Myro Deodorant Review - Perfect for Your Skin or Hype?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Published on: Mar 11, 2019

Myro is a plant-based deodorant brand known for its subscription service and refillable cases.

They aim to help you stay your freshest without exposing your skin to toxic chemicals or causing you to trash more single-use plastic containers.

The company offered five scents made with 99% natural ingredients, and a range of colorful, gender-neutral reusable cases.

Launched in September 2018, Myro’s name comes from the Greek word for “essence.”

According to a company’s press release on Business Wire, Founder Greg Laptevesky got his start with subscription services by working with the meal kit company Plated.

He learned that consumers are becoming increasingly conscientious about what they put into their bodies, but that the deodorant industry was lagging.

“In looking holistically at the deodorant category, things have been very stagnant,” says Laptevesky in the press release. “We thought this was the right time to disrupt the category and give daily routines their due”.

Myro is his solution for disrupting the deodorant industry and prioritizing human and environmental health at the same time.

Are these perks appealing enough to consider switching your daily deodorant over to a subscription service? We looked at the details to help you decide.

How Do You Use Myro Deodorant?

According to the company website, the best way to use Myro deodorant is to apply 2-3 swipes to clean, dry skin under your arms. Each “scent pod” consists of 2.3 ounces of deodorant, which they state lasts most people between four and six weeks.

Because Myro deodorant isn’t an antiperspirant (more on that later), you might notice that you will sweat more than usual for the first few weeks you wear it.

The company states that it can take up to four weeks for your body to adjust, and you might want to apply the product twice a day in the meantime.

When you run out of a scent pod, the company states that you will feel extra resistance when you turn the dial. At that point, you can turn the dial until the empty pod comes out, and then rinse out the Myro case.

Keeping the dome cap in place on the new deodorant pod, you can load it into the case and press down until it clicks into place. Turn the bottom dial in the direction of an arrow for at least ten full rotations before removing the dome cap.

What Are Myro Deodorant Options?

At the time of writing, Myro offered five varieties of their deodorant for purchase through their online store. Below are their names and the fragrances in them.

  • Solar Flare: Orange, juniper, sunflower
  • Big Dipper: Bergamot, lavender, vetiver
  • Chill Wave: Cucumber, jasmine, spearmint
  • Pillow Talk: Violet leaf, ylang-ylang, wild amyris
  • Cabin No. 5: Vetiver, patchouli, geranium

The company offers five colors for their reusable container: flame, moss, royal, slate, and blush.

The standard way to purchase Myro deodorant is through a subscription. At the time of writing, you’ll pay $10 for your choice of variety and container color, shipping included.

One month after your initial purchase date, you will be charged $30 and receive a replacement three-pack of deodorant scent pods designed to fit in your original container.

From that point on, you will receive another replacement three-pack every three months in the scent of your choice. The company states that each scent pod should last between four to six weeks of regular use.

The company states that you can switch the scent you receive at any point before the next order ships, and they have a no-questions-asked cancelation policy.

If you prefer not to sign up for a subscription, Myro also offers a “Want-it-All” Bundle that includes each of the five scent pods and two refillable cases in the colors of your choice (choose between the “Populars,” “Adventurers,” “Sophisticates,” “Minimalists” and “Wild Hearts” color combination packs). You’ll pay $65 for this one-time order.

Myro offers a satisfaction guarantee that means they will accept returns and provide refunds for any reason. If you want to cancel your subscription or request a refund for an unsatisfactory purchase, you can contact them at help@mymyro.com to start the process.

Which Ingredients Are in Myro Deodorant?

When Myro references the ingredients within its deodorant, they make a point to mention the compounds it doesn’t include, namely, “parabens, triclosan, propylene glycol, steareths, phthalates, talc, baking soda, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances.”

Instead, they state that the deodorant is composed of 99% natural ingredients, which include sugar-derived antimicrobials to prevent odor and barley powder to absorb wetness without upsetting your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

The company makes it clear that Myro is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.

According to MedBroadcast, the critical difference between the two is that deodorants reduce odor while antiperspirants prevent sweating.

The two types of products work differently, as the goal of deodorant is to make the armpits less hospitable for bacteria by making them salty or acidic. Many also include fragrances to mask any odors that develop.

