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Cruelty-Free Deodorant

Does shopping for cruelty-free deodorant have you up in arms? When looking for a deodorant product, everyone has different needs. Whether you are shopping at your local health food store, drugstore, mega-mart or online, the world of cruelty-free deodorants has something for everyone. Fortunately, cruelty-free deodorants are popping up all over the place.

The following cruelty-free products are all fairly easy to find and one of them is sure to meet your needs, whether you need a strong antiperspirant, deodorant, a natural deodorant stone, or even if you would like to make your own product:

Antiperspirants
Antiperspirants are chemical agents that reduce perspiration or sweating.
Certain Dri

Deodorants
Deodorants are not antiperspirants—they do not prevent sweating. They work by masking the smell produced by sweat-eating bacteria.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant
Jason
Nature’s Gate
Tom’s of Maine
Kiss My Face
Desert Essence

Deodorant Stones
This is nature’s deodorant: A combination of mineral salts that control odor-causing bacteria.
Body Crystal
Crystal Body Deodorant
Deodorant Stones of America

Homemade Deodorant
If you are feeling ambitious, you can even make your own deodorant. I like the essential oils from Aura Cacia. Some people are sensitive to essential oils, so always do a small test on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if you have an adverse reaction before applying liberally. On a small saucer, mix the following oils with your finger. Once combined, massage a thin layer of the oil under your arms until completely rubbed in:
1 drop essential rose oil
6 drops jojoba oil
2 drops essential lavender oil
1 drop essential vanilla oil

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  • jemm2000 says:

    So far my search has turned up a few more choices in terms of antiperspirants. However, they are expensive. I just ordered DERMAdoctor Total NonScents for $20. There’s also Jack Black Pit Boss which goes for $16. I chose Total NonScents because the aluminum content is lower than Pit Boss. I don’t think I need anything that strong but we shall see.

  • jemm2000 says:

    I am so disappointed that there is only one antiperspirant on the list and it’s clinical strength. I have not tried a cruelty-free deodorant yet that works and I’ve tried a lot. I’m so sick of smelling my own armpit funk by midday. :-(

  • ocean says:

    I used to use Mitchum Antiperspitant glide on. It is a product of parent compny-Revlon. I believe and read they are not cruelty free. Too bad! Mitchum worked great. I tried Tom’s and for the first time in many, many years, I could smell the smell of odor. Does anyone know of a cruelty-free strong antiperspirant?

  • Nikki says:

    Revlon used to be cruelty free, as did MAC, Avon, Estee Lauder etc. but as of late, have allowed their products to be tested on animals in China, because in China, it’s the LAW to test the safety of cosmetics on animals. Which is GROSS and totally unnecessary. Canada/US have no such law. So basically these companies sold out so they can make more money by selling in Asia. Money over Morals. Ugh.

  • Abby says:

    @Rae. I know how you feel. But maybe when Clorox sees how much they’re making on the cruelty free products, then they might start making everything cruelty free. SO buy away. :)

  • Rae says:

    A lot of these companies are cruelty-free which is great but they are just subsidaries in huge companies that DO test on animals. Burt’s Bees is great but is owned by Clorox. St. Ives is great too but owned by Unilever, Mitchum by Revlon and so on…I’m conflicted buying from these companies. A portion of the money goes to these big companies. What does everyone else think? And buying vegan products can be so hard…hurts my brain.

  • Andrea says:

    Hi. Avon, Esteé Lauder and Mary Kay keep on animal testing in China. Check the link:
    http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/02/avon-mary-kay-estee-lauder-resume-animal-testing/

  • Andi says:

    Revlon/Mitchum does not test on animals but they use animal byproducts (such as beeswax) so I guess technically they are not vegan

  • vp says:

    Revlon tests on animals, no question about it. So Mitchum is excluded.

    What are about deo that do work and are cruelty-free & natural : does that even exist ?

  • Rei says:

    Don’t know if anyone mentioned it yet but the “Clean” Perfume brand (which is Cruelty Free) has a deodorant that doesn’t contain animal ingredients or test on animals. I love it when they put it right on their website! Makes shopping so much easier! I love the clean brand as I work in healthcare and the scent is really nice and light- great quality products!!!

  • Jazz says:

    Revlon was one of the first companies to change animal testing, so did they recently start testing on animals again or am I just crazy?

