Wake up. Shower. Wash your face. Brush your teeth. Get dressed. Swipe on some deodorant, and you’re out the door.
Maybe you add a cup of coffee to that routine, but if one thing you’re almost certainly not thinking about, however, is the materials you’re putting in or around your body as you get ready every AM.
Deodorant, in particular, is one of those morning routine staples that often eludes scrutiny, but that you (and those around you) definitely don’t want to go without. Traditionally chock-full of chemicals and mysterious compounds you can barely pronounce, deodorants and antiperspirants have been called out in recent years as major contributors to cancer, kidney failure, allergies, and more tragic conditions you definitely want to avoid.
It’s not only bad for your skin and health, but disposable deodorant sticks also take their toll on the environment. Deodorant cartridges are typically made of heavy, single-use plastic that contains mixed-materials, making it a bit more complicated to recycle than your average plastic bottle.
In an effort to tackle the bad for your skin, worse for the environment nature of deodorant, a handful of new startups now offer refillable deodorant subscriptions made of recyclable ingredients that are natural or fully plant-based. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular refillable deodorant options — Myro, Native, and by Humankind — to see which one makes the most sense for you and your scent.
How do refillable deodorant subscriptions work?
Just like how you can now get your electric toothbrush heads delivered to you on a dentist-recommended timeline, deodorant subscriptions promptly deliver a new stick at your convenience. That means one less thing to remember to get at the pharmacy, or God forbid, be stuck without!
When it comes to Myro and by Humankind, you first choose your case color and scent for your refillable deodorants. From there, you’ll be delivered a new deodorant refill at a regularly scheduled cadence. That is, you’ll get recurring shipments of the non-plastic inside part of your current deodorant stick that you can insert into the plastic holder. You can also swap out your scent for a new flavor of the month to keep you and your routine feeling fresh — whatever suits your mood.
Native, on the other hand, does not offer a refillable cartridge for their natural deodorants, but you can still select a recurring delivery via their handy subscription service. In this sense, their packaging isn’t 100% refillable, but it’s a fool-proof system to put your deodorant supply on auto-buy.
Who should use a natural deodorant, such as Myro, Native, or Humankind?
While natural deodorant is great in theory, many consumers have trouble finding the right one for their body. Many also abandon natural deodorant use after switching from your classic Old Spice, Dove, or Suave. That’s because, if you’re a multi-year user of an antiperspirant or deodorant that doesn’t contain natural ingredients, it can take a few weeks for your body to adjust to the chemical-free products, thus resulting in some body odor during those early days.
Plus, many newbies to natural deodorants don’t realize that it may require a few more swipes throughout the day to keep yourself fresh. No more “24-hour freshness” guarantees when you make the switch, but it seems like a small price to pay for lower chances of cancer down the road, and less plastic waste.
Deodorant vs Antiperspirant: What’s the difference?
One important piece to understand is that not all deodorants should be considered equal. The biggest misunderstanding is actually the difference between a deodorant and antiperspirant. And the trouble really lies in antiperspirants.
A deodeorant’s goal is to mask odor through the use of essential oils, probiotics, or other antibacterial properties that aren’t necessarily bad for you. It gets iffy when you add an antiperspirant into the mix, however, which works to block your sweat from exuding out of your pores entirely.
When your sweat glands are blocked, typically through the inclusion of aluminum, you’re reducing sweat excretion. And hey, sweating is natural! For many reasons it’s good for you, and should be encouraged. Don’t put up a wall.
So how do refillable deodorant brands stack up — Myro vs Native vs by Humankind?
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Now that you have a sense of how these refillable deo brands compare, read on to get a bit more color on each and learn about what sets each apart.
Myro Refillable Deodorant
Looking for a sleek, modernized version of natural deodorant? Myro is definitely the one for you.
Myro’s deodorant is plant-powered and vegan, plus free of any gluten, soy, or mineral oil. The deodorant has a gel-like consistency, so keep that in mind when you’re weighing your options. Not everyone likes things to be so wet…. Their products are 100% natural and they’ll even give you a full refund if, for any reason, you don’t end up liking their product.
One of the coolest, yet simplest features of the Myro deodorant stick is the case’s circular shape. It has hard edges, so it’s easy to find in your gym bag or tote. That means there’s not as much rummaging around when you just need a quick swipe to smell fresh.
When it comes to choosing your Myro, you’ll have to pick from six different scents and seven different case colors, so you can really personalize your underarm care. Never thought that would be a thing you’d want to do? Us either, but this is 2020 people and we’re talking about your long-term health here.
If you opt for a subscription, you can choose to have three refills sent your way every three, four, or six months. The initial cost (case + refill) is $10 and every refill you get after that is $10, so you’d be paying $30 each delivery.
Overall, Myro offers a sleek, simple, and gender-neutral product that’s easy to incorporate into any morning routine. We love their emphasis on natural, wholesome products that are designed to delight.
Native Natural Deodorant Subscription
San Francisco-born Native is on a mission to make deodorant sexy (again?) and personalized. Boasting scents that you just might want to eat (but please don’t!), at a price point that doesn’t make you gasp – “wait, it’s HOW MUCH per swipe?!” – Native is an approachable option for any natural deodorant newbies out there looking for a more health-conscious alternative.
