Review – PROVERB SKIN Refillable Deodorant Starter Set

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If you are on a mission to live more sustainably, a great way to cut down on bathroom waste is by switching to a refillable deodorant. Proverb Skin have developed a refillable deodorant that is all natural, recyclable and biodegradable. Their formulas are all vegan and free from aluminium, petroleums, parabens, SLS, artificial fragrance, propylene glycol, propylene gases, animal testing, GM ingredients and gluten.  

PROVERB was launched in late 2017 with a range of clean, natural and organic skincare products for men that are lab proven to work. Based on the ethos that you ‘get out what you put in’ across all areas of your life from work, to family through to making your mark on the world, founders Kirstie and Luke Sherriff, wanted to create a brand that would be part of helping people feel, look and think better – to get the most out of every day.

Kirstie and her husband Luke, met at Oxford University. Luke became a professional rugby player for the Harlequins while Kirstie decided on a very different path – beauty therapy.

The founders original award winning Organic Spa Brand, Pinks Boutique has 65 skin and body products.

Proverb is a collaboration of Kirstie’s 20 year’s expertise, creating certified clean, natural and organic skincare products and Luke’s 2 degrees in Human Health and Genetics from Oxford University, where they met back in 1998.  Add Luke’s 11 years of elite sports nutrition, training and a fixation on performance as a professional rugby player (with Harlequins and Nottingham RFC) and they have arrived here with the wholehearted belief that product companies need to change.

Our mission is simple; to make amazing, clean, natural and organic products that are better for human health & performance, the planet and its people.

Our passion is to help people feel, think and look better so they can make the most out of everyday and together we can give back to the people who need it the most.

PROVERB Refillable Deodorant STARTER SET

Proverb Natural Refillable Deodorant is a stick deodorant that glides on easily, keeps you smelling fresh and dry all day long. Easy to refill, and efficient to use every day. If you didn’t think it was possible to actually love a deodorant… wait till you have tried Proverb Natural Refillable Deodorant.

You get a free refillable case with the starter set. I decided to go with the grey refillable case. The case is stylish, solid and hardwearing. What’s great is you can reuse it over and over again and you only ever need to buy refills.

It is also available in white and yellow.

There are 3 different levels of deodorant strength to adapt to your skin sensitivity and sweat levels:

  • Level 1) Active = our formula designed for a busy life or changing from a regular deodorant or antiperspirant. These are the most powerful.
  • Level 2) Core = all of our fragrance options but without baking soda, for those who have allergies to it, people who don’t really struggle with BO or younger armpits.
  • Level 3) Sensitive & Unfragranced = for super sensitive armpits. No baking soda and a gentler base formula to care for delicate skin.

I decided to go with level 2 – Core as I now avoid using bicarb deodorants due to a severe reaction. There are 5 fragrance options to choose from:

  • Wild Mint & Eucalyptus – Core
  • Wild Mint & Eucalyptus – Active
  • Coconut & Tonka – Core
  • Coconut & Tonka – Active
  • Sensitive & Unfragranced. 

I chose Coconut & Tonka – Core.


caprylic/capric triglyceride, zea mays (corn) seed flour, tapioca starch, magnesium hydroxide, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, acetylated glyceryl stearate/palmitate, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, magnesium carbonate hydroxide, glyceryl caprylate, stearic acid, myrica cerifera (bayberry) fruit wax, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, dipteryx odorata (tonka) seed extract.

The deodorant refill is packaged in a specialist paper wrap to protect the deodorant. The paper wrap and sticker can both go straight into your normal paper recycling stream or compost pile. The wrap is 100% plastic-free. The sticker adhesive and paper is biodegradable & made from sugar cane, hemp, and linen.

Their deodorant refills are the LARGEST REFILLS on the market as they are built to be sustainable so you consume less while avoiding aluminium and parabens in your armpits.

Proverb refills are a super-sized 70g. If used once a day it will last 8-12 weeks.

The refill contains a recyclable plastic PET wheel. Proverb advise to keep and collect them. When you have 6, they will send you a special bag to send them back so they can loop them back into production.

It was really easy to insert the refill into the case and get started. The deodorant is smooth to apply and glides on easily. I absolutely love the Coconut & Tonka scent. I love the interesting combination of coffee, apricot and apple with rich, deep and warm oriental tonka. The scent is simply exqusite!

The deodorant is super concentrated so less is more. You only need 2-3 swipes per armpit, once it dries it leaves a thin light powder coating. It doesn’t leave any white marks on your clothes, however if you are getting white marks on your clothes then it’s a good sign you are using too much.

How did it perform?

This deodorant is a game-changer for me and I have to say it is the most effective deodorant I’ve tried so far. I love how gentle the formula is on my skin and it kept me dry and smelling fresh all day long.

It works brilliantly especially on hot summer days. Thankfully I didn’t have to worry about body odour, no stinky armpits here!

This deodorant had me covered whatever the weather or how active I was. I could simply get on with my day and be confident I’ll stay smelling fresh all day long.

Proverb refillable deodorant ticks all the boxes for me:

Staying fresh all day long no matter how active you are
Feeling confident you smell good
Saving single-use plastic
Avoiding aluminium and questionable ingredients in mainstream deodorants
Solutions for super sensitive armpits and baking soda allergies


Proverb offer one-time purchase or subscription options which are flexible and affordable. You can cancel at any time, skip a delivery or even change a product or add products to your subscription.

ONE-TIME PURCHASE£15Refillable Deodorant STARTER SET (including free case & 1 refill)
£30Refillable Deodorant STARTER SET (including free case & 2 refills)
£30Deodorant REFILLS – Set of 2 
£15Deodorant REFILL – 1
£5Refillable Deodorant CASE
£1.95 shipping on orders under £29
SUBSCRIPTION£12Refillable Deodorant STARTER SET (including free case & 1 refill)
£24Deodorant REFILLS – Set of 2 
£12Deodorant Refill – 1
£1.95 shipping on orders under £29

I’m completely sold on this refillable deodorant and will be subscribing once I run out. I can’t wait to try the Wild Mint and Eucalyptus.

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Have you tried Proverb refillable deodorant?  Let me know in the comments.


Until next time,




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Hi there! I’m Lola, founder of Discover Green Beauty, a blog that is all about an organic, non-toxic approach to beauty, health and wellness.

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