"Raise your hand, if you're Sure."
"Aren't you glad you used Dial?"
"Sure I'm a little smelly, but at least I'm saving the planet."
Okay, so the eco-love ad-wizards are going to have to come up with something better than that I think. But they got me to switch and I've been using Secret since the days of slinging a pink Esprit bag through the halls of my junior high. Which means every couple of months, for the last 25 years, I've been tossing this duo in the trash:
So that had to stop. But since I didn't want to go full-hippie, I needed to find a replacement. Here are some adequate store-bought options:
The first thing I tried was this crystal deodorant.
The bigger one on the right has a base made out of #7 plastic and a lid that appears to be unrecyclable. Not ideal.
The small one on the left however, has a base that is made out of #5 plastic and a lid of #6 plastic. Not perfect, but doable in an aggressive plastic recycling city like Albuquerque.
One annoyance about crystal sticks is you have to do the 15-second double-arm raise we're so familiar with here in Albuquerque (see: any COPS episode) to dry off your underarms.
This this brand will also leave a ring of sparkles on your bathroom counter top. Minor annoyance, but you'll see what I mean.
How long does it last? It definitely lasts at least half the day. Like a whole four hours sometimes.
And the label is correct. This thing will last you a year or longer. Unless....three months in, like me, you do this:
Good Ol' Stick Deodorant
Tom's of Maine offers this stick deodorant. The base is made from #5 plastic and while it's better than a Secret stick, there's no plastic number indicator on the lid. So I think it's gotta go in the trash.
Even outside of Maine.
At say...Trader Joe's. Who carries about as many body care products as I own stilettos. Trader Joe's is the worst offender of over packaging, by the way.
See exhibits 1 and 2:
But then they win you back with crap like this:
So not fair.
I don't like powders so I can't give you a real review but there are some options that get you closer to zero waste. If you can access a Lush store (and you can online), you can try these powders:
The one on the left comes in a #1 plastic base. Good to recycle in most places. The lid...not so much.
But get this - the one on right doesn't come in anything. Nothing to recycle, let alone throw. It's a bar of compacted powder. You just slap that puppy against your pitolas a few times and you're off.
And Lush is where you will find what I finally turned to after the crystal-meets-tile floor incident: the deodorant bar.
This stuff lasts forever. You don't need to buy one with wrapping or a price tag. They'll just chop off a hunk, weigh it, take your money and send you home. The bar is easier to apply if it's wet (otherwise it's like dragging a pink eraser across your pits) so if you have issue with wasting water, you could apply immediately after taking your morning shower.
One caveat: it's easy to mistake this thing for a bar of hand soap. So you might consider leaving it in the medicine cabinet when you have company.
Or foresee yourself trying to wash your face after a bender.
Yes I did. To answer your question.
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There's another zero waste alternative and that's homemade deodorant. We'll check that out next week.