Antiperspirants, in contrast, typically contain aluminum compounds as their active ingredient. These compounds are designed to absorb into the skin and temporary plug up your sweat ducts so you don’t perspire. This effect is only temporary, which is why you need to reapply.

Many products contain both deodorant and antiperspirant components, so why is Myro strictly a deodorant? According to the company website, its products are proudly aluminum-free.

Does this really make much difference for the safety of Myro? We’ll give a quick summary of our view below.

As we've reported in our review of Helmm deodorant, an online search for “aluminum antiperspirant side effects” comes up with thousands of hits for potential links between this compound and increased risk for developing breast cancer, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s.

Saying that, WebMD states that the evidence is slim that aluminum plays a direct role in these health conditions. They indicate that most of the studies that point to a correlation were flawed and that consumers can use the aluminum antiperspirant with little concern.

However, Truth In Aging reports that Europe has established restrictions over the use of airborne aluminum compounds due to these findings.

In summary, we think that there’s little reason to be overly concerned with the aluminum in your deodorant. Even so, the evidence is still forthcoming and the best way to reduce your risk is to stick with aluminum-free deodorants like Myro.

If you have further questions about its safety, you might want to talk to your doctor if you want a professional opinion.

Moving on from aluminum, let’s look at the ingredients that actually are in Myro. We looked at all five scent’s ingredients lists to see if anything stood out to us.

We aren’t chemists, so we checked them out on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) cosmetic database to check out whether there’s anything to be aware of.

According to what we found, the majority of ingredients act as skin conditioning agents, solvents, fragrances, preservatives, and buffering agents, which is standard for topical skin products.

A few ingredients caught our eye:

Isohexadecane

According to the Derm Review, this synthetic skin conditioning agent leaves a light, silky feel on the surface of the skin. However, the EWG database reported that the compound shows some risk for triggering non-reproductive organ system toxicity and potentially triggering cancer. The Derm Review clarifies that this risk is small for purified versions of the compound used in cosmetics.

Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil):

This rich skin conditioning agent is extracted from coconuts, and it’s a non-toxic way to moisturize.

Limonene

The EWG database tells us that limonene is a scent ingredient sourced from the rinds of citrus fruit. Something to be aware of this that the compound starts to break down if it’s overexposed to sunlight or air, and this makes it a potential irritant for sensitive skin (like the eyes) and the respiratory system.

Stearic Acid

This naturally occurring fatty acid is a common fragrance ingredient. What caught our interest is that the compound is typically derived from animals, which potentially challenges Myro claims to rely only on plant-based ingredients. However, Mountain Rose Herbs told us that manufacturers often source the acid from vegetable origins like palm trees.

What Do Customer Reviews for Myro Deodorant Show?

Myro was a relatively new company at the time of writing, so we weren’t able to track down too many in-depth reviews about the product online. Saying that, we found that the reviews left on the company website were overwhelmingly positive.

Many people reported that the deodorant went on their skin gently and smoothly and that they loved the deodorant scents. Some people stated that they didn’t need to go through a detox period because their skin responded well to Myro right away.

We also read a lot of comments from people who appreciated the eco-friendly aspects of Myro and found it convenient to switch out their scent pods when they ran out.

Customer service also won high marks for their responsiveness and willingness to work with subscribers on issues that came up.

The only negative comments we saw about the product showed up on YouTube comments left by people filming their product reviews.

A few people reported that the product wasn’t strong enough to stop them from sweating during intense exercise. Others thought that the deodorant went on too wet and was messy on their clothes.

Are There Any Myro Deodorant Alternatives?

If you love the idea of a subscription deodorant but aren’t sold yet on Myro, there are a few other brands to consider, including Smarty Pits, Helmm, and Native Deodorant. This chart highlights some of the critical differences between them:

Myro Native Helmm Smarty Pits
Price $10 initially, $30 for refills (three-pack) $12 per single purchase, $10 with subscription $28 initially, $12 for refills $10.79 per order
Number of Options 5 10+ 4 9
Aluminum Free? Yes Yes No Yes
Delivery Frequency Quarterly Every 1–4 months Every 6–8 weeks Every 1–4 months
Reusable Container? Yes No, deodorant comes in a bar Yes No

This chart shows that Myro is priced attractively compared to the subscription deodorant competition.

