Advice for keeping cool in warm weather typically focuses on your outer layers — we’re told to wear light, breathable layers and protect ourselves from the sun. But that advice can fall a little short when it comes to taking care of “down there.” Sweat and chafing can be a great source of discomfort throughout the day, but a lot of guys are understandably wary of talking about it. And unfortunately, the discomfort doesn’t stop in the warm months. Wearing thick, heavy pants in winter may keep you warm, but it can result in the same overheating you thought you were getting away from.
It used to be that the only solution for keeping dry was talcum powder, which is messy and can lead to overdrying. Fortunately, many skincare companies are wising up to this specific but widespread need, and there are now plenty of brands that make body powder that keeps you dry in a mess-free and convenient way. And since plenty of men what they put on their body pretty seriously, many of these options focus on using all-natural ingredients and are free of talc and parabens.
If you need a little extra help keeping cool than most body powders provide, we’ve focused on body powders that feature a cooling sensation. Many of these use menthol for cooling, but others use more gentle, less intense ingredients. Either way, they’ll keep you cool and dry, no matter the season. These are the ones to get.
1. Chassis Premium ICE Body Powder for Men
Chassis Ice body powder helps keep you dry and cool throughout the day, without using menthol. Instead, this baking soda based powder combines unique natural ingredients like pumpkin seed and aloe. It’s also free of talc, aluminum and parabens. Chassis offers various body powders that offer varying levels of cooling, and Ice offers strong but not overbearing cooling action. It’s designed to have a mild, non-medicinal fragrance.
Pros: Utilizes many natural ingredients, free of talc, aluminum and parabens. Cooling sensation without the use of menthol.
Cons: Can have a somewhat gritty or grainy texture when first applied.
Chassis Premium ICE Body Powder for Men
2. DUDE Body Powder
If you prefer something with a more intense cooling sensation, this option from Dude Body Powder uses menthol. The powder is corn starch based, and is free of talc, aluminum or parabens. Soothing ingredients include organic aloe, and green tea and chamomile extract. You can also choose the unscented option from this listing, which comes without the cooling menthol sensation.
Pros: Free of talc or aluminum. Uses menthol for a cooling sensation. Natural ingredients like organic aloe, green tea and chamomile extract.
Cons: Menthol can be too intense for some.
DUDE Body Powder
3. Gold Bond No Mess Spray Powder
For a more old school approach, Gold Bond still makes some of the best men’s skincare products. This body powder is actually a spray, making it easy to apply in a mess-free way. As an added convenience, the cap rotates, making it easy to adjust and find the right angle. As for the formula, it features the cooling sensation of menthol. It’s designed to soothe sensitive skin and relieve itchiness.
Pros: Convenient spray bottle design. Affordable value. Cooling menthol sensation. Trusted Gold Bond name.
Cons: Not talc or aluminum-free, which may be a problem for some.
Gold Bond No Mess Spray Powder
4. Bozak Original Cooling Body Powder for Men
Bozak’s cooling body powder comes in a 4oz bottle which contains a cornstarch-based formula. In addition to cornstarch, Bozak’s formula features baking soda which helps with drying and moisture absorption. It’s free of talc, and it uses natural ingredients to provide cooling, soothing relief. Ingredients include eucalyptus oil and aloe leaf extract for soothing relief. Menthol and peppermint provide a cooling sensation.
Pros: Cools and dries with menthol, eucalyptus and aloe leaf extract. Talc-free. Long-lasting relief.
Cons: Somewhat expensive.