A First-Hand Fussy Deodorant Review

Body odour and freshness is incredibly important to many of us, combined with a desire to return to more natural products. Read my Fussy deodorant review to find out whether this could be the right switch for you.

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Does Fussy deodorant really keep you smelling fresh all day? You can find out by reading Vegan Mum’s personal experience in this Fussy Deodorant Review.

Fussy Deodorant Review Summary

Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

Fussy is now a well-established vegan, natural deodorant brand with a good reputation. It looks good, smells good and it does you good – and it works harder for the planet than many of its competitors too! I like this deodorant very much, and it works really well for me, even during the hottest months of the year.


  • A vegan and planet-friendly product that actually works
  • Good range of scents
  • Fussy doesn’t leave any white marks


  • Travel range would be useful

Fussy Deodorant Review

I made a lucky guess when I first bought Fussy. I have been using it for well over a year and it is my vegan deodorant of choice because it works so well.

So read my full Fussy Deodorant Review below if you’d like to find out a bit more about it. It’s a great product if you are looking to replace single-use plastic in your bathroom and are looking for a natural, vegan deodorant.

A vegan and planet-friendly product that actually works

Pale green plastic Fussy deodorant case with lid off, on a wicker basket in front of a plant

I have found Fussy Deodorant to be very effective in all weathers, having to re-apply it only when we reached heatwave temperatures. It’s important to remember though that this product is not an anti-perspirant, so won’t stop you from sweating. What it does do is to effectively neutralise any nasty odour.

So, that’s great, but is Fussy a sustainable, planet-friendly option?

In a word, yes. You buy a re-usable plastic case when you first start using this product, and the refills come in home-compostable packaging. The case itself is recyclable if necessary, but providing you carry on using the product, you just buy refills to put in it. The refill packs are made from waste material, and home compost within 6-12 months.

Also, as with many brands that genuinely make use of natural ingredients, Fussy’s ethos ensures a commitment to the planet, to animals and to its customers. Therefore, it’s completely vegan, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and single-use-plastic free.

Thankfully though, it’s not deodorant-free because that would just be silly.

Fussy Deodorant has recently achieved full B Corp status too which reflects the brand’s sustainability credentials, and is in the process of obtaining the Leaping Bunny Certification too which will endorse its cruelty-free status. 

I’m an ethical vegan, committed to animals, but also to doing my bit for the planet. Consequently, all of these factors are consistently at the top of my priority list whenever I buy anything. Fussy really does tick many of those boxes. If you finish reading this Fussy Deodorant Review and want to find out more about how it works, Fussy has a great FAQ page on its website, full of lots of useful information.

Good range of scents

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Many people like to know what scents Fussy has. At the time of writing this Fussy Deodorant Review, there are 7 standard scents plus one unscented option, so there’s lots of choice. However, if you want to check the latest range, take a look at their refills page to see all Fussy’s latest scents.

I have now tried all of them except the unscented and can honestly say that I think they all smell great. Importantly, they all seem to work equally well too. Choose from:

  • Wavy Days – Mint
  • Night Tales – Flora
  • Cloud Nine – Fresh
  • Wide Eyed – Citrus
  • Sun Drunk – Tropical
  • Forest Haze – Woody
  • Tropic Tonic – Lime
  • Bare All – Unscented

They also introduce ‘guest’ scents from time to time, so watch out for those! My personal favourite? Wavy Days. I’m a minty scent kinda person…

Fussy doesn’t leave any white marks

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Unlike many deodorants, and even traditional antiperspirants, Fussy has never left any white marks on my clothes.

I do ensure that my armpits are well and truly dry before I apply the deodorant, and I also avoid the temptation of applying too much.

Enough said really – not much I can add to that!

Travel range would be useful

Plastic lilac coloured Fussy deodorant case in the foreground of the picture poking into the picture from the bottom left hand corner. Behind it is an out of focus dark grey car on a gravel drive

As mentioned previously, you are buying a plastic refillable case and a minimum of 3 refills, without having the opportunity to try it out first to see if you like the product. This is a bit of a leap of faith, even when you have read something like this Fussy Deodorant Review.

I genuinely like Fussy Deodorant and find it very effective. However, the customer might benefit from being able to buy a sample range so they can try it out first before buying the case and signing up to a subscription. Having a sample range could come in small cardboard tubes and these would be handy for keeping in gym and swimming bags too. I consistently forget to pack my deodorant in my kit bag, so it would be great if they could consider this.

Fussy Deodorant do sell a starter kit here however which you may want to consider before going for the subscription.

