Scent Selection: How to Pick The Right Deodorant For You

Best Deodorants for Men Natural Antiperspirant
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Men have more options than ever when it comes to deodorant, so picking one can be tough.

Besides your toothbrush, deodorant is the most important grooming product in your bathroom. It does double duty by curbing sweat and eliminating BO, saving you (and your shirt) from stinky, sweaty embarrassment.

When picking a new deodorant, there are a few things to consider. The first is whether you want scented or unscented. Most guys go for something that adds a nice scent, but some guys (especially cologne fans) 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 and sweat. However, some aren’t truly natural, and others flat-out don’t work. You can also pick between a regular stick deodorant or a spray-on, but that doesn’t make much difference as far as effectiveness goes.

If you’re ready for a deodorant upgrade, read on. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite men’s deodorants that might just replace your ol’ reliable.

1. Magsol Sandalwood Magnesium Deodorant

BEST OVERALL

Your best bet for a deodorant right now is this Magsol. You probably won’t find it in your local drug store, but it has a big following on Amazon with over 1,700 reviews and 4.3 stars. These rave reviews are due to a natural formula that’s easy on sensitive skin, but still eliminates stink and sweat all day with a nice scent. The deodorant’s sweet unisex smell is created using ingredients such as almond oil, beeswax and magnesium oxide.

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2. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant

BEST ANTIPERSPIRANT

For some guys, regular antiperspirant doesn’t cut it. If that’s the case, we suggest a clinical-strength 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.

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3. Old Spice Fresh Deodorant (3-Pack)

BEST VALUE

Buying deodorant in bulk through Amazon is a great way to save some coin. This three-pack of Old Spice Fresh comes in at just $7.49 right now, which is the best deal we could find for a good name-brand deodorant. If you’re not too concerned about which deodorant you use (or Old Spice is already your trusty go-to), this is a great option. The best-seller has a masculine citrus scent, and reliable 24-hour protection.

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4. Sam’s Natural Deodorant Stick

BEST NATURAL DEODORANT

Another great natural deodorant is this one from Sam’s. We’re big fans because unlike many natural deodorants, this one has a genuinely strong formula – so much so that they warn against over-application. Its main ingredients are baking soda for neutralizing odor, coconut oil to rejuvenate your skin and arrowroot powder to absorb sweat. Reviewers are mostly agreed that this stuff really works, as the deodorant boasts 4 stars and over 1,400 reviews.

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5. Dove Men+Care Spray

BEST SPRAY-ON

Sprays are good because you can spritz any part of your body (i.e. those stinky 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. Dove’s spray-on deodorant is a best-seller because it’s affordable and works very well. And while it’s a pretty basic deodorant brand, spray-ons are less harsh so you don’t have to worry as much about chemicals.

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6. Acqua di Parma Deodorant Stick

BEST SCENT

For some reason, premium deodorants are not easy to come by. That’s why this deodorant from Acqua di Parma is special. The stick takes Acqua di Parma’s famous Colonia Intensa scent from their cologne and adapts it into a daily deodorant. This gives it a premium scent you won’t find in big name brands, but that upgraded smell comes at a cost.

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