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From left:  My Ethique Rustic deodorant bar (the remaining stub is sitting on the bottom right corner of the box), my current Aotea Road rose and vanilla deodorant and my husbands zesty bergamot and lime scented one. The much loved jar on the right is my empty Dirty Hippy brand deodorant. All of these are great choices and all of them make you “stink pretty” as my Dad would say.

Deodorant! It is an essential item in every bathroom, particularly with outdoorsy men and (so I hear) teenaged boys. Nobody is that keen to trial a new eco-deodorant product and find out the hard way that it doesn’t work. It’s pretty awful when you suddenly realise you can smell your own armpits on the bus! Lucky for you, I have been quietly trialing several different products for the last 3 years. When I began this ethical living journey four years ago, I hadn’t come across any plastic free choices for deodorant at all. The only alternatives I had heard of involved making your own with baking soda. Initially, I was concerned with reducing plastic packaging and during the hunt for plastic free shampoo I found Ethique and their solid deodorant bars. I trialed one and loved it. I was a total convert to solid deodorant and haven’t looked back. Since then I have trialed a number of different types. This blog is a brief review of the brands I have used. All of them work and all of them are plastic packaging and climate-wrecking propellent free. Just in case you didn’t know most spray deodorants use propane, an oil industry by-product to spray out their choking fog!

Ethique: This was my first trial of a solid deodorant of any type. Way back in 2017 I got hold of an Ethique sampler pack that contained a lavender and vanilla deodorant bar. I loved it, and it worked. The tiny heart shaped sampler lasted for ages and kept me smelling fresh all day. I was so surprised at how well it worked that I had to keep checking how fresh my armpits were! Initially the first bar seemed to sweat oil beads in humid weather, but subsequent deodorant bars haven’t had the same problem at all. I trialed the Rustic deodorant bar and loved it too. Another positive is that they last for ages! I still have I tiny stub of each of those bars left that I can stash in my handbag or take travelling when space in a premium. These bars don’t stop you sweating, instead they keep you smelling fresh.

Aotea Road: This is my current deodorant. It is amazing and smells incredible. It comes in a push up cardboard tube which makes it a bit easier to handle and to travel with. I am using the Rose and Vanilla scented one and my husband is using the Zesty Bergamot and Lime one. Both are equally good and no-one has any complaints. Even after the hottest days and lots of physical activity, this deodorant works as well or better than the roll on varieties we used to use. I am a convert and I love that I can just get them at the supermarket.

Dirty Hippy: I love the name and I love the product. This deodorant is different from the stuff we are all familiar with in that you apply it with your fingers from a little glass jar. Don’t let that put you off though, because it is utterly fantastic and it really works. I used this for a long time before starting to trial other brands. I would definitely go back to using it again. You can post the jars back to be refilled if you choose. You can get trial sized testers if you want to try it out before you make your final purchase. I know a number of people who use this and all of them love it.

Bee Fresh: We also trialed this brand a year or two back and had no complaints. The smell was citrus fresh and the result seemed to last well, even on hot days. Definitely worth a try.

Make your own: If you are really keen on the idea you could make your own deodorant. There are many different recipes online to try. One of my friends swears that her homemade deodorant is as good or better than the bought ones. Here is a link to a homemade deodorant recipe I found on line that looks promising. Alternatively you could have a look at this website and try the recipe in the online booklet. I have a very dear friend who recommends this and has been making and using it herself. I haven’t had time to try making my own yet but it is definitely on my to do list for when I get a bit of free time to myself. If you have any great recipes then feel free to share them in the comments.

So there you have it, five different sustainable options for your armpits. No plastic packaging in sight and no needless rubbish to send to landfill. Better for you and definitely not stink for the environment!

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