Fussy Deodorant Review (Does Fussy Deodorant work?)

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Fussy Natural Deodorant

A review by Vegan Mum

Vegan Mum’s Verdict at a Glance

Full review and verdict on Get Fussy below.

Ease of Use

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Simply choose which stylish case you love and select your favourite scent using the link below to get this offer!

Introducing my pit-free zone!

Before we start, just a word of warning. I’m squeamish and try though I might, I can’t bring myself to refer to ‘my pits’, or anyone else’s ‘pits’ for that matter. So, this is a pit-free zone. ‘Underarm bits’ is as risqué as it gets…

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…

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.

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.

What scents does Fussy have?

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

My personal favourite? Wavy Days. I’m a minty scent kinda person…

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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.

So 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?

It would certainly seem to be, and I guess there is really no reason why it shouldn’t be.

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, it 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 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, all the evidence points to this brand being largely eco-friendly.

But I do have a problem with this, although I have to say at this point that Fussy are not alone. It’s not easy being an ethical company, and absolutely anything we buy will have some sort of environmental impact.

But it’s worth remembering also that, as consumers, we have choice and can limit what we purchase.

I noticed that Fussy is extending its product range to include accessories. Whilst they are clearly carefully considering the materials they use to make these accessories, I think it is just encouraging us all to buy more ‘stuff’.

For example, if Fussy made their deodorant case with a squared off end, they wouldn’t need to sell you an accessory that is specifically designed to stop your deodorant from sliding around on its side in the bathroom cabinet.

There is a single use product if ever I saw one, even if it is made from eco-friendly material. It is of limited use for anything other than its intended purpose and has its own supply chain, manufacturing process, delivery and ultimately, disposal when you don’t want to use it anymore.

I’m sure that there is a reason for the way in which the deodorant case has been designed (it doesn’t stand upright) and suspect it may be cost-related. However, I am exercising my choice as a consumer and am just going to put up with mine floating around the bathroom cabinet and making a general nuisance of itself instead. I don’t need a cradle for it.

We know they’re a business, and they have to make money to survive, so selling accessories for their products is going to help them do that. However, I think it’s a shame that brands are eventually forced into this cycle.

Other than that, Fussy seems to be ticking all the eco-friendly boxes.

Anyway, on to my verdict…

Vegan Mum’s verdict

Is Fussy Deodorant any good?

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. This is the deodorant that I now use all the time, and my husband is converted too.

Even in the hottest weather I have found Fussy to be effective for up to 24 hours. I haven’t needed to reapply it, and all underarm areas have 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 5 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, I have marked Fussy down on their eco-friendly rating because they are now selling an accessory to rest the deodorant case on – pretty superfluous as I have mentioned earlier in this blog. 

I don’t need or want to buy unnecessary ‘stuff’ that has a negative impact on the planet. It’s a shame because in other respects, 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, but no worse than any other brands I’ve seen.

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.

I also have fairly sensitive skin but have not had any adverse reactions to this product, even after shaving. Obviously, everyone is different and Fussy’s useful FAQ tab on their website is helpful on this, and many other topics.

You can link straight to Fussy’s FAQ page for more information.

Having tried quite a few other natural deodorants, this is by far and away the best I have tried and the only one to have worked 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…and my husband!

Ease of Use

FREE UK Delivery & 15% off at Fussy Deodorant

A Fussy Deodorant subscription will keep you smelling fresh all day long and helps save the planet! When you subscribe, you will also save 15% and get FREE UK delivery.

Simply choose which stylish case you love and select your favourite scent using the link below to get this offer!

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