Vegan & Cruelty Free Natural Deodorants


Since it’s been around one year for me since I’ve begun exclusively using natural deodorants, I thought I would do a bit of a round up post discussing the different ones I’ve tried! I’ve tried a few different ones as you can tell. If you want to read about my experience in the transition, you can read my post about it here.

The first natural deodorant I tried was the MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant (RRP $8.50 – 60mL). This deodorant is vegan, cruelty free and Australian made and owned. It’s a standard roll on deodorant, and you are encouraged to apply in the morning, allow to dry, and then get dressed. I did find with this deodorant that I would occasionally have some white marks on my clothes (usually in Summer with shorter sleeves), which is probably from the Milk of Magnesia. All in all, it was a great starter natural deodorant for me.

The next natural deodorant I tried was Earth Mumma Pit Paste (RRP $12.95 – 30g) which is vegan, cruelty free and Australian made and owned. This was the first deodorant paste I had tried, and I really liked it! It was only a sample size, but found it lasted pretty well through the day (longer than MooGoo) but still had to apply after the gym, obviously. They’ve got some great different scents available on their site too, including a sandalwood one for ‘hipster hubbies’, but I feel like I would love that too.

Next up, the Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste (RRP $18.50 – 75g) is also vegan, cruelty free and Australian made and owned. The tub for this one is slightly larger, so it will last you longer. I think you are meant to use about 1g per day so it works out to be about 2.5 months worth. It smells delicious, with lime, lavender and cedarwood essential oils and again, lasts pretty well throughout the day.

I did want to mention a deodorant that I won’t be repurchasing as well, which is the Body Crystal Roll On Deodorant Botanica (RRP $5.50) which is from Woolworths. I thought this would be a great starter natural deodorant, because it’s so accessible and isn’t just available online. It is vegan and cruelty free, as far as I can tell. It contains “perfume” which is a bit ominous, as it could potentially contain animal products. There is also PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, which while isn’t toxic for us, it can be toxic for workers extracting it. Soooo not great. It does also contain Potassium Alum, which is different to the “nasty” type of aluminium that can be absorbed into your skin. Potassium alum is a natural mineral salt and has molecules too large to be absorbed by the skin.

Another crystal deodorant if you would prefer that to a deodorant paste, is Crystal Body Deodorant Roll On with Chamomile & Green Tea (RRP $7.95). I found this one in my local health store, but you can also find these online fairly easily. Again, this contains Potassium Alum, but no Aluminium Chloride which is the bad stuff. This is quite long lasting, leaves no white marks and has a great scent as well.

The last option I have tried is kind of fun – DIY Deodorant! It’s super easy too! I created a deodorant paste with only a few ingredients, most of which you will probably already have in your pantry:

  • 6 TBSP coconut oil (I used refined coconut oil)
  • 4 TBSP bi-carb soda
  • 4 TBSP arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 5 drops Doterra tea tree oil (optional)
  • 5 drops Doterra lavender oil (optional)

Mix together the dry ingredients, and then mash in the coconut oil with a fork, working into a smooth paste. Stir in essential oils if you are using them. I love the addition of the essential oils and they work to help your deodorant work better for you too, not just smelling great! Lavender and Tea Tree are both known for their antibacterial properties, helping to keep your pits happy 😛 It works just fine without the oils though, so if you’re sensitive to these oils or prefer non-scented deodorants, it’s up to you whether you want to add them in. This recipe makes a large batch which I keep in a jar, but also scooped out a small amount into a smaller container I had in my cupboard, so I can easily take it to gym or travelling.

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Do you use natural deodorant, or would you consider trying it? 

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  • The Life of Laura

    Oh these sound really lovely!! I want to try the MooGoo one, I’ve heard good reviews. I have been using Schmidt’s Deodorant lately and really enjoying it actually!

    How do you find them fairing on super sweaty days or when you’re exercising? That’s been the only challenge for me with natural deodorants, they don’t seem to last very well when I’m working up a sweat haha

    Laura ||

    • Kate Flint

      It can definitely be an adjustment to natural, but your body is meant to sweat. Antiperspirants blocks your sweat ducts which means all that yucky stuff gets trapped in your body, which is why body odour can be bad. I’ve been using natural for over a year and I don’t really get body odour anymore, and on super sweaty days I just carry my little deodorant around and apply when I need a freshen up. Usually before and after exercise to be sure 🙂

  • Dianne Childs

    Love the sound of the Black Chicken one as the lime, lavender and cedarwood scents really appeals to me!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Kate Flint

      It’s seriously good, I love the scent!