  • Lorrie says:

    Revlon DOES test on animals.

  • Ally says:

    Julia, as far as I know, Revlon is actually cruelty-free. They’ve also developed more formulas without parabens and their nail polishes are also 3-free now.

  • Julia says:

    I’m confused– Mitchum’s site says it is owned by Revlon, which does test on animals. Time for an update?

  • Heidi says:

    I make homemade deodorant;
    8 TBS of coconut oil (make sure its liquid, if not sit it outside in the heat for about 10 minutes or warm it up another way)
    1/2 cup (ish) baking soda. Just mix them until they are thick and pasty (may have to add more baking soda to get this consistency). Once it is in a nice paste, I pour it into a used deodorant container (I put cardboard in the bottom to ‘catch’ it and help it easily twist up).
    Put it in the fridge or freezer to cool off (solidify) and then if you have air conditioning it can be left on the counter/in the cabinet till being used. I love it

  • Allison says:

    What about Naturally fresh deodorant crystal? Has the cruelty free bunny face on it.

  • Carlee87 says:

    Very disappointed that Tom’s of Maine was bought by Colgate! I will no longer buy the products.

  • Emily Levy says:

    To those of you still looking for a product to stop body odor that is not aluminum-based and conglomerate-made but is vegan and actually works: try the DeodoMom cream. I’ve used all sorts of natural products (Tom’s of Maine), homemade remedies (vinegar & essential oil concoctions) and even prescription stuff and nothing worked for me until I tried the DeodoMom . The cream is also 100% free of fragrance, dye, and paraben which is great for sensitive skins like mine. My burly and active husband and I have become long-life customers. Good luck.

  • Chloe says:

    I’m allergic to Aluminum that is 95% of all deodorant and vegan and natural deodorants don’t work for me. I still sweet and stink. So i don’t know what to buy.

  • Caroleenie says:

    Not a single product listed here however, to my knowledge, is vegan. They contain animal ingredients. Just an FYI.

  • Barbara Matthews says:

    PS: Thank you for the reminder that Tom’s of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive. Arrgh! It used to be my favorite toothpaste, too. :(

  • Barbara Matthews says:

    Seeing this page makes me feel that much better about my choice to sell AVON products! (Before I signed on to be a Rep., I did some checking to make sure that I wasn’t supporting a cruel, ugly industry. You were my main source of info. on AVON.)
    Thank you for all you do for animals, to keep us informed as to whom is a “good guy” and who is the really, really BAD guy(s)! Because of you… I’ve managed to get not just my family, but most of my customers buying cruelty-free (& excellent) AVON anti-perspirants.

  • Courtney says:

    I cannot believe Tom’s of Maine was bought by Colgate. Thank you so much for that info- I have been using them b/c I thought they were cruelty-free, but now I will boycott all of their products.

  • Oliver says:

    Lush (http://www.lush.com), as mentioned above, has some totally cruelty-free, vegan deodorants, which come with very little packaging, making them quite environmentally friendly. I use myself ‘Aromaco’, which has a nice, subtle smell. It works pretty well, considering that I bike everyday to work :)

    Another alternative (which I haven’t tried) is to simply apply some baking soda with a damp cloth to the underarms (or with a brush or duster if you prefer to apply it dry).

    Oliver, on behalf of
    ‘Building An Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering’
    http://www.earthfuture.com/ark/book.asp

  • Deanna Penney says:

    Yves-Rocher does not test on animals. They have several anti-perspirants and deodorants, as well as many other products.

  • Trish says:

    To Melissa,

    I had noticed that Colgate purchased a lot of Tom’s of Maine. I emailed the company. They replied immediately and said that Colgate Palm. uses animal testing only 1% of the time/none when it comes to their products. Do you know more on the stats? I don’t buy them any more. I appreciated the response. but, they wanted me to email Colgate and tell them to stop all animal testing. They also stated that Colgate has a goal of being totally free of animal testing in the year…whatever? Can’t they just stop? I’m not buying Tom’s of Maine products.

  • Leann says:

    To Kim:

    Method makes a wonderful laundry detergent, which I love. You can find it at Method.com, Target, or Whole Foods Market.

