Deodorants and antiperspirants have come a long way from the anti-stank that most of us were introduced to by our parents when we hit (smelly) adolescence. We’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with the multitude of products cranked out by consumer goods giants. Some of the best options are available at places like Target and Walgreens. What we like about modern offerings is that they are part of complete skincare collections. The deodorant or antiperspirant you choose can complement everything from body washes to moisturizers, shampoos, and colognes. In fact, layering complementary products from one brand might mean you can skip the cologne altogether, allowing the product’s more subtle but longer-lasting fragrance to get you through the day.
We have a guide to help you choose between an antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirants are for people who want to prevent sweat from reaching the skin’s surface and to stop body odor. Deodorant reduces body odor without preventing you from sweating. They are both proven to be completely safe to use.
Check out some of our suggestions for the best deodorants and antiperspirants below, and don’t forget to take a look at our roundup of natural deodorant products.
Aēsop Spray Deodorant
Sure, you can still find spray deodorants that manage to deodorize your entire bathroom or bedroom with their wide-ranging aerosol fog, but we like a product that keeps things a bit more personal. Aēsop’s spray comes in a focused easy-to-use pump spray. It’s an aluminum-free deodorant made with zinc ricinoleate, a fatty acid that absorbs odors. The 11 essential oils in its formation also include grassy vetiver root and coriander seed for a woody, herbaceous, and earthy fragrance. Aesop uses both botanical and scientifically validated man-made ingredients.
Alister Deodorant Stick
Alister is a new product collection featuring “Pheroboost” technology. The proprietary blend of plant-based pheromones creates invisible but powerful chemical signals that work with your hormones to create chemical signals of desire and sexual attraction. The brand’s confidence-boosting properties help make you feel, look, and smell good. This deodorant stick features bamboo charcoal and arrowroot to keep you dry and naturally detoxified, while eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils keep you feeling and smelling refreshed.
Anthony Antiperspirant and Deodorant
Anthony recognizes that when it comes to skin, shave, and body care, that there is no one type. Its solutions were originally developed for men, but have been widely borrowed by women, so the collection has become gender-neutral by default. This antiperspirant/deodorant hybrid features aloe vera to nourish and cool the skin, while sunflower oil helps reduce inflammation and keep skin hydrated. An aluminum-based ingredient prevents sweat and absorbs moisture. More good news? A portion of Anthony proceeds is donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to eradicating prostate cancer.
Art of Sport Antiperspirant or Deodorant
While the Art of Sport suite of products is designed with jocks in mind, really anybody can use them. The brand offers both an antiperspirant and a deodorant because not all athletes are the same: some like to work up a sweat, others just want to block odor. Both products feature arrowroot to help wick away moisture and keep the wearer cool, as well as matcha for its anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties. AOS makes its antiperspirant and deodorant with powerful botanicals and without ingredients like parabens and phthalates.
Bevel Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Bevel deodorant is specifically formulated to avoid lines, streaks, or clumps so the product goes on clear, penetrating coarse, curly underarm hairs; proven to fight the funk. It features coconut oil to help prevent loss of protein and vital moisture from that hair, as well as shea butter as a non-greasy moisturizer that easily absorbs into the skin without clogging pores. In a hurry one day? No worries. Bevel deodorant offers 48-hour (plus) protection.
Bravo Sierra Deodorant
Bravo Sierra was developed for and field-tested by military personnel to create a grooming line that can handle the battle: Whether that battle takes you to far-off conflicts or just your morning commute, work-a-day troubles, and getting the kids to bed on time. Like all Bravo Sierra products, this deodorant was developed to be hard-working and long-lasting. It’s free of both aluminum and baking soda but boasts a refreshing white vetiver and cedarwood fragrance. Bravo Sierra wins our vote as one of the best-looking collections on the market, too.
Bulldog Cedarwood and Patchouli Deodorant
Bulldog deodorant features a non-staining stick that easily glides onto skin. This version offers a deep, woody, and masculine scent. It also features nutrient-rich baobab oil, oat oil to soothe skin, and willowherb for its cooling and astringent properties. Bulldog also offers Original, with a lighter, fresher fragrance.
Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant
Another product offering the best of both worlds, Jack Black offers a gentle combo formula that won’t irritate delicate underarm skin. It features an advanced antiperspirant ingredient (aluminum-based) to reduce underarm wetness; as well as Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties, and aloe leaf juice to hydrate and soften. Antiperspirant not your thing? Try Jack Black’s newwith Turbo Aroma to neutralize odors and absorb wetness.
Jack Henry Deodorant
So, yeah, technically Jack Henry’s deodorant falls into that area of “natural” products. Its non-toxic formula was developed in-house and tested on professional athletes; featuring a blend of plant botanicals and bentonite clay to absorb and diminish sweat and odor. The scent of hinoki (a cypress tree), juniper, and eucalyptus give it freshness and lightness. But the vibe of the collection and packaging is more high-end fashion collection than granola health food store. And besides, it’s NBA all-star and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Love’s favorite deodorant!
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