Don’t be a smelly vegan. In search of the best deodorant.

Deodorant… seems simple, yet it’s been such a struggle for me and many of the good folks who follow me on Instagram.  I posed the question a few weeks ago on my Insta Story and hundreds of good folks DM’d me.  Suggestions.  Requesting help.  I was flat out sick and tired of spending A LOT on crappy, bad-ingredient, deodorants.  So I took the suggestions.  Did a ton of research and here are my findings.

Drum roll please.

First, I’m not one of those people who excessively sweats or smells but I do workout – a lot.  I’m going to take you through what I’ve tried. What didn’t work. What was okay & finally what I love!  Let’s get this started.

All of the products I used were store bought.  None were tested on animals or contained any “toxic” ingredients.  I didn’t use homemade concoctions because I’m not willing to invest that kind of time or effort in deodorant, sorry.

Schmidt’s smells great.  Had a great collection of scents.  My husband loves it however, I noticed on harder cardio days – I still smelled.  I am super sensitive to odors so this was a no-go for me on workout days.  However, I’ve used it for rest days or after I showered for normal living and it was good.

Kiss My Face has had some bad press lately as their products aren’t as natural as they claim.  I did like the deodorant but moved past as I prefer to use a company that is natural and not utilizing synthetic ingredients.

This was a suggested product to test.  Bali Secrets has a ton of 4.5 star reviews on Amazon and it came highly recommend to me.  I bought it & hit the gym.  First, the original essence scent, to me, seems like a weird grandma scent.  It was really off-putting.  I used the roll on and it was weird… some days I didn’t smell and other days, I did.  It was a great price.  Maybe other scents would be better but I won’t be buying again.

A while back, I bought a bunch of products from Urban Organics.  It was a small pot of deodorant that you need to apply with your fingers.  I’m not a fan of this type of application however – this little pot of product worked like a charm!  No odors.  No sweaty pits (yeah, sorry) but it was great.  Scent free.

Now for the product that was recommended by a few awesome friends and I finally stumbled upon and I’m so glad I did.  This product was easily found at Whole Foods, Anthropologie or on Amazon.  I bought the pure vanilla scent.  It’s a solid that goes on without white marks.  Smells fantastic!  I have done several hour long cardio sessions with absolutely no odors!

Lavnila is made from all natural ingredients.  Price was around $12, which may seem high but I find that a deodorant this size will last me a good 2 or more months.

Now I realize that everyone’s body are quite different.  I also realize that training plays a really important part into this equation.  I do train 1.5-2 hours per day, weightlifting and cardio, 6 times a week.  I sweat a normal amount for reference.

I hope this post helps you out.  We strive to eat all natural products, it’s equally important to use natural products on our body.  I look forward to future posts sharing more all-natural products that I love with you.  This post is not sponsored by any company mentioned in this post however there are affiliate links embedded in this post where I earn a small commission.

Happy Sunday!





— Knead to Cook

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  1. Interesting! I’ve been a devotee to Schmidt’s for a few years now. I find that their scents are pretty strong, but the fragrance-free one and the bergamot-lime have the least amount of scent (to me). I train 2 hours a day, but it’s first thing in the morning and alone, so if I sweat and smell then, that’s totally normal. But during the day, I never smell and only sweat a little. I may try the lavnilla though for something different. I also have a jar of the Soapwalla deodorant which also works well and does not have baking soda. My only complaint is that you have to use your fingers to put it on. Otherwise, it’s great.

    1. Beth, My husband loves Schmidt’s too! I’m good with it in life but not working out. I would prefer to stick with one deodorant (why does it have to be so hard) and I think I’ve found the winner. Plus this vanilla is more feminine smelling yet not overpowering at all! Let me know if you try it and what you think. 🙂 Robin

  2. This post could not have been more timely. My current deodorant is running out (like tomorrow I have nothing) and a few I’ve been trying … I stink with only 1 hour of activity. Will definitely be taking this post with me to the store to search for this deodorant!!!!