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My Myro Deodorant Review - Is this refillable deodorant the best natural brand?

My Myro Deodorant Review

Is This Refillable Deodorant the Best Natural Brand?

4/5 stars

Pros:

  • Glides on smoothly thanks to an aloe base, and leaves minimal residue
  • Vegan, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, and baking-soda-free
  • Naturally scented using essential oils

Cons:

  • Refilling the case may take some finesse
  • Long day or workout planned? You may have to reapply.
  • Not an antiperspirant (This is common for natural deodorants)

Our Verdict:

With a refillable case and natural ingredients, Myro a great eco-friendly option. Its smooth texture and mild scent were really pleasant, but its odor protection wasn’t as notable as some other natural deodorants I’ve tried.

by Christen Russo, MSA Reviewer, Natural Deodorant Explorer
May 11, 2020| 10 comments

If you read my glowing review of Kopari’s coconut oil deodorant, you may be wondering why I didn’t just stop there and continue to use the natural deodorant I found that works for me. Well, ever looking for ways to reduce my waste—specifically plastic—I was interested in Myro‘s reusable case and refill subscription. I was especially keen on the setup when I learned that the Myro case, which is meant to last for the rest of one’s deodorant-wearin’ days, is dishwasher-safe. That may seem like a small factor to some, but to me it’s a detail that makes the ‘last case you’ll ever own’ concept realistic—sure, there are plenty of cases that could last forever (in fact, that’s the problem with many of the products we use daily), but if it’s going to get gross in a few years then it’s moot. Easy cleaning is essential.

And, even though I stand by the claim I made in my Kopari review that the $14 price tag feels worth it for a natural deodorant that really works (for me), the lower cost of Myro isn’t entirely irrelevant. I figured I’d test Myro out to see what the deal is, and if it’s also a great fit for me, the sustainability and savings would be welcome in my world.

I share all the details of my experience with Myro below—the good and the meh alike. Keep reading to learn why Myro started out as a frontrunner, but may ultimately have me continuing on my search for the best natural deodorant.

Myro Deodorant Quick Facts

Cost

  • $10 + $5 shipping for a one-time Starter Kit purchase
  • $10 + free shipping for the Starter Kit when you subscribe to receive new bars every 3, 4, or 6 months
  • Customize your case for $6
  • After you receive your Starter Kit, subscription refills are $30 (3 refills at $10 each) every 3, 4, or 6 months
  • Skip a refill, update your scent, or cancel at anytime

Shipping

  • Ships to the US, Guam, and Puerto Rico
  • Free shipping for subscribers
  • $5 shipping for one-time purchases

Product

  • In your first box: 2 oz. solid stick in a #2 recyclable plastic “pod” + a durable, reusable case. The case is top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • In subsequent boxes, if you subscribe: three 2 oz. solid sticks in #2 recyclable plastic pods.

Benefits of Subscribing

  • Free shipping
  • Flexible shipping schedule—choose every 3, 4, or 6 months, and change your frequency at any time
  • Switch your scents (you can receive more than one scent per shipment), skip a shipment, or cancel any time
  • Exclusive access to Myro’s Swag Shop, loyalty program, and referral program.

Non-subscribers cannot use promo codes, nor do they have access to the loyalty or referral programs.

Click or tap to expand:

  • Solar Flare (orange, juniper, and sunflower)
  • Big Dipper (bergamot, lavender, and vetiver)
  • Chill Wave (cucumber, jasmine, and spearmint)
  • Pillow Talk (violet leaf, ylang ylang, and wild amyris)
  • Cabin No. 5 (vetiver, patchouli, and geranium)
  • Open Air (unscented and fragrance-free)

Ingredients for the Open Air (unscented) deodorant:

  • Propylene Glycol *, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Glyceryl Laurate, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
    *100% renewably sourced and vegetable (never petrol) derived

Ingredients for the Big Dipper, Cabin No. 5, Solar Flare, Pillow Talk, and Chill Wave scented deodorants:

  • Propylene Glycol *, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Glyceryl Laurate, Fragrance/Parfum**, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Corn Starch/Maltodextrin Crosspolymer
    *100% renewably sourced and vegetable (never petrol) derived
    **100% essential oils and naturally derived ingredients

  • Aluminum-free
  • Baking-soda-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Talc-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Free of mineral oils
  • Free of Triclosan and Steareths

My Myro Deodorant Review

The Feel

4.5/5 stars

 

The Promise: A soothing, comfortable glide.

