August 17, 2020 Beauty•Veganism
Best Cruelty Free Deodorants of 2021
With more people realizing every day why cruelty free is just better for so many reasons, the demand for good cruelty free beauty and self care products has really shot up recently. So here’s a list of the best cruelty free deodorants of 2020 to check out, and hopefully you’ll find something on this list that will work really well for you!
Almost all of the products on this list are vegan friendly (a couple may contain beeswax which will be denoted in the description), and many of these deodorants are aluminum free and made from clean and natural ingredients. In the past, aluminum free or “natural deodorants” may have gotten a bad reputation, but with the advances in aluminum free formulas over the last several years I definitely do not think that that is a big issue anymore.
I could on and on about all of the reasons why, but the main reason is that animals are kept in cages for their entire lives and typically never see sunshine or the outside of a testing lab. It’s an extremely harsh and cruel environment (not to mention the fact that they have to endure chemical burns on a regular basis) and it’s not “only” rodents that companies test on, it’s cats, dogs, and rabbits too.
Because you’re here reading this, you are most likely already aware of all of that, so thank you for looking into cruelty free and vegan deodorants today! If you have a family member or friend who isn’t aware of the realities of animal testing, you could share this post with them to help inform them of why it’s so important to avoid buying products that are tested on animals.
Keep scrolling to check out some of the best vegan friendly and cruelty free deodorants in 2020!
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1. Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant
This amazing cruelty free deodorant from Kosas is a new launch of 2020, and it already has rave reviews on Sephora’s site. It comes in really unique and innovative packaging that uses less plastic than your average tube of deodorant, and it even has Sephora’s “clean at Sephora” stamp of approval for being free of sulfates, parabens, and a list of about fifty other chemicals!
There are a few awesome really things about this deodorant. First, it is actually formulated to smooth your armpits. Yes, you read that right! It contains hyaluronic acid for moisturizing purposes, and as a result you will notice smoother and softer underarm skin over time and continued use. It also contains aloe vera, which further moisturizes, and this product can even help brighten your underarm area as well.
This product is definitely one of my favorite cruelty free and natural deodorants I’ve ever tried, and I would highly recommend it! It comes in both a scented version and an unscented version, so there’s one for either preference.
Ingredient List: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Mandelic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Shikimic Acid, Lactic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool.
2. Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti
Drunk Elephant has another hit product with a cute name, and it’s their Sweet Pitti “clean at Sephora” deodorant! This one contains shea butter for tons of moisturizing that soothes your skin – it’s basically like skincare but for your underarms, and what else would we expect from Drunk Elephant?!
This deodorant lasts all day without reapplication for most people, and you won’t smell bad at the end of the day with this one. It’s not an anti perspirant, so it won’t prevent you from sweating (this is not healthy anyway as sweating is one of the body’s natural processes for removing toxins from your system), but the Mandelic acid in this formula actually neutralizes odor causing bacteria so you won’t have to experience any smell!
Definitely try this one out if you’re already a Drunk Elephant fan and want to add to your collection, or if you’re interested in a clean and cruelty free deodorant that really works amazingly well.
Ingredient List: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lactate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PCA, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalalnine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aspartic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Acetate.
3. Native Cruelty Free Deodorant
This deodorant can be found on Amazon and at Target, so it’s pretty widely available and easy to come by! Not to mention the price point is great – as far as cruelty free deodorants go that are aluminum free and therefore better for you, this one is pretty affordable!
Native’s products come in a few different scents, and they make deodorant for both men and women! Their ingredients are safe yet still effective at keeping you smelling good all day long. Just a quick browse through the reviews on their site tells you that this brand is loved by a ton of people.
Something awesome about Native is that they have a collection made from plastic free packaging (it’s made from paperboard and also sent to you in recycled packaging if you purchase it from their website) and they regularly make donations to environmental nonprofits!
Ingredient List: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tapioca Starch, Ozokerite, Sodium Bicarbonate, MagnesiumHydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cyclodextrin, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter, Fragrance, Dextrose, Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
4. Mario Badescu Deodorant
This is a relatively new launch from Mario Badescu that already has amazing reviews! It’s aluminum and baking soda free, and filled with nourishing ingredients that actually hydrate your underarm area instead of drying it out.
Its formula helps to neutralize odor so that you stay smelling fresh all day long.
Ingredient List: Aprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Manihot Esculenta (Arrowroot) Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha Isomethyl-Ionone, Citronellol, Limonene.
5. Myro Deodorant Kit
This product is an awesome, earth friendly purchase because it’s actually a refillable deodorant case that only requires you to replace the “pod” of deodorant – you never throw away the actual casing that the product comes in!
