It matters what you smear on your armpits.
Wouldn't you feel better knowing that the chemicals in your deodorant hadn't caused suffering to animals in a laboratory somewhere?
Moreover, wouldn't you rather have natural, non-chemical ingredients seeping into your pores?
The good news is there are plenty of vegan deodorants to choose from, with safe, natural ingredients – free from dairy derivatives, beeswax, and toxins like aluminum, phthalates, and parabens.
Whether you want a stick for sensitive skin, one without a fragrance, or one that isn't an anti-perspirant, there's an option here for you.
18 100% Vegan Deodorants
1. Native Deodorant
Native Deodorant is a natural product that will work well for both men and women. It is vegan and gluten-free, not to mention cruelty-free and tested on humans rather than animals.
As a natural deodorant, Native steers clear of chemicals that can be harmful to the skin such as aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. To ensure you stay dry and to eliminate odor-causing bacteria, they use safe ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, tapioca starch, shea butter, and probiotics.
Native deodorant is available in Charcoal, Citrus and Herbal Musk, Coconut and Vanilla, Cucumber and Mint, Eucalyptus and Mint, and Lavender and Rose. If you'd rather not have a fragrance, go for the unscented variety.
2. Humble All-Natural Deodorant
Containing only four ingredients, this all-natural deodorant is a perfect choice for people with sensitive skin.
It is non-toxic and contains no alcohol, aluminum, parabens, or even baking soda. It is also certified by Leaping Bunny as a cruelty-free product.
Each Humble deo is made from organic ingredients, including coconut oil, organic cornstarch, wild-harvested candelilla wax, and magnesium hydroxide. It is also enhanced with essential oils for a calming scent.
Choose from three aromatic variants: Bergamot and Ginger, Mountain Lavender, and Simply Unscented.
3. Kopari Deodorant
Made with organic coconut oil, Kopari Deodorant has an aluminum-free, plant-based formula that helps protect the body against odour. Designed for sensitive skin, it smoothens and soothes the skin surface without leaving a sticky feeling.
Kopari deodorant is made from the organic ingredients such as coconut water, sage oil, glycerin (vegetable derived), coconut fruit juice, fennel, organic coconut oil, and citric acid.
Kopari vegan deodorant has three variants: Driftwood Scent with Charcoal, Lightly Coconut Scented, and For Sensitive Skin.
4. Bali Secrets Natural Deodorant
Bali Secrets deodorant is certified vegan and cruelty-free. It is made with high quality ingredients that fight odor without leaving that annoying sticky feeling. This Bali-made roll-on is easy to apply and one stick will last up to three months.
Bali Secrets is made seaweed extract, natural mineral salt, aloe vera leaf extract, distilled water, coconut oil, and essential oils: rose, lavender, galangal, mint, and magnolia.
This natural deodorant, all the way from Bali, is available in five essences: Original Essence, Aloe Delight, Delicate Rose, Sandalwood, and Unscented.
5. M3 Naturals All Natural Deodorant With Magnesium
A toxin-free deodorant for men and women, M3 Naturals with Magnesium is gentle on the skin. An additional benefit is the magnesium content, which aids in helping body aches and pains.
M3 is free of aluminum, paraben, alcohol, and synthetic fragrance. It is made with organic coconut oil, organic carnauba wax, organic arrowroot powder, shea butter, and magnesium hydroxide, and is infused with aloe, green tea, and other blends of essential oil.
The subtle M3 fragrance combines aloe vera and green tea.
6. Sam’s Natural Deodorant
Sam’s Natural Deodorant is not an anti-perspirant, which is ideal for those who find standard brands block the pores and cause irritation. Packed in a 3-oz tube that lasts up to four months, one to two swipes is recommended per use
Sam’s Natural Deodorant is produced from plant-based ingredients including coconut oil, candelilla wax, arrowroot powder, MCT oil, pumpkinseed oil, shea butter, fragrance, rosemary leaf extract, carrot seed essential oil, tea tree essential oil, aloe vera leaf extract, vitamin e, and aspen bark extract.
This vegan, cruelty-free deodorant is available in a wide range of awesome scents: Aloe, Bay, Cedar, Chestnut, Leather, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Ravine, Sage Lime, Original, Sandalwood, Sport, Wilderness, and Unscented.
7. Spirit Nest All Natural Deodorant
Using 100% vegan and non-toxic ingredients, Spirit Nest keeps you fresh and odor-free. Moreover, the container is also made of recyclable plastic.
Spirit Nest contains organic ingredients including coconut oil, carnauba wax, arrowroot powder, shea butter, natural baking soda, and organic essential oils.
Choose from two scents: Lavender Moon, and Naked Moon.
8. MONA Natural Deodorant
MONA is enhanced with natural zinc and magnesium minerals, topped off with a balanced pH, making it a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin. Handmade in the US, this deodorant is long-lasting and does not leave stains.
Ingredients include: shea butter, arrowroot powder, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, candelilla wax, carnauba wax, rosemary oil, non-GMO sunflower-derived vitamin E.
Choose from five scents: Unscented, Jasmine, Lavender, Orange, and Rose.
9. Raw Earth All-Natural Deodorant
Made with love in the USA, all Raw Earth deodorants are hand-produced in small quantities. The formula is made from five vegan, edible ingredients.
The company also supports social responsibility initiatives by using sustainable products and recyclable materials.
The organic ingredients include coconut oil, carnauba wax, arrowroot powder, shea butter, lemon essential oil, lime essential oil, and thyme essential oil. And instead of baking soda, which can irritate the skin, the formula uses magnesium hydroxide.