The Reality: Perfectly smooth application, but perhaps a bit of a wet feeling after you apply.

Applying Myro under your arms is truly a lovely experience—its aloe-based formula is perfectly buttery and indeed soothing. But, if you’re going to be applying it after taking a shower, or even reapplying it at some point throughout a warm day, be prepared to give your underarms an extra dry first. I found that a simple pat-dry after the shower made applying Myro feel a little too slippery and not as effective so I began drying my pits first and last to optimize.

Myro is not an antiperspirant, but it does have cornstarch in it as a natural means of keeping you drier throughout your day. While it’s not rare for me to notice a little dampness in my pits throughout a warm or active day, I’m not a big perspirer, so the cornstarch worked just fine for me—again, as long as my initial application of this deodorant was on super dry skin.

The Scent

4.5/5 stars

 

The Promise: Plant-powered, mood-inspiring scents.

The Reality: Subtle, pleasant, and gender neutral.

As a nature-lover, my eye was immediately drawn to the Cabin No. 5 scent name and there was no question that I was going to go for that option, but I must give Myro kudos for the mood boards they set up to help you select your scent. I really like this approach as someone who’s long been scratching my head as I read scent combinations listed on essential oil blends, perfumes, candles, and deodorants. I am familiar with names like bergamot and vetiver and jasmine, and even have a vague sense of what each smells like individually, but I can’t begin to call to mind what they might smell like all together. So they set the vibe for you with imagery to help you make a gut decision.

The Cabin No. 5 scent is great! It’s subtle, loosely pine-y, and not surprisingly, an agreeable aroma for all genders. Though it has geranium in the mix, my nose doesn’t pick up on floral notes at all. The smell is really faint as you apply the deodorant, and hardly detectable throughout the day. That doesn’t shock me being that it’s from essential oils, but sometimes even in natural deodorants I’ve noticed my sweat sort of activating the scent throughout the day, and I wouldn’t have minded if that were more the case with Myro.

 

The Odor Protection

3.5/5 stars

The Promise: Bacteria-neutralizing citrus, probiotics, and sage keep you smelling great.

The Reality: Great for a chill day, so-so beyond that.

I feel like I could write a 5-page essay about this—it’s tempting to go into detail about every possible scenario that a day could bring and how Myro‘s odor protection holds up—did I shower that morning or apply it on perfectly dry pits? What was the exact temperature, with wind chill, and was the sun out? How many times did I pick my toddler up and spin her around that day? Point is, it does better in some scenarios than others, and the conditions had to be pretty mild (both the weather and my activity level) for this deodorant to be effective all day. If I exerted myself even a little, sometimes I would catch a hint of funk when changing for bed. These days, since my family is staying home, I’m not doing much working out in scenarios when I can’t shower afterward, but were I to, I could see myself applying an extra swipe before and after exercising.

 

The Refill Experience

4/5 stars

 

The Promise: Just insert, twist, and click. It’s that simple!

The Reality: Twist it, jiggle it, scratch head, try again.

There are a few angles of the reusable case to address: the quality, the longevity, and the day-to-day experience. Simply put, the quality is there. The case feels sturdy and comfortable to hold—and, for what it’s worth, the color is really nice. Aesthetically it looks tidy and soothing sitting on my bathroom counter. The longevity I can’t speak to since only months or years of use will reveal how it will hold up, but I have high hopes.

The refilling and day-to-day experience are just okay. I honestly had a really tricky time securing my first refill in and admittedly used it for a few days unsecured…I was twisting it but not hearing a click. I knew something was wrong because the unsecured refill also meant the case wouldn’t close fully, and it meant if I didn’t hold it upright, the refill would come toppling out. Finally I realized the refill had somehow gotten twisted up prior to being secured, so it wasn’t in the right position to click into place. Once it did click, all was fixed, but it felt like it should have been more intuitive to me.

