Why Go Vegan for Your Underarms?

Ah, the journey of a thousand smells begins under our arms. But why vegan, you ask? Let’s get into the nitty-gritty (without the stinky)!

The ethical implications of non-vegan deodorants

Did you know that many deodorants use animal-derived ingredients? From beeswax to lanolin, these ingredients don't just magically appear. They come at the expense of our furry, feathery, or scaly friends. Switching to vegan deodorants means you’re voting with your dollars (and your pits) against animal exploitation. Let your conscience be as clear as your underarms are fresh!

vegan deodorant with green cap

The environmental benefits of choosing vegan

Going vegan isn’t just about saving Bambi and Thumper. Vegan products, including deodorants, often have a smaller carbon footprint. They skip the resource-intensive animal farming process, which contributes to deforestation, water waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. So, by swiping on that vegan deo, you're actually giving Mother Earth a little hug each morning. And who doesn't love starting their day with a hug?

The skin health advantages

Here's a juicy tidbit: vegan deodorants often contain fewer harsh chemicals and more natural ingredients. This means fewer chances of skin irritation, rashes, or allergic reactions. In simpler terms? Happy pits, happy life!

Key Considerations Before Buying Vegan Deodorant

So you're ready to make the switch, and we're here for it! But wait! Swipe pause. Before you commit, here's what you should keep in mind:

Ingredients to Look Out For

  • Recognizing harmful chemicals: Many deodorants, vegan or not, can have chemicals that sound like they belong in a sci-fi film. Parabens? Aluminium compounds? Triclosan? They might not be in your vocabulary quiz, but they should be on your "avoid" list. These not-so-sweet ingredients can have long-term health implications.
  • Essential oils and natural scent sources: Nature’s perfume, that's what essential oils are. From calming lavender to energizing peppermint, vegan deodorants harness the power of nature to keep you smelling like a daisy. Or a rose. Or a eucalyptus tree. You get the drift.

Application Methods

Stick vs. roll-on vs. cream: It's like the ultimate showdown. Stick is the classic, known for easy application. Roll-on? That's the smooth operator, liquidy and quick-drying. Cream is the newbie, but it offers direct application and is often super moisturizing. The winner? Your personal preference.

smiling man applying deodorant on his underarm

Longevity and Effectiveness

The sweaty truth: How long will it last?: Newsflash! We all sweat. But will your vegan deodorant stand the test of a summer day or an impromptu dance-off? Look for ones that offer 24-hour protection or have rave reviews about staying power. After all, we want our confidence to last as long as our scent does!

Packaging and Sustainability

Plastic-free options and recyclability: A deodorant's duty isn't just to keep us fresh but also to be eco-conscious. Look for brands that use recycled materials, offer refillable options, or even go completely plastic-free. Because while we're saving our pits, let's save the planet too!

Our List of the Top Products in this Category

1. Native Deodorant; Coconut & Vanilla Scent

2. Schmidt's Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

3. BALI SECRETS All Natural Deodorant [Scent: Original Essence]

close up portrait of a woman applying underarm deodorant

Understanding Vegan vs. Cruelty-Free

Labels can be trickier than a cat trying to bat a laser pointer dot. Let's break down the difference between "vegan" and "cruelty-free."

Not all vegan products are cruelty-free

Surprised? Here’s the tea: A product can be vegan (no animal-derived ingredients) but still be tested on animals. I know, it’s like finding out your favorite rom-com has a sad ending. Always make sure to do a double-check: no animal ingredients and no animal testing.

The logos and certifications you should know

Ever seen a bunny on your product? That’s not just a cute mascot. Logos like the Leaping Bunny or PETA’s bunny ears are seals of approval, meaning they're cruelty-free. Just like you'd scout for a thumbs-up from a friend, look out for these when shopping!

two deodorants with pink flowers and water in the background

DIY Vegan Deodorant: Is it Worth the Hassle?

Channeling your inner DIY diva? Let’s see if making your deodorant is the new sourdough of quarantine hobbies.

Pros and cons of making it at home

Pros: Control over ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, bragging rights.
Cons: Time-consuming, initial investment in ingredients, potential mishaps (remember, it’s science, but messier).

Simple starter recipe for the brave hearts

  1. Ingredients:
    • ¼ cup baking soda
    • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
    • 5-6 tbsp coconut oil
    • Essential oil of your choice (lavender, tea tree, etc.)
  2. Steps:
    1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot in a bowl.
    2. Add in melted coconut oil until you get a nice paste.
    3. Drip in essential oils for that fresh scent.
    4. Store in an old deodorant container or small jar.
woman wearing a white top and applying deodorant in front of the mirror

How to Properly Apply and Store Your Vegan Deodorant

Swipe right? Or swipe left? Here’s how to make the most of your vegan deo journey.

Maximizing efficacy with proper application


  1. Apply to clean, dry skin.
  2. Two swipes are typically enough—no need to paint your underarms!
  3. Give it a moment to dry before dressing to avoid stains.

Ensuring longevity and maintaining freshness

Like fine wine, we want our deodorant to age well. Store in a cool, dry place, and always cap tightly. If using a DIY version, consider refrigerating in warmer months.

happpy woman wearing a red coat throwing leaves up in the air with arms raised

Wrapping Up: Fresh, Ethical, and Environmentally-Friendly

Gone are the days of picking between looking out for the planet and smelling fresh. With the vegan deo wave, you get to do both!

The ripple effect: How one small change can make a difference

Imagine if we all switched to ethical, earth-friendly deodorants. That’s fewer chemicals, less plastic, and a big thumbs up from our animal friends. From just one little pit-stop (get it?), you're joining a wave of positive change. Go you!

Stay fresh and fabulous, and remember: Mother Earth and your underarms thank you!