When it comes to the best deodorant for men, there are more options than ever and it can be tough to figure out where to start.
Besides your toothbrush, deodorant is the most important grooming product in your bathroom. Like how a toothbrush works to keep your mouth smelling fresh, a deodorant works to keep your pits smelling fresh, saving you (and your shirt) from that pungent body odor smell.
When picking a new deodorant, there are a few things to consider. The first is whether you want an antiperspirant deodorant or not. The key difference is that antiperspirants contain aluminum, which blocks sweat glands and actively reduces sweating. That doesn’t mean regular deodorant won’t reduce sweating through some combination of other ingredients, but it won’t reduce sweat as well as a true antiperspirant with aluminum. And hey, the deodorant will definitely still help cover up the smell of body odor by fighting bacteria and adding a pleasant scent on top.
The second consideration is scented or unscented. Most guys go for something that adds a nice scent, but some guys (especially fans of cologne) prefer a fragrance-free deodorant.
Then you have to make a choice that your dad probably didn’t have to: natural or not. There are now dozens of natural deodorants that promise not to harm your body with chemicals while reducing BO. However, some aren’t truly natural, and others just don’t work all that well.
Finally, you can also pick between a regular stick deodorant or a spray-on deodorant, but that doesn’t make much difference as far as effectiveness goes.
So if you’re ready for a deodorant upgrade, read on. We’ve rounded up a few of the best deodorants for men that might just replace your ol’ reliable. We already have exclusive coverage on the best spray-on deodorants and the best antiperspirant deodorants, so we mostly focused on identifying new, great stick deodorants. But just so you’ve got options, this round-up includes great picks from all of the above, including a best overall pick for deodorant and antiperspirant, so whichever you prefer, we’ve got you covered.
1. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant
BEST OVERALL ANTIPERSPIRANT
For some guys, regular deodorant doesn’t cut it for sweat and body odor. If that’s the case, we suggest a proper antiperspirant such as this one from Dove Men+Care. It’s tougher on sweat than regular deodorant, but unlike some prescription-strength antiperspirants, it doesn’t irritate skin. Using a light moisturizer, the deodorant actually hydrates your skin when it’s applied, keeping your pits healthy in the long-term and happy throughout the day.
2. Mitchum Antiperspirant Deodorant
Up until recently, we had never heard of Mitchum. In hindsight, that was an enormous hole because Mitchum Antiperspirant Deodorant is definitely one of the best deodorants for men.
Really it’s just a great all-around antiperspirant deodorant. We like the smell and the sweat protection and we think it makes less yellow stains than competing antiperspirants.
To elaborate on staining, Mitchum doesn’t go on completely invisible, so just rub your arms against your body to help work it into your armpits and in our experience, it doesn’t leave very much residue on clothes.
Mitchum is also one of the few antiperspirants that lives up to its marketing. It used to be marketed as “so effective you can skip a day,” and we have no idea why Mitchum stopped because this is one of the most effective two-day deodorants we’ve ever tried for both preventing sweat and body odor. Seriously, you can still feel it on your pits in the shower the day after you’ve applied it.
But with great dryness comes great responsibility to keep the pits not too dry. That’s why Mitchum added aloe vera and vitamin E to its formula, so you’ll stay sweat-free without losing your skin’s natural moisture.
Mitchum is definitely the best deodorant for men if you’re looking for a price-friendly, great-smelling, all-around solid stick deodorant.
3. Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant
BEST OVERALL DEODORANT
Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant uses non-aluminum ingredients to help keep your pits sweat-free and odor-free. Magnesium provides antioxidants and some antibacterial effects while charcoal uses adsorption to suck up moisture and toxins. The end result is a natural but effective deodorant that’s widely approved among Amazon reviewers, with four out of five users giving it five stars.
The only real downside is the price. These are fairly pricey for stick deodorants, even if they work great, so if money matters you might want to consider some of our other favorite deodorants.
4. Tom’s of Maine Deodorant For Men
While the top pick and some picks below are also natural, Tom’s of Maine is one of the best natural brands out there for a number of reasons. It’s a Certified B Corporation, which means it meets certain environmental and social benchmarks, it gives 10 percent of profits to charity and perhaps most important for consumers, the company is transparent about its ingredients, why it’s using them and what they do. Living up to that promise, Tom’s of Maine Stick Deodorant only uses naturally derived ingredients, with no artificial preservatives or fragrances. Propylene glycol helps absorb water, hops and glyceryl laurate fight odor and aloe and sunflower seed oil keep your armpits healthy and irritation-free.