Conclusion of this Fussy Deodorant Review

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I tried a number of different natural deodorants before finally deciding to take the plunge by buying a Fussy starter kit. I’m so glad I did. Even in the hottest weather I have found Fussy to be effective for up to 24 hours. I occasionally have to reapply it in the summer, but all underarm areas remain, well… pleasantly scented, if a little damp on occasion! (Worth remembering this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.) Importantly, it has also never left any white marks on my clothes either.

The case is robust and comes in 6 different colours, so it’s easy to identify which one is yours in the bathroom! And although it doesn’t stand up on its own which is a bit of a pain, it’s really only a small irritation.

Like me, you have probably seen the horrifying images of un-recycled plastic in our seas. As a result, I do everything I can to avoid buying single-use plastic, so this case works for me. The plastic-free refills are easy to buy on their website and straightforward to use, simply slotting into the case. They come in a range of great scents so you’re bound to find at least one that you like, but in all honesty, I like all of them.

Because I have fairly sensitive skin, I did have some initial concerns about making this switch, but have never had any adverse reactions to any of the Fussy Deodorant scents, even after shaving. My husband, however, did have a mild skin reaction to it after the first few weeks, but when he switched to the unscented refill it cleared up quickly. Who knew he was the sensitive one?

Obviously, everyone is different and Fussy’s useful FAQ tab on their website is helpful on this, and many other topics.

However, one of the reasons I have marked Fussy down a little is because they don’t offer a sample to purchase before making the investment in a plastic case and several refills. Another reason is that the winding mechanism on the case is a bit clunky, particularly when you wind it all the way back down to insert a new refill.

In most other respects, however, they tick a lot of boxes.

In addition to giving plastic a wide berth, as an ethical vegan I also actively avoid established products that rely on animal ingredients and testing. Therefore, replacing my traditional underarm deodorant for something more eco and animal-friendly was always high on my priority list. Having tried quite a few other natural deodorants, this is definitely one of the best I have tried – it works very effectively. I didn’t have any sort of transition period either – it worked from day 1.

In conclusion, I’d say that not all natural vegan deodorants work, but Fussy Natural Deodorant certainly works for me! Hence my decision to add this Fussy Deodorant Review to my website because I have found it to be the most effective natural deodorant I have tried so far.

Please note that I have never received any free samples or payment from Fussy for this Fussy Deodorant review. It is genuine, based on my purchase of the product.

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Vegan Mum has an exclusive 15% discount code for readers of this Fussy Deodorant Review – use VEGANMUM15 at checkout.

In addition, as with many products that you need to buy regularly online, Fussy Deodorant offer a subscription service that means you need never run out of refills! And, at the time of publishing this Fussy Deodorant Review, they offer a significant discount and free UK delivery too to everyone who subscribes.

The refills come packaged in a cardboard box, and with a minimum of 3 refills. This means they are not delivering too often, so once again, hopefully saving on delivery vehicle emissions etc.

Where can you buy Fussy Deodorant?

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You can buy the entire range directly from Fussy Deodorant’s website and benefit from the subscription savings and other ad hoc discounts. Use the link below to find out more.

Fussy is also available in a number of supermarkets, although you may not benefit from the same discounts and offers.

I hope this Fussy Deodorant Review has been helpful. Related articles include:

Alternatively, see Vegan Mum’s other product reviews here.


What is Fussy Deodorant?

Fussy is a natural, vegan, cruelty-free, refillable, and sustainable deodorant. Quite a list!

It is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, and that’s a big difference. An antiperspirant generally uses aluminium salts to prevent your sweat glands from doing their stuff, whereas a deodorant won’t stop your body from sweating, just make it smell better when it does.

Well, that’s the idea, anyway…

Fussy is a single-use-plastic free product, although you do need to buy their plastic case first. However, their case is made from 50% recycled plastic and 50% ABS, which is allegedly better to recycle and better for the planet.

I will refrain from stating any personal opinion on ‘bad’ and ‘better’ plastics here though because I am a complete ignoramus on this topic and really need to do some research. I suspect that we vegans, and anyone else who cares about the planet (and they’ve got to be vegan, right?) must spend half our lives looking at labels and doing research!

Anyway. The idea is that you keep using Fussy and simply buy the refills, thus making the plastic case reusable. Perfect, providing you like the product of course…hopefully, this Fussy Deodorant review will help you make that decision.

The refills are made from sugarcane pulp and are home compostable or binnable (I may have just made that word up) and they will decompose in 6-12 months.

Why choose a natural deodorant like Fussy?

Because it contains nice friendly ingredients like sunflower wax, coconut oil and shea butter, and completely avoids more ‘controversial’ ingredients like aluminium salts, parabens and synthetic fragrances.

