For us clean, green beauty lovers, finding a deodorant that works without poisoning us is a real (first-world) problem. The weather is warming up, and we need a solid option that supports our active, adventurous lifestyles.
All the offerings below are free of aluminum, parabens, synthetic fragrance, and all the other unnecessary chemical junk that makes up drugstore deodorant. Each option is equally wonderful and effective for men, women, and all the peeps.
Unlike many green cosmetic brands that are only available online, EO deodorants are widely available at grocery stores and Targets across the U.S., as well as online.
EO deodorants are organic, gluten-free, and cruelty-free with no synthetic fragrance. They use essential oils for scent. It does contain organic ethanol, a form of alcohol, which is not harmful but still worth noting as some prefer to steer clear of it.
I’m a fan of the Vetiver because it is the longest lasting and most neutral scent. Reapplication throughout the day is necessary with this product, but their neat little spray bottle makes it easy without having to press or roll it on and irritate your skin.
Schmidt’s has a variety of delicious scents derived from essential oils, like Rose + Vanilla and Lavender + Sage to name a couple. Their fragrance options range from citrus to fragrance-free, so there is something for everyone.
Schmidt’s is vegan, cruelty-free, and certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (you know, that leaping bunny logo) and PETA. They have also been honored by the Humane Society for their efforts toward ending animal testing in the U.S.
This product is durable, but there is a chance it will require reapplication if you’re planning to go from day to night activities. I’m not on board with deodorant sticks because it feels like I’m ripping my pit skin off. I prefer their jar option, but the stick works just as well. They also have an awesome recycling program: for every five empty Schmidt’s containers you recycle with them, you get one new deodorant free.
The Piper Wai website reads, Meet your new essential. Instant love connection, for obvious reasons. PiperWai is on the pricier side for a deodorant, but it’s my favorite because it is durable, and a little bit goes a long way. A pea size is all you need, so the jar lasts for months.
I’ve experimented with the products above, along with many, many others, and this one is a next-level essential. The activated charcoal is what gives the deodorant the strength to block odor all day long. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and has a neutral, low-key spa-esque scent. Also, this bundle of love is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free!