Essential Oils’ Organic Lavender Deodorant is a fragrant and simple product that only contains three ingredients. This rather strong smelling liquid spray deodorant works well, although I suggest using at least twice a day for desired results. This product is cruelty free, gluten free, and contains only USDA and CCOF certified organic ingredients. The bottle is recyclable, BPA free, and partially made from post-consumer plastic. Essential Oils is a small, family-owned and impressive certified B corporation brand that creates bath and body products with few ingredients.
There are 3 ingredients in EO’s organic lavender deodorant: Organic Ethanol, Purified Water, EO Essential Oil Blend [Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Organic Lavandula Hybrida Oil]. This product does not contain any synthetic colors, dyes or fragrances. Although they do not produce any foods, Essential Oils adheres to the organic restrictions created by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). This means that the organic lavender and organic sugar cane, which is the base of their ethanol products, are harvested without the use of sewage sludge, bioengineering (GMOs), ionizing radiation, or most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Rather than using parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, Essential Oils uses phenoxyethanol in quantities of less than 1% to keep their products in prime condition. Although phenoxyethanol has been connected to skin irritation, in quantities this small it does not irritate the skin and is a much better for the environment than harmful parabens. This product is not tested on animals, does not contain animal products and is certified vegan by Leaping Bunny.
The label claims the ingredients in the deodorant are both globally and locally sourced. Although the product is mixed and packaged at Essential Oils’ facility in California, the sugar is sourced from Argentina and Brazil. Essential Oils claims that the origins of each of their essential oils is listed on their website; however, I could not find this information. They state, “many of the farms that supply our oils have been family-run for generations and distill their oils on-site.” This is rather vague and does not provide promised information about the nature of their sources. Essential Oils has only one factory located in California where all the products are mixed and bottled. Besides their organic farming practices, their factory uses solar power and a closed loop water-cooling system that saves tens of thousands of gallons of water each year. Essential Oils claims their electricity is 100% offset by Green e-Energy Certified renewable energy; however, I could not find Essential Oils on Green e-Energy’s list of companies that use certified Green e-Energy renewable energy. It’s possible that Essential Oils purchases offsets from a separate company that is Green e-Energy Certified.
Essential Oils bottles are BPA-free and made of 25%-100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic (PCR). Although this range is quite wide, it is a large step in creating a more circular path for their products. Their website states that their cobalt blue bottles, the one used for this deodorant, are made of 100% recycled polyethylene, meaning no knew plastic was created to make the bottle. The deodorant bottle does indeed have a recycling number of 1, which is actually the only number plastic that can be placed in every standard recycling receptacle. The packaging for their order shipping is 100% recyclable.
Essential Oils has been an environmentally conscious, responsible manufacturer since the beginning. They have used recycled containers for their products since their conception in 1995. They divert over 90% of their refuse from landfills. Where exactly this refuse is diverted is not explicitly stated, but their bottles are recyclable, they have an on-site composting center and report that they recycle many products that are not normally deemed recyclable, like hairnets, gloves and the backing of their labels. Operating in one facility, EO uses this small scale form of production that ensures the means of production are overseen. Essential Oils or EO has been a certified B corporation since 2012. This certification is awarded by a non-profit organization (B Lab) that closely evaluates the social and environmental impact of over 3,500 corporations all over the world. Responsible and innovative corporations like Patagonia receive ratings around 105 out of 200. A corporation must receive a rating of at least 80 to qualify as a B corporation. In their more recent report in 2016, Essential Oils received an overall rating of 85.5. Essential Oils received its highest ratings in the environmental impact and working/worker conditions departments. This supports that Essential Oils is a responsible employer that cares about its staff and maintains “long-standing relationships” with their vendors. They’re initiative from the start was to create bath and body products without harmful ingredients and they have done so.