Don’t sweat it: We got you covered when it comes to plastic-free unscented deodorant.
It is no secret that there are many unsustainable, unhealthy deodorants on the market right now. Trying to find something affordable, natural, and plastic-free at the store can be tough.
We have a few amazing options to share with you that will make your life much more eco-friendly.
Here’s why it matters:
Even though deodorant is a small product, it creates a lot of waste.
Think about it.
Most people use deodorant, so the waste it creates adds up quickly.
But wait, can’t you just recycle it?
Well, yes and no.
Technically, deodorant is usually packaged in materials that can be recycled, however, many deodorant sticks are a combination of multiple plastics, which makes it difficult to separate at the recycling facility.
Also, the production of plastic uses up fossil fuels and forms greenhouse gases. It is a good thing to avoid.
The plastics typically used include high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene. Many times, people accidentally throw these plastics away into their trash bin, which sends it to landfill.
These materials take around 1,000 years to fully degrade in the landfill! They also release a bunch of methane, a greenhouse gas, while doing so.
Oh, and then think about all of the fossil fuels used to create all that plastic. No thank you!
Many big brand deodorants also have a whole slew of harmful ingredients embedded into them.
All of the products I am going to talk about today are free of these harmful chemicals and are all-natural, however, here are the things you should watch out for:
Decoding the Ingredients of Deodorant
First, it is important to realize how deodorant has a direct connection to our lymphatic system since it is applied so close to our lymph nodes in our underarms. This system is essential to our immune system.
The things we put on our skin can be absorbed and negatively affect this system. The first thing to avoid is aluminum. It is added to deodorant because it works to block our bodies from sweating, which is also known as an antiperspirant.
Here’s the deal:
Since our bodies can absorb this aluminum through our skin, it can be bad for us. For example, it has the capability of causing changes to estrogen receptors. There also has been proven links to other health issues that affect the liver, kidney, and brain.
Parabens are used to prevent bacterial growth in the underarms. These cells can mimic the way that estrogen acts. In a study where researchers looked at breast tissues, parabens were oftentimes found, which may be linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
Propylene Glycol is added to deodorant because is seals in moisture. This chemical can easily become contaminated through it’s manufacturing process, which forms a neurotoxin. Absorption of this chemical can lead to dermatitis, liver, and kidney damage.
Trisclosan is found in a lot of hygiene products, such as deodorant and toothpaste because it is a synthetic antimicrobial agent. Its anti-fungal and antiviral. It is a known endocrine disrupter and possibly carcinogenic. It can be found in human breast milk and urine samples.
It’s good to stay away from it!
The last set of ingredients to avoid are phthalates, which contribute to the fragrance of a product. They are endocrine disrupters that are probable carcinogens. They also are development toxicant, which means they can interfere with child development and reproductive toxicants, which mean they can harm the reproductive system.
Now that you know about these chemicals, you can be sure to check out the label on beauty and health products.
Taking care of yourself is important which is why we are dedicated to providing you with healthy, all-natural products.
All of the deodorants we will talk about today are free of these harmful additives and are all-natural. If you are trying to say goodbye to plastic, we can help you out.
Check out our plastic-free unscented deodorant:
My Favorite Unscented Deodorants
Designed without baking soda or clay, this recipe uses dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to help control moisture and odor. Nourishing plant oils and shea butter soothe and condition the skin, and a potent blend of essential oils keeps you smelling fresh throughout the day.
What I love about this product, besides the simple and organic ingredients, is the PACKAGING.
This unscented deodorant has 100% recyclable or reusable packaging:
- Glass Jar: refill, repurpose or recycle
Aluminum Lid: refill, repurpose or recycle
- Paper Box: repurpose, recycle or compost
Another amazing zero waste unscented deodorant comes from a brand called Chagrin Valley Soap + Salve Company.
They are committed to providing awesome plastic-free and all-natural beauty products.
Right in their mission statement, this company pledges to use fresh, sustainable ingredients to craft wholesome, safe, natural, and effective skin and hair care products. They do not use any artificial or harmful chemicals ever!
It gets better:
I support this brand because their values align with my own. This includes an emphasis on community, honesty, responsibility, quality, innovation, education, and fun! They are committed to providing products that are both healthy to humans and the Earth.
I love what they stand for.
Firstly, this deodorant is my favorite because of the packaging.
Instead of the plastic that most of us are used to, this stick comes in a cardboard tube. This is more sustainable because cardboard is much more renewable and easier to recycle.
