Myro Deodorant Review - Perfect for Your Skin or Hype?
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.
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.
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:
|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|
|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.