Raise your arms, take a sniff, today we gon' talk 'bout yo pits. Deodorant can be one of the most challenging products to replace with a cruelty-free alternative. Today I'm breaking down four that I've tried, letting you know which ones worked for me.
JASON Lavender Deodorant Roll-On ◇ £4.99
This was the first cruelty-free deodorant I trialled. And well, it ticked all the horror boxes that you hear about cruelty-free deodorants. It did diddly-squat. I read online that it can take up to two weeks of regular use for your body to adjust to a new deodorant. Four weeks came and went with the consistent result being my sweat smelling worse than without using DO at all. Perhaps this just didn't mix well with my body chemistry.
+ // No Alcohol or Aluminum Chlorohydrate, No Propylene Glycol, No Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Waxes, No
Animal By-Products, No Animal Testing, No Synthetic Fragrances.
- // did not prevent odor or perspiration, and possibly made me smell worse
Odorex Extra Dry Lotion ◇ €4.09
Sanne introduced me to this stuff as the 'event-saver' deodorant. You put it on at least two nights in advance of a party/a date/accepting your lifetime achievement award, and this will keep your armpits dry as the Sahara. It seemed too good to be true but when I gave it a whirl, this stuff legit shut down moisture production of my underarms. And that is a feat because I am a sweaty betty. And as a result, no smell!
The name of the product is misleading or at least lost in translation. It's nothing like a lotion or cream--more akin to face toner consistency. I apply a couple drops to a cotton pad and dab it on my underarms at night. I imagine there are some pretty severe chemicals in there that make this so effective so sensitive skin peeps should venture with caution.
I haven't verified if this company is cruelty-free but its parent company doesn't bode well. Royal Sanders doesn't just produce skincare but over-the-counter medications too. Pharmaceuticals in the EU don't face the same animal testing ban as cosmetics. So until I reach out to this company, I won't repurchase from this brand. Not like it is easy to repurchase anyway--it's a Dutch brand exlcusively available in the Netherlands!
+ // Eradicates sweat and odor, good for events
- // Suspect parent company tests due to its other products; likely too harsh for daily use; burns like the fiery
pits of hell if you put on too soon after shaving
Bulldog Original Deodorant ◇ £4.99If there's a runner up, it's this number by Bulldog. I picked this up in Boots (but now they don't seem to be carrying it anymore, frustrating). I'm not crazy about the brand's gender marketing. Maybe that explains why it stopped working for me after a little over a month of use. Maybe it only makes boys less stinky? Maybe it found out I am a girl.
+ // Leaping Bunny & British Vegetarian Society certified, suitable for vegans; I liked the 'manly' scent
- // Effectiveness wore off after one month of use; gendered branding
Winner winner chicken dinner. I've been using Lavanila since December and it's the best I've tried. And it's in the solid stick form (god bless America) which I prefer. I got mine at Sephora where they still cost an arm and a leg. But they do last forever. I may not wear my makeup everyday but D-O for da B-O is a staple.
I've never bought these in the UK but I saw them selling on Net-a-Porter so when I run out of my stash I'll go there. Once or twice, when I am a particular nervous Nelly, I can start to smell the deodorant but that tells me it is working overtime.
+ // Free of aluminum and parabens, natural;
lasts forever; inoffensive scent
- // Careful putting on black clothes after
application lest you streak yoself
I'm pretty happy to stick with Lavanila for the time being but do let me know in the comments if you've come across a holy grail cruelty-free deodorant. My mom swears by those crystal things but they look kind of messy to me.