Back in February, I shared my latest idea for eliminating plastic when it comes to deodorant. I was happily using the LUSH deodorant bar which comes as a solid block without any packaging at all. Several issues have surfaced since then. 1) I have a hard time getting into Providence to buy the product (making it extra time/gas/parking fees); 2) if you order online, it arrived packaged in quite a bit of plastic, 3) the bar gets so very crumbly when there is about 1/3 left making it difficult to apply; and 4) the bar is a bit irritating on freshly-shaven skin, which honestly is when I tend to apply. I can report that the scent is lovely and it seemed to stand up well on a humid summer day.
Next, I tried a completely non-toxic product from Ava Anderson. While it worked well, held up in the hot summer weather, the scent was ok, but I was looking for something with zero-waste. Their deodorant comes in the traditional plastic container. (Ava Anderson products are wonderfully non-toxic, and if you're interested you should follow this link and buy from my friend Stacy!)
Enter my latest find: Organic Essence deodorant.
Finally--something that smells great, works really well, is organic, made in the USA and comes in compostable packaging!
It comes in a cardboard tube that can go into my compost bin when empty. There are four different scents: lavender, lemon tea tree mint, natural and wood spice. I ordered it online, but I would bet there are stores that carry it, I just haven't investigated that far. Paying for shipping is a pain, and it is certainly more expensive than drugstore deodorant at $10, but I think I have found my go-to deodorant. This tube is about 1/3 used, which has lasted me well over a month so far.
Ingredients consist of coconut oil, arrowroot, beeswax, baking soda and essential oils. That's it. They also follow through with sustainable packaging when shipping, using paper tissue and a cardboard box. Love it!
My search has officially ended for effective, sustainable and plastic-free deodorant.
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