For what it’s worth, this deodorant is also Amazon’s Choice for “natural men’s deodorant.” While it’s good to be wary of Amazon’s Choice for a number of well-documented reasons, the fact is the label is applied to products for a specific search term based on some unknown combination of the number of high-star ratings, number of reviews and availability. While gaming the system is always possible, many products that we know and recommend have received the label and are actually great products. Tom’s of Maine Stick Deodorant is one such great product and it’ll live up to the hype and keep your armpits fresh and clean.
5. Speed Stick Deodorant for Men
It’s been around forever, it’s tried and true, it’s the one and only Speed Stick Deodorant. Sure, it might be basic and it’s certainly not what you would call a sexy deodorant. But let’s face it, a good deodorant doesn’t need fancy branding or marketing campaigns to keep your armpits fresh and clean for hours with a musky, masculine scent. That’s exactly what Speed Stick does and it does that at an absurd price too. For less than half the price of one stick of some other deodorants, you can get four sticks of Speed Stick, which will be enough to last you months, even if you’re an aggressive applier.
In terms of downsides, some reviewers online didn’t like the scent very much. We’d say the reaction was quite polarized, with some users absolutely loving it and some absolutely hating it. Some users also complained of rashes, which could be due to the use of propylene glycol, a common ingredient in deodorants that helps to absorb water. But given how cheap the pack of four is, the risk is low if you don’t like it and the reward is high if you do.
6. Old Spice Pure Sport Deodorant
ALSO CONSIDER VALUE
This three-pack of Old Spice Pure Sport comes in at just under $9 as of publication. While that’s not as good of a value as the Speed Stick pack of four, it’s the best deal we could find for a great name-brand deodorant like Old Spice.
As is the case with all Old Spice offerings, this blue solid stick deodorant smells great and will keep you smelling great all day and at a great price to boot.
One downside to note though is some users reported getting rashes and to be totally honest we’ve gotten rashes from Old Spice before too. We’d only recommend going for this stick if you’ve used Old Spice before and know it doesn’t irritate your armpits.
And if you’re into Old Spice but know you’ll need an antiperspirant, you can always pick up the antiperspirant version of the same stick.
7. Axe Deodorant For Men
The best way to save money is to go for great value like with Speed Stick, but sometimes you’re just looking to drop as few dollars as possible to tide yourself over. That’s where a great budget pick helps, and Axe Deodorant is one of the cheaper options for a single stick. Yeah sure, it may have gotten a bad rap in the last few years, but it wouldn’t be around still if it didn’t work and smell great. Believe it or not, one of their newest sticks “Cool Ocean” has a delicious scent and the ability to keep moisture down despite not containing aluminum.
The major downside is the scent doesn’t last nearly as long as Axe claims, but if you need to smell great for a few hours and aren’t trying to spend a lot on deodorant, Axe is the pick for you.
As a heads-up, this Axe deodorant comes in a gel as opposed to the white powder (which is the antiperspirant version). It’s good to know because gels can sometimes cause irritation depending on your skin. So if you’d prefer the white powder version, we suggest looking elsewhere.
8. Degree UltraClear Black+White Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick
BEST FOR BLACK AND WHITE SHIRTS
Maybe it’s a New York thing, but black T-shirts are kind of like an informal uniform. Whether it’s their day off or their day on, people roll around in black T-shirts a lot.
But we suspect that’s not just New York and you probably wear a lot of black T-shirts and white T-shirts too. If you do, then you know all about white or yellow stains that appear on the pits of your T-shirts after a few weeks of wearing deodorant. They’re unsightly for sure, but more importantly, they’ll ruin the T-shirt and make it unwearable after a while. That’s where Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick can help.
Though the deodorant uses a common active aluminum ingredient — aluminum is usually the yellow stain culprit — to block sweat, we’ve been using this deodorant for weeks on both white T-shirts and black T-shirts and have yet to see the frustrating stains, a true antiperspirant miracle.
If stains have been slowly killing off your favorite T-shirts over the years, Degree’s Black+White antiperspirant will help your shirts last longer without pit stains. Plus, it’s relatively cheap compared to other antiperspirants and most other natural deodorants.
9. MagSol Deodorant
BEST MAGNESIUM DEODORANT
Your best bet for an all-around great deodorant is the MagSol magnesium deodorant. Don’t be fooled by the marketing directed at women: This is one of the best deodorants for men too.
For example, it’s pretty difficult to achieve unanimous approval in online reviews, but this deodorant comes pretty darn close with almost nine of 10 reviewers on Amazon giving it five stars, including many men. Their conclusions are simple: MagSol has a natural formula that’s easy on sensitive skin, doesn’t result in rashes and still eliminates stink and sweat all day with a nice scent. That’s probably due to the fact this deodorant only has four ingredients: sweet almond oil, beeswax, magnesium oxide to fight odor-causing bacteria and essential oils for fragrance.
