Everything You Need to Know About Your Deo’s Shelf Life

Everything You Need to Know About Your Deo’s Shelf Life

If you’re currently transitioning from antiperspirant to aluminum-free deodorant, you probably have a lot of questions. One of them may be: does my natural deodorant expire? Or maybe you’re wondering how much product you need to use when applying natural deodorant that may not come in a formula that you’re used to. Or maybe you’re just curious as to what is the best way to store your deodorant? Whether you’re just beginning your transition or have already been using natural deodorant and just want to know more about your product, here are the answers to the questions you’ve been asking: 

Does my deodorant expire?

If you just started using a natural, aluminum-free deodorant, you may be curious if these natural ingredients will cause it to expire faster. The short answer is no! But, usually natural deodorants will expire anywhere between one and three years after you purchase them. Oftentimes, the expiration date will be printed somewhere on the product’s packaging. You may even be able to extend a product’s life up to a year past the expiration date. 

I don’t remember when I bought my deodorant and it doesn’t have an expiration date! 

Don’t worry!! Here are a few things to look for if you’re not sure if your deodorant is still good and performing well.

  • If it is a solid deodorant, is it starting to crumble?
  • If it is a gel, is it starting to dry up?
  • Has the color of the product changed at all?
  • If it is scented, does it still smell as advertised or has it changed?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to toss your deo and get something new. It is also a good idea to replace your deodorant if you have had any infection or irritation in your underarm area, and may be a good time to talk to a doctor or dermatologist about getting an aluminum-free deodorant formulated for sensitive skin. 

How do I keep my deodorant fresh for longer? 

If you’re looking to keep your deodorant as long as possible, or maybe you like to buy in bulk so you never have to be without your fav deo... we get it! The idea of running out of deo is unbearable. Make sure you’re storing your product in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Some products, especially solid stick formula, will melt in warm temperatures starting at around 77°F. This is going to help extend the shelf life of your product and keep you and your deodorant fresh for longer!

How much deodorant should I be using? 

This question can be tricky because it can vary from person to person. All of our bodies work a little bit differently! That being said, deodorant frequently follows the saying that “a little goes a long way.” I know with my favorite deodorant, which applies in cream formula from an applicator that mimics the application of a stick deodorant, I only need to use a small amount so that it swipes on a thin layer. The product absorbs into my skin so quickly, feels like it's not even there, and works all day.

My favorite life hack, to ensure that I’m never without my favorite deodorant, is my Type:A deodorant subscription. It makes it so much easier and actually saves me money. With my small amount every day, each bottle usually lasts me about three months, so I get two bottles in the mail every six months. This way, I never have to worry about expiring product or running out because I always know that Type:A will land right on my doorstep exactly when I need it.