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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

See Also

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.

certaindri-cruelty-free

Active ingredient: Aluminum Chloride 12%. Inactive ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Water.
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      • Which scent do you use – the lavender or tee tree? Of all the essential oils, I’d say those are the two I really can’t stand, so I’ve been reticent to try this one, but I’ve read a lot of good things about it.

        I guess my question is: Does the smell of the lavender or tee tree linger? Thanks in advance for your help!

  • 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?

    • 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.

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

  • 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

    • 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.

    • Certain dry is an antiperspirant only, meaning it only stops you from sweating, it won’t stop odor. You are suppose to use certain dry before bed (stops sweating for 72 hrs) then use whatever deodorant (natural or whatever smells good to you) in the morning!

    • If it’s not vegan then it is NOT cruelty free. There’s no getting around that fact, and this entire website needs to update its standards to account for that.

      • Actually no, you are the one who is wrong in this case and you need to hold yourself accountable for the information you put out there instead of telling other people to be accountable. I hope you’ve don’t your due diligence, but in the event you have not, cruelty-free and vegan are not mutually exclusive/interchangeable. In fact, you can have a product that is vegan but also tested on animals, in this case, the product is not cruelty-free. Cruelty-free boils down to not testing a product on animals whereas vegan products do not contain animal byproducts. It is NOT the same thing. That’s why you need to look for both vegan and cruelty-free on your products otherwise you don’t know for certain if your vegan product is in fact cruelty-free. Why? Because they are not the same.

    • I have noticed this too. What I do is combine certain dry with another deodorant. I was using Dove but now I am no longer going to buy it because they test on animals. Certain Dri needs to be applied at night before bed as well as in the morning to work effectively. Only one or two swipes, otherwise it may burn and cause a rash and be itchy. I wait til that dries then I use another powder deodorant overtop of it for odor. It works like a charm.

  • I wanted a deodorant/antiperspirant and that seemed impossible to find..BUT I DID.. Jack Black..yea..may be a guy’s product line but I just imagine my self being hugged by a gorgeous firefighter off one of those calendars and all is sweet…and that nice man smell goes away soon so no big deal and it really works well!! I used to use Secret…

  • Hi! I’ve been using a brand called Alvera! It’s an all natural brand deodorant and everything I’ve found online about it says it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s a roll on and they have three different scents that I know of. I am in love with the aloe & almonds scent, it’s great and affordable! Can you look into it to ease my mind about it and make sure it truly is a cruelty free wonderful brand!?

  • None are spray derodiant I can not use anything else. I would be happy to change from my dove if it was a the same price, quality and nutral cents. Which would be a hard because I buy mine from a discount store so I only pay $3 and no it is not one from asia it is either Australian or mainly english. All my products need to be on a budget so alternatives that are at the same cost,quality, quantities and last the same length of time or longer.

    • You should try a brand called hippi pits. I live for their deodorant! The smell is subtle but the protection is legit. I waitress so I am running around a lot during my shift in and out of a hot kitchen. I was leery of the cost but I have had the same little pot of it for well over 8 months now and I’m still good for another 4-6! They are all natural and easy to apply, also cruelty free and aluminum free

  • I know this post was from several years ago, but I’m just finding it. This is definitely a category of skin care that has been grossly neglected, though there are a few more options in the boutique brands than previously available, like the cute vegan Meow Meow Tweet one (which ‘Ladams’ mentioned, but I haven’t yet tried). https://meowmeowtweet.com/products/deodorant

    I recently read on the Vapour Beauty website a hint that they might be formulating a deodorant product of some sort. I really hope this is true because I love the ethos of the brand so much! Not only are they cruelty-free but they really know what’s going on from start to finish with every product they make (think I read somewhere that they do their own manufacturing). Plus, their products are anhydrous (waterless) formulations, thus no need for preservatives; they use recyclable aluminum packaging, not to mention that the stuff inside the packaging is some of the best oils and purest ingredients I’ve ever found in any skin care product. Basically their makeup is skin care with pigment! I love the smell of their stick creams, which comes from the quality organic ingredients, not added artificial fragrance!

    Super excited and that they’ll [hopefully] soon be making a deodorant product! Their products are a bit pricey but I do believe the quality and concentration of the ingredients make them last longer than other brands and are simply more beneficial to the skin. I just can’t say enough good things about this brand! I love that they offer samples for purchase, too. So, hopefully if they do eventually sell a deodorant, it will be available to try a sample.