We always love a good sandalwood scent, but you can pick this natural deodorant up in lemongrass and hunter, which smells like tobacco and vanilla. Though MagSol is a little pricey for a single stick, it just works great and won’t irritate your armpits.
10. Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant
BEST TALC DEODORANT
Oars + Alps may be one of the best natural deodorants out there today. Its non-aluminum ingredients, like talc, absorb odor and wetness and plant-based ingredients work to keep your skin healthy and not overdry.
The alpine caribou moss ingredient in particular is rich in antioxidants and helps protect your skin against irritation and inflammation.
Oars + Alps claims if you switch from an antiperspirant to their deodorant, that you’ll end up with no sweat and body odor after four weeks, once your body has basically purified any aluminum from your pits.
11. O’Deo Body Spray Deodorant
BEST SPRAY DEODORANT
Sprays are good because you can spritz any part of your body (including those smelly feet), or cleanly share deodorant with a friend. Sprays are also good for quickly freshening up after the gym or a beach day, or while traveling, as you can be a little sweaty when you apply it. The O’Deo Body Deodorant totally hits the mark for a great spray deodorant. It’s unscented but it uses silver, copper and zinc to stop bacteria in their tracks before they cause body odor. You can still expect to sweat because there are no aluminum or water-absorbing ingredients, but you’ll be smell-free while doing so.
12. Dove Men+Care Spray Deodorant Antiperspirant
BEST SPRAY ANTIPERSPIRANT
Dove’s spray-on antiperspirant is a best-seller because it’s affordable and works very well. The aluminum-based spray antiperspirant formula uses moisturizer to fight skin irritation and will keep your armpits fresh and clean.
While we could send you to buy a single can, in our experience, we go through sprays faster than stick deodorants, so we think you should go for the pack of six. Among the packs you can buy of this great spray antiperspirant, the pack of six offers the best value without you having to sink too much money upfront.
13. Degree Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray
ALSO CONSIDER SPRAY ANTIPERSPIRANT
It’s a close race between Degree and Dove for the best spray antiperspirant and overall we think people will find they both work pretty great as far as instant-dry sprays go.
But there are a few key differences between Dove’s sprays and the Degree Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray.
First, Dove is just straight-up cheaper, like, you can get roughly twice as many cans of Dove for the same price. Second, Degree claims 72 hours of protection while Dove claims 48 hours of protection. We tend to be skeptical of most claims of multi-day protection, but we can attest that both of these deodorants are good for at least a day and some change if you’re not physically very active. Third, Degree is more about the masculine scents than Dove, which chooses to go for simpler, cleaner scents.
All things considered, the experience of these sprays is quite similar and you won’t go wrong with either. If manly fragrance is more your thing, we’d recommend Degree’s Victory spray, which smells of juniper and vanilla. If great, cheap deodorant is more your thing, we’d recommend something from Dove.
14. Native Unscented Deodorant
Native Deodorant is one of the more popular and well-known natural deodorants. Hundreds of men swear by its ability to stop body odor and keep armpits dry.
Native relies on magnesium hydroxide, tapioca starch and a friendly probiotic bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus, to stop odor-causing bacteria while baking soda steps in to deal with moisture. Not to mention, the formula includes coconut oil and shea butter to keep your armpit skin healthy. With all those ingredients (just 10 in total), Native has your armpits covered on every front, without any sweat-blocking aluminum and without any added fragrance.
As with every natural deodorant that seeks to absorb moisture instead of stopping it at the source like an antiperspirant, be aware this could give you some dryness or a bit of a rash.
15. Certain Dri Prescription Strength Clinical Antiperspirant
FOR SERIOUS SWEATERS
Some people sweat a little, some people sweat a lot. Certain Dri Prescription Strength Clinical Antiperspirant is for the latter group.
This antiperspirant uses a special kind of aluminum to block sweat glands better than almost any other alternative. Because the aluminum ingredient, aluminum chloride, has among the smallest aluminum-based molecules, it can better penetrate your armpits and stop sweating in its tracks before you ever notice any moisture.
It’s so successful at blocking sweat that it’s doctor recommended to fight hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by excessive sweating.
To maximize the effectiveness of the antiperspirant, Certain Dri recommends applying at night before bed on dry underarms. The dryness is important because when your armpits are damp, say after you just get out of the shower, the antiperspirant has a harder time setting up camp and getting into your sweat glands.
But if you do that successfully and the antiperspirant absorbs properly, it won’t even wash out in the shower and you can expect a solid three days of minimal sweating and underarm freshness. Your body will eventually kick the aluminum out and you’ll have to reapply, but there are few antiperspirants that offer as much protection in the interim as Certain Dri.
If you’re mostly concerned with heavy sweating, then Certain Dri Antiperspirant is the best men’s deodorant for you.