I document a lot of my sustainable swaps throughout the year over on Instagram. This past month I’ve made two; the LastSwab and the Wild deodorant stick. These are both products I’ve seen heavily advertised on Instagram lately, I know I’ve been seeing Wild ads almost every day! I finally got to the point where I just had to buy it and see what all the fuss was about for myself.
The responses on the ‘gram where overwhelming and a lot of people wanted to know how I got on with both. Considering I’m not one to disappoint, that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
Up until now I was using the standard deodorants you’d find in any local supermarket. I often go for the men’s branded deodorants as I find them to be much more effective than the women’s. The type I’d typically go for is a roll on as opposed to aerosols as they aggravate my psoriasis.
Their refill system means that they’re products are plastic free and compostable. They want to change the throwaway culture of bathroom products and they’re definitely going the right way about it with their sophisticated refill system.
They’re also vegan friendly and completely cruelty free.
Another aspect of their product I absolutely adore is the simplicity of the packaging! They ship it all out in one compact box with your address printed on the top. No extra bits, no fuss, just everything you need. Minimalist packaging doesn’t mean holding back on the aesthetics, either!
For a one-off purchase of the deodorant case and three refills it’s £25 GBP. Alternatively for 5 refills and the case it’s £32, whereas the flexible subscription service works out at £12.
I opted for the £25 one-off purchase as I wasn’t sure about making the commitment to a subscription service right away. If I didn’t get on with the product I didn’t want to be tied into any form of obligation to repurchase.
As for the refills, they’re £6 each. While it seems a bit steep, I’ve found that one refill can last up to 2 months with daily applications.
They can be a bit fiddly at first, but once you know what you’re doing it’s easy peasy! I will say though that the refills have a tendency to fall out if not inserted properly.
The best way I’ve found to combat this – especially near the end of a refill, is to pop a tiny bit of blue-tack inside to keep it in place.
Yes! I find the deodorant itself to be super effective and love that it comes in varying scents from your typical supermarket brand.
It’s important to note that when transitioning from a product that contains aluminium, you can experience more BO than normal. This is because aluminium forms a barrier over the sweat ducts that prevents you from sweating. The transition period usually lasts 2-4 weeks and then you should be absolutely fine.
I found the transition period to be relatively short, and in a couple weeks I felt absolutely normal. The good news is that with lockdown restrictions, you’ve got the best opportunity to transition! Do it from the comfort of your own home and nobody will ever know.
The formula of the refills is actually super creamy and glides onto the skin super easily. With a lot of stick deodorants, you feel as though you need to warm it up in your hands before applying but not with this.
It also doesn’t leave stains on your clothing, which is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine!
For my first three I chose the Coconut Dreams, Bergamot Rituals, and Mint Fresh. I was also contacted by Wild who offered to send me a free refill of their limited edition Toffee Apple Halloween scent.
I thought it was super kind of them to reach out, and it’s easily my favourite scent of the bunch. I’m so gutted that it’s only limited edition that I might stock up on a few before they’re gone!
Definitely! Their deodorant is effective, planet positive, and stylish. It’s everything you could possibly ask for. I also love that you’re not required to set up a subscription right away, so that you can just make the one-off purchase and try it out on your own terms.
Absolutely not. They deserve every ounce of hype they can get! I know I’m definitely going to be cheering them on from the sidelines.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.