Deodorants purchased at the supermarket are usually either roll-ons packaged in plastic or aerosols, which are recyclable – but not always easily! According to LUSH UK, 79% of people include deodorant as part of the weekly shop, and so, as part of my ongoing plastic reducing campaign – I decided the next plastic product to cut out my beauty routine would be just that.
I’ve seen numerous plastic-free deodorants on the market lately, LUSH themselves produce five completely ‘naked’ (packaging free) solid deodorant bars and dusting powders. However, I had heard several mixed reviews about these and decided to give them a miss for now.
One brand I had heard several positive things about was Earth Conscious. A multi-awarding winning, UK based company, that sells a range of plastic-free balms, soaps, toothpaste and funnily enough, deodorant! So I decided to try the product out for myself.
Their collection of deodorant sticks are made from 100% natural ingredients such as:
- Certified organic coconut oil.
- Certified organic shea butter.
- Bicarbonate of soda.
They are also:
- Contain no aluminium, toxins, parabens, or carcinogens.
- Plastic-free, obviously!
- Packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard.
Earth Conscious deodorant sticks retail at £8.00 (plus P+P) for 60 grams worth of product, and are available in six scents:
- Jasmine and rose
- Lemon and rosemary
- Lavender and tea tree
- Spearmint and peppermint (Strong protection)
- Grapefruit and lemon.
So, what’s the verdict?
Originally, I was hesitant about trying a natural deodorant. The reliability of chemical-based deodorant meant I never had to worry about dreaded body odour, but the reality of nasty synthetics and plastic packaging began to outweigh any concerns I had.
It was quite a spur of the moment decision to buy my deodorant stick. I was on the website: www.peacewiththewild.co.uk, purchasing a plastic-free lip balm (review coming on this soon) when I saw they sold Earth Conscious deodorants and decided to add one to my basket. Orginally I had planned to take a week-long ‘deodorant detox’ as many who had made the switch had recommended. I went without it for three days while I waited for my new stick to arrive, then slathered a load on as soon as it did.
What can I say? I was eager to try the product.
For some, it can several weeks for the body to undergo the ‘deodorant detox’ and chances are, I haven’t completely rid the previous chemical-based deodorant from my body yet.
These deodorant sticks glide on rich and creamy (despite having a slightly gritty texture), and I find it applies best if I use a minimal amount.
For the scent, I chose spearmint and peppermint so it would match my Dirty perfume from LUSH, and I think it smells great! Next time I might mix it up a little and try one of their more floral scents maybe? Regardless, these scents are 100% unisex and suitable for anybody. These deodorants are not anti-persistent, so won’t block your sweat glands, instead, they allow the skin to breathe naturally.
They are also small, compact and easy to carry around.
Earth Conscious deodorant sticks contain no magnesium oxide, hydroxide, or zinc oxide – that of which has been proven to affect organisms living in the aquatic environment. They also donate 10p from the sale of every deodorant stick to the charity Marine Conservation Society.
As a product packaged in 100% plastic-free, recyclable material, and handmade in the UK from 100% natural ingredients that actually work (and really well too) I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anybody!
What products are you switching in an attempt to decrease your plastic waste?
Has my ‘eco-recommend’ tempted you to go au-natural?
Let me know in the comments below!