The 12 Best Deodorants for Sensitive Skin That Still Get the Job Done

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We talk a lot about sensitive skin on the face, but what about the sensitive skin under your arms? The skin in this area is already innately fragile, and when you add factors such as shaving, waxing, daily deodorant application (more on that in a minute), or even irritation from itchy clothes, you have a recipe for ending up with some seriously red and itchy armpits. And that, quite frankly, is the pits.

As far as the deodorant part of things goes, it’s important to pick a product that isn’t going to make matters worse and/or be the prime irritation culprit. Common ingredients found in many formulas—both natural deodorants and traditional antiperspirants—can be problematic. Think things such as aluminum, fragrance, baking soda, and alcohol. So how do you find a deodorant that won’t irritate your skin, but will still work?

Answer: Keep reading, because we found the best deodorants for sensitive skin.

Our Top Picks
Made up of 1/4 moisturizers, this deodorant smooths skin and keeps sweat in check.
Best Overall, Runner-Up:
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant at Amazon
A classic, natural deodorant that defends against odors and sweat buildup.
This natural formula steers clear of parabens, aluminum, and synthetic fragrance, leaving you with a worry-free formula.
A fresh rosy scent and ingredients like green tea, keep odor-causing bacteria at bay.
Try this fragrance free formula, perfect for those who have really beat up armpits.
This luxe pick has a smooth application and provides a natural healthy protection.
A can't-go-wrong option from the drugstore that leaves your underarms smelling fresh without irritation.
Naturally-derived, this deodorant contains essential oils and caters to both men and women in scent.
Perfectly portable, these wipes are great for on-the-go and can reduce hair growth over time.
A twist-up applicator makes it easy to apply, and shea butter makes for smooth underarm skin.
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Best Overall: Dove Advanced Care Sensitive Antiperspirant Deodorant

dove advanced care sensitive deodorant

Made with ¼ moisturizers, this formula glides on seamlessly and will leave your armpits silky smooth. Since it is a true antiperspirant, it does contain aluminum, but lasts up to 48 hours-making it a choice pick for those who simply don’t want to deal with sweat. Plus, because it’s alcohol-free, it won’t sting going on if you’re already dealing with underarm irritation.

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Geranium Flower

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Geranium Flower

Here’s a top option for those who prefer to steer clear of aluminum-based antiperspirants. A long list of Byrdie editors are fans of the brand, which offers an impressive line-up of scents and formulas. But this one is choice if you have sensitive skin since it’s baking-soda-free, instead relying on charcoal and essential oils for all-day odor protection. (Speaking of, those essential oils also give it a lovely floral scent.)

Hold it against your skin for a second to allow the natural oil and wax base to warm up and soften slightly so that it glides on smoother.

Best Natural: Nécessaire The Deodorant

Nécessaire The Deodorant

The ingredients this formula doesn’t contain are for sure noteworthy: aluminum, parabens, baking soda, synthetic fragrance, and phthalates, just to name a few. But what it does contain is equally as exciting. Namely, a blend of mandelic and lactic alpha-hydroxy acids, which help smooth skin. There are also wetness-absorbing silica, zinc, and clay in the mix, and while the eucalyptus scent is a fave among Byrdie team members, there’s a fragrance-free version for those whose skin is super sensitive.

Best Scent: Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant

Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant

Senior Social Media Editor Kelly Gallagher loves this deo, which, not surprisingly, has a lovely and fresh rosy scent. (Like, the kind of scent that will make you want to keep sniffing your armpits. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.) Despite the cutesy name and packaging, the formula is still totally hardcore when it comes to keeping odor-causing bacteria at bay, thanks to ingredients such as green tea and sage.

Best Fragrance-Free: Native Women’s Deodorant Unscented Sensitive

Native Women’s Deodorant Unscented Sensitive

We totally get wanting a deodorant that smells good, but if your armpits are really beaten up, avoiding any kind of fragrance (even if it’s naturally-derived) can be a good move, at least for a little while. In the meantime, reach for this formula, a Byrdie fan favorite. Paraben-, aluminum-, and baking soda-free, it boasts a simple and straightforward ingredient list that both wards off odor and moisture, while simultaneously soothing skin.

Best Splurge: Corpus Naturals Deodorant

Corpus Naturals Deodorant

Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue raves about this luxe pick, as much for the sophisticated scent combinations as the buttery smooth application (not always the case with natural deos). It’s on the pricier side, for sure, but the efficacy, chic, display-worthy packaging, gentle-on-skin formula, and again, those scents, make it well worth the price tag.

Best Drugstore: Vichy 24-Hour Dry-Touch Deodorant

Vichy 24-Hour Dry-Touch Deodorant

Key Ingredients

Zinc is an essential mineral that is needed for numerous healthy bodily functions, including boosting the immune system, healing wounds, and assisting in DNA/protein synthesis and growth. Applied topically, it's shown to aid in wound healing and regeneration, as well as protect the skin by deflecting UV rays. It also acts as a skin protectant and reduces odors caused by bacteria on the skin, which is particularly helpful in the context of deodorant.

The active ingredient in this formula, zinc ricinoleate, combats odor-causing bacteria to keep you fresh for, you guessed it, 24 hours. It’s aluminum-, alcohol-, paraben-, and fragrance-free, so gentle that it can even go right onto freshly-shaved underarms, and has a clear formula that won’t leave behind any tell-tale residue. Just make sure you’re applying it onto totally dry skin for the best results.

Best Spray: Aesop Deodorant Spray

aesop deodorant spray

There’s no aluminum to be found in this spritz; instead, it relies on refreshing essential oils. such as sage, rosemary, and eucalyptus, that help neutralize odor. The naturally-derived, unisex vetiver scent also helps.

Best Wipes: Whish Deodorant Swipe

Whish Deodorant Swipe

These perfectly portable, single-use wipes are not only totally convenient, but they’re also major multi-taskers. Super gentle on skin, thanks to a formula free of aluminum, sulfates, and more, they go above and beyond the standard deodorant job description; With continued use, they may be able to reduce hair growth. That can be a major skin-saver for those who shave their underarms on the reg, given that shaving is one major cause of skin irritation.

Best Paste: Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

Cream deodorants have somewhat of a cult following but can be admittedly messy to apply, which is why we especially like that this has a twist-up applicator. (But if you want, you can still apply it with your fingertips.) It’s especially pH balanced to keep skin healthy and has protective and soothing shea butter, too. Meanwhile, other ingredients work to kill odor-causing bacteria and sop up any moisture. Also noteworthy: This is one of the few natural formulas that doesn’t contain essential oils, which can be problematic and irritating for those with especially sensitive skin.

Best for Workouts: Myro+ Deodorant

Myro+

Although this isn’t an antiperspirant, it’s still a great choice to reach for if you tend to get super sweaty; the newbie is infused with an Active Fresh Complex, which offers an impressive 24 hours of odor-fighting technology. Still, that doesn’t mean it will do a number on your skin; on the contrary, the formula is packed with skin-soothers such as aloe, probiotics, and sage. Bonus points for sustainable, refillable packaging.

Best Vegan: Briogeo B. Well Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Natural Deodorant

Briogeo B. Well Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Natural Deodorant

For those who want a natural deodorant that’s vegan and cruelty-free and also comes in recyclable packaging), this fits the bill. The plant-based pick boasts a coconut oil base, along with tea tree and eucalyptus oil to keep things smelling fresh.

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