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Summer may be the sweatiest season for many, but deodorant for men is a year-round necessity. That's because B.O. can strike at any time, during any season, and it's usually pretty unpleasant. Long story short: We are constantly in search of the next deodorant we can acquire to kick armpit wetness to the curb.
Since finding deodorants that work not only brings us joy on a personal level but on a professional one as well, we get genuinely excited to share our findings with you. From natural deodorants (no aluminum, no problem) to antiperspirants (excessive sweaters, we got you), we researched the greatest odor-protecting formulas for men to swipe under armpits.
Keep scrolling to discover the best deodorants for men that offer something for just about everyone.
Best Overall: Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
The eucalyptus deodorant from Malin+Goetz isn’t anything new but it’s been a bestseller since the brand was founded almost 15 years ago. Why? Because first of all, it smells amazing, and second, it works. The vegan, cruelty-free cooling gel deodorant uses real citronellyl and eucalyptus extract to neutralize odor leaving only a crisp, fresh, aromatic aura behind for the entire day.
Best Budget: Tom's of Maine Men's Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant
Founded on the principle of providing affordable access to natural and effective products, Tom’s of Maine uses vegetable-derived oils and moisturizers along with organic aloe in the formulation of its refreshingly fragranced deodorant. Add to that the company’s use of hops—yep, just like those found in your favorite beer—for deodorizing and you have a great alternative to the other similarly scented but significantly more synthetic solids for about the same price.
Best Drugstore: Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Deodorant Stick
Dove Men+Care's Clean Comfort Deodorant Stick uses an alcohol-free formula plus Dove’s signature moisturizer, so you won't have to worry about stinky pits or skin irritation. It also ditches sulfates, fluorides, aluminum, and parabens—all those questionable ingredients you worry about.
Best Splurge: Corpus Third Rose Natural Deodorant
Fragrance really is the foundation of this luxury vegan deodorant. Corpus offers five very different, very natural options, each boasting its own infectious, unique scent. Of the five, it’s hard to choose, but if we have to, we’ll go with the rich, layered rose aroma. All its offerings are aluminum- and paraben-free and lack talc and baking soda, which might irritate sensitive skin.
Regardless of the scent that wins you over, they all harness the natural healing power of essential oils and enzymes derived from flowers, fruits, and plants to really pamper your pits.
Best Natural: Schmidt’s Charcoal Magnesium Natural Deodorant
A favorite among all-natural deodorant users is Schmidt’s. The activated charcoal and magnesium hydroxide in this deodorant option are meant to work together with arrowroot powder and baking soda to fend off odor-causing bacteria for up to 24 hours, according to the brand—a claim not easily made when it comes to natural deodorant.
By first warming the stick under your pits, the active ingredients go on smooth and work hard. With an array of fragrances as well as sensitive skin formulas in both stick and cream varieties, Schmidt’s really aims to please just about everyone.
Best Antiperspirant: Art of Sport Antiperspirant Deodorant
Just as great for the CrossFit enthusiast as it is for the businessman who can’t keep a shirt dry during a board meeting, Art of Sport is really just great for guys who want to stop sweating—period. Matcha and arrowroot are meant to boost the powerful performance of aluminum to block sweat all day, no matter where your sprint takes you. What’s more? The fragrances offered aren’t those stereotypical “sport” fragrances you’ll find elsewhere. Fresh, citrus, and our favorite, eucalyptus, keep you smelling good, not like a high school locker room.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant
Free from aluminum and alcohol, this naturally skin-soothing, lightly scented deodorant uses cornstarch meant to absorb sweat while leaving behind notes of citrus and amber. Made in the U.S. and cruelty-free, this natural deodorant is also great for sensitive skin thanks to its allergen-free fragrance that works hard, so you can play hard.
Best Unscented: Ursa Major Base Layer Deodorant
Sometimes, those with sensitive skin (or just sensitive noses) prefer no fragrance. None. High-caliber ingredients found in this unscented cruelty-free gem make it one of the best unscented deodorants you can choose—which is key in the most sensitive skin, since many fragrances are made up of essential oils that can irritate, even with the best intentions. Natural kaolin clay (think oil-absorbing face masks) promises to absorb that sticky sweat while hops and saccharomyces ferment are meant to neutralize odor.
