A Zero Waste Deodorant That Actually Works?
Zero waste deodorants are a great alternative for anyone who is looking for a deodorant that is better for their body and the environment than the traditional, chemical-laden, mass-produced deodorants made by big consumer product companies.
With the addition of toxins like aluminum and parabens, traditional deodorants can be highly effective, but they’re also one of the most harmful products we can put on our bodies.
It’s time for us to take a stand, and refuse to put cancer-risk-increasing and hormone-disrupting chemicals on our skin every day.
Zero waste deodorants are made with all-natural, safe, and easy to find ingredients instead.
But the biggest complaint we hear about eco-friendly deodorants is that they don’t always work as well as the store-bought ones.
So, you’re probably wondering: how do I find a zero waste deodorant that actually works?
After I explain the best way to make your transition, I’ll give you a great recipe to make one at home, and an even better alternative if you’d rather buy one than mix it up yourself.
My DIY Deodorant Experience
Are you a Pinterest person? If you’re not yet, but you love do-it-yourself projects, go check them out. You can thank me later.
Since embarking on my eco-friendly journey, I’ve tried to DIY several common, daily use products that I had at home.
You can find recipes for everything from toothpaste to shampoo, and you can feel so great about these choices because they’re not only better for you, but they’re also not contributing to the horrifying amount of plastic waste and chemical leakage that is destroying our planet.
I tested a few different recipes before I found the right one. They’re all easy to make, but some are more effective than others, and some smell better.
It’s important to know that if this is your first experience with a zero-waste deodorant, you’ll need to detoxify first.
Your body and skin have grown accustomed to the chemicals and other substances that absorb into your skin when you use a traditional deodorant.
Those unnatural substances build up on top of and underneath your skin, and it will take a little bit of time to allow them to work their way out before you make the switch.
But you’re probably wondering: how do I get something out of my body that I’ve been using my whole life?
Don’t worry, it’s actually really easy, and I’ll describe my experience with this step next.
To allow my body to rid itself of all traces of my old deodorants, I stopped using any deodorant at all for two weeks. I picked a two-week time period where my bosses would be out of the office so I knew there would be less pressure each day.
You can try to plan it around a time when you think you’re less likely to stress sweat or when the weather is cool enough for you not to need it as much, but you don’t have to do this, this was just my personal preference.
Once my detox was over, I felt like I was sweating less, with less of a smell, and my skin wasn’t as irritated.
I didn’t try it this way, but I have heard that if you switch without giving your body time to detox, you’re more likely to experience stronger sweating with a worse smell.
Now that the hard part is over, you can switch over to your natural, eco-friendly, zero waste deodorant, and never have to buy one in a plastic tube at Target again.
Next up is the best recipe that I could find for making your own at home.
My Easy and Fun DIY Deodorant Recipe
Here’s the deal: I searched and searched to find a recipe that smelled good, worked well, was better for the planet, and was easy to make.
I experimented in my kitchen like a mad scientist, just with essential oils and mason jars instead of beakers and boiling mystery liquids.
I finally found one that could be made in less than five minutes, required only ingredients that I already had, and was incredibly effective.
So, here it is:
All you’ll need is ¼ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 5-10 drops of essential oils.
First, I warmed my coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds, just to get it to a consistency that would make it easier to blend with the other ingredients.
Next, I just added in the baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil. I picked lavender for my essential oil, which is why it smells so great, but you can pick lemongrass or tea tree or any other oil you prefer!
Mix all of your beautiful, natural ingredients together. If it’s too thick to mix all the way, just add a tiny bit of extra coconut oil.
Once it’s all mixed up, pack your fresh zero waste deodorant down into a small container or a cute, decorative mason jar.
I put mine in a pretty little purple mason jar and left it on the sink in the bathroom where it can give the room an eco-friendly pop of color!
Now that it’s ready for use, all you have to do is use your finger to scoop a little bit up, and swipe it onto your underarms.
If it’s too solid to rub onto your skin right away, just hold that little bit you grabbed up against your armpit for a few seconds before you try to rub it around. The natural heat that your body produces will soften it up really quickly.
EcoRoots’ Zero Waste Biodegradable Deodorant Stick
Now: I understand that you may be busy, or you may not be a do-it-yourself person, or you just might not be able to find a recipe that you would like to try out, and that’s all totally okay.
At EcoRoots, we’ve got you covered.
We have great, natural, eco-friendly products just for people like you and me, and our zero waste deodorant is one of our favorites!
Each option is made with a base of organic virgin coconut oil and contains other wholesome ingredients like shea butter, cornstarch, beeswax, baking soda, and essential oils.
The best part: no chemicals!
The natural scent option is especially great for anyone with very sensitive skin, but the lemongrass and tea tree still just has a light and refreshing scent.
We use the same base of virgin coconut oil in each because it’s a great, natural moisturizer.
It also contains antibacterial properties that are very effective in neutralizing underarm odor, which is why you’ll see it in so many DIY deodorant recipes.
Cornstarch, another one of the main ingredients, soothes your skin and helps to absorb perspiration.
Baking soda is also great at absorbing moisture, plus it is a natural odor neutralizer, too.
Our deodorant stick is also really easy to use.
Just push up on the base of the tube to expose just a little bit of the deodorant, hold it against your armpit for a few seconds so your natural body heat can soften the natural ingredients in the stick, and then enjoy a super-smooth application.
Want to know the best part?
EcoRoots cares about your health and happiness, but we also didn’t forget about Mother Earth.
Each package is sent in plastic-free and recyclable packaging!
Each stick is plastic-free, cruelty-free, and comes in a completely recyclable or compostable and biodegradable cardboard tube.
How’s that for an eco-friendly win-win situation?