Fussy Deodorant Review – 2023 update

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With so many ‘natural’ vegan deodorants on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Your choice is further complicated because many refillable brands require you to invest in a re-usable case up front, when you don’t even know if the product works yet. This Fussy Deodorant review can hopefully help make your decision-buying process a bit easier.

Fussy Deodorant Review Summary

Editor's Rating: 4.5
4.5/5

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.

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.

I tried a number of different natural deodorants before finally deciding to take the plunge and buying a Fussy starter kit. It was a really convenient way of buying it for the first time.

At a glance, here’s what I thought.

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.

Pros

Cons

I made a lucky guess in buying Fussy. I have been using it for over 6 months and it works really 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. You can read my article about natural deodorants if you are interested in discovering more on this topic in general.

Pale green Fussy Deodorant case with lid and a refill on a wooden table top to reflect Fussy deodorant review topic

A vegan and planet-friendly product that actually works

I’m an ethical vegan, committed to animals, but also to doing my bit for the planet. Consequently, these are factors that are consistently at the top of my priority list whenever I buy anything.

You buy a re-usable plastic case when you start using this product, and the refills come in home compostable packaging. 

The case is recyclable if necessary, but if you carry on using the product, you just buy refills to put in it. The refill packs are made from waste material themselves, 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.

Fussy Deodorant is in the process of obtaining the Leaping Bunny Certification too which will endorse its cruelty-free status. 

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

So, this is all great, but what if the product isn’t any good? Does Fussy work?

Fortunately, 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.

If you want to find out more about how it works, Fussy has a great FAQ page on their website, full of lots of useful information.

close up of a Fussy compostable deodorant refill

Good range of scents

Many people like to know what scents Fussy has. At the time of writing, there are 7 standard scents plus one unscented option, so there’s lots of choice. 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…

Chosen your Fussy Deodorant Scent?

Discount and free shipping if you subscribe

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!

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.

Sample/travel range would be useful

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 reviews like this one. 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.

Vegan Mum's Fussy Deodorant Review Conclusion

Fussy is a fairly new kid on the block at the time of writing, but don’t let that put you off. It looks good, smells good and it does you good – and it’s working harder for the planet than most too!

That’s actually quite a lot of ‘goods’, and dare I say, that’s for a ‘good’ reason. I like this deodorant very much, and I think it works really well.

Even in the hottest weather I have found Fussy to be effective for up to 24 hours. I occasionally had to reapply it in the summer, but all underarm areas remained pleasantly scented, if a little damp on occasion. (Worth remembering this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.)

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.

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. Their competitor, Wild, do offer mini deodorant sticks which I have to say are very useful for travelling, and for sampling if you’ve not tried the product before.

In most other respects, however, they tick a lot of the eco-friendly boxes.

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, although no worse than any other brands I’ve seen. But again, this is why I have marked them down a bit.

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.

If you sign up to their subscription service, you also benefit from a discount and free shipping too.

I also have fairly sensitive skin but have not had any adverse reactions to this Fussy Deodorant, even after shaving.

My husband 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.

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!

4 Fussy compostable deodorant refills piled on a wooden table in front of a plant

Where can you buy Fussy Deodorant?

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.

I hope this Fussy Deodorant Review has been helpful. If so, you may be interested in Vegan Mum’s other product reviews.

FAQs

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Fussy is ‘B-Corp pending’ which means they need to be meeting high standards of both social and environmental performance. Obtaining that status will be 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.

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