For anyone who has made the move from ordinary deodorants to natural, vegan and cruelty-free deodorants, we feel your frustration. It is so difficult to find truly cruelty free and vegan deodorants that are entirely natural and keep you feeling fresh all day. There is nothing worse than getting stuck sitting, standing, working next to someone that is not wearing deodorant OR is trying out a natural deodorant that just doesn’t work. Since we have been in both positions (including smelling a little unpleasant while trying out various deodorant options), we thought we’d share our findings and our list of impressive options with you…
Per our approach to beauty products, we have searched high and low for deodorants that are:
- Animal / Environmentally friendly: Cruelty-free, organic & natural, vegan and palm oil free
- Effective: They must work – perhaps for different purposes but they must still work!
- Low impact and have a social ethos: Ideally using recycled materials but must always be recyclable. We also look out for brands doing more than just making profits
We will continue to add to this list as we find more great options. If you know of any others that work, let us know!
Black Chicken Remedies Deodorant:
Black Chicken’s Axilla Deodorant paste is becoming world renowned as one of the best natural deodorants available and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve found Axilla paste to be the most effective and one of the easiest to apply. With ingredients that are simple to understand this deodorant is smooth to apply, has a pleasant smell and is, most importantly, extremely effective – even for vigorous exercise. It is also cruelty-free, vegan, palm oil free and 100% natural. It also comes in a recyclable container
About Black Chicken Remedies:
Black Chicken Remedies is one of our favourite brands. All their products are 100% cruelty-free, palm oil free, organic & natural and with the exception of one product, vegan. All Black Chicken Remedies’ packaging is recyclable and every product is designed to “make a difference on a physical, mental and emotional level”
Most importantly, the Schmidt’s deodorants that we have tried work exceptionally well and get us through our daily bike rides. Despite it taking a little getting used to, we now love the routine of applying the paste, it feels like you’re doing something special for yourself. Their deodorants are all vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free and natural. Their stick deodorant containers are made of 60% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. We’re very happy customers, on our third Schmidt’s jar!
Portland based deodorant specialists, Schmidt’s make an excellent range of natural products. All their products are 100% cruelty-free, organic & natural and vegan. Their deodorants are all palm oil free (however their soaps do contain a palm oil derivative). Schmidt’s has a next level recycling program where you can send back 5 of the re-usable glass jars and they will send you a free jar! Unfortunately, this only works if you’re based in the US. For the rest of us, the jars are 100% recyclable.
Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorants:
Meow Meow Tweet offers small batch deodorant in both stick and cream form and offers baking soda free options as well. All their deodorants are 100% vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free and natural. Many of their ingredients are USDA certified organic. Natural deodorant users the world over find Meow Meow Tweet’s natural, vegan deodorants to be extremely effective, favorited by those living chemical free lives! The packaging these deodorants come in is 100% recyclable.
About Meow Meow Tweet
Meow Meow Tweet is a small batch skin care company offering a cute range of body care, facial care, soaps and deodorants All their products are 100% cruelty-free, organic / natural, vegan and palm oil free. They source all of their ingredients ethically including their cocoa butter, shea butter, sugar, coconut oil and coffee which are all from fair trade suppliers. All their packaging is 100% recyclable and they support an impressive number of charities with ongoing monthly donations
Booda Organics’s deodorants:
Booda Organics offers a single highly effective deodorant made with certified organic butters & oils . This deodorant is 100% vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free and organic. It also comes in a BPA free container that is 100% recyclable
About Booda Organics
Booda Organics is a family run business, specializing in handmade skincare made with only the highest quality, food-grade, organic, non-GMO, sustainable, vegan ingredients. All their products are 100% cruelty-free, organic / natural, vegan and palm oil free. Their products all contain only 5 ingredients or less! They source all of their ingredients ethically including their cocoa butter, shea butter which are from fair trade suppliers. All their packaging is 100% recyclable and they support over 30 charities every year.
Availability: Booda Organics
Miessence offers a range of deodorants that are vegan, cruelty-free, organic and palm oil free. They use non-GMO ingredients and no aluminum compounds. So far, we have found their Milk of Magnesia Ultrasensitive Roll-on Deodorant the most effective of their four options, getting us through moderate activity days. All Miessence deodorant options come in recyclable containers and last really well.
Based in Queensland Australia, Miessence was the world’s first certified organic cosmetic and skincare range. All their products are organic, cruelty-free and vegan (with the exception of a few products that contain beeswax). They’re also currently phasing out palm oil which is found in 5 of their 75 products. Miessence is 110% carbon negative, they use renewable wind energy and they only source ingredients from fair trade protected growers
Natural Deodorant Co Deodorant:
We’re on our second tub of the Clean Deodorant Balm which has held up particularly well and smells delicious. These deodorant balms are also cruelty-free, natural & organic, vegan and palm oil free. The tubs are made of glass and can either be reused or recycled. We found these to be the easiest of all the paste / balms to apply with a nice creamy texture. No white marks and highly effective – even when exercising
About The Natural Deodorant Co:
The Natural Deodorant Co is a neat little deodorant specialist based in the UK and run by Laurie who started the business when she realised how limited the options were for natural, organic deodorants. Low production runs and high quality ingredients mean these tubs are a little more than your typical deodorants but we found they last a while as you don’t need a huge amount to do the job
Salt of the Earth Deodorant:
This is an interesting one… a single ingredient, pure potassium alum, a mineral salt that’s been used as a natural deodorant for centuries. This ingredient is not to be confused with synthetic aluminium. As well as being all natural, Crystal Spring’s little deo sticks are also cruelty-free, vegan and palm oil free. Their packaging is all recyclable… however, this deodorant is like a piece of rock – I image Crystal Spring can probably ditch the plastic holder it comes in and sell it just as is. We found this deodorant to be effective on non-physical days … but wouldn’t hang our hat on it to get you through any heavy exercise sessions. There are a few arguments out there on the interwebs that potassium alum is not 100% safe. We are no scientists but feel that we naturally consume a fair amount of aluminium in our water supply so this feels reasonably low risk. However, if you are concerned, stick with other options above
About Salt of the Earth:
Owned by the Crystal Spring brand, founded by Mother and Son Team in 2005, Salt of the Earth has a number of natural deodorants in their range that are all cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. Some of their deodorants may contain a palm oil derivative so we have stuck to listing the crystal deodorants that define the Salt of the Earth range.