Deodorant is much more wasteful than people assume. Most of the options currently on store shelves use hard-to-recycle plastic packaging, which results in over 15 million pounds of plastic deodorant waste in landfills every year. The solution? Refillable deodorant, which makes banning body odor a lot more eco-friendly.
Unlike typical deodorant that’s tossed out once you get to the bottom of the tube, refillable deodorant comes with a durable tube you keep for years to come and low-waste deodorant packs to refill them with. While the option used to be nearly impossible to find, the world of refillable beauty is becoming increasingly popular. And, that’s great news for conscious consumers.
Swapping your deodorant might not seem like a big deal, but considering all the waste you can keep out of landfills, swiping on a more sustainable version is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your morning routine. These options also tend to be cleaner, making them better options for your body and the planet.
If you’re ready to try a refillable deodorant, here are some of the most beloved picks for your pits.
6 Refillable Deodorant Options to Try
A Brightly team favorite, this refillable deodorant from Wild features a container made from anodized aluminum and recycled plastic that’s durable and meant to last for years to come.
Every refill is compostable and plastic-free. As for the scent, it doesn’t disappoint: The “Fresh Cotton and Sea Salt” option is inspired by newly-washed linen drying in a cool seaside breeze.
By Humankind’s refillable deodorant only contains natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals. It’s so natural, in fact, that they say you could eat it if you really wanted to.
It’s scientifically proven to eliminate B.O.-causing bacteria 40% faster than other leading natural deodorants. And the refills are made with mostly biodegradable paper. Once the tube is empty, it can be home composted.
3. Helmm The Starter Kit, $18
Helmm’s patented vessel and refill pod system uses 65% less plastic than traditional containers. The formulas are dermatologist-approved, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, talc, triclosan, and sulfates.
Also cool: For every one refill pod purchased, two pods worth of plastic is removed from the ocean.
Noniko’s option is the priciest of the bunch, as the cases and inserts are made with 100% stainless steel in its San Diego studio. The aluminum-free refillable deodorant itself utilizes sustainably-sourced ingredients from nature.
When it’s time for a refill, insert the new one and send the old one back to Noniko using the same box and provided return label. Everything from the shipping boxes to the packaging is completely plastic-free.
5. Bite Deodorant, $32
Yep, the brand that brought you waste-free toothpaste bits is now in the deodorant market. The plant-based option is vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, and plastic-free.
It comes complete with a metal case, and all the refills are completely compostable. Bite also worked with perfumers committed to transparency to create the scents: neroli, rose vert, and santal.
6. Myro Deodorant Starter Kit, $15
Myro’s deodorant is super customizable: You can choose from nine scents (each under different formula types), based on your needs. You also have seven case colors to pick from.
The deodorant is completely vegan and free from aluminum, parabens, baking soda, and gluten. While the case cuts plastic waste by 50% with every refill, it’s not as low-waste as other plastic-free options on this list. With that being said, it’s available from Target, making refillable deodorant accessible to more people.
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