You’ve probably been wearing deodorant for a long time, so you probably think you know the best deodorants for you. And if your deodorant works for your needs, then you’re probably right. But if you’ve been using the same brand of stick deodorant for the last decade, you might’ve missed out on a whole new segment of deodorant: dry spray deodorant.
Through a twist of history and U.S. regulations on spray deodorants, solid roll-on deodorant has been the main way to keep our bodies fresh and dry for the last few decades.
But thanks to new formulations in spray-on deodorants, you can find more deodorant choices in the personal care sections of today’s stores than ever before.
Why Use Spray-On Deodorants for Men?
Though the trusty stick deodorant can get the job done, the best spray-on deodorants for men go on dry and evenly, so there’s none of that uncomfortable sticky feeling as you sweat throughout the day. Like their solid or gel cousins, dry sprays also come in antiperspirant varieties, and there are even traditional wet spray deodorants if you want to avoid aerosols or harsher chemicals, which can harm the environment and irritate sensitive skin.
But with all that choice comes the issues of finding the best dry spray deodorant, especially for first-timers. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite deodorant sprays for men that will upgrade your deodorant game on day one. They smell just as great as your tried-and-true deodorant and they’re just as easy to use. All you have to do is give the container a quick shake, put it about six inches from your arm and spray until your underarms are evenly covered.
Whether you’re hitting the gym before work, trying to avoid the dreaded yellow stains or just trying to keep that clean feeling 24/7, there’s a men’s spray-on deodorant for you. We even found a few natural deodorants, which are great for sensitive skin, and aerosol-free options (hooray for the environment!) as well as a pick for boys taking their first awkward steps into puberty.
1. Dove Men Care Clean Comfort Spray Deodorant
When you consider comfort, price, effectiveness and scent, Dove’s line of spray-on deodorants can’t be beaten. Dove’s aluminum-based spray antiperspirant formula uses moisturizer to prevent skin irritation and goes on dry, helping keep your armpits fresh all day and fresh all day the next day too. Dove offers multiple scents — we really dig the Clean Comfort scent — but all the scents are clean, minimal and not overbearing. And we can’t forget that at about $5 or $6 a pop, a few cans of this dry spray antiperspirant will keep you dry for months without breaking the bank. Taken altogether, we think Dove makes the best spray on deodorant that money can buy for most guys.
2. Degree Dry Spray UltraClear Black+White Deodorant
If you’re an average guy, you probably wear a lot of black t-shirts and white t-shirts. If you wear a lot of them, you’re intimately familiar with the hallmark white or yellow stains. Degree’s UltraClear Black+White spray antiperspirant is just what you’re looking for. Surprisingly, the deodorant uses a common active ingredient in all antiperspirants, aluminum chlorohydrate, which often contributes to clothing stains. But 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 you’re more worried about stains, this is a great alternative to the Dove spray-on deodorant for men, sells at a similarly cheap price and will keep you feeling fresh and dry for days.
3. Old Spice Original Deodorant Body Spray
Old Spice has been making men smell great for literally decades. It should come as no surprise that you can find the classic scent in spray-on deodorant form too. Like our best overall and runner-up, this is a great men’s deodorant at a reasonable price point. The only downside for this dry spray is it’s not an antiperspirant. But it offers the same awesome Old Spice scent you’ve come to know, so if scent is more important to you than comfort or stain protection, this is likely the spray deodorant for you.
4. Jack Henry Deodorant Spray
BEST U.S. MADE SPRAY ON DEODORANT
Instead of using metals or chemicals, Jack Henry’s Deodorant Spray lets eucalyptus, bergamot and lavender essential oils do the heavy odor lifting. This spray deodorant might be worth the premium price just because it’s all-natural, but its main differentiator and selling point is that it’s 100% made in the United States. Be aware that water-based deodorants like these are not antiperspirants since they don’t contain a sweat gland blocker like aluminum chlorohydrate. So you’ll still sweat, you’ll just smell great while doing it.
5. Prospector Co Deodorant Spray
BEST DEODORANT SPRAY FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Prospector Co’s spray-on deodorant was made from the ground up for sensitive skin. The first step is skipping the chemicals in favor of essential oils like vetiver, cedarwood and tea tree. Add in some skin-soothing aloe and you’ve got a non-irritating, all-natural odor solution to keep you feeling fresh and clean all day. If sensitive skin is your number one priority, water-based spray-on deodorants like Prospector’s are the way to go. Like the previous pick, this isn’t an antiperspirant in that it doesn’t contain any sweat-blocking ingredients. But hey, sweating is natural and it’s better for sensitive skin than any metals or chemicals.