It’s available in super cute, aesthetic colors and a few different yummy scents. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your plastic consumption, you’ll definitely want to look into getting this!
This one is aluminum and paraben free, so it has a cleaner formula than what you might be used to. If you’re detoxing and coming off of using a deodorant that does contain aluminum, give this three or four weeks before you make a judgment call on whether or not it’s working for you. It also has an amazing aloe base to soothe the skin under your arms, and it contains bacteria neutralizing probiotics to help keep you dry and smelling good!
Ingredient List: Propylene Glycol, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Glyceryl Laurate, Naturally Derived Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Water, Glycerin, Sage Extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Corn Starch/Maltodextrin Crosspolymer.
6. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla + Air
This was actually the first ever natural and cruelty free deodorant that I tried a long time ago, and I still love it to this day. The scent is so good and it lasts all day long – I never had problems with having to reapply when I would use this one!
It contains aloe as well as essential oils, so it’s super soothing on your underarms. It’s also dermatologist tested and recommended, aluminum free, paraben free, and propylene glycol free!
Ingredient List: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water/Aqua), 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 (And) Water (Aqua) (And) Glycerin, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract (Noni Juice), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Botanical Fragrance Blend.
7. Hey Humans Natural Deodorant
This brand new affordable collection at Target was created by Jada Pinkett Smith and comes in sustainable, earth friendly packaging! It has a clean formula that is aluminum and paraben free, and it has great reviews on Target’s website. It comes in a few different scents, and the collection also has toothpaste and body wash products.
Ingredient List: Maranta Arundinacea (Arrow) Root Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tapioca Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Calcium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearyl Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C15-19 Alkane, Zinc Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Water (Aqua/Eau), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Geranium Oil*, Elemi Oil*, Ginger Oil* *Essential Oils
8. Briogeo B. Well Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Natural Deodorant
This product from Briogeo is another recipient of the “clean at Sephora” seal of approval, which means that it contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more. I found that this one lasted a LONG time, so it’s definitely worth the price since it gives you good value.
It contains, coconut, tea tree oil and eucalyptus, so it’s extremely soothing and it neutralizes odor and odor causing bacteria! It doesn’t stain and feels super smooth and lightweight on your underarms.
Ingredient List: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Propanediol*, Sodium Stearate*, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Tapioca Starch*, Glyceryl Laurate*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm*, Tocopherol*, Water/Aqua/Eau*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate*, Saccharomyces Ferment, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract*, Glycerin*, Sodium Anisate*, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Sodium Hydroxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. *Coconut, vegetable, or plant derived.
9. Megababe Sunny Pits Daily Deodorant
This product from Megababe comes in the cutest packaging! I would say this is best for light to moderate sweating. It’s alcohol and paraben free, and has a tropical smelling, citrusy scent that reminds me of the summer time.
Megababe also has a detox mask for your underarms that they make (it’s pictured below), which is a great product to try out if you’re coming off of using a deodorant that contains a lot of toxins.
Ingredient List: Propanediol, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycerin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract.
10. Pacifica Coconut Cream Clean Deodorant
Another clean, aluminum free deodorant that uses enzymes and baking soda to fight and neutralize any potential odor. This one helps to keep your underarms super dry throughout the day, as well as nourish and moisturize the skin there.
Pacifica is such a great cruelty free and 100% vegan brand that makes all kinds of products, from makeup to skincare to perfumes!
Ingredient List: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Parfum*, Saccharomyces Ferment, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *A scent blend with natural and/or essential oils.
11. Corpus Natural Deodorant
This vegan and cruelty free deodorant is natural (it’s aluminum, synthetic fragrance and paraben free) and it smells like your favorite perfume! It’s definitely a higher end product, so if you’re looking for something premium I would recommend checking this out.
It has long lasting all day coverage, and it doesn’t leave any residue or stains on your clothes which is a big plus! A lot of the cheaper deodorants leave crumbs and make a mess, which you will not have to worry about with the Corpus Natural Deodorant.
Try this one out if you need a deodorant that doesn’t crumble and fall apart, lasts all day and comes in a classic scent that appeals to pretty much everyone.
Ingredient List: *Propylene Glycol, Aqua, *Sodium Stearate, **Alcohol Denat., *Glycerin, *Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Diatomaceous Earth, ***Parfum, Silica, *Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Succinate, *Propanediol, *Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, *Citric Acid, *Glyceryl Caprylate, **Phenethyl Alcohol, *Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, *Sodium Chloride, *Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, *Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, *Tapioca Starch, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool. Key * Plant-Based ** Organic (Grain Alcohol Derived From Cane Sugar) *** Natural Fragrances Are Essential Oils And Isolates, And Not A Result Of Synthetic Chemistry.