  • Vanessa in Phoenix,Az. says:

    Deana,

    I was thinking you can try one of those deodorant stones by a cruelty free company. I know Peta lists some names above that are cruelty free and gives us the link to go to the direct website to check out the deodorant stones. At first glance it looks like they may not work well, but you will be surprized. Several family members and I have our own stone to use:)

    I stopped using Tom’s of Maine because they were bought out by Colgate-Palmolive, which is a company like Proctor and Gamble–they refuse to stop doing horrific animal testing. A product similiar to the Arrid brand you are currently using is Mitchum for women, or Certain Dri, but these two do not do the horrible animal testing that Arrid does.

    Since you have sensitive skin, you might also like try and make your own deodorant that Peta posted up above using essential oils.Just make a small batch–a very small amount goes a long way.I hope this info helps you and others.

  • Nancy says:

    I would like to get cruelty free products.

  • Tara says:

    While all of the products are cruelty free to animals, not all of them are good for your body, since they have chemicals. The best chemical free deodorants I’ve found are from Aubrey Organics.

  • Diane says:

    I use Mitchum clear. Works wonders and cruelty free. Who could ask for more?

  • kim says:

    I need help finding a cruelty free laundry detergent?!

  • Sandy Tardiff says:

    I use straight cider vinegar. It works perfectly by killing all odor causing bacteria. Just apply under arms and wait a minute (actually seconds) to dry before dressing. Organic vinegar is better, but if you can’t afford it, any brand cider vinegar will do. Try it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  • Sophie says:

    Good to know, I’ve been using Mitchum for a while :D I don’t like the smell though, so I use Lush deodorant as well

  • Blanca says:

    Thank you for showing us this cruelty-free products, even here in Spain

  • Mary says:

    The crystal (Stone) forms a barrier, but if you have break thru sweating, it stinks. Mitchum is my favorite, it works the best.

  • decovegan says:

    I just discovered Florere, it’s shea-butter based chemical-free cream deodorant and it works wonderfully. Also Herbal Magic roll-on by Home Health Brands works great. Those are the only 2 non-chemical brands I’ve found that actually work on me!

  • Melissa says:

    Are the above deodorants considered vegan? Also, I do not buy Tom’s products any longer b/c the Colgate Co. bought 84 percent of the company and that company has evil practices when it comes to animal rights.
    Thanks,
    Melissa

  • Randy says:

    Thank you so much!!!! It is so hard to find an antiperspirant that is cruelty free. The only one I could ever find was from the BodyShop in the UK and they don’t ship to the US not to mention it only last 12 hours if your not active.

  • Delfina says:

    OMG! Yeah!Thanks. Now I know what to buy. Cruelty-free 4 life!

  • Megan Shelly says:

    To Traci and Deana:

    I have a lot of problems with the above deodorants, and not with commercial antiperspirants. As a vegan, I resorted to going to the health food store and specifically looking for deodorant without Polypropylene Glycol also shortened to just Propylene Glycol, it is a skin irritant for most people (and very dangerous chemical), also look for one scented with essential oil rather than fragrance oil. Kiss My Face make a nice lavender scented one. If that doesn’t work, try the crystal (salt) from the health food store. it is relatively cheap, works really really well even for sweaty boys, and lasts a really long time. Good Luck!

  • amber says:

    I just wanted to point out a company that is 100% vegetarian and around 74-84% Vegan. LUSH Cosmetics. This company makes products that are both eco friendly and animal friendly for both men and women. Check out the website http://www.lush.com

  • Deana says:

    I have tried many of the brands of vegan deodorants and unfortunately, I have had skin reactions to them (continual burning on my skin, or making my skin red and raw). I have very sensitive skin, but need a good deodorant that works. I am a vegan and really want to find a good vegan option. I am not sure why I don’t have a skin reaction to Arrid and I do have one to Jason and Toms of Maine. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

  • Alicia says:

    I use Tom’s of Maine (in lavender) and it works really well for me.

  • dawn says:

    this is awesome! I just e-mailed method begging for a deoderant ! I’m sure they’ll have one eventually ………

  • Traci says:

    What about some that are chemical free? Any suggestions?

  • Jake C. says:

    I like Mitchum

  • Stephanie says:

    I have used the crystal deodorant for years and I love it!

  • amanda says:

    thank you! this is so awesome! i never know what to buy. thank you thank you thank you!

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