FACT: Most mainstream deodorants are tested on animals.
FACT: Beeswax is commonly found in natural deodorants.
FACT: There is no excuse for poor hygiene!

Everyone sweats, but how do you make sure you keep odour at bay while staying true to your cruelty-free ethos? Well there are some natural, cruelty-free, vegan deodorants out there folks! And there’s no need to compromise on efficacy when you get rid of the animal exploitation – natural and organic ingredients are just as effective when it comes to targeting and neutralising odour.

One of the biggest deodorant makers, Nivea, claims not to test on animals, but doesn’t guarantee that its suppliers don’t. And while Dove got the PETA ‘cruelty free’ stamp of approval this year, it stops short of claiming to be vegan, as animal byproducts or animal-derived ingredients are used in the products.

So what are some good brands to try? Noosa Basics does a great Organic Deodorant Stick with Activated Charcoal; Aesop has a great smelling Herbal Deodorant Roll-On (no tea tree here folks). And if you need an added incentive, during October, for National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the 100 per cent vegan Axilla Deodorant Paste will be turning a fabulous shade of pink. The company behind it, natural skincare brand Black Chicken Remedies, is proud to partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to raise funds for prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer research, and $2 for every jar of Original or Barrier Booster for Sensitive Skin sold will be donated to the cause.

Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste uses a blend of natural and organic ingredients including pure essential oils and botanical extracts. It is completely invisible upon application, with a formula free from parabens, aluminium salts and other harmful chemicals. Axilla claims to be Australia’s most popular chemical free deodorant. Give it a go – 800,000 armpits can’t be wrong.

About the Author


Sara is a journalist by trade and spent many happy years editing magazines until people stopped buying them and she was forced to transfer her talents to a brave new digital world. Sara lives in the inner city with two small kids, a dog and a cat, and tries her darndest to live an ethical life.

Sara’s background as a journalist and editor includes lengthy stints on titles such as inside out, donna hay magazine and the Sunday Telegraph (no judgement!). She has freelanced for a plethora of brands including Body + Soul, Marie Claire, GQ and Qantas Insider. She has also worked client side in property, retail, fashion, beauty and food.

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