances and methods of application.
Luckily there are now plenty of natural deodorants available that don’t come in plastic packaging so the chances are there’s a product out there that will work for you.
The how’s and why’s of natural deodorant
The first thing to note is that natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. And it doesn’t appear that there are any plastic-free antiperspirants although you can buy them in glass bottles with plastic caps.
Maybe that’s because those people leading the charge in terms of plastic production are concerned about more than just the packaging of their products. And maybe over time, this will change. But in the meantime if you are looking for plastic-free what you will find is also a lot more natural.
Natural deodorants don’t stop you sweating but instead, they neutralise any bad smells and use natural ingredients such as arrowroot, tapioca or charcoal to keep you dry.
Many natural deodorants use bicarbonate of soda which is great for both keeping you dry and stopping any smells but there are also bicarb free options for those that are sensitive to it.
Our plastic-free deodorants come in a variety of packing including cardboard tubes that allow you to apply like a traditional role on, metal tins, and even a potassium crystal stick that is packaged in a natural cork case.
Find out more about life without plastic & why we should reduce our plastic waste here.