Figuring out the best deodorant for men is doubly important: First, it neutralizes your body’s own signature scent (musky top notes, with lingering base notes of beer and cheese), and in turn, it assures that your BO isn’t interfering with your nice cologne. (It’s curious that we spend so much time finding a fragrance, yet so little effort on picking a product that neutralizes negative, opposing smells.)
But not all deodorants are created equal. Some embrace aluminum and promise a two-day-long zero-sweat streak. Others are all-natural and offer more of a…complement to your natural aroma. And that’s precisely why you should research your products before you buy them.
Some considerations when selecting a deodorant:
How much do you sweat?
If you sweat a lot, are you willing to go the aluminum antiperspirant route?
Does your current deodorant cause irritation or rash? (If so, you may need a product formulated for sensitive skin.)
Do you want a mostly natural lineup of ingredients, or an entirely natural roster?
How much are you willing to spend?
What smells the best? (But of course.)
These are all things to consider when picking your next deodorant, and the criteria our editors factored in when testing dozens of the best formulas on the market. To make things easier in your own testing-and-selection process, we’ve rounded up our favorite options—the best men’s deodorants of 2020 —at least one of which should meet your specific needs.
The Best All-Natural Deodorant for Men
Ursa Major “No B.S.” deodorant
Often when you hear a product is “natural,” it’s only partially true. There might be some natural ingredients, allowing a brand to pander to a more conscious consumer. Ursa Major, unlike most of the competition, is serving up “No B.S.” with this 100% all-natural deodorant; aloe, chamomile, and shea butter calm the skin, while kaolin clay and hops eliminate odor. The clay also absorbs moisture, giving the deodorant some minor antiperspirant qualities. Compared to other truly all-natural options, I’ll say with certainty that this one has been the most effective at blocking odors. It’s a hard task to accomplish without a chemically engineered ingredient or two, but leave it to Ursa Major—an organic-leaning, eco-friendly brand out of Vermont—to find the perfect formula.
The Best Antiperspirant for Guys Who Sweat a Lot
Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort dry spray antiperspirant with 48-hour protection
“Every weekend in the summer is earned by suffering through five ultra-sweaty weekdays. Your collared shirt doesn’t breathe well, your moisture-wicking underwear and socks seem to be more sponge-like than they are repellant, and you’re forced to sit in your own filthy misery until you can peel it all off at home. The most effective sweat remedy is, of course, antiperspirant. This category has a bad reputation because of reported links to breast cancer and other maladies. It also turns white clothing yellow. The first problem is totally unfounded. The second is true…but worth living with for guaranteed dryness. I always keep an antiperspirant in tow, for those miserable moments where I absolutely cannot live without it: summer weddings, first dates, interviews—times when a good impression actually matters. And this spray from Dove Men+Care is the one I keep in tow. The spray hits my skin easier than a roll-on antiperspirant, which minimizes stains on shirts. It lasts well into the next day (two full days, if needed), and keeps me oh so comfortably dry.
The Best Gentle Deodorant for Men with Sensitive Skin
Native unscented natural deodorant
If your skin reacts negatively to a deodorant, it might be a result of the product’s ingredients. Things like chemicals and perfume can give you a gnarly rash, which is precisely when you should start shopping for something less sciencey. Native’s fragrance-free natural deodorant packs gentle but effective ingredients like baking soda and tapioca starch, which together neutralize odorous bacteria. It also has coconut oil, shea butter, and Vitamin E, which leave skin nourished and calm.
The Best Deodorant Cream for Men
Kiehl’s antiperspirant deodorant cream
You’ve probably only ever used roll-on and spray-on deodorizers. There’s another option, however, in the form of cream. Kiehl’s antiperspirant and deodorant cream applies the same way you would body moisturizer: Massage a tiny amount (start with a pea size) into the armpit and you get 24-hour defense.
The Best Deodorizing Wipes for Men
Art of Sport body and face wipes (10 count)
Art of Sport’s mint-tingly wipes aren’t just for your pits: They even work on the face—after a workout or particularly punishing workday. (Goodbye swamp ass!) These cloths are individually packed, so that you can tote one in your pocket or gym bag for whenever they’re needed, and so they don’t dry out before you need them.
The Best High-Strength Deodorant for Men
Gillette clinical antiperspirant gel
“Clinical” is the key here: Gillette’s antiperspirant gel lasts two days and is a remedy for seemingly unstoppable BO. Its “prescription-strength” blend is 6.25 percent aluminum chloride, compared to the typical 1-3 percent in other antiperspirants. So, its odor shield is significantly stronger than the competition. (Ask your dermatologist if this is something you should consider.)
The Best Inexpensive Deodorant for Men
Old Spice classic scent deodorant (2 pack)
Old Spice has always offered some of the best deodorants—and the most affordable. You can buy two of their signature sticks for half of what a single stick from a boutique brand will set you back. (A pack of two is 8 bucks!) If it kept you from reeking like a dog in eighth-grade gym class, it can sure as hell keep you fresh now.
The Best Smelling Deodorant for Men
Oars + Alps eucalyptus spearmint deodorant
Oars + Alps’ natural, aluminum-free deodorant smells as refreshing as it feels. It soothes skin and calms the senses all at once, and might even turn a few heads for the right reasons. No, it’s not a cologne. It’s my deodorant. This is a roll-on you’ll proudly boast about.
The Best Probiotic Deodorant for Men
Tom’s of Maine “Clean Coast” prebiotic deodorant
Probiotic products like this deodorant help the good bacteria keep bad cultures at bay (especially in the underarm where bacteria festers and creates body odor). Though technically Tom’s of Maine’s deodorant is a prebiotic option, meaning it feeds the existing good bacteria on the skin, rather than having its own active cultures. In addition to that, this one’s fresh scent helps mask the musk with some outdoor aura. (Please ignore that the product listing says “deodorant for women” on Amazon—someone is trying to game some algorithm, but these products work well for everyone.)