12. Skylar Refreshing Deodorant
This completely vegan and cruelty free deodorant comes in the cutest mint green packaging! It’s from a brand called Skylar that makes perfumes, candles, deodorants, and other things that smell nice 🙂
It has really good reviews, so it should work well for you too. It goes on really smooth, doesn’t cause irritation, and contains pretty clean ingredients! It’s free of potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, and triclosan.
Ingredient List: Propanediol*, Aqua / Water / Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Stearate*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Glycerin*, Parfum / Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid*, Citric Acid*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Equisetum Arvense Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*.
*Plant derived ingredient
13. Schmidts Rose + Black Pepper Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant
Schmidts Rose + Black Pepper cruelty free deodorant is certified vegan and made specifically for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way with this – just swipe once or twice and you’re good to go. This is a sweet smelling deodorant that will most likely get you compliments from other people on how you smell!
Ingredient List: Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cannabis Sativa L. (Hemp) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fragrance*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Sunflower Derived). *Natural Fragrance
14. Hello Fresh + Clean Deodorant with Activated Charcoal
This is definitely one of the most affordable cruelty free deodorants on this entire list. It contains no potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum, parabens, and talc, and activated charcoal and tea tree oil help to neutralize any underarm odor before it happens.
I would highly recommend this one if you’re looking to make the switch to a more natural and cruelty free deodorant but don’t want to spend too much on something you haven’t tried before!
The packaging for this one is also super cute, really convenient to throw in your bag and take with you on the go, and 100% recyclable as well.
Ingredient List: Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder (Absorbant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Skin Conditioning), Stearyl Alcohol (Base), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Skin Conditioning), Triethyl Citrate (Deodorant), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Base), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Moisturizer), Fragrance (Odor Protection), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax (Skin Conditioning), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (Base), Magnesium Hydroxide (Odor Protection), Silica (Absorbant), Zinc Ricinoleate (Deodorant), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Charcoal Powder (Absorbant) And Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil (Odor Protection).
15. Jason Stick Aloe Deodorant
This cruelty free deodorant from Jason contains aloe and vitamin E for smoother and softer underarms, as well as antimicrobial ingredients to help neutralize odor! It’s super affordable and definitely worth trying out.
Ingredient List: Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Fragrance (Parfum).
16. Curie Deodorant Stick
This Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free deodorant from Curie is so cute and colorful, and it contains chamomile, coconut oil and aloe to soothe your underarm area and get rid of razor burn and red bumps!
The formula is aluminum free, and there are a number of other calming and nourishing ingredients in it as well. I haven’t tried this one yet personally, but it’s next up on my ‘to buy’ list!
*Side note: if you’re strictly vegan (meaning you avoid products derived from bees, like honey and beeswax) then this one won’t be a good match for you, as its formula contains beeswax.
Ingredient List: Coconut Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Beeswax, Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Cocoa Butter, Triethyl Citrate, Sunflower Seed Wax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Elderberry Extract, Cucumber Extract, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Sage Oil, Tocopherol, Sodium Capryloyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Fragrance, Lime Essential Oil.
17. Blume Hug Me Deodorant
This natural deodorant is aluminum free, fragrance free, and paraben free, so its formula is super clean. It is vegan and cruelty free, and contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil to hydrate the underarm area and make it soft and smooth.
With this product, you only need to swipe it two or three times and apply it just once per day – there’s no need to reapply, it will last you throughout the entire day!
Ingredient List: Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Wild Crafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bacillus Coagulans (Probiotics).
18. Frank Body
This is another aluminum free product that is unscented and works great for people with sensitive skin! There’s also a scented version if that’s something that’s important to you, but both formulas are long lasting – you won’t have to reapply this product throughout the day and it causes zero irritation. This is an awesome Australian brand that is known for their high quality body care products.
Ingredient List: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Triethyl Citrate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil.
Find The Products In This Post:
Cruelty Free Beauty Picks At Sephora
Best Cruelty Free and Vegan Perfumes
Best Cruelty Free and Vegan Teeth Whitening Products
Thank you so much for checking out my picks for the best vegan friendly and cruelty free deodorants this year! Have you tried any of these products, or are you planning to after reading this post? Let me know in the comment section below, and if you liked this post you can always share it on Pinterest, or follow me on Instagram for tons of similar content!
Stay healthy and safe, and talk soon xx
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I’ve only tried Native on this list. I’m currently using Nuud which is my fav but I’d love to try these other brands!
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