You can choose from three alluring scents: Citrus and Thyme, Cedarwood/Cypress/Sage, and Lavender/Ylang Ylang/Bergamot.
10. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
Another vegan, cruelty-free deodorant, Schmidt’s is free of aluminum and artificial fragrances. This deodorant is effective in fighting off odor-causing bacteria, leaving your pits fresh and protected.
100% vegan ingredients include: arrowroot powder, coconut oil, shea butter, candelilla wax, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower-derived vitamin E.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is available in the following scents: Bergamot/Lime, Cedarwoor/Juniper, Rose/Vanilla, and Fragrance-free.
11. Green Tidings Natural Deodorant
Lasting for 24 hours, Green Tidings aids in absorbing armpit moisture and protecting the skin against microorganisms. It is safe for both men and women, for those with sensitive skin, and for kids.
This is an all-natural product containing virgin coconut oil, shea butter (unrefined), magnesium oil, tapioca starch, aluminum-free baking soda, wildcrafted candelilla wax and 100% pure lavender essential oil (added in the lavender scent version)
This deodorant comes in six gender-neutral versions, including Floral Spice, Jasmine Rose, Lavender, Orange Vanilla, Vetiver Citrus, and Unscented.
12. Organic Island Deodorant
Sustainable and organic, Island Deodorant is packed in a 3-ounce, 100% paperboard, recyclable container and tagged with a biodegradable label. Each one is infused with probiotics to control odor and keep the skin fresh.
Organic Island Deodorant contains coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda (naturally aluminum-free), wildcrafted candelilla wax, organic jojoba oil, and shelf-stable probiotics.
Available in unscented only.
13. Kiss My Face Deodorant
All-day protection without irritation, Kiss My Face is a vegan deodorant that fights bacteria and moisturizes your skin, without leaving white marks.
Numerous natural ingredients include aloe leaf juice, witch hazel distillate, grapefruit seed extract, rosemary leaf extract, sage leaf extract, coriander seed extract, thyme leaf extract, green tea leaf extract, and natural fragrance.
Kiss My Face is available in four versions: Cucumber Green Tea, Fragrance-free, Lavender, and Sport.
14. Sky Organics Organic Deodorant
Certified organic and vegan by USDA, Sky is free from harmful substances like aluminum, parabens, and phthalates. In other words it's perfect for easily irritated skin.
Each tub of Sky Organics deodorant contains the following certified organic ingredients: coconut oil, carnauba wax, arrowroot root powder, shea butter, and baking soda.
Sky Organics is a fragrance-free product.
15. Botanik Natural Deodorant for Men
Botanik Deodorant is an organic, vegan product, free of harmful chemicals. It is also manufactured in the USA, so you know the people working to make the product are treated fairly.
Botanik is easily applied with a handy stick, and works for men, women, and kids.
Ingredients are 100% vegan: coconut oil, carnauba wax, arrowroot powder, shea butter, douglas fir essential oil, scotch pine essential oil, sage essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil.
Botanik deodorant is available in three versions: Unscented, Wild Lavender (for women), and Fresh Evergreen (for men).
16. Each & Every Aluminum-free Deodorant
Aside from being free from aluminum, Each & Every Deodorant is baking soda and paraben-free. It is made with five organic substances and enhanced with essential oils. It is certified cruelty-free and provides long-lasting protection.
Ingredients include tapioca starch, piroctone olamine, dead sea minerals, ozokerite, and natural essential oils.
Choose from a fragrance-free version and five aromatic scents: Cardamom and Ginger, Cedar and Vanilla, Citrus Vetivert, Lavender Lemon, And Rose and Vanilla.
17. Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant
Alcohol- and aluminum-free, Tarte Vegan Deodorant is a non-irritating product that still neutralizes odor for daily cleanliness. Its hypoallergenic cream-to-powder formula absorbs moisture soothes skin with aloe leaf juice.
Among other ingredients, this vegan deodorant is contains water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, propanediol, sodium stearate, corn starch, and parfum/fragrance.
This product comes in just one version – the Clean Queen with a sweet vanilla scent.
18. Crystal Active Natural Crystal Deodorant
A natural and hypoallergenic product, Crystal Active is a crystal rock deodorant (non an anti-perspirant) containing a single ingredient to eliminate bacteria without clogging pores. This crystal-rock roll up lasts up to two years!
This cruelty-free deodorant is made of Potassium Alum, which has been clinically tried for effectiveness and safety.
The Crystal Active Natural Deodorant is unscented.
A Final Word
From an ethical perspective most of us would like to avoid testing on animals, which makes the deodorants in this list an obvious choice.
From a health perspective, we should all be concerned, though not alarmed, with the suggested link between aluminum and breast cancer.
A laboratory analysis of tissue from 17 women who had undergone mastectomies as part of their treatment for breast cancer found aluminum in both breast tissue and breast fat.
The researchers also found that the aluminum content was higher in the outer regions of the breast than in the inner regions. They hypothesized that the use of aluminum-based deodorants could be a factor (1).
Research is in its infancy, but avoiding aluminum in deodorants would naturally be the sensible thing to do.
Research on ‘the effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiome' found the following:
Antiperspirant use strikingly alters armpit bacterial communities, making them more species rich. Because antiperspirants only came into use within the last century, we presume that the species of bacteria they favor are not those historically common in the human armpit.
Whether these species may interfere with the function of beneficial skin symbionts, contribute antibiotic resistance genes, prove benign, or perhaps even confer beneficial effects to human health remains an intriguing avenue for further study (2).
Suffice to say, where possible, using natural plant extracts on your skin instead of chemicals is a far healthier choice.
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