The 5 Best Cruelty-Free Deodorants That Actually Work

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Ever since I’ve stopped using aluminum deodorant, I’ve been on a quest for the best cruelty-free deodorant.

Some people don’t sweat a lot and are therefore happy with just a tiny bit of odor protection. Not me! If I’m just hanging out around the house or if I’m not doing much that day, then maybe. But if it’s hot, if I have to move around or exercise, or if we’re in the middle of summer, I need a deodorant that’s super effective!

The following deodorants have been my favorites for a while, and they’re a part of that whole spectrum. I’ve rated them on a scale of 1 to 4, 1 being “just chilling around the house” and 4 being “hip hop abs workout in the desert”.

1. Just Chilling Around The House

Crystal Body Deodorant. Crystal deodorants are made from potassium aluminum sulfate, which is a salt. They are free of all the ingredients found in antiperspirants that mainly contain aluminum. I was skeptical of this deodorant at first, but it does work: it totally gets rid of odor for hours. You won’t be totally dry, but your armpits won’t have any smell whatsoever. Perfect for lounging around the house! It costs around 5$, and it’s going to last you a lifetime (no joke).

Where to buy: Amazon or iHerb ($6.55).

Crystal Deodorant

Ingredients: Potassium Aluminum Sulfate.

2. Running For Errands

Lush Aromaco. This is one of the best cruelty-free deodorants I’ve found so far, but it’s not the most long-lasting. It comes in a bar, and you simply swipe it on your armpits as you would a stick deodorant. It has a strong patchouli scent, which I like, but most of the time I choose to tone it down by adding a Lush powder deodorant on top of Aromaco.

Where to buy: Lush stores ($6.95).

aromaco

Witch Hazel Infusion (Hamamelis virginiana) , Propylene Glycol , Sodium Stearate , Chamomile Vinegar (Anthemis nobilis) , Sodium Bicarbonate , Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , *Citral , Perfume.

3. Busy Day At Work

Lavanila. This deodorant smells lovely and will protect you against odor throughout the whole day. If you’re looking for an everyday deodorant, it fits all the requirements for being amont the best cruelty-free deodorants you can find. It’s also natural and contains no aluninum whatsoever and no parabens. Highly recommended!

Where to buy: Sephora ($14) or Amazon.

lavanila

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.

Schmidt’s Deodorant. February 2015 Update: This one wasn’t initially in my list, but I’ve been using it for a few months now and it’s become my favorite natural deodorant. I love the packaging: it comes in a glass jar, which makes application easy and way more hygienic than any other deodorant, even traditional ones. This also doesn’t irritate my armpits like some other natural deodorants do. The scent of the Lime + Bergamot one is amazing! Definitely, definitely give this one a try! It compares to drugstore deodorants in terms of how clean and dry it keeps your armpits all day.

Where to buy: Amazon or iHerb ($9).

schmidts-deo

Shea Butter, Baking Soda, Arrowroot powder, Cocoa Seed Butter, Citrus Bergamot Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hop Extract

4. Hip Hop Abs Workout In The Desert

CertainDri. I don’t like using antiperspirants on a daily basis, but some occasions just call for it. This is the cruelty-free antiperspirant I use when those occasions arise. It’s extremely efficient, dries quickly, and doesn’t leave stains on my shirts. If you’re looking for a miracle cruelty-free antiperspirant, this is your guy.

Where to buy: Amazon.

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Active ingredient: Aluminum Chloride 12%. Inactive ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Water.
  • Ariana

    Does the Lush Aromaco keep you dry throughout the day? Thanks :)

    • Suzi

      What I do is I top it with a tiny bit of deodorant powder from Lush, and that really does keep me dry all day!

  • Jessica

    I tried Tom’s, and it burned my armpits. Literally. Skin came off, and dark burn marks were everywhere. I live in the South, and the Tom’s also stopped working in minutes. I started to smell during low impact workouts (making them burning worse). Any tips for someone who needs something strong due to workouts and humidity?

    • Suzi

      Wow, that sounds awful. :/ Did you try finding out what ingredient caused that reaction? It’s hard to recommend an effective natural deodorant. I wouldn’t suggest using an antiperspirant like CertainDri every day. What I do is I sometimes layer natural deodorants when it gets too hot and humid. Crystal + Schmidt’s for example. Topping with powder will also help a little bit.

    • nathashaalvarez

      The same thing happened to me. I thought I had cancer!

    • cyphine

      Oh my goodness! The same thing happened to me with Tom’s nearly three decades ago! I guess their formula has not improved.

  • JMcK

    The CertainDri says it contains aluminium. Is that the harmful form of aluminum?

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi

      Yes. CertainDri is more of a special occasion deo. All the other options are safe though!

  • Noelia

    I just want an antiperspirant that works and is cruelty-free. I don’t care if it has chemicals or if it’s vegan. I just want it to work. I’ve been trying CertainDri for 2 days now and while it does keep wetness away it doesn’t work well for the odor. what can uou suggest

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi

      Sorry it didn’t work for you. :( Certain Dri is about the strongest cruelty-free deodorant there is, so I have no alternatives. What I do for extra odor protection is top my go-to deo with a powder deodorant from Lush.

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    I hope you like it! That’s my favorite scent after trying them all!

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    Awesome!! Just an FYI, I personally never use it right after shaving.

    • Alison

      I haven’t either, thanks for the tip! Still loving it.

  • Alexandra Gomes

    Could you try Honestly pHresh deodorants? They look really good.