    Does anyone else have a love for Vapour? (Sorry for the long comment. Got a little too excited! 😉

  • Another great cruelty-free, aluminum-free, and highly effective deodorant is Primal Pit Paste. I prefer the lavender-scented stick and my husband uses the unscented stick. You can find it at Whole Foods as well as online. Thanks for your website!

  • Certain Dri is a miracle worker for people like me who got bad genetics and are unreasonably sweaty, even when not doing anything active. I am so glad it is cruelty free because it is the only thing that works. I use it at night then I use a natural deodorant during the day. I’m so glad to not to be smelly and gross by midday.

  • I think Certain Dri/Clarion tests on animals now. It is no longer on the PETA list, and isn’t on the Leaping Bunny list either.

  • Hi Suzi, thank you for this very useful guide.
    Since I was a teenager and began having changes in my body (LOL), I have always used antiperspirant because it kept me dry and odor free.
    Now that I’m an “adult” (LOLagain), I noticed that I don’t sweat as much as when I was an adolescent, and since I decided to make some changes in my lifestyle, I started to look for cruelty-free deodorants.
    I’ve been using Tom’s of Maine deodorant for a while and I feel it has worked well for me BUT, since it is only deodorant, at the end of the day I can perceive it’s not keeping me totally odor free. On top of that I excercise every day, so I need something stronger. Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I end up soaked in sweat and stinking, I just want to be as clean as possible.
    Also, with this Tom’s of Maine deodorant I noticed that my armpits are getting stains 🙁 so I would like to know if you have something you can recommend.

  • I purchased some Certain Dri antiperspirant from your recommendation and it works great! However, I am concerned about the product actually being cruelty free since there is no indication of it on the package anywhere. I contacted the company and received no response, which is usually not a good sign that the product is actually cruelty free. I trust your website as a great resource for many cruelty free products. So how did you learn, or have proven to you that Certain Dri is cruelty free?

  • Have you checked in to Native Deodorant? It is a cruelty-free brand I use that has kept me smelling fresh all day! Although it is not an antiperspirant.

    • I have fallen in love with Native. I won’t use anything else now. Especially since they make the sensitive one without baking soda. They now make soap and body wash too.

      • I know…I love the fact that it’s talc free, I just wish it was fragrance free since synthetic fragrance is really not a great idea for people who sweat in the underarms such as myself, aside from how irritating it sometimes is too my skin

  • I love crystal deodorant it smells amazing and its aluminum free witch is my favorite. I get mine from Burlington.

  • Hi There,

    Just wanted to stop by and mention that although Certain Dri is an amazingly effective antiperspirant, the company that owns them, Clarion Brands, is known to test on animals. Could you please update this blog entry to perhaps put a little * next to Certain Dri so that your readers know it’s manufactured by a parent company that does still test on animals? Love the work you do for your site, and love coming here as a resource, so I just want to make sure my fellow readers are all as informed as we can be!

  • i LOVE the schmidt’s one! they have a stick form of it that’s cheaper as well. they sell them at target for around $4-5 and the rose one smells amazing!

  • Are there any cruelty free deodorants other than Tom’s that are available at Walmart or Target? I’m on a very tight budget, so most of these are just too much to spend at a time, even if it lasts a long time. I also don’t have access to many other retailers as I live in a rural area, so other than ordering online, I don’t have many options.

    • Primal Pit Paste is now being sold in my local Target! You can also find them online. Usually the reaction that most people experience is due to baking soda. Primal pit does offer a baking soda free option. I have tried a lot of natural brands and by far this one is the best. Even my teenage boys use it and it works for them!

  • I tried Schmidt’s Charcoal deodorant. It was an absolute dream in terms of odor protection!!! I could even skip a shower the next day and still no odor!!! However, I had to give it up because I could no longer tolerate the wet pits. I teach and was continually embarrassed by the very visible wetness on my clothing.

  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider Jack Black Pit Boss..Yea it can be found in the boys side of the isle but when I used it I just felt like was getting a big hug from my Hubby…and when I put some clothes on the mild hunky scent went away…And they are cruelty free. It is a phenomenal deodorant and antiperspirant combo….And …IT REALLY WORKS..all day long.

  • I recently tried Piper Wai. I love it. It’s cruelty-free & vegan. It works for me. I have sensitive skin it keeps me dry & odor-free without irritating my underarms. I switched from Schmidts because Unilever bought them out.

  • I used to use Schmidt’s but they were bought out Unilever. I now use Piper Wai, It’s cruelty-free and vegan. It works for me & I have sensitive skin. It keeps me dry & odor-free.

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