If you’ve read my blog, you will have seen that I used to make my own deodorant. Making your own deodorant is pretty simple, but the truth is, I don’t have time to do everything… Since throwing myself wholeheartedly into making all our food from scratch and growing as much as I can manage, I’ve had to let go of the making of deodorant, sunscreen, and skin balms. Something I noticed with my own coconut oil-based deodorant is that it stained the underarms of my t-shirts over time. So for the past year or so, I’ve been looking specifically for a coconut oil-free formula. Which the Everkind deodorants are! 😄 Also, they are:
- made in NZ
- packaged in a compostable material (except for the sticker label – Everkind see this as a practical compromise and are looking hard to find an alternative way of labelling their product in a way that’s effective and compostable! For now, the sticker label can be recycled with plastics).
- delicious smelling – the Ultra stick smells of rose geranium and the Refresh stick smells minty.
This is not a particularly cheap deodorant but a little goes a long way – less is definitely more in this case! One tube should last a few months, depending on how frequently you apply it (I only apply it once a day, but then I don’t go swimming or showering at the gym during the day…)
Of course, most importantly it actually works! It’s been tested by both my husband and me through a scorching hot summer (and my husband works in a cooking-hot factory). As with all natural deodorants, you still sweat. But it works effectively to suppress the stinky bacteria in your armpits which feed off your sweat (ew). I’ve found it really reliable, and for me it lasts all day.
Only the very best ingredients are used in EverKind products, which are free from aluminium, parabens, synthetics, gluten, dairy, soy, and chemical nasties. They’ve taken care to use only the best quality raw ingredients in their products:
Organic Camellia Oil
Cold-pressed from the fruit seeds of Camellia Oleifera. Camellia oil is suitable for sensitive and allergy-prone skin, absorbs quickly and easily, and leaves the skin feeling smooth and supple. Certified organic by BioGro New Zealand.
Natural sodium bicarbonate
A.k.a. baking soda. Most sodium bicarbonate is created in a laboratory, but Everkind have successfully sourced a naturally occuring supply. Placing this natural bicarbonate side by side with chemically-created food-grade bicarbonate, the difference is obvious both in its beautiful fine crystal appearance and sweeter taste. Note that because it is a mineral rather than plant or animal substance, natural sodium bicarbonate cannot be certified organic.
Organic Tapioca Starch
Made from the root of organically grown cassava plants. Nothing added. It is gluten-free, and while it doesn’t block your pores it does absorb some underarm moisture. Like corn starch, it creates a smooth and silky texture for the deodorant. Certified organic by Biogro New Zealand.
Certified organic beeswax
Natural beeswax (Cera Alba) is made by honey bees while building honeycomb. The highest grade caps are used – sourced from organic hives, and certified organic by AsureQuality New Zealand.
Certified organic essential oils
Essential oils not only provide a lovely fragrance, they are also natural preservatives with antibacterial power! All essential oils are certified organic by Biogro New Zealand. The “Refresh” stick contains essential oils of kanuka, spearmint, and lavender. The “Ultra” stick contains essential oils of manuka, lavender, and geranium rose.