Quick note on refills: your first shipment comes with one case and one refill. Note that “refill” is the term used for the deodorant stick you insert into your case. You’re only receiving one of those in that first box—so it’s not technically a refill yet. I wasn’t 100% certain what to expect, so I wanted to share that. I’ll also mention that refills are estimated to last about a month, but if you find you take more or less time to get through one stick, you can adjust your subscription settings.

 

Good to Know

Natural Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants

Most deodorants you’ll find on the shelf are antiperspirants, which are meant to inhibit sweating (and therefore reduce odor) by using aluminum salts to block the sweat glands. Non-antiperspirant deodorants allow the body to sweat naturally, but contain ingredients that curb odor by addressing the bacteria that causes it. While some early research linked the use of antiperspirants with Alzheimer’s and cancer, according to Teen Vogue there is no compelling scientific case to prove it; still, consumers are increasingly wary of using body products that contain unnecessary chemicals. Some consumers also have concerns about interfering with the “detoxifying” process of sweating, but Teen Vogue clarifies that sweating is really only responsible for a “negligible” amount of detoxification.

While it does contain cornstarch meant to reduce wetness, Myro is not an antiperspirant and is not going to stop you from sweating. So, if you’re ingredient-conscious and are looking for natural odor control (all bodies are different so it may work better for you than it did for me!), Myro might be good to try, but it’s not meant to offer moisture control.

 

What is an “Armpit Detox?” Transitioning to Natural Deodorant

You may have heard tell of the 2-4 week transition period that’s typical when switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Some sources call this period an “armpit detox,” which sounds kind of intense, but it doesn’t have to be. Everybody’s body reacts differently during the transition, but generally what you can expect is to be a little extra stinky for a time while your armpits adjust to sweating regularly again.

Here are a few tips for getting through the switch:

  • Research your options before choosing a natural deodorant. Being that it’s free of baking soda, Myro might make for a gentle transition for first-timers!
  • Bring your new natural deodorant along with you for a bit—carry it in your purse or work bag so you can apply an extra layer if you feel you need it partway through the day.
  • Rest assured knowing that you’re probably way more aware of this smelly phase than anyone else is. It’s likely not as bad as you think! And, truly, it will come to an end.
  • If you experience any stinging, redness, or rash, it’s time to stop using that deodorant and give your precious pits a little break—and maybe even check in with a dermatologist if it’s bad. Sometimes even natural ingredients don’t work great with everyone’s skin, and there are all sorts of other natural deodorants to try out there.

And, here are a few extra suggestions from Myro:

  • Apply the deodorant on dry and/or cool skin for optimal performance.
  • Hit the tub! Hot baths open your pores, encouraging them to flush out toxins.
  • For the first few weeks, stick to wearing natural fabrics and loose-fitting clothing.

 

Shipping, Returns, & More

Placing Your Order

For the purposes of this review, I opted for a one-time purchase of Myro’s Cabin No. 5 scent + $5 shipping via their brand’s website. The first purchase, for subscribers and non-subscribers alike, come with a free refillable case. Additional cases can be purchased on Myro’s site, through a shop that’s accessible to anyone who has already placed an order. Myro is also available at some Target and Urban Outfitters locations, though limited scents may be available.

Similar to Schmidt’s, Myro doesn’t offer a discount for signing up for automatic shipments. Subscribers do get free shipping with every order, but the price of the product itself is the same as if you’d ordered it as a one-time purchase. In terms of refills, subscribers receive 3 pods per recurring shipment (you choose the frequency between 3, 4, or 6 months), at $10 each—so $30 total—with free shipping. For non-subscribers who want to purchase additional pods, they are still $10 each + $5 shipping, and you can choose whether you’d like to buy 1, 2, or 3 pods.

Shipping & Tracking

I placed my Myro order on a Monday and received a confirmation email right away. They only offer one shipping option, and there is no indication of how long it will take, but I received a shipping notification with tracking on Wednesday and my deodorant arrived late in the day Friday via USPS.

