Guide to Vegan Deodorants That Actually Work

Guide to Vegan Deodorants That Actually Work

What’s the best vegan deodorant? Which cruelty-free deodorant brands actually work? Are there baking-soda-free options? What about aluminum? Is there a healthy, natural deodorant? This guide shows you all your vegan deodorant options and will help you find the best match for your lifestyle. 

Once you’ve got the vegan food thing down, you may start looking at other parts of your life that aren’t quite aligned. There’s our clothing (goodbye leather and wool), our beauty products (think: red lipstick colored with smashed bugs), and our body care products (like deodorant that has been tested on animals). Today we’re tackling vegan deodorant!

The last thing any of us wants to do it walk about the world with an unpleasant stank wafting around us. So today we’re sharing the best cruelty-free and vegan deodorants out there today.

My Vegan Deodorant Journey

I’ve been vegan for more than a decade now, and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really got the deodorant thing down. It can be a little challenging—first because many of the options out there simply don’t work—and second because what works for one person may not work for another. We each have a unique body chemistry so finding a vegan deodorant that works for you may take some trial and error.

That said—I’ve tried a lot of vegan deodorants. I’ve also talked to friends, fellow bloggers, and companies to get a sense of which products I feel the most confident recommending to others. Here are the deodorants that have made the top of my list.

Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant

I should also note that these are all deodorants—not antiperspirants. They will prevent smell, not sweat. And for a good reason. Our pits play an important role in our bodies, and when we cake them with aluminum that blocks our pores, we are keeping them from doing their job detoxifying our bodies and beyond.

Armpit Detox

If you’re switching from a generic brand of deodorant, there will likely be a detox period where it may seem like your new more natural deodorant isn’t working. You should expect to give your pits a chance to acclimate to their newfound freedom, where they can finally breathe and sweat for the first time, perhaps in decades. For me, it took several months, but it’s different for everyone. Don’t give up—it’s worth it.

Vegan Deodorant Brands

The following deodorants are both vegan (they don’t contain any animal products) and cruelty-free (not tested on animals). Many of these brands offer deodorants that are aluminum-free, baking-soda-free, plastic-free, biodegradable, all natural, gluten-free, and beyond. 

Best Eco-Friendly, Plastic-Free, Zero Waste Deodorants

The following deodorants are not only vegan and cruelty-free, but they’re also zero waste, meaning they’re specifically crafted to minimize single-use plastic and waste. Many of these are packaged in cardboard tubes that are fully compostable (such as Coconut Matter and Habitat Botanicals). Some are packaged in glass jars (like Booda Organics), and still others have innovative reuse systems with refillable deodorant canisters (like Wild). If you are passionate about protecting our planet or trying to lead a zero-waste lifestyle, these will be the best vegan deodorant picks for you!

Best Baking Soda Free Deodorants

Some people have sensitivities to baking soda. If this is you, look for baking-soda-free options, since baking soda is a common ingredient in natural deodorants due to it’s ability to neutralize odors.  

Make Your Own Homemade Deodorant

If you want to get really crafty, you can even make your own DIY vegan deodorant. Try this recipe from the book The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty.

Did We Miss Your Favorite Vegan Deodorant?

Let us know what brand and scent you love in the comments below—we continually update this guide as we discover new brands we love!

Vegan Deodorant Deep Dive

No Pong Fragrance Free Deodorant

What does ‘pong’ mean, you might ask? It’s Australian slang for ‘a bad smell!’ So as the name suggests, they do exactly what it says on the tin! Founded in 2018, the Australian influence is from one of the co-founders of No Pong, who teamed up with a Canadian partner to take the Australian sustainable deodorant market by storm. They now also have dedicated manufacturing operation in Canada serving the North
American market.

Their plastic-free deodorant is cruelty-free, all-natural, and promises to keep you fresh for up to 12 hours. Plus, it comes with a B.O. Free guarantee! That’s right, they’ll refund your first purchase if you’re not satisfied with it’s ‘pong removing’ results. 

No Pong fragrance free zero waste vegan deodorant

Zion Health Deodorant

Holy moly. I just recently discovered this deodorant and I’m in love. It’s quickly becoming my favorite. I’ve been wearing it nonstop—and not just on days when I’m lounging around at home. I’ve been turning to this when I’m on-the-go around lots of people and want to feel confident that I’m not gonna stink.