Also, as with many brands that genuinely make use of natural ingredients, Fussy’s ethos ensures a commitment to the planet, to animals and to its customers. Therefore, it’s also completely vegan, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and single-use-plastic free.

Thankfully though, it’s not deodorant-free. That would just be silly.

You can check out my article, “What is Natural Deodorant” if you want to know a bit more about how natural ingredients differ from synthetic ones. It’s an area that attracts its fair share of debate, but on balance, I believe that natural is generally better than synthetic, an opinion that helps me to make my buying decisions.

However, to give you some balance, Everyday Health has an article suggesting that there are no negative side effects from more traditional anti-perspirant products – I’ll leave you to decide on that one, but I know what I think.

How Does Fussy Natural Deodorant work?

The ingredients in this product essentially work together to neutralise the bacteria that cause the body odour in your… erm… underarm bits. In addition to the friendly-sounding ingredients already mentioned, Fussy also contains active ingredients like sodium bicarbonate and tapioca starch.

But their surprise ingredient is lactobacillus. And if you think you’ve seen that somewhere before, check out your vegan yoghurt cartons!

Lactobacillus is an affable and helpful little probiotic that apparently stops those nasty odour-causing, troublemaking bacteria in their tracks and helps you to stay smelling fresh as a daisy for 24 hours.

Top that off with one of Fussy’s natural scents and you end up smelling great!

So, does it stop you sweating? No, but that could be a good thing because it means you’re not bunging up your pores with the aluminium salts used in antiperspirants.

Free our pores – I can see it on a banner now. Anyone up for a peaceful demonstration?

How long does Fussy Deodorant last?

Depends on what you mean here, so:

  • If you want to know how long it will work for after you have applied it, Fussy says it will keep you fresh for at least 24 hours. My experience confirms that too.
  • If you’re curious about how long the refill lasts, that should be about 4-6 weeks (unless you rub it over your entire body, in which case it will be considerably less than that, and you’ll be covered in deodorant which is a bit daft). I personally find I need to replace it every 4 weeks.
  • If it’s the case you’re talking about, then that should last indefinitely. It’s pretty robust – my husband hasn’t broken his yet, and that’s quite an achievement.

When it comes to getting your refills, you can choose from a flexible subscription plan (which offers a significant % saving) or opt for a one-time purchase. Fussy send a minimum of 3 refills at a time, reducing deliveries and their environmental impact, whichever option you select.

So, buy your case, order your refills, and away you go. The only problem you’ll have is choosing which scent to try first.

Is Fussy natural deodorant suitable for sensitive skin?

According to Fussy, their product really shouldn’t have any negative impact on hypersensitive skin.

They do recommend avoiding the Wavy Days scent though if you have any sensitivity to peppermint.

As I mentioned in this Fussy Deodorant Review though, my husband did have a reaction to the scented refills, so moved to the unscented one instead which resolved the problem.

Is this natural deodorant baking soda free?

They do use bicarbonate of soda in their products which a few people can react to. However, Fussy suggest that they use a very high-grade version, and in smaller amounts than some of their competitors so it should be less of a problem.

In my opinion, they seem to be completely open about the ingredients they use, both in the deodorant and in the scents and they have a great FAQ section on their website which covers pretty much every question I could think of.

Does this aluminium free deodorant work for men?

Fussy deodorant certainly seems to work effectively for men, and I guess there is really no reason why it shouldn’t.

My husband started using it shortly after me, back in the summer of 2021, and I haven’t had to avoid him at all so far. And that’s a good thing when you live in the same house.

For me, the question should perhaps be more about whether it’s suitable for people who are very active, or undertaking physically demanding pursuits, regardless of gender.

To be fair, we are moderately active, using it during the hot summer months, and it was consistently good at neutralising odour for the whole day. My daughters have used it when going to the gym, and they have also found it to be very effective.

Would it be as effective if I was labouring on a building site in the middle of a Mediterranean summer? We’ll never know. I’m a fair-weather kind of reviewer and I don’t work on building sites…

Is Fussy Natural Deodorant vegan?

Yes, Fussy Deodorant is vegan and cruelty-free, and they are in the process of obtaining their Leaping Bunny certification (at the time of writing).

At this point, I haven’t seen any Vegan Society accreditation (sorry if I’ve missed it) but the brand clearly states that it is vegan and I haven’t seen any reason not to have confidence in that commitment.

Is Fussy eco-friendly?

Fussy has achieved ‘B-Corp status’ which means they need to be meeting high standards of both social and environmental performance. Obtaining that status is evidence of their sustainability credentials according to that certification standard.

So, as my Fussy Deodorant Review suggests, all the evidence points to this brand being largely eco-friendly.

Penny Barkas


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