Speaking to other natural skincare and beauty enthusiasts, I’ve realised that finding effective natural deodorants seems to be like finding the holy grail. Having myself tested about half a dozen of different brands over the past year or so, I’m really pleased to say that I’ve found a brand that is UK-based, affordable and makes really great cream deodorants. I’ve previously written about an American brand of natural deodorants which I found really effective, however they’re harder to get hold of in the UK, they’re nearly twice as expensive and they’ve recently been bought out by one of the biggest global brands, Unilever which is always a frowned upon practice within the green beauty sector. Nevertheless, if you want to find out more about my honest views about Earth Conscious natural deodorants, then read on. I’m also excited to offer one of my readers a chance to win one of the Earth Conscious deodorants so don’t miss out on this great offer and scroll down to find out how to enter.
A little bit about Earth Conscious
Set up in 2014, this wife and husband-owned company is an award winning brand specialising in natural cream deodorants, but they’ve also introduced a baby balm (really fab, I’ve already tried and tested on Max) and recently also reusable sandwich bags. The brand has very strong ethical aspirations to make their products with as little harm to the planet as possible, with a huge focus on packaging being eco-friendly and skincare ingredients being certified organic.
Product description: “A calming and effective natural deodorant cream paste. The Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant is made from 100% natural ingredients. It has anti-bacterial properties that will combat body odour all day long. Apply easily with fingertips, your deodorant will melt into your skin. No waiting to dry.”
Size and price: 60g, £6
Lavender & Tea Tree:
*Naturally occurring in Essential Oils
Citrus (Lemon and Orange):
*Ingredients naturally occurring in Essential Oils
Spice – Cinammon & Juniper:
* Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils
Ingredients: What can I say? All three balms have fabulous plant-based ingredients, with not one single ‘nasty’ in sight! And they’re certified organic ingredients as wel, although please note the entire product isn’t certified organic (these accreditations do take time to get approved, I suspect!). The combination of skin-nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil, coupled with antiseptic/ anti bacterial bicarbonate of soda, arrow root and essential oils means your skin remains hydrated from within whilst still protected against body odour.
Use and benefits: I’ve found both the lavender and the citrus balms really easy to apply, although the citrus one does feel a bit more grainy when rubbed into my skin which has resulted in a small rash. From now on, I just have to rub it in between my fingers well enough before applying on my underarms. I’ve also found the lavender one keeps my underarms odour-free for much, much longer. I wrote about the Balm in my skincare favourites post back in June and praised its lasting power during the heatwave but unfortunately the citrus one can’t compete with that even during colder wintry months. On the other hand, the hubby has converted to his first natural deodorant without any raised eyebrows or funny comments, and has found the spice balm both easy to apply as well as effective. I have to confirm the latter is definitely true as he always smells nice and fresh!
Price: Whilst £6 could be considered expensive for a deodorant (especially if you’ve been using cheap conventional deodorants), it’s actually a very affordable price when compared to other natural deodorants. As the pot lasts for months, it’s extremely cost efficient too and great value for money. For me personally, spending a bit of extra money on good quality skincare has now become an obvious choice. In the past I would definitely hesitate but these days I know the value of high quality ingredients.
Packaging: I absolutely love Earth Conscious’ ethical approach to their packaging. Clearly avoiding plastic containers, their balms come in aluminium pots (treated with a food-safe lacquer, conforming to EU standards, and therefore free from any aluminium traces). I do like the size of the tubs as well – unlike some other brands with small glass pots, these Earth Conscious ones make it very easy to remove the product.
Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant Stick – Grapefruit & Lemon
Product description: “The natural ingredients and their anti-bacterial properties work to combat body odour all day long. Sodium Bicarbonate prevents the smell that is caused from bacteria that thrives in your underarm. Coconut Oil & Shea Butter helps soothe and moisturise. Arrowroot helps to keep you dry. Contains fresh grapefruit and lemon essential oils. Vegan Friendly.”
Size and price: 60g, £8
*Ingredients Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils
Ingredients: As with the balms, this is a great ingredient formulation. It’s a vegan friendly option with candelilla wax used instead of beeswax.
Use and benefits: Having tested the stick for a few months, I can safely say it works well at keeping any smells at bay. As with the balms, the fragrance is very subtle and it would be nice for it to be a bit more obvious but as I‘ve learnt along the way, we only expect the fragrance to be there because we’ve been conditioned to think that a deodorant needs to have a powerful fragrance. But the fact is that it’s not the fragrance that prevents the bodily odours but the right ingredients.
Price: The stick is more pricey than the tins when in fact it’s the same amount of product that you get and the ingredients are very similar so I’m inclined to say that it’s a little too pricey for what it is. I imagine the cardboard packaging costs more than tins which could explain the increased cost.
Packaging: I love the idea of the cardboard tube to avoid more plastic containers but unfortunately, in practice this form of packaging hasn’t worked for me at all. When the deodorant first arrived, I could easily remove it by pushing up the tube from the bottom but as I used more and more product, I found it really tricky to remove the deodorant. As a result, rather than use the stick directly on my underarm, I now have to use my fingers to take the deodorant and apply it which, in my opinion, defeats the whole purpose of placing the deodorant in a tube packaging.
While I like both deodorant ingredient formulations and have found them to be both effective and great value for money, I do prefer the tins (and definitely the lavender and tea tree version) much more than the stick. I think it would be great if the stick formulation (or perhaps rather the packaging) was improved so that those who can’t get over the awkwardness of applying the paste with their fingers can enjoy a natural cream deodorant in a stick.
Enter our giveaway and win an Earth Conscious natural deodorant of your choice!
I’m delighted to have teamed up with Earth Conscious to offer one of my readers a chance to win one of their natural cream deodorants (in a tin).
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is:
- Comment below, telling us what natural skincare products you are interested in reading about on other blogs,
- AND subscribe to my mailing list (SIGN-UP BOX TO THE RIGHT).
There are other options available through Gleam to gain more entries and increase your chances of winning. This giveaway is open to UK residents only aged 18 years and over. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before taking part.
The giveaway closes at 11:59PM on Wednesday 3 January 2018 and we’ll contact the lucky winner within 48 hrs to arrange the postage of the deodorant.