So, if you’ve been looking for a cruelty-free deodorant and you don’t want to leave a distinctly unpleasant waft of odor behind you, give this one a try. The “Sweet Amber” scent is my favorite!

Note: Zion Health also has mini-sized deodorants (pictured below) which are super helpful for travel or tossing in your purse in case you ever need it!

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Habitat Botanicals (Used to be called Natural Vegan)

A zero-waste deodorant? Yup—you heard it here first! This deodorant is packaged in fully recyclable cardboard. When I first got my paws on this, I was in awe. Most eco-friendly deodorants come in glass pots (like the one above) that you have to stick your fingers in and smear on your pitties. But Natural Vegan managed to create a zero-waste stick deodorant with incredibly innovative packaging. And it has worked great for me!

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Each & Every Deodorant

I recently discovered Each & Every and have since fallen in love. It’s a super-smooth formula, easy to apply, and works great (for me, at least)! I’ve gotten many friends to give this a try and have heard great things from them as well. I’ve tried several of their scents, and my personal favorite is their Lavender & Lemon.

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Herban Cowboy Deodorant

I’ve been focusing on the ladies, but what men’s vegan deodorant? This deodorant gets points because it’s one of my hubby’s favorites. My hubby is vegan and loves animals, but honestly, I was pretty sure he would reject vegan deodorants and stick with his long-loved ‘Old Spice.’ I got him a tube from Herban Cowboy so he could just give it a try, and now he always asks me to get him more! YES! A win for him (it’s way healthier than pore-clogging antiperspirants), for me (it smells divine!), and for animals (who don’t have to die).

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The Healthy Deodorant by Lavanila

This was my first vegan deodorant love. It’s the first vegan deodorant I found that I felt really worked. At the time it was sold at Sephora, and it’s now sold at Anthropologie and on Amazon, so it’s widely available.

The downside: It’s pricey. We’re talkin’ $12+ for a tube. But you guys. If you can afford it, it’s worth the investment. I personally love the Vanilla Grapefruit scent—it smells so good.

Note: Lavanila also sells miniature versions of these deodorants, so if you find these for significantly less money, it’s probably the mini version.

Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver

One day my friend Toni and I were at Sprouts sniffing all the cruelty-free deodorants we could find (yes—we are crazy). That’s how we stumbled upon this gem. This vegan deodorant from Nubian Heritage smells amazing, glides on oh-so-easily, and works great (for me and Toni, at least).

Every Man Jack Deodorant

This is another hubby-fave. After falling for the Herban Cowboy deodorant, he has branched out and tried some others, and this is another he goes back to again and again.

Booda Butter Deodorant

This is a recent favorite of mine, and it’s what I’m wearing right now! In fact, for the past month, this has been my go-to. It’s a little lower on this list simply because it’s different from the ‘norm.’ It’s a cream deodorant served up in a pot, and to apply it you scoop a little amount on your finger and rub it in to clean pitties. Unlike many of the other deodorants in a jar out there, it’s super soft, not at all greasy, and really easy to rub in. The best part? It smells like white chocolate! I’m actually excited to put this on in the morning.

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Schmidt’s Deodorant

This round-up wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to Schmidt’s. They are one of the most recognized vegan deodorant brands out there and they are innovating like crazy. When they first launched several years back, they only sold deodorant in little pots. Today, they have a whole range of traditional stick deodorants and they’re even branching out to offer soaps and beyond.

Schmidt’s deodorants have always worked quite well for me, and the only downside is that the application isn’t quite as smooth as the other options listed here. The sticks are a little gritty and get a bit messy over time, and the pots are on the harder side so it’s less elegant to scoop out the product and rub it into your skin. That said, I still use Schmidt’s regularly and love them because they are so natural and smell great!

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Crystal Original Body Deodorant Stick

I was introduced to this deodorant by my birthmother who sent it to me as a gift. Hopefully not because I was stinky, but rather because she loved it so much 😉

I have to give a shout out to Crystal for being different, and one of the first natural deodorants on the market, dating back to the 1980s. The concept behind this deodorant is that it’s basically a big hunk of natural mineral salts that prevent bacteria (which is what makes us stink) from growing. You simply wet the crystal and rub it on your pitties. It doesn’t stop you from sweating, but it does keep bacteria at bay! Plus, it’s affordable and lasts seemingly forever.

Shop Consciously

We can make this world a kinder place simply by giving our everyday product choices a little more TLC. I hope this article helps you do just that with your deodorant!

