The 15 Best Deodorants to Keep You Smelling (and Feeling) Fresh

To be completely honest, I’ve never been all that prone to bouts of serious sweating. Don’t get me wrong, I sweat as much as the next guy, but if we’re talking, like, disturbing amounts of perspiration here, I’ve got to plead ignorance. (Don’t get it twisted—my genetic makeup is plenty fucked up. I wouldn’t wish my bodily problems on my own worst enemy.) That being said, to all my heavily perspiring peers: I feel your pain. Some of my closest friends sweat buckets like nobody’s business, and guess what? There’s no shame in that.

(Incidentally, is there a word for someone who sweats an inordinate amount, e.g. “Wow, that dude is shvitzing like crazy, and it’s not even that hot out. He must be a really heavy…sweater?” Shit, that can’t be right. Can someone please confirm if the same term you’d use to refer to your coziest cardigan can also be used to describe your sweatiest friend? We’re getting into serious galaxy-brain territory here, and I’m about it.)

Folks, if you’re the type to sweat profusely and figure, “Eh, it happens,” you might not be the most inclined to slather on antiperspirant, but you definitely don’t want to stink. So invest in some proper deodorant. Sure, right now no one’s going to, like, smell you through the computer, but that doesn’t mean you should suddenly go days without using deodorant because you no longer have to worry about some poor soul catching a whiff of your pits on a crowded subway car. Don’t be that guy.

Sweating is one of your body’s most important means of managing internal temperatures and stress levels, and the right deodorant will go a long way in making sure you always smell fresh and clean—even when you don’t feel it. From all-natural options to drug-store stalwarts and everything in between, here are 15 of the best to buy right now.

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Best Unscented

Mineral Deodorant Stick

Crystal amazon.com

$6.99

For any dude who wants to avoid chemically-drenched deodorants, try a deodorant stone. Crystal’s is made with natural mineral salts that neutralize odors caused by sweating.

Best Budget Buy

High Endurance Deodorant

Old Spice amazon.com

Sometimes it’s best to stick (heh) with the classics—or at least an updated take on one. It doesn’t get much more classic than Old Spice (ask your Grandpa if you need proof). 

Next-Day Delivery

Clean Comfort Deodorant

Dove Men+Care amazon.com

$8.78

Much like its soap, Dove’s deodorant stick is infused with moisturizer to protect your skin from drying out.

Best For Sensitive Skin

Jasmine Tea Deodorant

Schmidt’s amazon.com

$9.52

Schmidt’s deodorant is packed with organic ingredients including coconut oil and candelilla wax. Give your pits a few swipes at the start of the day or before a workout and go on your merry way. 

Aluminum-Free

Cucumber & Mint Deodorant

Native nativecos.com

$12.00

Everything about Native products is super streamlined, including the ingredient list. The brand’s cucumber and mint deodorant is made without parabens or aluminum, minimizing the chances of any sort of reaction or complication. 

Best No-Frills Buy

Sandalwood Deodorant

Every Man Jack amazon.com

$16.70

Every Man Jack’s deodorant stick is a no-fail, no-frills option. Plus, the sandalwood scent doubles as a decidedly low-key cologne.

Best Natural Deodorant

Natural Deodorant

Oars + Alps oarsandalps.com

$14.00

The secret to Oars + Alps’s sweat-absorbing masterpiece? Corn starch. It soaks up sweat without stopping the body’s natural perspiration process. 

Coconut Oil Deodorant

Kopari nordstrom.com

$14.00

Coconut oil is nature’s cure-all ingredient. In deodorant form, it’ll help stop your skin from drying out, so use this bad boy before heading out for the day. 

Activated Charcoal Deodorant

PiperWai amazon.com

$16.99

PiperWai uses activated charcoal to stop you from smelling, all without disrupting the body’s ever-crucial perspiration process.

Best Antiperspirant-Deodorant Combo

Night Antiperspirant Deodorant

Axe amazon.com

$17.96

A simple deodorants is dope, sure, but sometimes you need a strong antiperspirant for those especially sweltering days. This one won’t leave white stains on your shirt. 

Pit CTRL Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Jack Black sephora.com

$19.00

Jack Black’s signature Pit CTRL blend uses baking soda and corn starch to keep any suspect smells at bay so your pits stay fresh all day long.

Cult Favorite

Eucalyptus Deodorant

Malin + Goetz nordstrom.com

$22.00

When in doubt, eucalyptus is always a safe bet. This deodorant feels cool to the touch, making it ideal for dudes that err on the sweatier side. 

Best For Preventing Yellow Stains

Santalum Natural Deodorant

Corpus violetgrey.com

$24.00

If you have sensitive pits, an alcohol and aluminum-free deodorant won’t offend your soft skin. And if you’re looking for an easy option to keep handy at all times, this one it comes as a carry-on mini too. 

Best Spray

Spray Deodorant

Aesop nordstrom.com

$35.00

Not all spray deodorants feel like canned napalm. Aesop’s natural spray has a light woodsy scent that won’t brashly announce your presence in a room before you do.

Best Smell

Oud Wood Deodorant

Tom Ford nordstrom.com

$53.00

Though Tom Ford once famously commented that men shouldn’t use deodorant—he, as you might imagine, prefers the smell of honest-to-god sweat—he makes a pretty good case against himself with his Oud Wood stick. (Chalk it up to one of life’s great ironies, or the fact that Tom Ford’s sweat probably smells a hell of a lot sweeter than yours.) 

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