For transparency I need to begin this post by saying Wild Refill were kind enough to send me one of their aluminium refill cases and a sample of their new, upcoming coconut deodorant formula which is suitable for sensitive skin. All thoughts are my own and I wasn’t obliged to write this review but wanted to share my experiences as, anyone who has visited my blog before, will be aware I’m gradually making simple more environmentally friendly swaps and love reviewing products. Wild had been on my radar for a little while, I’d shared polls on my Instagram asking people who’d tried the products if they were worth buying, so I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to try these out.
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Things I Like About The Brand Wild
Their products are zero waste and my package arrived in entirely recyclable wrapping. Wild also plant trees with every purchase in partnership with the charity On A Mission who fund reforestation projects over the world. Over 50,000 trees have been planted so far – it doesn’t say over what time period. I found out through their Instagram stories that if customers don’t get on with their Wild deodorant the aluminium cases can be sent back to Wild for free and recycled via Terracycle so there really is no waste at all. Brilliant. I learnt through the FAQ section of their website that this deodorant won’t leave yellow stains on clothes as this is caused by aluminium, and Wild are aluminium free which is great as I hate those marks that can occur.
First Impressions Before Using The Product
The case feels luxurious, is sleek and aesthetically pleasing compared to typical deodorant packaging. The instructions for use as easy to follow. These were printed on the packaging box and in the leaflet. The deodorant smells lovely without being an overpowering coconut scent which I was happy about as I’m not these biggest coconut lover. The printed writing Coconut Dreams had bled onto the packaging a little which did make me wonder a bit about its shelf life but the Wild website informed me this was just natural oils leeching as a result of using natural ingredients and wouldn’t affect how well the product worked. It stated in the leaflet that there may be a 2 week transition period where my body adjusted to using a natural product.
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The aluminium cases are £7. If you are referred by a friend this makes the case free. I’ve set up a referral here – after reading the T&Cs this isn’t affiliate. Refills can be bought either on subscription or a one off purchase. Wild estimate their deodorant blocks last 4-6 weeks with daily use. You can only buy 3 blocks at a time online but you can mix and match scents which I rather like. If you opt for a one off purchase this costs £18 with free shipping or £15 with free shipping on a subscription basis. It is possible to pick how often you want to receive the blocks but they do automatically make this 12 weeks. This date can be altered within your account settings after payment. They offer 15% discount through Student Beans.
I spotted via Wild’s Instagram stories that their products are now stocked in Sainsbury which I think is fantastic as it makes this eco swap even more accessible. It also helps to lower the cost as it’s possible to buy one bar to try upfront instead of 3.
I messaged Wild and they kindly gave me a discount code for my readers and Instagram followers to use – this isn’t affiliate so I won’t earn anything from this – FSFARD20
My Experience Using Wild Refill
I followed all the assembly instructions, which were simple, but couldn’t get my case to twist properly without the bottom partially breaking. I messaged Wild via Instagram with some photos of the issue and received a response that same day which solved the problem entirely. Apparently sometimes the cardboard refill packaging needs a little massaging to heat it up so the deodorant twists easily out of the tube. Mine had simply become very cold and wouldn’t shift! After this bit of jiggling I had zero problems with it.
I have to say, until trying to write this review, I’ve never realised how delicate it can be to write about deodorant!
Weeks 1 and 2 – I read the instructions stating it may take up to 2 weeks for your body to adjust to natural deodorant so started using this when I’d be based at home just in case it turned into a disaster to avoid embarrassment. I didn’t notice throughout the day that I smelt remotely unpleasant but I did feel the need to wash my tops after one wear after giving them a quick sniff test at the end of the day. After gentle exercise during which I did break a slight sweat I didn’t notice any real differences to my usual cheap deodorant product although this isn’t an anti perspirant which was great. I didn’t experience any irritation and the product felt nice and creamy and hydrating. I used a sample of an aerosol deodorant shortly before this product and it stung and left me with dry skin under my arms. This Wild product helped to fix this issue really quickly and didn’t annoy my skin.
I got used to adapting my morning routine slightly to applying this first to ensure it totally dried before I put my clothes on. Otherwise I ended up with creamy white streaks on some of my clothes.
Weeks 3 and 4 – I was required to work onsite as opposed to staying at home for these weeks. I will mention before launching into reviewing these weeks that my workplace have chosen to keep windows and doors open wherever possible as a Covid-secure measure meaning there were many days I was rather cold! During these weeks, should I have wished to, I felt as though I could have worn tops for more than one wear without needing to wash as at the end of the day my clothes still smelt perfectly of subtle coconut. It’s really hard for me to know how much product is left in the tube but Wild estimate they last 4-6 weeks. I’m hoping to get another 2 weeks out of mine which might coincide with some warmer weather in the UK!
Weeks 5, 6 and beyond… – My deodorant is still going and I don’t remotely feel like I skimped on applying it, if anything I feel like I really whacked in on, particularly in the beginning as I was wary of the mentioned adjustment period. The UK weather finally gave us some hot sunshine in June and Wild didn’t let me down at all. Even after going on some very long walks in the glorious warm weather I didn’t notice any negatives to using this product compared to an anti perspirant. I wasn’t worry about smelling bad or getting really sweaty.
The Final Word
I have since purchased a block of their Orange scent from Sainsbury. I noticed that their sensitive skin formulas still aren’t available on store or online hence deciding to only buy one as opposed to signing up for a subscription. Whilst I wouldn’t say I have overly sensitive skin I’ve noticed with previous deodorants it was very common for me to get flaky dry underarms. This didn’t happen at all with the Wild Coconut Dreams.
If using this orange scent works are successfully for me as their sensitive skin Coconut Dreams then I am converted. This testing period I found really successful and I love all the eco efforts Wild are making as a brand. As this didn’t let me down at all and I can’t find anything really negative to say I would personally find it a bit irresponsible to do back to my old deodorant buying ways!
I’m fully aware that this product is more expensive than the old £1 plastic or plastic and glass deodorants I used to buy but as so many other eco swaps have been lower cost for me it all balances out. I recently bought 4 paper wrapped bars of soap for £1.25 – even if I’d bought the cheapest own brand shower gel or hand soap I’d still be looking at 75p a bottle in Boots which would be £3.
I was able to buy the orange deodorant block with £1.25 cashback (25% off) in Sainsbury via the Green Jinn app during the first week of June. I was thrilled to see this as it saved me money on a planned purchase.
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Likes: subtle fresh scent, after quick adjustment period this was reliable and I felt confident I’d remain fresh smelling! stocked in Sainsbury for even greater accessibility
Dislikes: creamy white streaks on clothes if not left to dry properly (it’s been years since I used creamy deodorants but I’ll bet this is the case for non-eco ones also!)
I set up a referral – I’ve read T&Cs and this isn’t affiliate. The code FSFARD20 will knock 20% off purchases thanks to Wild generously setting this up for me, for transparency I won’t earn any money from the use of this code.