The 16 Best Deodorants on the Market For Every Need
We've all been there: just minding our own business when suddenly we get a whiff of something bad, and the stomach-sinking thought hits us — it's me. Whether you forgot to swipe on your deodorant that morning before running out the door or your current natural deodorant just isn't working for you, it's a problem you want to solve ASAP.
Luckily, there are plenty of formulas on the market, from ball deodorants to gel deodorants, to help solve your BO woes. Natural or antiperspirant, wipes or refillable, scented or not — you have options. The trickiest part is just finding which formula is right for you, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Antiperspirants vs. Deodorants
While some people prefer natural or organic deodorants that help neutralize odor with ingredients like baking soda and AHAs, others prefer sweat-blocking products that are gentle yet effective at keeping them dry. Then you have ample scent options: vanilla, coconut, rose, cashmere, cucumber, lavender, and so on.
To help make your beauty-shopping experience a little easier, we rounded up the best deodorants on the market ahead. Whether you live in a hot and humid climate, take daily cycling classes, or are just sweatier than you'd like to be, you can rely on these deodorants to keep you feeling — and, most importantly, smelling — fresh all day.
Best Natural Deodorant
The Schmidt's Rose + Vanilla Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant comes in so many fragrance iterations, you can switch it up daily like you do your perfume. It's natural, aluminum-free, and gentle on skin.
Best Antiperspirant Deodorant
The Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant is an antiperspirant that keeps you dry and leaves you smelling fresh all day long with its light cashmere scent. It's praised for keeping even the sweatiest of pits dry. Check out our full editor review here.
Best Paraben-Free Deodorant
For a deodorant that's paraben-free, aluminum-free, and still manages to smell fresh with scents of vanilla and coconut, go for the viral Native Coconut and Vanilla Deodorant. The formula goes onto skin smoothly and provides all-day freshness.
Best Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Nez Workout Sesh Deodorant ($20 for 3)
The Nez Workout Sesh Deodorant is editor-approved and stranger-approved. One of our editors had strangers smell her armpit after sweating all night at a music festival, and this aluminum-free deodorant passed the sniff test with flying colors.
Best Roll-On Deodorant
We love the Kosas Chemistry Deodorant for many reasons. The formula is a clear gel that doesn't stain clothes, the roll-on applicator makes it easy to apply, and the blend of acids help get rid of any odor — yes, even after a hard workout.
Best Unscented Deodorant
The Crystal Deodorant Stick comes in a variety of options, but the unscented version is our favorite. The aluminum-free, clear formula goes on easily and doesn't cause any irritation to your underarms. It also won't leave white marks or stains on your clothes.
Best Deodorant Spray
Say goodbye to white deodorant marks on your clothes for good with the Degree Ultra Clear Black + White Pure Clean Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray. The bottle evenly dispenses the perfect amount of antiperspirant to your armpits to keep you dry and odor-free without messing up your shirt.
Best Travel-Friendly Deodorant
The Ban Invisible Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant Unscented will keep you smelling fresh all day long, no matter what. It's available in multiple scents, and each one smells better than the next.
Best Clinical-Strength Deodorant
If you need something with a little extra sweat-blocking power, try the Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant. It won't break the bank, and it'll keep your armpits dry all day long — even in the summertime. The stick deodorant formula was developed in partnership with dermatologists, so you can trust that it works.
Best Scented Deodorant
The Salt & Stone Leon Bridges Natural Deodorant smells so good it actually won a POPSUGAR Beauty Award, but our editors aren't the only ones to think it's amazing. It's so popular that it's currently sold out, but you can get on the waitlist so you can get your hands on it as soon as it's back in stock.
Best Gel Deodorant
The Secret Fresh Clear Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant Luxe Lavender is a refreshing gel formula that comes out of the tube and applies to your underarms clear, meaning no more white residue in your pits.
Best Refillable Deodorant
You can feel good about using the Dove Beauty 0% Aluminum Cucumber & Green Tea Refillable Deodorant for two reasons: it will keep you smelling fresh and help reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste in landfills.
Best Body Deodorant
Another beloved natural deodorant is the Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant. It has a light rosy scent to help mask BO. The formula glides on without tugging at skin and is suitable for sensitive skin. You can also use it on other areas of your body where you get sweaty.
Best Drugstore Deodorant
At just $12, the Lavanila Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant in Pure Vanilla fits into every budget. The aluminum- and baking-soda-free formula is gentle on even the most sensitive of skin types.
Best Sustainably-Packaged Deodorant
Finding a deodorant that doesn't irritate your sensitive armpits can be tricky, but look no further than the Each & Every Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant for Sensitive Skin. The formula is made with Dead Sea salt instead of baking soda, which makes it gentle on skin, and the tube is made with recyclable, plant-based sugarcane.