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What is men’s “vegan” deodorant?
The term “vegan” with regard to men’s deodorant, simply refers to any odour fighting product that’s applied under the arms, that’s made without the use of animal-derived ingredients. The term “cruelty-free” can also be applied if the deodorant and none of its ingredients are tested on animals.
What ingredients are used to make vegan deodorant?
Different brands and different products within those brands use far too many possible combinations of ingredients to list here. In general however, vegan and cruelty free deodorants are composed of plant-sourced and/or plant-derived ingredients that serve various functions, such as fragrance/scent, consistency, irritation relief, and odour protection.
"Sourced" vs. "Derived": Plant-sourced ingredients are not significantly changed from its natural state, whereas plant-derived ingredients have undergone additional processing, which is done to improve the ingredient’s safety or efficacy.
What’s NOT in vegan deodorant: Aside from excluding animal-derived ingredients (such as animal glycerin), many vegan deodorants tend to also forego the use of preservatives (such as Aluminum, Parabens and Propylene Glycol), artificial fragrances and colours.
Why buy deodorant that’s vegan and cruelty-free?
If your ethical leanings include animal welfare, buying vegan and cruelty-free is the only way to go! Animal derived or sourced ingredients aren’t needed to create effective deodorants, and animal testing, especially for cosmetic products, is abhorrent. Supporting vegan and cruelty-free products sends a message that these practices won’t be accepted or tolerated by today’s consumer, which greatly helps to reduce, and ultimately, eliminate these practices.
Is vegan & cruelty-free deodorant expensive?
In general, vegan and cruelty-free deodorant is no more expensive, or less-expensive, than deodorant that uses animal-derived ingredients or testing. Just like non-vegan deodorant, prices can vary from one stick to the next. This is typically based on differences in the quality of the ingredients used, differences in manufacturing processes, and the different brand names attached to them. As a result, some vegan/cruelty-free deodorants are very affordable, some are quite expensive, and many are somewhere in between.
Should I get rid of non-vegan/cruelty-free deodorant I already own?
This is a very controversial topic within the vegan community, and one that’s very hotly debated. Regardless of what anyone else says, it’s up to you to decide what to do with your old non-vegan deodorants, and how to replace your personal care products in general as you become more and more immersed in a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle; at the end of the day only you can decide what you can afford, and what you’re comfortable putting on.
What companies make vegan/cruelty-free deodorant?
The following companies make deodorant for men that don’t include animal derived or sourced ingredients, or testing on those ingredients:
- Tom’s of Maine
- Kiss My Face
- Herban Cowboy
- Primal Pit Paste
- Every Man Jack
How do you choose which companies to list?
We keep an ever-growing list of companies that we find, or are suggested to us, whose entire line of men’s deodorant seems to be completely animal-friendly (vegan AND cruelty-free). We contact each of these companies to inquire as to what products, if any, use animal-derived ingredients or by-products, or have ingredients that are tested on animals. If they assure us their deodorants are suitable for vegans, and they can be bought on Amazon, then we list those products here for your shopping convenience.
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Some of the information for this guide on men’s vegan deodorant was gathered from the following sources:
- Ingredients: “Natural Ingredients 101.” (n.d.) Ecouterre. Retrieved March 16, 2017. http://kissmyface.com/ingredients
- Product Ingredients: “What’s Not in Our Products” (n.d.). Tom’s of Maine. Retrieved March 16, 2017. http://www.tomsofmaine.com/products#not-in-our-products
- Toxic Products: “Dangerous Chemicals in Deodorant & Antiperspirant: A Detailed Review of the Chemicals, Research & Avoidance Tips” Melissa Field (Sept. 28, 2010). Natural Cosmetics News. Retrieved March 16, 2017. http://www.naturalcosmeticnews.com/toxic-products/dangerous-chemicals-in-deodorant-antiperspirant-a-detailed-review-of-the-chemicals-research-avoidance-tips/