Free Pin

 

Your first order comes with an enamel pin! It has a rubbery back that so far has stayed in place nicely. Who doesn’t love a compliment?

Better Vibes Guarantee

If you’re not happy with your deodorant, Myro will accept a return or exchange of your first purchase within 30 days. You’ll have to pay $5 for return shipping (unless you’re a subscriber, then it’s free), which is automatically deducted from your total, and they ask that up to 2 weeks is allowed for refunds to process. If you bought your Myro deodorant at another retailer, you can still reach out to them to help you with your exchange, just email [email protected]. All Swag Shop items are final sale.

 

Try Myro for Yourself

Did this review pique your interest in Myro? Subscribe to Myro products here. Have you already tried it? Let us know how your experience went in the comments!

 

Don’t forget to check out the other natural deodorants we’ve reviewed:

 


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Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Comments (10)

  1. I DO NOT recommend this deodorant. I was REALLY happy with it at first. I had it sitting in my drawer then all of a sudden one day I went to put it on and it had turned to mush. My house is climate controlled and this happened right before winter. I put it in the fridge then freezer to try to solidify back up….NOTHING. Not even overnight in the freezer could get it back semi solid. It’s like the binders in it just disintegrated which is disappointing because i really liked the Cucumber scent and how it performed. Really weird

  2. Myro is the worst deodorant I have tried. I’ve had great luck with Native Sensitive formulas. I am a heavy sweater, and they work for me. I’ve been using Native exclusively since January. Some scents are more effective than others, but even the less effective ones are still a million times better than Myro. I tried to use my tube of Myro again to see if maybe my body chemistry had changed after months of natural deodorant. It had not. The Myro just melted off my skin and I stank within an hour.

    The Lavanilla natural deodorants work pretty well (and smell amazing), but after a few weeks of use, they broke me out in a horribly painful, inflamed rash.

    Good luck to everybody on their natural deodorant journey! It takes a while to find the brand that works for you, but I’m glad I finally did, and I hope you do, too! 🙂

  3. I recently tried Lavanilla from a Target box and love it! I’ve tried a wide variety of deodorants (both natural and the chemical kind) and this one works well. I don’t love the smell (just not my taste), but the effect is great. I highly recommend it! The Target box with a mini is still available.

    • You know what, Ankareeda, my mum uses Lavanilla and you just reminded me that I tried it once when I was at her house! I think she got hers at Whole Foods. I might have to circle back and see what it’s all about!

  4. I have bought from both their website and Target, and while I love the scent they are way too soft. This is not a deoderant to travel with, or take out of anywhere with air conditioning. I experienced slight melting while taking it to the gym and a full on meltdown when taking it on a 3hr plane ride. I wish there was a middle ground between this and the Native brand which is too hard.

    • Oh jeez a full metldown scenario during travel sounds absolutely dreadful. Hopefully since the case seals securely it at least didn’t ruin anything else?

  5. I am loving lume. The ads were so funny and thats the main reason i bought it. Since covid started i honestly havent sweat too much but im not kidding ive gone 3 days after putting it on freshly showered and i still smelled pretty okay. Not awesome, but who does after three showerless days?😂 its kind of expensive but its a lotion consistency and i think the 3 sticks i bought will last me quite a while.

    • There are so many natural deodorants I haven’t even heard of, I love learning about them in the comments of my reviews! I am a supporter of the elongated unshowered experience and I’m glad you found a compatible deo to get you through, haha!

  6. Myro did nothing for me. Though it smelled really good, and I like the concept – I can’t recommend it. I had a really hard time getting the refillable stick to stay in, it kept wobbling, and it was SO SOFT. I got mine at Target, so perhaps they changed the formula for mass distribution?

    • It sounds like we had similar issues with it, Jackie! In a weird way that’s almost reassuring to me—I definitely wondered if it was just me who struggled to get the refill to stay in. I wonder if the softness has a lot to do with the air temp. It’s been pretty chilly in my house lately despite the weather beginning to warm up, so that might have kept it a little more firm for me.

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