A review of its sustainability, the science behind its claims, and my opinion.
Botanica* is vanilla and lavender-scented solid deodorant bar. Botanica comes in a compostable cardboard box and wrapped in a thin sheet of paper. You apply by rubbing one end of the bar onto arm pits. The deodarant bars also come in Rustic* (lime, cedar and eucalyptus-scented) and Sans* (unscented). United States customers can purchase it from Amazon* and at some Target stores.
When it comes to sustainability, Ethique gets top marks. Which is one reason why it is my first review. I am still developing the sustainability standards I will use to evaluate products. Whatever standards I decide on, I’m fairly certain Ethique will meet most, if not all. Ethique is climate neutral, vegan and PETA-certified cruelty free, and plastic-free. As far as I can tell, none of their products contain water. All packaging is compostable. Yes, ALL packaging! They only use renewable sources. Paper only comes from PEFC certified forests. Ethique is currently certified palm-oil free, but support efforts for harvesting sustainable palm oil. They employ fair trade practices, such as paying farmers fair prices. Ethique isn’t just B Corp certified, but made the Best for Community and Best for Overall lists in 2018 and 2019. Oh, and they donate 20% of profits. I could go on.
Botanica’s highlighted ingredients are bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) extract, magnesium hydroxide, zinc oxide, and jojoba esters. To verify these claims, I looked only at patents and scholarly sources. To accept a claim, I must see that it has been studied in the science community and backed by quality research. Magnesium hydroxide and zinc oxide control bacteria, the main culprit for body odor. There is evidence to support this claim. The use of jojoba as a moisturizer is also well documented.
Ethique claims that bamboo extract can “absorbs 200% its own weight in sweat and oil.” I found sources that stated bamboo was used in deodorants, but no reliable sources that supported this claim. Ethique sent me information regarding GREENSIL, the bamboo powder they use. However, the results appeared to be from test conducted by the manufacturer of GREENSIL and included no details of the tests.
When considering deodorant, it is important to remember the difference between deodorant and antiperspirants. Antiperspirants decrease sweat by blocking sweat pores. Deodorants work by controlling the bacteria that cause body odor. With deodorant, you will still sweat, but your body odor will be improved because the bacteria that cause it are inhibited. That being said, Botanica is an effective deodorant. It has a light, pleasant scent and I have had no problems with body odor when using it. Of course, I have yet to try it in a Texas summer. I suspect in the summer, or anytime you sweat more than normal, a second application will be needed.
Would I Buy Again
Yes, I have been very happy with Botanica and I am eager to try other Ethique products.
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