It also can be composted!
Finally! A zero waste solution to keeping yourself fresh and free of body odor. I also really love how this deodorant feels when being applied. It rolls on smooth and quickly absorbs into your skin.
I love this unscented deodorant because it is not overly fragrant. The flavor is called “natural scent” because there are no additives to make it have an odor. It just smells like the ingredients used to produce the deodorant, which is fresh and mild.
It gets better:
This formula is USDA organic, which means there are no harmful pesticides or fertilizers used in creating it. It’s all-natural! It also is cruelty-free, which means no animals were harmed in the creation of this product.
Since it is so mild, it is great for those who have sensitive skin! I love it!
Let’s dive into the formula of this awesome product. One of the main ingredients is coconut oil. This awesome oil has antibacterial properties that help neutralize odor.
The organic cornstarch helps sooth the skin and absorb perspiration.
The baking soda in the formula helps neutralize your underarms and makes it harder for smelly bacteria to live there.
In addition to those main ingredients, there also is shea butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, and rosemary oil extract. Again, all of the ingredients are organic.
Although you have probably been using deodorant for years, there are a few helpful tips to make sure that you get the most out of the way you are applying it.
Here they are:
Make sure your underarms are clean and dry before applying. Then, push up the tube to reveal a small amount of product. Next, hold the stick near your armpit for a few seconds before applying to allow the warmth of your body to soften the product for a smooth application.
If you do not like baking soda in your skincare products, I have another plastic-free alternative for you.
Baking Soda-Free Deodorant
I absolutely love this cruelty-free, plastic-free deodorant. Again, I am a sucker for packaging. Not only is this stick encased in a 100% recyclable or compostable cardboard tube, but it also has super cute cat illustrations on the exterior.
The name of the company that makes this product is Meow Meow Tweet. They are a small-batch skincare company that creates vegan products with pure, all-natural, and organic ingredients.
I love that they are committed to creating environmentally-friendly products, but also place a great deal of energy on their branding. All of their products are colorful, cute, and chock full of adorable drawings.
This formula is also organic but is free of baking soda, which can be helpful if you have sensitive skin.
There is no unscented version, but the three flavors available are amazing and pretty mild.
Each of these deodorants are vegan, aluminum-free, baking soda-free, organic, cruelty-free, and zero waste!
What more could you ask for?
Seriously, this is one of my favorite products.
Going zero waste does not always mean that you need to buy a bunch of new things. In fact, it is better to make do with what you have. If you are on a budget or are looking for a DIY soltuion, I have the perfect thing for you.
Check it out this recipe for a zero waste unscented deodorant:
DIY Unscented Deodorant
If you love a DIY project, you are going to love this plastic-free, unscented deodorant recipe. This is always a go-to for me if I run out of my deodorant and am in a pinch. I also love it for the months that I am trying to save some money.
Check it out:
Chances are, you may already have all of these ingredients in your household already.
All you need is:
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of cornstarch,
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of essential oils (optional)
First, stick the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it if it is solid. Find a jar or container to store your deodorant in and add the coconut oil. Add in the baking soda and cornstarch and mix well.
If you want your deodorant to be unscented, then you are done.
However, if you want to add a little bit of a fragrance, add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil.
Feel free to mix some scents, as well! Get creative with it.
To apply, you can either use your fingers to scoop a little product out of the jar or you can use a spoon to get it out. It may be a little different than your typical roll-on deodorant, but I promise, this will work great.
This recipe is so simple and is great to have in your zero waste arsenal. I love it because it truly is packaging-free.
The jar you choose to use can be reused infinitely.
What an Earth-friendly solution! I love DIY unscented deodorant!
I have heard concerns of people who buy some “eco-friendly” products online, just to have it arrive covered in bubble wrap and another plastic packaging.
Here’s what I mean:
EcoRoots is committed to shipping your product in a complete zero-waste manner. By using cardboard boxes, kraft paper, and paper tape, all the packing materials are either 100% recyclable or compostable.
I hope by reading this you will now consider hopping on the zero waste deodorant train. It really is a simple switch to make and it makes such a difference!
This is a product I always recommend to my friends who are just starting out on their zero waste journey because it is so easy to do.
Even the DIY recipe is simple for people who may not usually make their own things.
Going zero waste is easy and fun! Please consider trying out these zero waste unscented deodorants. If you like them, spread the word!