6. O’Deo Body Deodorant Spray
BEST FOR ALL AGES
All kids inevitably reach the age when it’s time to add deodorant to their morning grooming routine. Enter O’Deo’s organic spray-on deodorant. For parents worried about the effects of aluminum, but who are equally worried about rank teen body odor, this is the best spray-on deodorant for the job.
It’s made for all ages but was formulated to be safe for kids, too. It’s unscented, organic and all-natural because it uses silver, copper, zinc and water to fight odor-causing bacteria without totally stopping sweat. And because it doesn’t block sweat glands and works with natural minerals, you can be confident O’Deo’s spray-on deodorant is a safe option for your whole family. If you have a hard time remembering the brand name, O’Deo, it’s a portmanteau of the words organic deodorant.
7. Thai Deodorant Stone Crystal Mist Natural Deodorant Spray
BEST NATURAL SPRAY-ON DEODORANT
Not many deodorants can claim what the Thai Crystal Natural Deodorant Mist can. It’s aluminum-free, antibacterial and derives from natural mineral salts. Since it’s just water and mineral salts, it also won’t stain clothes or irritate sensitive skin. And in a plus for the ozone layer, it doesn’t use any aerosols in its easy spray bottle. If you want a natural deodorant but don’t want to pay for premium ingredients or formulas for really sensitive skin, the Thai Crystal Deodorant Spray is the best natural spray-on deodorant for you. And if you’re all about natural deodorant but aren’t keen on this particular spray, we’ve got an excellent roll-on natural deodorant for you.
8. Arrid XX Extra Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant
BEST FOR EXTRA DRYNESS
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Arrid’s been making deodorant since the 1930s, and the company’s stuck around because its products are tried and true and just work. The name Arrid should evoke an arid, dry desert because that’s what you’ll get when you use this dry spray antiperspirant. Arrid’s formula boasts a whopping 24.6% aluminim chlorohydrate, so this dry spray will fight wetness, odors and keep your underarms dry on even the sweatiest of days. Not only will it keep you dry, but it’ll leave you smelling of light citrus, so you’ll smell as fresh as your armpits feel. Note, generally the more aluminum chlorohydrate present in a spray, the more likely it is to irritate sensitive skin, so if you’ve got sensitive skin, try using less spray than you normally would to see how your skin reacts over the course of a day.
9. Degree Mens Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray
BEST FOR MULTIDAY PROTECTION
If you’re looking for a serious men’s antiperspirant, you could do much worse than Degree mens dry spray antiperspirant. Not only do you get great value here for three cans, but Degree claims these cans will keep you fresh for 72 hours. In our experience, most claims like that are overblown, but Degree’s dry sprays definitely last longer than 24 hours, as long as you’re not playing sports literally the entire day. This antiperspirant also comes in a lovely cedarwood and bergamot scent for a pleasing masculine smell. If this seems like a good option for you, but you’re not a big fan of that particular scent, Degree also offers identical sprays with different scents. If you’re more of a juniper and vanilla kind of guy or your significant other enjoys a bit more citrus and spice, Degree’s sprays cover all the major scent profiles.
10. Every Man Jack Dry Spray Deodorant
BEST DEODORANT FAMILY
All the major players in the men’s care world tend to make a whole family of products: a deodorant, a shampoo, a conditioner and a body wash. Buying one family of products can mean more coherence across all the products in things like formulas and scents.
That’s exactly when you get with the Every Man Jack family of products, in this case, the Every Man Jack Dry Spray Deodorant in sandalwood. This aluminum-free dry spray uses plant-derived ingredients to beat bacteria and essential oils of sandalwood or cedarwood to make you smell great. It’s even certified cruelty free by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) too. Note this deodorant spray does smell fantastic and does help a bit with sweating, but it is not true antiperspirant. If heavy sweating is your problem, you’ll probably want a proper men’s dry spray antiperspirant with ingredients known to actively block sweating.
And because this dry spray is part of a family, if you do enjoy it and its woodsy sandalwood scent, you can pick up Every Man Jack’s Sandalwood Daily Shampoo and Conditioner and Sandalwood Body Wash too. If you’re a bearded gentleman, Every Man Jack even offers a sandalwood face and beard wash too.