[Review] Is Kiima™ Deodorant Applicator Worth It?

Most major deodorant companies use plastic applicators, and there’s no way to really use every last drop of deodorant so there’s always some left in the bottom.

This creates a ton of waste because it’s something that nearly everyone buys. So, all of these plastics and chemicals wind up in landfills, which eventually make their way into our oceans and waterways.

Not to mention the amount of money we have to spend on new applicators every time we run out of deodorant.

In this review, we gonna look at a new product: Kiima™, where it was created with the hope that it would solve part of the waste problem caused by traditional deodorant applicators. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Kiima™ is now on Kickstarter. In less than 10 days, they have exceeded 10x the pledge goal. If you’re about to make a pledge, below is what is important to you.

The Advertised Selling Point  

Kiima is a deodorant applicator that’s refillable. So, you won’t have to throw the applicator away and contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem.

You won’t be wasting your money on applicators anymore, either.

But what exactly do you do with just an applicator? You can buy deodorant online to put into it. There are many all-natural deodorant merchants on everything from Amazon to Etsy.

But, Kiima also comes with 2 refills from companies they’re partnered with. If you’re inclined to craft, there’s a DIY kit available with molds so you can make your own deodorant to put into the applicator.

The lid system is pretty ingenious. You remove the lid, remove the clip, replace the deodorant, put the clip back on and put the lid back on.

The clip is the unique part. It holds the last little bit of deodorant in place and allows it to sit on top of the new deodorant pod, meaning you’re not wasting the last little bit because you can’t get to it.

But, is Kiima a product that lives up to the hype?

Our Analysis and Review

If you buy the Kiima, you’re pretty much stuck with natural deodorant.

That sounds great, right? The problem is that if you’re like most civilized adults in the Western Hemisphere, you’ve been using deodorant since you were a preteen that contained aluminum that works as an antiperspirant.

Antiperspirant is actually considered to be an over-the-counter drug, and you’ll go through a detox phase when you stop using it.

This consists of such things as sweating more, being a lot more wet and smelling more. You’ll come through the other side and the natural deodorant will start working for you eventually.

But for many people, the idea of detoxing and sweating and smelling more just isn’t worth it. 

The Potential Drawbacks

Kiima is an interesting concept, and it’s definitely one way to fight the ongoing battle to eliminate waste and save the environment.

But, it’s hardly the only product on the market of its kind.

In fact, because Kickstarter recommends products based on what you’re viewing, I was able to find a product that I like better. Kiima isn’t currently telling you what scents are available.

You have to wait until you get the survey before they ship. So, on the one hand it’s sort of a surprise mystery of scent, but on the other you might not even like what they offer.

How’s Kiima Compared to its Competitors

While Kiima strives to be eco-conscious, it falls a little short of that goal.

They encourage people to send their applicator back in so it can be recycled, but other than that it’s just made from recycled paper products. But check this product called Wellow, another Kickstarter deodorant campaign.

It tells you right off the bat what scents it comes in, it’s biodegradable in 3 months, and there are no chemicals used in or on it.

The dyes and inks used on the applicator are even plant-based. It even comes right out and says things like that it’s going to “unclog your pores”, which isn’t entirely avoiding the antiperspirant detox conversation in the same way that Kiima does. 

Wrap Up

So, is Kiima worth it? In my opinion, no.

If I were going to go through with antiperspirant detox, I’m pretty sure I’d go with a different company.

Kiima’s idea was kind of cool, but they definitely fall short in terms of both execution and presentation.

There are a lot of eco-friendly companies out there that are just killing it, so if you’re looking to make the switch from aluminum-based antiperspirants to all-natural deodorants, I suggest you go with one of them.