Edible Beauty Australia Natural, Zero Waste Deodorant – Unscented

overall rating:

1.75

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Srinidhi Sridharan
12/4/2021
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Edible Beauty Australia has a focus on using natural, locally sourced materials to provide skincare benefits. This deodorant is named after its zero waste packaging.

What it's made of:

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Edible Beauty Australia’s deodorant is made from coconut oil, candelilla wax, tapioca starch, magnesium hydroxide, carnauba wax, cacao seed butter, bamboo stem extract, triethyl citrate, zinc ricinoleate, and vitamin E.

Coconut oil is extracted from tropical climates, so it threatens biodiversity and is less environmentally friendly compared to some other oils (such as sunflower oil). Candelilla wax is a vegan alternative to beeswax that tends to be sustainable due to the strict regulations one has to follow in order to harvest it. Candelilla wax is definitely more eco-friendly than carnauba wax which is largely obtained from palm plants in Brazil. Carnauba wax plantations are notorious for contributing to the deforestation in Brazil. Unfortunately this product utilizes carnauba wax in addition to candelilla wax.

This product is stated to have 60% organic ingredients, including coconut oil, tapioca starch, carnauba wax, and cacao seed butter. This implies that chemical pesticides and fertilizers aren’t used to aid in their growth.

Despite the brand’s name, the product is not actually edible, but it avoids chemicals and ingredients unsafe for human health. All products are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial preservatives, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, EDTA, and aluminium.

How it's made:

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Edible Beauty Australia prides itself on using Australian native materials to source their products and states that they work with an Australian organic chemist to create their formulas. Their factory is located in Sydney, Australia. While utilizing local materials is better for the environment than importing materials, it would be good to know more about their factory and how products are made. For a brand that considers themselves environmentally conscious, transparency is essential.

Their packaging is 100% recyclable (noting that this does not mean their packaging is made out of recycled materials). They use dark violet glass made in Switzerland that claims to extend the shelf life of their products. It is worth noting that there is some environmental impact from transporting their packaging from Switzerland - their packaging is not locally sourced.

Who makes it:

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Anna Mitsios founded Edible Beauty Australia with the vision of creating products that are “good enough to eat.” This isn’t to imply that their products are actually edible, but that they are responsibly sourced with care towards human and environmental health. Mitsios studied naturopathy and is passionate about using natural ingredients such as plant-based materials for skincare. This along with some passion projects where Edible Beauty Australia helps raise funds for charities - including some focus on environmental justice - shows how the founder has a genuine care for the environment.