You’ll pay just $10 per stick, and the company states that they should last you between four and six weeks. This makes the product a slightly better deal than Native and Smarty Pits, especially if you factor in the reusable container you receive with your first purchase.

Helmm is a deodorant branded towards men, and it’s a more upscale version than the other options we looked at. You’ll pay more for the fancy reusable container, but the deodorant you need after is only slightly more expensive than the alternatives.

One potential drawback of Myro is that you don’t have much flexibility with the frequency of your orders. The only subscription option the company offers is a three-pack delivered quarterly, while the other companies we looked at offered a range of lengths you can choose from.

Another perk of shopping with either Native or Smarty Pits is that these brands let you buy one deodorant at a time without signing up for a subscription. The only way you can give Myro a try is to spring for a “Want-it-All” Bundle or to cancel your subscription soon after you receive your first sample.

Our View: Should You Commit to Myro Deodorant?

Now that we’ve looked through the facts, do we think it makes sense to subscribe to Myro? This plant-based deodorant has a lot that’s appealing.

For one, it offers you a way to put less plastic in the trash each month by using their reusable canisters. The company also provides a variety of scents that are well-reviewed from the information we found online.

Pricewise, you’ll pay about $10 for a 4-6 week supply of deodorant. A standard canister costs anywhere from $3 to $18 or more, so you might even save money with this service.

It’s also important to note that we didn’t notice any negative reviews about Myro’s cancelation policy, which is unusual for a subscription company.

This means that we think you can try out the service without worries that canceling your account will be difficult if it’s not ideal for you.

Overall, we think there’s good reason to consider subscribing to Myro. If you’re still on the fence about it, find a friend to split the “Want-it-All” bundle so you can see how it compares to your current deodorant option.


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  • Burns so bad, can’t give review if works

    • Port Angeles, WA,
    • Nov 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Bought this at Target to try out. After using this for a couple of days I got a rash/burn incredibly bad. Stopped using for about a week for it to clear and thought I’d try again, because maybe the rash was from something else.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Burning rash, skin peeling

    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Nov 9, 2019
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    I love the idea of this product! However, it has left my armpits red, burning, and skin severely peeling. Odd because my skin is nowhere near sensitive. I googled "Myro armpit rash" and found multiple threads of this pain happening to many women. It also disgustingly melts as you put it on. Melts all down the side of the case and is super messy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Impressive

    • Delaware,
    • Oct 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Natural deodorants never have worked for me. I would try them for a few days then right in the trash they went because they left me funky. After seeing Myro everywhere, I decided to give it try and I love it! Hand to god, I keep touching and smelling my pits for bo and there’s nothing; not even on my shirts and I’m a stinky woman without deodorant. I was even puzzled as to why my underarms felt dry, which led me to look if there was some mystery ingredient or if maybe I mistook this to be natural when it really wasn’t. Also, the scent dissipates fairly quickly, so there’s no wrong choice because smelling the tube at Target doesn’t give an accurate representation of the true fragrance.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Sweaty smelly armpits...and a rash!

    • New York, NY,
    • Oct 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I picked up the Big Dipper scent from Target as I was interested in giving this product a try after seeing it in the store previously. The scent is good - I knew I liked Lavender scented things so I figured it’d be a safe bet, and I do love how it smells when you bring it to your nose and sniff. However, that is the only instance where I can enjoy this scent, because it is quickly masked by body odor when I use this product. It doesn’t remain on your body or waft up like some other deodorants I’ve used in the past, and I can literally smell my own BO within an hour. I tried stashing it in my purse to bring to work and reapply - but what an inconvenience that is, and it doesn’t seem to help the issue at all. Not to mention; the texture of this deodorant when applied to the underarms is completely gel-like and wet - only making things feel more moist and slimy. I literally feel like I need to hold my arms and shirt away from my body to let it air dry a bit after applying this. I don’t expect it to keep me from sweating, sweating is natural and this isn’t an antiperspirant - but I do expect a $10 deodorant to at LEAST do a decent job of masking the odor and help to keep a dry feeling - this simply does a horrible job at either.

