Once you understand that animals don’t deserve to suffer just because humans don’t smell all that great, the next step is finding the right fusion of flowers to fight your funk effectively. Get ready to KO your BO, y’all, because peta2 staffers are sharing their favorite cruelty-free deodorants!

But first, why choose cruelty-free? Because the opposite of cruelty-free is just cruel.


To test deodorants and other products, companies like Degree®, Secret®, Old Spice, Suave®, Speed Stick®, and Arrid™ don’t take a safe finished product and apply it to an animal’s underarms—they pay laboratories to smear harsh chemicals directly onto animals’ bare skin or into their eyes. Animals used in these experiments aren’t given any pain relief, and most are confined to cramped, barren cages and killed without ever getting to feel sunshine or grass or know what it feels like to be loved.

Instead of supporting animal suffering, check out these cruelty-free deodorants that’ll keep you smelling fresh without sentencing anyone to death:

Schmidt’s™ Deodorant Jars

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning—do you know what your pits are up to? I didn’t—until deodorant jars. You apply the deodorant with your fingers, so you can get all up in your pits’ business every day. Don’t lose one more hour of sleep wondering what’s going on under there—just get to the bottom of it your pit.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

This is the deodorant that cats and birds are raving about (hehe). It uses baking soda to neutralize odor-causing bacteria and arrowroot powder to keep you dry—the two best things for any armpit.

Herban Cowboy

Sinking into a pit of despair while waiting for your “herban” cowboy to come along? DON’T! Just go buy one and let the good times roll gently onto your underarms.


If your armpits are anything like mine, they’re FANCY, and this deodorant is extra-fancy looking. Most of the scents are a combination of vanilla and something else—unless you take the unscented road less traveled.

Kiss My Face

This deo beats your BO using botanicals, not bunnies. It’s also aluminum chlorohydrate–free! And no, I don’t know what that is, exactly, but it doesn’t sound great.


This deodorant uses natural mineral salts to wipe out odor-causing bacteria in your underarms. The tough part is deciding if you want to get the roll-on, stick, rock, or spray variety—you might just have to try them all. #DeodorantParty

Tom’s of Maine

Some say variety is the spice of life, and Tom’s of Maine is like a grandma’s spice rack! Grandmas always have so many different kinds of spices in their kitchens, you know? It’s crazy—like, when are they even going to use all those spices? Anyway, Tom’s of Maine: Some of its deodorants use aluminum (which helps keep you dry), some don’t, some are scented, some aren’t, and one’s even a roll-on. Pick the one that works best for you!

Smelling good doesn’t have to mean harming animals—that would be crazy. These are just a few cruelty-free deodorant options, and you can find many more in peta2’s online database. You can even take it a step further by going vegan (if you haven’t already), which naturally makes you smell better. ?

Did you know that Victoria’s Secret has started testing on animals? Check out our list of bath & body products to buy instead!