Testing Out The Wild Side of Deodorant

Written by Sabi Phagura on . Posted in Lifestyle and Beauty

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I’ve always had a simple approach to life and prefer to like to peddle a natural way of living whether that is my food, exercise regime, taste in clothes or outlook in life. And of course, my beauty regime falls into that category too. The idea that we are all encouraged to exercise and eat well and then tempted by the beauty industry to slather ourselves with chemicals, parabens and silicones has never sat well with me. So, my beauty routine has been super simple – I barely use any lotions and positions. I try my best to use organic soap for my body and hair, use coconut oil as a moisturiser and pretty much go bare-faced to avoid makeover. As a result, I swear by having good skin. 

But deodorant is something that I’ve found harder to find as close to natural as possible. And as an avid gym-goer and fitness lover, it’s not something I can dodge easily. Still, I try to look at products that scream ‘natural’ to me as much as possible. So, when I was introduced to Wild claiming to be a natural deodorant devoid of synthetic, aluminium, parabens and sulphates, I decided to give it a go. Plus, it’s green and I embrace everything eco-friendly.  

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What is Wild?  

Wild is a single-use plastic-free refillable deodorant. The product is made up of two parts: the sleek and stylish aluminium case and the refills of deodorant. You keep the case forever and just keep putting in new deodorant refills each time you finish an old one. The ingredients used derive from nature as much as possible. It’s nor an antiperspirant as it doesn’t use aluminium salts (the casing is aluminium though). This is in line with the company’s ethos of allowing the body to sweat as it is a natural and important function. Instead, the product contains ingredients like tapioca starch which absorbs moisture and keeps you dry. Small quantities of bicarbonate of soda is also used alongside other moisturising ingredients making it suitable for sensitive skin.  

Tried and Tested  

Wild comes in a package containing a sleek case (you can choose the colours) and the refill fragrance. (available in five fragrances: Rose Blush (floral rose scent), Orange Zest (sweet fruity scent), Coconut Dreams (coconut and vanilla), Mint Fresh (mint and sage) and Bergamot Rituals (bergamot and geranium).). Assembling it couldn’t be simpler. You begin with rotating the twisting mechanism at the bottom of the case as far clockwise as it can go. Push in the buttons either side of the case and pull the bottom of the case downwards. Slide the refill into the case and reinsert the bottom of the case. Twist the mechanism anti-clockwise to push the deodorant upwards. A couple of swipes under dry arms at the start of the day or after showering and your good to go 

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The bar texture is soft so it absorbed into the skin immediately without any sticky or wet feeling. I would say it was soft to the touch like a good quality absorbing cream. Out of habit, I was about to rub the area as I would normally do with deodorant and then realised there was no need to do so.  

I’ve been using it all week and have been doing my daily quarantine workouts from kettlebells to body combat to yoga and daily walks. It lived up to the expectations and I found it rather effective at tackling the sweat after the heavily weighted sessions. I also liked the fact I didn’t have to reapply it during the day to top it making it last longer.  

Wild does point out you may need a transition period of some sweating if you’re used to an antiperspirant but I didn’t find that to be in my case. And the best bit was it didn’t leave any unsightly yellow stain on my clothes. That I am told is the cause of aluminium reacting with the salts in your sweat and as there is none of that rogue ingredient in it, you’re safe – so long as you don’t apply too much.  

As a travel writer, I can keep this in my hand luggage too and not worry about liquids when going through security.  

Sustainability  

As sustainability is at the heart of what Wild prize themselves on, the entire product is single-use plastic-free and are animal cruelty-free. The holders with durable aluminium along with post-consumer recycled plastic details are designed to last a lifetime. Refills are entirely plastic-free and are made using bamboo pulp which is 100% recyclable and home compostable. 

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To keep packaging costs down, Wild offers a subscription service where you can opt to receive regular refills straight through your door. Refills are sent in threes to reduce postage related packaging and each pack equates to three months of deodorant with daily use. Each refill, which is vegan, gluten-free and unisex, lasts around four weeks.  

Verdict  

Yes, I like the product and will most definitely use it again. It’s in line with my principles and does the job. And I love the case. It’s rather sexy looking on par with a decent perfume bottle.  

Where and how?  

A Starter Pack is part of the subscription service and comes with a reusable aluminium case and one refill. A Discovery Pack comes with a reusable case and three refills – great for trying other scents without signing up to a subscription service. Both packs have free UK delivery. On subscription, refills will cost £15 for a pack of three. For more information visit here

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Sabi Phagura

I am a freelance journalist and lifestyle blogger. I travel the world covering travel, destinations, hotel, spas and bar reviews and love fitness. This blog illustrates how you can lead a healthy lifestyle, travel the world and still have a life! I am also a qualified fitness instructor, Punjabi-Hindi interpreter and a champagne and rum enthusiast.

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