Spending time indulging in nature can give us the freedom to ditch the make up, the hair products, and all the unnecessary grooming supplies we typically use on a daily basis. However, sometimes a good vegan deodorant can make a sweaty hike and enclosed spaces (like a tent) a bit more enjoyable… for everyone.
Thankfully there are heaps of awesome vegan deodorants out there today that actually work! Natural deodorants have been given a bad reputation for being too weak or simply too fragrant! With so many people making the switch to healthier alternatives, several brands have stepped up to deliver high quality and environmentally friendly vegan deodorant.
What Makes Deodorant Vegan?
Many popular deodorant brands that you’ll find at your local drugs store are known for testing their products on live animals, and that’s just not cool. Some of these deodorants also contain ingredients such as Stearic Acid, which is derived from the stomachs of pigs, cows, or sheep. Beeswax is another common material used for texture and stabilization in natural deodorants.
What Are The Best Vegan Deodorant Brands?
Deodorant has become a huge topic within the wellness world over the past few years over its controversial ingredients. Many deodorant companies have tried to brand their products as natural by simply adding just one natural ingredient. Even the claim of natural, of course, does not necessarily make the product vegan or cruelty-free.
Below I’ve created a chart of quality deodorants that are all vegan and cruelty-free (the base standard for any vegan product.) Some have additional qualities like all organic, 100% natural, and biodegradable packaging. Depending on what characteristics you value most, you can choose the best product for yourself.
|Brand||Product||All Natural||Recyclable Packaging||Organic||Size||Price USD|
|Meow Meow Tweet||Deodorant Stick||✓||✓||✓||1.8oz||$14|
|Primal Life||Primal Pit Paste||✓||✓||✓||3oz||$16|
|Kaia Naturals||The Juicy Bamboo||2.29oz||$22|
|Green Goo||Gel Deodorant||✓||2.25oz||$8|
|Modern Botany||MB Deodorant||✓||3.4oz||$30|
Meow Meow Tweet Vegan Deodorant Stick
Not only does Meow Meow Tweet have the coolest branding and name in the vegan deodorant game.. their packaging is also 100% compostable! The deodorant stick is made up of all natural essential oils and mineral powders to keep you dry and smelling fresh.
Primal Life Deodorant Stick
We love all of primal life’s products. They are also a 100% vegan company and many of their products come in compostable packaging! Primal life deodorant has a special formula that allows you to sweat naturally without smelling.
Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo
Kaia Naturals is made of bamboo charcol mixture that has been used in japan for centuries to control odor. Sour lime and sweet orange essential oils work together to create a fresh and light scent.
Green Goo Gel Deodorant
For those looking for an all-natural deodorant, Green Goo has a line of gel deodorants that are super gentle on sensitive skin. There are a lot of beautiful, natural scents to choose from. Green Goo also makes a solid vegan deodorant. It’s worth checking out all of their products because this company is 100% vegan!
Modern Botany Deodorant
This unique spray formula from Modern Botany allows you to sweat naturally while keeping odors away. A mix of cleansing essential oils create a wonderful, gender-neutral scent that will last.
Blume Hug Me Deodorant
Not only does blume prevent sweat and dryness at the same time, it’s also scent free! Let’s be honest, sometimes you don’t want to smell like deodorant and daisies. They advertise that you only have to apply once a day, which is something many vegan deodorants can not claim.
This would be a great deodorant for traveling. It lasts for up to 7 DAYS! A small tube can keep you odor-free for up to 3 months. It only takes a tiny amount of products to have full armpit coverage. Nuud’s deodorant tubes are made from a sugar cane composite and are completely compostable.
Does Vegan Deodorant Actually Work?
It does work! Vegan deodorants use ingredients like arrow root or baking soda to keep the underarms dry. Micro silver is used in many deodorants to prevent odor causing bacteria and essential oils are often used to give off a long-lasting fresh scent. While I haven’t personally tested each and every one of these brands, I have tried a few and I have never been disappointed.
Is Vegan Deodorant Good For you?
Skin tends to naturally absorb just about anything you apply to it, so its no surprise that plant-based ingredients will provide positive benefits to your overall health. Coconut oil is used in many vegan deodorants, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and moisturizer. If you’re more concerned about keeping odor away rather than staying dry, Primal Life deodorant is made with hemp oil, which allows your pores to sweat and purge bacteria and toxins naturally without the smell.
What is the Best Vegan Deodorant For Backpacking?
My personal choice would be Nuud’s vegan deodorant because it last up to 7 days without reapplication! So all you have to do is apply if before you hit the trail and you’re good to go. The formula is super concentrated and the tiny bottle is made from sugar cane. Plus its easy to pack if you want to bring it along. So cool.
How to Make Homemade Vegan Deodorant
Want to test your own deodorant DIY skills? Try making your own vegan deodorant! It’s actually fairly simple to make and you can easily make a custom scent. I love this tutorial from Niki Shariley of Urban Bush Babes. Check it out!
I know the world of vegan wellness products can be overwhelming, so I hope this has been an informative look at all things vegan deodorant! Let us know if you’ve personally tried any of these products and tell us about your experience in the comments below. Additionally, if you recommend any vegan deodorant that I haven’t mentioned please drop a link and a tell us why you like it. I will be updating the chart with reader recommendations every few months!
Also: Check out the article I wrote about my favorite vegan sunscreen products!