  • Zerin Hassan

    These look great! Defo need to check them out x

    • Kate Flint

      Hope you find one that suits you!

  • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

    While I actually love the axilla paste, natural deodorants just don’t work for me. I have a bog post coming up about my experiences with hyperhidrosis which you will eventually learn more about (I hope to publish it soon 🙂 ). But in a nutshell, natural deodorants don’t work for me because they do nothing to inhibit the sweat I produce. I NEED an anti-perspirant (and a strong one at that) otherwise things get really ugly really quickly. I think they’d be great for people who don’t sweat much, but for people like me who sweat profusely for no reason they aren’t good enough :(. Again, you will hopefully learn more of my experiences once I publish to post so you can better understand my choices :).

    Felicia //

    • Kate Flint

      So true, I always sweat a lot and since switching I don’t sweat as much. HOWEVER, I don’t have hyperhidrosis. I have a friend who had this and she ended up getting botox to combat this which helped her a lot. Looking forward to your blogpost about your experiences 🙂

  • Rachel

    Thanks for this post! I tried a natural deodorant last year and was pleasantly surprised by how effective it was. I’ll have to check out some of these ones.

    • Kate Flint

      Hope you find one that suits you best!

  • simplesocialsister

    A natural deodorant is an essential for me! Schmidt’s deodorant is the only thing I use at the moment and it has changed my life! I highly recommend 🙂

    Rochelle ||

    • Kate Flint

      I haven’t tried Schmidt’s but I’ve heard great things! Will check it out, thanks 🙂

  • Sarah

    My problem is I don’t like to smell of anything ahah! Makes finding a natural deodorant fairly tricky because most contain coconut oil or other essentials oils.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Kate Flint

      You could always try the DIY one without essential oils or like Rio said on insta there are unscented Crystal Natural Deodorants!

  • Rosy Disposition

    I’ve never used a natural deodorant before. I always just seem to reach for Rexona roll ons but I know that the aluminium in them isn’t great. Maybe I’ll check out some of these.

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely look into them! The roll on crystal deodorants are a great alternative and an easier switch to make then using a paste!

  • Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    I still haven’t found my perfect natural deodorant! None of them seem to last very long with me as I’m very sweaty! I blame my Canadian body and the Brisbane heat lol why didn’t you like the Body Crystal one? I’m using it at the moment and I don’t mind it! It’s so cool you made your own!!! X

    • Kate Flint

      I’m just not crazy about the castor oil (can be shady ethics for the workers) and the “perfume” is a bit ambiguous as it could contain animal products which I don’t want to use. But as a deodorant it works perfectly fine! 🙂

  • Marisa Robinson Beauty

    This is such a great post! I have one natural deodorant which I will admit I tried once and wasn’t too sure about. Not because of the formula but because I am so used to spraying on deodorant it felt kind of weird to wipe on a cream under my pits! You have inspired me to give it another 🙂

    • Kate Flint

      It does feel like a bit of a transition! It did take me about a month to get through the ‘detox’ of using regular deodorant but after that it gets a lot easier!

  • This is a nice compilation of the deodorants, love how you described all these. I have never used a natural deodorant and been thinking to switch to natural deodorants.

  • Ironic Minimalist

    I love my natural deodorants! I never tried nay one the ones you did, but I have tried another paste one. Cant wait to use this recipe to make my own!

    Jenna ||

  • Shell

    So glad this post came along as I was just mentioning over on another blog how I was looking for a CF deodorant that works! Thanks Kate, I’ll keep this post bookmarked for future reference. I know it’ll take some time for me to adjust to it & I have to admit I’m daunted by the prospect of switching to a natural deo, but I’m hoping I like one of them enough to keep buying it.

    Shell // The Novice Life

  • Katie M

    I just did the switch to natural deodorant, I’m liking the Schmits ones right now got the rose and vanilla one. Never got a reaction from it either but I did do the detox which I found it worked so well.

    Katie |