Even vegans get smelly armpits. Luckily, there’s animal-friendly deodorants out there.
I’ve relied on Lafes active deodorant stick, which does the job well enough. Made in the U.S. and sold at Whole Foods Market in Vancouver, it’s all-natural and free of aluminum, gluten, parabens, and propylene glycol. The top ingredient is vegetable glycerin, and the deodorant also contains aloe vera and hemp oil.
Over the past week, however, I’ve got acquainted with a locally made product. Me&you body sent me a sample of its evergreen deodorant. With an ingredient list led by corn starch, raw shea butter, and baking soda, this natural pit stick is vegan and free of aluminum, parabens, and petrochemicals. It’s handmade and packaged in BPA-free tubes.
How does me&you deodorant measure up? I found it performed as well as Lafes, in terms of hiding the stink. The evergreen scent is nicely understated. What might give some potential customers pause, though, is me&you doesn’t just go on smooth like Lafes. After applying it to your underarms, you need to rub it in a bit. But that’s a small price to pay for a deodorant whose ingredient list doesn’t read like some crazy science experiment.
Me&you body is owned by Laura and Joel Lafortune of East Vancouver. In addition to evergreen, their deodorant is available in lavender, ylang-ylang, grapefruit, and tea-tree oil scents.
You can buy a 1.76-ounce stick for $8 at Karmavore (610 Columbia Street) in New Westminster. Me&you deodorant is also sold at Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street) in Victoria, as well as at stores in Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Online orders can be placed via me&you on Etsy and Elephant in the Room’s shop.