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  1. Gina House · Edit

    Super helpful video! My underarms are extremely sensitive to baking soda and if a deodorant has too much, I get the most painful, red rashes after only a day or two of using. After trying literally 18 different vegan deodorants over the past couple of years, these are my favorites, in order of preference:

    1. Ethique’s Botanica Bar – This scent in particular is amazing – soft, flowery and subtle. It has the perfect texture with enough creaminess to glide on smoothly, but solid enough that it doesn’t start melting in your hand when you pick it up. I have one for the bathroom and one for my travel bag. It’s the best for travel because it’s not a liquid and doesn’t have to be checked. It keeps me so fresh all day and it keeps my underarms moisturized, too! Eco-friendly, super easy and vegan!

    2. Sustain Yourself’s Sensitive Skin Deodorant Cream – I love this cream deo because it’s like a luxurious spa treatment for your armpits. My favorite scent is the Bergamot Lavender, but all of the scents are great. It comes in a glass jar and you just rub a pea sized amount under your arms. Lasts all day and I feel so pampered when I wear it. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it! I love all of the products in their store.

    3. Lume Natural Deodorant – This one is wonderful because you can use it anywhere on your body. (It’s a miracle if you have family members with stinky feet!) Though this deodorant is not eco-friendly, it is the best at keeping odor at bay. It comes in either a small travel tube or “gel-type”applicator. The Jasmine Rose scent is my favorite because it smells like the softest floral with slight powdery notes. Definitely a must try!

    4. Native Vegan Plastic Free Deo – My entire family uses this deo and they love it. My 17 year old always buys the Chai Vanilla scent when they offer it (in season) and it’s the only deodorant that keeps his teenage “funk” in check. Although they don’t offer it in the sensitive skin formula yet, I hope they will soon. The only problem I have with this one is that, if you use too much, it’s really difficult to wash out of your clothes. All of my son’s clothes have almost permanent white marks in the underarm area…even after stain fighters and such. He doesn’t mind, but I think it’s worth knowing before you start using it.

    5. From the video: I really enjoy the Meow Meow Tweet’s baking soda free cream deo in the glass jar (love the scents, texture and keeps me fresh all day) and also I also frequently use the Thai Crystal (or the purple Crystal), too. The crystal I’ve gotten away from a little since they tend to keep your armpits wet for a little while and, if you drop one, it smashes into a million pieces and you can’t use it again. That’s happened to me twice and it’s frustrating. I have tried Schmidt’s, but their sensitive skin formula is still a little irritating to my armpits and it has the same residue problem as the Native brand.

    Hope my experiences have helped you and good luck with your deodorant adventure! 😀

  2. Hi, thanks for the round-up! Like most vegans, I am always searching for good, cruelty-free deodorants that actually work! I hate wasting though so if I bought deodorant and it doesn’t work that well, I will usually continue to use it until it’s gone. I currently use Native-lavender. It works pretty well and doesn’t irritate my armpits but I have to apply like 3-4 times a day lol.
    I love the Booda Butter idea-I think when my Native is gone I will try that!

  3. Bare Pits is an amazing natural option for deodorant. The scents are all amazing and there are various types of deodorant so you can find the one best suited for you.

  4. SHERRI · Edit

    I really have been quite happy with deodorant, lip balm and hand cream from Little Seed Farm. Made with certified organic ingredients. Little Seed Farm is located in Tennessee and they ship their products in environmentally friendly packaging as much as possible. Their deodorant comes in glass jars and when you’ve collected enough to make it worthwhile you can return the glass containers. I’ve used multiple scents/ingredients and love them all. No baking soda, no aluminum, no animal testing, no Parabens or preservatives. A jar last me a month and it’s only $12. I never smell even during vigorous exercise or yard work. You can order direct like I do or through Amazon but I prefer giving them my money. They are also great with customer service and have free samples. As you can tell I am a fan. 🙂

  5. Ricki Mac · Edit

    Love your round up of these deodorants Michelle and some good entries in there, but you’ve missed out the one I’ve been using for the last 6 months and they are amazing. Unbelievably they are bicarbonate of soda free, aluminium-free, plastic-free, organic, vegan and cruelty-free deodorants. Well worth adding to your list of recommendations methinks:

  6. Elaine Childs · Edit

    Thank you for this list! We’ve tried Humble and love it, but it’s not on your list. It’s Leaping Bunny certified, and they have vegan formulations. If you have a chance to review it, I’d love to see your take.


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