Dry Guys: The Best Deodorants for Men

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If you’re curious about sweat and its by-products, take a look at the science behind perspiration and, well, don’t sweat it. We at The Manual will walk you through the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ when it comes to sweat, smells, and how to address both with some of our favorite deodorants. Consider this your chance to join the Dry Guys.

Whether you’re working out at the gym or enjoying the sun with friends, your body is always regulating it’s temperature. The human body is covered from head to toe in eccrine glands, which you might know simply as sweat glands. These glands are stimulated by elevated body temperatures to secrete water to the surface of the skin in order to cool the body down via evaporation. Although these glands are present in your armpit, they aren’t the smell or stain producers that we often find so irksome. Enter the apocrine glands.

Apocrine glands, which are associated with hair follicles and primarily found in the armpits and crotchal region, are activated by a number of triggers. This list includes temperature, stress, anxiety, hormones — basically anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. When stimulated, these glands produce an oily fluid that, when broken down by bacteria, produces odor and unattractive shirt stains. Ok. Now that we know the ‘how’ behind our smelly sweat, let’s get to the ‘what’ we can do about it! Here is a list of some of the best deodorants and antiperspirants we like and how they work.

1. Best Deodorant: Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant

Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant

This stuff works. The job of a deodorant is to simply neutralize unwanted body odors and that is exactly what this product does. It uses simple and natural ingredients, is super affordable, and smells good — we like the Fresh scent! The primary ingredient used is baking soda, which absorbs moisture from the skin and neutralizes bacteria that creates odors. Other ingredients used are natural plant ingredients to leave you smelling good. Perhaps best of all, it should only cost you around $5 per stick and can often be found at your local grocery store.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $5.00
  • Controls odors and absorbs moisture
  • Does not contain aluminum, parabens, or alcohol
  • Author tested and approved

To see additional natural deodorant options, check out the Manual’s list of Natural Deodorants that Actually Work.

2. Best Antiperspirant: Certain Dri

Certain Dri

If you’re looking for moisture control on top of odor control, an antiperspirant is the product you want. Before choosing an antiperspirant though, do some research to understand what potential negative health effects might come with a moisture blocker. See TIME’s article outlining 5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant. If, however, you do sweat like a fire hose and need something that works, check out this effective antiperspirant by Certain Dri. It’s main ingredient is Aluminum Chloride, which is proven to keep your pits dry.

Takeaway details:

  • Price ~$5.00
  • Blocks moisture production
  • Does contain aluminum (a questionable ingredient) but steers clear of parabens and alcohol
  • High customer satisfaction

3. Best Antiperspirant and Deodorant: Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant

Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant

This product is marketed as an antiperspirant and deodorant combo. It not only provides odor control and sweat protection, but it also comes with a natural fragrance to keep you smelling clean. Although aluminum is on its ingredient list, this product does not contain parabens or alcohol and adds Vitamin E as a nourishing agent. Although a bit pricier, the Jack Black product line continues to impress more and more customers.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $17.00
  • Controls odors and sweat production
  • Does contain aluminum (again, a questionable ingredient) but steers clear of parabens and alcohol
  • High customer satisfaction

4. Best Odor and Sweat Control Down Under: Fresh Balls

Fresh Balls

Yes, you read that correctly. Fresh Balls. These guys don’t beat around the bush when it comes to marketing their product. As discussed in the intro above, those odor initiating apocrine glands are found in armpits AND the crotchal region. This product is meant to solve your sweaty problems down south with a “quick-drying, talc-less formula that dries to a silky-smooth powder.” They don’t use aluminum, parabens, or alcohol to get the job done. With anti-chafing properties and wetness prevention, this might just be what your boys have been looking for.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $12.00
  • Controls odors and sweat production… resutling in… Fresh Balls
  • Does not contain aluminum, parabens, or alcohol
  • High customer satisfaction

For every problem there is a solution, so like we said – don’t sweat it. We recommend trying the natural stuff first to see if it works for you before moving on to other options. Whatever you choose, though, we hope you stay fresh with our best deodorants — both up top and down below.