My Journey Through Vegan Deodorant

The ugly truth

Hey yall! As this lovely picture depicts, I will be telling you all about my arm pits and the vegan products I have bought, used, regretted and wasted. Don’t worry… there is a slightly happy ending. I finally smell like lavender. Sort of.

Let us begin with the reason I decided to ditch my old deodorant in the first place. For years I had been using the same non-vegan, clinical strength, decent-smelling deodorant. But, suddenly I started getting a rash under my arms. At first I thought it was my laundry detergent, or a lack of rinsing in the shower. But, after a month of redness, I noticed things getting worse. I was irritated, inflamed, itchy, and burning! I didn’t want to believe that my beloved deodorant had been giving me this painful, bruise-like looking rash. Luckily, I had just made the decision to go vegan and was up for a new challenge…. vegan deodorant.

Now, when I do things, I don’t do them half-assed (usually). Not only was I determined to go vegan, I wanted to go zero waste as well. This meant finding a cruelty-free, vegan deodorant that came in a glass jar. Surprisingly, this was not difficult! I found my first failed deodorant at the farmers market, just as I needed it. I was pumped. A non-aluminum, baking soda based deo had come my way. Too bad I freaking hated it.

First of all, it came with a little plastic spatula, used to scrape out the amount of deodorant an ant would use. The smell was like liquor and lime, which I didn’t mind, until it was on my skin. Lime and sweat DO NOT MIX. Besides the form of the deo and the smell, it was packed full of baking soda that bothered my already irritated skin. (The deo package DID warn against using on broken out skin…. my bad). But, I continued using this deodorant for about a week and noticed a huge decrease in my pit rashes. Although this was a good sign, I moved on to something else.

While visiting a zero waste store in Colorado, I stumbled upon another vegan deodorant packaged in a glass jar. This one was from the brand Meow Meow Tweet. It smelled of grapefruit and possibilities. This deo had more of a cream base and seemed easier to apply, so I bought it for a cool 12 or 13 bucks. Their formula doesn’t include aluminum OR baking soda. I figured this would be perfect for my sensitive skin! And it was… sort of. The same week I started this deodorant, I became a gym member. I was putting this deo through the sweat test. Let me tell you, it did NOT pass. Not at all. I had to reapply throughout the day, before even heading to the gym. By the time I would actually get to working out, I smelled like the worst body odor I have probably ever produced. I quickly decided I had to move on, yet again.

Third, and lastly, I gave up on the idea of zero waste for deodorant and opted for a cruelty-free vegan option I found at Target… the Love Beauty and Planet brand. I also picked up their bar soap in the same lavender scent. I fell in love instantly. The smell… amazing. The feel… amazing. No more rashes…. amazing. My only problem with this deo is that I have to reapply throughout the day. Apparently I am a very sweaty girl. But, since I can’t have the “clinical strength” deodorant, I am more than content with this option and I recommend it to anyone wanting to switch their deodorant. Whether you want to help the planet, save the animals, or just need a good scent, Love Beauty and Planet is here for you.

Tell me your vegan deodorant horror stories or success stories! I’d love to listen 🙂

7 thoughts on “My Journey Through Vegan Deodorant

  1. Personally, I don’t use deodorant, so when I notice my odor getting particularly funky, I drink unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and it seems to do the trick! What are your thoughts on reaching out to Love Beauty and Planet and asking about offering zero waste options?

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  2. I am a very heavy sweater, so I noticed a big difference. I am in the library right now, and my grey sweater is drenched in the arm pit areas. I share your concerns about aluminum tho. Plus, sweating is a way of cooling down, so I roll with it, and try not to get overly anxious in regards to the social ramifications. How many days did you go without, in between the rash and the vegan deodorant?

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    1. I didn’t. I’m admittedly very anxious about how people perceive me. I sweated a lot in jr. High and am still scarred by the anxiety of it all. I definitely should have given my pits a rest, though.

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  3. I hear you. I am going through this with androgenic alopecia: I am stuck wearing a hat every day because of the anxiety that overwhelms me.
    It is such a natural bodily function to sweat tho, yet advertisers are keen on making us feel otherwise and we live in an image obsessed culture. On the days that your wearing clothing that conceals the appearance of sweat, what is your take on going “no-deo”?

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    1. I am terrified. Mostly of the smell… especially because of the amount of sweat I produce. It may be something I try over the weekend though, if not just to save money in the long run… as well as the environment.


  4. I sweated a TON in junior high too and it was horrible….absolutely terrible. :(( Sorry you can relate! I use Kiss My Face and while the company has beeswax in some products, they don’t in that one. Usually, I wouldn’t buy from a company unless it’s 100% vegan, but I made an exception with this one because this is a product that works really well for me. I hope you don’t think I’m a horrible person!! Here’s the info. from their site:

    “I am a vegan, can I use your products?

    Our products are mostly vegan.
    We do, however, have a few products that contain beeswax or honey which include:

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