Best Spray: Every Man Jack Dry Spray Deodorant
This spray deodorant might just be the best thing you have never heard of from Every Man Jack. Available in two masculine fragrances, the dry spray goes on easy and dries fast. Without any animal testing, this 98% naturally derived spray is free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and gluten, according to the brand. Spray knowing you aren’t hurting yourself or the environment when you use this thanks to the special bottle design that eliminates any need for chemical propellants.
Best Cream: Nécessaire The Deodorant
Nécessaire is a cream deodorant offered in the familiar stick application. It’s made with mandelic and lactic acids meant to help neutralize odor, while silica, zinc, and kaolin clay are meant to absorb sweat. Free from the baking soda found in many cream deodorants, this also lacks potentially irritating aluminum and synthetic fragrance. Eucalyptus is the main scent here, but subtle notes of lavender and patchouli round out the fragrance profile, making this the most robust and complex eucalyptus we've smelled in a while.
Best Wipe: Degree Men On-The-Go Deodorant Wipes
If you’re a gym rat or just a guy on-the-go, you might want a deodorant wipe at the ready. Degree infused its seriously sophisticated odor-fighting technology into these aluminum-free wipes which are designed to pair perfectly in between Degree's leading athlete-approved antiperspirants, your normal deodorant of choice, or simply on their own. These make a great addition to glove compartments, gym bags, backpacks, and briefcases. If you’re a serious sweater, we suggest all of the above.
Best Texture: Kosasport Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant Serene clean
This deodorant from Kosas’ young KosaSport collection caught us off guard. With skincare brands throwing AHAs into just about everything these days, we were sure this was going to be just another deodorant. We were wrong. OK sure, it’s not saving the world, but it is saving our armpits. That’s all to say that the AHAs in this new cooling, serum deodorant (yes the texture is amazing) not only fight B.O. but skin issues such as darkness and ingrown hairs. You don’t need to be a guy who trims his armpit hair to benefit from this formula though. It’s a great addition to any guy who has skincare on his mind.
What to Look For in a Deodorant
Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant
Fun fact: While the term "deodorant" is generally used as a blanket term for underarm products, according to New York City-based dermatologist Michele Green, true deodorants don't contain aluminum, nor do they prevent sweating. On the other hand, antiperspirants do prevent sweating and contain the ingredient. Deodorants are designed to prevent odor, so while you'll still break a sweat when using them, you won't smell. Determine whether you'd like to block odor, sweating, or a combination of both, then pick your formula accordingly.
Scented vs. Unscented
While the scent doesn't impact the overall performance of a deodorant or antiperspirant, some may prefer an unscented version while others may prefer a scented option that pairs well with their fragrance of choice.
Whether you opt for a natural deodorant or an aluminum-based antiperspirant, keep in mind that certain ingredients may stain your clothes. Aluminum has gotten a rep for giving once-pristine white shirts a yellow tint, as has coconut oil. Though household remedies may help to remove the stains, steer clear of these ingredients if scrubbing your t-shirts with an old toothbrush and baking soda doesn't sound like your idea of fun.
Are aluminum-based formulas safe to use?
While some are quick to link the use of aluminum-based antiperspirants to breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease among other issues, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alicia Zalka notes that "to date, there have been no clear-cut medical studies that have proved a cause and effect link." Green states that an aluminum-based formula is safe for people in good health to use, though if the ingredient causes irritation on your underarm skin, then opt for an aluminum-free version.
How long does it take to adjust to a natural deodorant?
According to Seattle-based dermatologist Dr. Carly Roman, it may take a few weeks for your skin to fully adjust, but you can take the edge off by using an antibacterial soap in the shower as you transition between products. "This will help reduce the major contributor (bacteria) to body odor allowing the natural deodorant to seem more effective," she says.
Should I use an antiperspirant or a deodorant?
That depends on your end goal. If you're aiming to eliminate sweat altogether, an antiperspirant is your best bet. If you don't mind a little sweat and are focused on getting rid of odor, you'll want to reach for deodorant.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough deodorants for men from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at email@example.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.