    And lastly, what really pushed me to discontinue use of this product, and give up hope that it will work for me, is that it has started to cause peeling and red irritation on both of my underarms! I am absolutely appalled. This brand should be really ashamed that they would put out a product that causes harm to people as I see echoed in some of the other reviews here. I do not typically have sensitive skin. I am all about natural products and those that minimize our waste production - but I will not put up with a product that causes irritation to our bodies. That is simply not ok. It’s a strong no from me, and I will caution others from even entertaining the idea of trying this product. You’re better off without any deodorant at all!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Ridiculously bad

    • Davis, CA,
    • Oct 18, 2019
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    With my normal deodorant, I can go a couple of days without needing to reapply. I very rarely smell, despite working out regularly. This deodorant literally makes me smell worse. I applied it this morning at 8:30 am. By 11 am, I smelled like straight-up BO. It's 65° out and I didn't sweat at all. All the reusability in the world cannot convince me that this deodorant doesn't suck.

    It's completely ineffective and I regret spending $10 on it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Not for me

    • Texas,
    • Oct 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the "pillow talk" scent of Myro Deodorant from Target as soon as they began carrying the brand. I was already using another natural deodorant brand, but I loved the idea of no waste in the packaging that Myro offers. I looked at their site and couldn’t find even one bad review. However, this deodorant was terrible for me. I have rather sensitive skin and have bad issues with other natural brands in the past (Schmidt’s). I assumed since my armpits had already been through the aluminum "detox" period switching to something else natural would be no big deal. The texture of the deodorant is my first complaint, it is very slick, almost gel-like. Because of this, it doesn’t fully dry down, leaving your underarms feeling damp and quite frankly like the product it just absorbing into your shirt. I found that after 2 hours of wearing the product there was absolutely nothing left under my arms and it did a terrible time masking odor. After a couple of weeks of continued use it began to give me a red rash, I discontinued use and the rash has persisted even a week after I stopped and switched back to my old (very trusted) deodorant. I do have sensitive skin, I recommend if you have sensitive skin to steer clear of this product!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    I want to like this product...but

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Oct 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I previously had been using another natural deodorant that I love, but too much plastic waste in using it. I tried Myro as I really like the pod system, it is brilliant. I also like how it goes on so smoothly. However, I always begin to smell within about an hour. I don't expect the product to stop me from sweating, I know it is not an anti-antiperspirant, but my previous product, though did not prevent sweating either, kept BO at bay most of the day. I am really disappointed in the product that I have been using for several months now. Perhaps it works better for some than others. I am not a fan.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great product!

    • California,
    • Oct 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this deodorant at Target and couldn't be happier. It smells awesome, works great, and good for the planet (the case is refillable and the pods are recyclable). It doesn't leave any residue on clothes. I will keep using this and want to try other smells.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Can’t even get it open

    • Albany, NY,
    • Oct 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this product at Target, after quickly checking my phone for reviews. I brought it home and intended to use it today, but (surprise!) the cap will not budge. Every time I try to unscrew the top, it won’t move, but the dial at the bottom keeps moving and clicking. Epic packaging fail.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    I wanted to love it, but...

    • Portland, OR,
    • Oct 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was so excited to find Myro because I've been searching for a natural deodorant that would work...AND I really hate using single-use plastics, so was excited to find a refillable pod. Unfortunately, after trying Myro for a month, continually hoping my body would adjust and it would start working, I stink. I smell like BO mixed with flowers all the time. It does absolutely nothing to stop me from smelling like underarms. Note, this includes days that I do not exercise at all and just sit at my desk all day. It also includes multiple applications daily, in an attempt to curb my stink.

    I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I love the refillable pod idea, and I thought the consistency and texture were great.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Burning and peeling skin

    • Chicago, IL,
    • Sep 25, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I also had trouble when I received the "new and improved" format of their deodorant. I loved their original formula for months with no issue. Once I was given a replacement with a new container and deodorant formula, my skin and underarms started burning and peeling! It was terrible. I also had to discard one of the replacements because when I opened it, it spilled all over. When I contacted customer service, they told me the burning was because of the oils and that I never received their new formula (even though I returned my old container to them with the provided prepaid mailing bag). They are very unhelpful and seem to pass the problem off. It seems odd how all the reviews on their website are so "AWESOME" after all the trouble many people have been through.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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