To put it lightly, natural and aluminum-free deodorants tend to stink. They often smell great going on, but fail after the slightest bit of activity. Does all natural Humble deodorant perform under pressure?
We put Humble deodorant to the test to find out two things: 1) Does it work and 2) what makes it eco-friendly?
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Does Humble Deodorant Work?
In short: yes, Humble deodorant works for me — an active 29-year-old male — and my wife, who is notoriously skeptical of all things eco-friendly.
Over the holidays we sampled half a dozen Humble deodorants in the following sweaty conditions.
- Regular morning coffee sweats
- Sam’s reoccurring night sweats
- Walking, running and chasing our dog
- Too much meats and sweets sweats
- Christmas sweater + alcohol + intense board games sweats
- Working off heavy holiday food with pilates and cardio sweats
Seriously, we’ve done a fair bit of sweating over the past few weeks. And, so far, Humble deodorant has held up where other natural and aluminum-free brands haven’t.
Unique natural scents
One of the great things about Humble is that they have 20+ scents and formulas, most for $9.99 online. Some are made with organic hemp CBD ($15.99) and others are made specifically made vegan for people with sensitive skin.
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I immediately fell in love with the Black Spruce original formula. The scent brought my back to my days working at a plant and tree nursery. Meanwhile, my wife is rocking the Bergamot & Ginger, which is a delightful blend of citrus, spices and whatever the hell bergamot is.
(Honestly, I don’t know what bergamot is but it must smell wonderful).
If I don’t re-up on Black Spruce, I will probably try Forbidden Tonka Bean or Sweet Orange & Cinnamon next.
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Is Humble Deodorant Eco-Friendly?
At Emeraldology, we look at three valuable indicators of whether a product is eco-friendly or not. They are ingredients, packaging and certifications.
To be fair, Humble Brands doesn’t market itself as eco-friendly. However, (spoiler alert) it’s still more environmentally friendly than the average company.
This is really where Humble shines. The base of the deodorants are made with the following simple, recognizable ingredients.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Non-GMO Corn Starch
- All-Natural Baking Soda
Then, Humble infuses scents from all natural essential oils. As a plant nerd, this is what puts Humble over the top. On the back of my Black Spruce deodorant are the botanical names of plants I know and see on a daily basis.
- Picea mariana (Black Spruce) — There’s a Spruce sitting right in my front yard
- Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine) — I grow Star Jasmine in a pot in my backyard
- Cistus ladaniferus (Rock Rose) — Rock rose is everywhere in the PNW has wonderful fragrance
There’s something really comforting, both for me and the planet, about ingredients that I can read and recognize — especially when its something that I rub into my skin on a daily basis.
It almost goes without saying, but Humble Brands deodorants are free of aluminum, alcohol, dyes, parabens or artificial fragrances.
To be honest, Humble Brands didn’t do so hot in terms of packaging. The deodorant comes in plastic tubes, just like the big brands at the grocery store. I would love to see Humble move away from plastic packaging.
Further, my order came in a box absolutely FILLED with styrofoam packing peanuts. I totally understand trying to protect the product, but there are plenty of eco-friendly packing options.
Heck, we ship native bee habitats made of glass bottles without using any plastic.
Although Humble Brands stumbles a bit with packaging, they make up for it with their certifications.
Humble is a member of 1% for the Planet, which is one of our favorite environmental give-back programs. It’s not easy for a small business like Humble to donate a penny of every dollar. Good for you Humble Brands!
Humble is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, which means they don’t test their products on animals.
But this small business isn’t done yet. Humble Brands also:
- Works with Together We Rise advocating for children in foster care
- Donates to charity: water to build handwashing stations and raise COVID awareness in Africa
- Donates deodorant to frontline workers
- Hosts donation-based workout classes during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Not all of these certifications and programs are directly related to the environment, but Humble Brands is definitely making the world a better place with their efforts.
Humble Deodorant: Emeraldology Approved!
Look, I’ve been through a few natural and aluminum-free deodorants, and rarely do I have a chance to brag about them. Humble deodorant gives me that chance.
Not only is the deodorant made with natural and eco-friendly ingredients, it actually works. I’m more than willing to pay $9.99 for a stick of Humble deodorant because I know it’s not harming me or the planet.
Sadly, the same can’t be said for big brands.
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