Native offers a range of all natural, cruelty-free products, from body wash to toothpaste to bar soap. Their deodorant; however, is aluminum, paraben, and sulfate free, so you can feel responsible when putting it on everyday. They offer distinct products for men, women, and teens; however, are big proponents of choosing the scent that speaks to you. For women, there are nine scents to choose from, men get seven, and the teens get four. Plus, you can fill out their fun quiz to get a “custom scent,” that also comes with a personalized deodorant case.
While Native does not offer a refillable case option (maybe they will soon!), their subscription plan lets you switch up your scent anytime. Although that may sound odd at first, their seasonal scents smell good enough to make you want to take advantage. You can choose to have a stick delivered every one, two, three, or four months, and it’ll only cost you $10 each delivery with perennially free shipping.
Native uses ingredients like coconut oil, baking soda, probiotics, tapioca starch, and shea butter to keep you feeling fresh and clean. Plus, the consistency of the stick is similar to a classic solid stick, for anyone adamantly opposed to getting any sort of gooey feeling underneath their arms.
Ready to try it out ASAP? Use code WINTER25 for 25% off your first subscription order. And just like Myro, Native offers a full refund within 30 days of purchase, so you have nothing to lose.
by Humankind Refillable Deodorant
Deodorant almost shouldn’t be this pretty. But we’ll take it, by Humankind.
More than anything else, by Humankind exists to reduce single-use plastic. The one place that exists probably more than you know it? Your daily routine.
All of by Humankind’s products are 100% natural and made using various minerals and plants. Their deodorant is aluminum and paraben-free and comes in either eucalyptus or unscented. by Humankind’s deodorant goes on smooth and is great for sensitive skin. You also get to select from one of four different refillable container colors. Your container is not only refillable, but guaranteed to be so for life. Plus, $1 of each container purchase goes back to removing plastic waste from the ocean.
Your by Humankind deodorant refills are just $12 and get delivered every two, four, or six weeks with free, carbon neutral shipping. The higher frequency of delivery by Humankind’s compared to Myro or Native is due to the smaller size of its cartridge.
by Humankind also offers mouthwash, cotton swabs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap, so you can totally overhaul your routine to be good for you — and for the planet! — if voting with your dollars is important to you. As their site brags: using by Humankind’s products in the morning could eliminate five pounds of single use plastic each year. Not too shabby!
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What are customers saying about Myro, Native, and by Humankind deodorant sticks?
Myro Deodorant Reviews
Overall, Myro customers have enjoyed the cooling and refreshing feel of their natural deodorant. For some, it takes a bit of time to adjust to the natural deodorant; however, most are happy overall with the outcome and how it’s kept them fresh. On the other hand, some customers weren’t happy with the fact that the deodorant didn’t stop them from smelling; however, this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so it won’t be as effective as stopping smell.
Native Deodorant Reviews
Boasting over 14,000 reviews, Native is a popular product for many, and loved by quite a few from around the world. Customers love the range of scents they offer, as well as the lasting quality of their freshness.
by Humankind Deodorant Reviews
The Verdict: Which refillable deodorant subscription is best for you – Myro, Native, or by Humankind?
We get it: swapping out a natural deodorant for whatever you’re using right now is not an easy choice. It’s a bigger commitment than just swiping on something different every day as it takes two to four weeks for your body to adjust to a natural deodorant. But when you think about all the stuff your body is absorbing, plus all the unnecessary plastic you’re consuming, we’ll hope you reconsider.
After diving into the details of natural refillable deodorant subscriptions from Myro, Native, and by Humankind, it’s definitely a tough decision. All three companies offer fantastic natural solutions that even look pretty snazzy just sitting on your bathroom counter. But when it comes to keeping you smelling fresh? There’s only one that can win.
While by Humankind is effortlessly chic, smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers, and is totally committed to the overall mission of decreasing the use of single-use plastic in your daily routine, it is still a bit new to the market. Knowing this, we’re not quite sure they’ve perfect their formula. Plus, you’re paying a bit more due to the fact that each refill is only 1.6 ounces. We recommend them only for consumers who place reducing their carbon footprint above all else.
Myro, on the other hand, offers great customization options and a slightly larger refill size. Their container color and scent offerings let you personalize your own deodorant to keep you smelling fresh on your own terms. The one thing we (and other customers) didn’t love? The gel-like consistency. A little less user-friendly than a solid stick and requires a few minutes of arms-in-the-air time before moving on with your routine. If you regularly dance / groove out in the morning before work, this may be less of a burden than it is for us. 😉
Last, but certainly not least: Native. Native provides an awesome solution for those looking to ease into the natural deodorant game. Their products are affordable, wonderful smelling, and loved by many. Assuming you’re not completely sold the concept of a refillable case, they’re our top pick. That said, with all three brands offering full refunds, no questions asked, you might as well give them each a shot and pick a favorite for yourself.
Have you tried Myro, Native, or by Humankind’s refillable deodorants yet? Do you have another favorite natural brand that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.